Archery hunters have to take every advantage they can get. From camo to scent control and everything in between, we need all the help we can muster to get close enough to make our shots. One of the greatest tools placed on the market to help in recent history is the ground blind. Of course, as with every other useful tool that has come along, there are now many different variations as well. Over the next few reviews, I will be discussing some of the full size ground blinds that we used over the winter on our New Mexico deer hunt. The next full-sized blind that we reviewed was the KillZone 360 Hub Style Hunting Blind.
The technical specs:
• 360 Vision Windows
• Hub Style / Portable Blind
• Triangle Roof Hatch with Zipper Closure
• Center Height: 66″
• Interior Hub-to-Hub: 72″ x 72″
• Scent-Dampening Stealth Protection
• Black-Out Interior with Open Floor
• Autumn Wooded Oak Pattern
• Includes Stakes and High Wind Tie-Downs
• Backpack Case: 42″ x 6″ x 6″
• Weight: 16 lbs.
In reviewing the blinds, we looked at the following traits of each blind:
• Window Configuration/Style/Ease of Use
• Door Configuration
• Size and Weight
• Camo Patterns Available
• Other Components
Windows – Those of us that use ground blinds know that the biggest issue with some of the blinds on the market is the windows. What size are they and how are they placed? Are they easy to open, close? Are they noisy? Can we switch which windows are open quickly and quietly? The KillZone 360 Hub Style Hunting Blind gives you all the window you want, up to a complete 360 degree view.
The shoot through mesh is zippered in the corners and also latches, allowing sections to be replaced as needed. The solid windows are hooked in the corners on each side of the blind, allowing the user to open whatever part of the window up that is desired, while still provided full light blocking capability when they are closed. The solid portions are split into two pieces, each piece covering half of the blind. The solid portion slides up and down between the fiberglass poles and the outer shell, allowing the windows to be fully or partially opened. The window design is very useful, allowing you to set openings to any size desired.
Door – The door on the KillZone 360 is a triangle shaped door located on the back of the blind. The door is cut out of one of the panels and has top and bottom zippers. I prefer this style of door as opposed to the doors that are along one of the back edges. The door closes all of the way and you do not have the issue of not being able to get it to zip all of the way to the bottom. The blinds that have the corner zippers when tied down always seems to not zip quite all of the way, which always leads to some light getting into the blind. It takes very little light behind you to allow an animal to see you move in the blind. The upper part of the door is shoot through mesh, while the lower is solid. The door design on the KillZone 360 is very functional while still allowing full field of view and light prevention.
Construction – The KillZone 360 is constructed with lightweight steel hubs and fiberglass poles that provide for easy setup in your favorite spot. The KillZone 360 features a tough, scentless protected interior and weatherproof polyester fabric exterior for a durable, water-repellent finish. The seams are sewn, windows are zipped in, and the zippers are heavy weight zippers. The construction of the blind is more than adequate to provide durability through extended use and harsh elements, while providing extended vision capabilities and easy use.
Size and Weight – The KillZone 360 measures 7 feet hub to hub inside and has a 66” center height, providing ample room for you and your gear, or, enough room for you and another hunter. The blind weighs 16 pounds, making it lightweight and easily carried from location to location on your run and gun days. The blind comes with a convenient carry bag with a full length zipper, padded adjustable shoulder straps for transport, and ground stakes. The size and weight of the KillZone 360 makes it a pleasure to use.
Camo Patterns – Here is the second major difference in the blinds we all consider each year. All of the blinds on the market basically are made the same way. A design of a 360 hub style blind from one company is never really that much different from the design of another company. Window patterns and operations are different, and I discussed those above. Camo patterns are another big difference. KillZone brings a couple of new and exciting patterns to the market with their Open Woods and Zero Detect patterns. The KillZone 360 we reviewed was the Zero Detect pattern. We found this pattern to blend in very well in any environment here in the southwest, from high mountains to low desert. We had numerous animals coming into the water hole the day we put the blind up, and none of them paid any attention to the blind. This is a great camo pattern, and a fresh change from the same old patterns!
Other Components – The KillZone 360 comes with a handy backpack style bag with padded adjustable straps. The KillZone 360 also has a zippered roof hatch which offers more shooting options. There are a series of loops sewn onto the outside of the blind for brushing it in. Each hub has a steel eye loop for tying the blind down, and each eye loop has a nylon strap attached for popping the blind up. The interior has sewn in pockets for holding gear as well.
Costs – Now, the real advantage of this 360. KillZone sells their blinds directly to the customer, with no middle man. They get their blinds from the factory and sell them right out of their warehouse. Of course, this means no middle man mark-up to the buyer. The KillZone 360 is listed on the KillZone website for $119.99!
Comparable blinds cost significantly more. This is by far the best value a hunter can find on a quality 360 hub style blind! In today’s economy, we all have to make the most of every penny. KillZone is helping all of us do just that!
Overall, we would highly recommend the KillZone 360 to any and every hunter. In all areas this blind met or exceeded our standards, and as stated, when it came to price point, the value of this blind is by far the best valued 360 you can find anywhere!
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