Wildlife Watch­ing Sup­plies C30.1 Dome Hide (large)

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£322/$405 wildlife­watch­ing­sup­plies.co.uk

The snap­pily named C30.1 tent hide has the same foot­print as the Si­mon King hide, and though it’s 15cm lower, it is no­tice­ably lighter, at 3.3kg. There’s enough room to sit in a chair and eas­ily swing your cam­era be­tween the three win­dows, with the ex­tra-large 55x28cm net­ted front open­ing be­ing large enough for pan­ning.

Set-up is a breeze if you’re al­ready handy with tents, as just two flexi-poles hold the struc­ture up­right. There’s no ground­sheet to worry about, so when the birdie has his back turned, you could pick the hide up from within and sneak closer.

At 60x25x14cm packed, it’s not the most com­pact cover, and the large as­sem­bled size could make it a strug­gle to slot into dense wood­land. It’s also a pity that a ground-level win­dow costs ex­tra, but we like the five re­al­is­tic cam­ou­flage op­tions, with those suited to wet­ter cli­mates be­ing rain-re­sis­tant.

Pros

All the space you could want, with plenty of open­ings for your cam­era; rel­a­tively light Cons

Bulky when on the go; no low-level win­dow as stan­dard; most ex­pen­sive hide here We say

A great op­tion, but pricey when com­pared to the Si­mon King hide Over­all score

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