Wildlife Watch­ing Sup­plies H1 Chair Hide

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£148/$186 wildlife­watch­ing­sup­plies.co.uk

It’s all very well hav­ing a hide, but since wildlife will rarely be rushed, it’s also nice to have some­thing on which to park your pos­te­rior. This hide is based around a fold­ing chair with an in­te­grated sun shade that dou­bles as a roof sturdy enough to sup­port a cam­ou­flage cover.

En­try is en­abled by peel­ing one side of the cover for­ward, and in­side there’s plenty of space in front of you for a tri­pod. A well-po­si­tioned slit in the front lets even the largest di­am­e­ter lens poke through, and above this is a big net­ted win­dow.

Stealth is high, thanks to the cover hang­ing more nat­u­rally than on a taught tent, and the nar­row foot­print en­ables you to nes­tle into the un­der­growth.

The chair hide is a fan­tas­tic bal­ance of com­fort and cam­ou­flage; just don’t park too far away. At close to 6kg, and with a packed length of 90cm, this the least portable op­tion here.

Pros Comfy yet com­pact; very easy to set up; good cam­ou­flage; plenty of room Cons

Very heavy and bulky to cart around, but at least you’ve al­ready got a chair We say

Al­most the per­fect hide, pro­vid­ing you don’t need to go too far on foot Over­all score

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