Some of you may have seen the product review I did in early March 2018 covering the much anticipated Primos Double Bull Surroundview Blind. I was initially very excited about it and still believe the overall concept is a good one. However, after only one month, it has proven to be low quality and not worth the steep price of $400.
I returned my blind to Cabela’s today, where I got a total refund on my money. Here are the reasons why I returned it:
- “The blind without a blind spot” doesn’t apply to this blind. Yes, the walls have see through material that allow you to watch your close up surroundings without opening a window. However, the six small, vertical windows are all covered by solid black material, not the same see through material of the walls. So basically you have six roughly 10″ x 14″ rectangles that are all blind spots you have to peak around. There’s no reason they couldn’t have perforated those windows as well. The only reason I can think of why they didn’t would be to cut cost of production.
- The quality of the carrying case is perhaps the worst I’ve ever seen on any blind. In only three times of pulling it out of the bag and trying to put it back in, the seam ripped 3/4ths of the way down. They should have used a full length zipper on the carrying case, but skimped to save money. Instead, you must push the blind in from one end of the case, which isn’t flexible and doesn’t allow the blind to fit easily even after rolling it up as tight as you can. The seam started to rip on the first attempt putting it away.
- In my first time using the blind to actually hunt from, the zipper on the door got jammed and then ripped off several of the “teeth” on its track when it finally became unstuck. What seemed like a sturdy zipper turned out to be anything but that. When I tried to reattach the zipper to the track, there isn’t an easy way to do so like you would expect to find at the base of the track.
- Lastly, in heavy wind, the blind offers little to no protection from the breeze. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me because I expected it to be less protective due to the thousands of tiny holes in the walls, but it just added to the already annoying problems I was having. It’s definitely not a blind you’d want to have for deer hunting mid-November and later. It’s a warm spring or early fall blind.
Not worth the price
In conclusion, Primos’ first attempt with this blind had the right idea, but failed in execution and quality. Get rid of the black windows. Include a better carrying case with a full length zipper. Use better materials so zippers on the blind don’t go breaking their first time out.
Hopefully their models will improve on the weak points. Until then, I think you are better off saving your $400-500 to put towards something else.