Garlands Adjustable Backpacker Hide
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
The original ‘Hide Screen’ from Garlands was basic yet effective but did prove a tad cumbersome to carry. They took note of this and passed the message along to the manufacturers (Hunters Specialities) who created this new version – the Adjustable Backpacker Blind. This to me is a better design all-round.
Once you unzip the bag you find the blind netting with poles already attached with the ground spikes covered in cardboard tubes. This is to prevent them tearing the carry bag – so don’t bin them! Unrolling the package reveals a full, die-cut, leaf screen in Realtree AP HD.
What a Set-Up
The five support poles are steel with an octagonal plastic covering. This allows the blind to adjust in height using cam locks from 27 to 57”. Set up is simple - push the spikes into the ground in the shape you want the hide to form, this can be straight or full wrap around, as it measures 35” from pole to pole, therefore you have a maximum possible width of 12ft.
Up close the material is see-through and it’s easy enough to poke your barrel through the slots in the pattern. Likewise it’s equally effective for shotgunning. As you can see this is the perfect quick concealment for any form of static hunting. I’ve tested the Backpacker Blind in quite windy weather and as long as you set those spikes correctly then the screen is stable, nor does the netting ride up or flap around.
The design is such that the net comfortably extends with the poles due to it being fixed at key areas so it isn’t ‘baggy’ even if you have the blind screen adjusted down to its lowest setting. Taking down is just as easy as long as you follow the instructions supplied, which are commonsense and easy to memorise. Once packed down you can then stow it away in its green carry bag.
Easy to carry and erect, this is a simple yet effective design that’s going to prove very handy for hunters of all persuasions.