CJ Wildlife Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Hide

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£90/$113 www.bird­food.co.uk

By us­ing the same tech you’d find in a pop-up re­flec­tor or soft­box, this water­proof hide lit­er­ally springs from its 60cm round carry pouch and stands with no poles re­quired.

The tall and nar­row 115x115x155cm de­sign is con­ve­niently com­pact, but the space ta­pers in tightly to­wards the top, mak­ing it a lit­tle awk­ward to thread a long lens through one of the four up­per win­dows. Each can be used as a stealthy slit, or peeled wider for a bet­ter view. Four slits are po­si­tioned low down for use in low-level shoot­ing, though only with a nar­row lens, and you’ll need to per­form some nifty yoga moves to ma­noeu­vre within the hide’s tight con­fines.

It’s a pity the cam­ou­flage de­sign is rel­a­tively ba­sic, so a scrim cover may be nec­es­sary if your lo­cal wildlife has you rum­bled, but even this won’t con­ceal the jan­gling made by over 40 metal zip pullers.

Pros Ef­fort­less set-up; eight open­ings across all sides; com­pact foot­print Cons Ba­sic camo de­sign and ob­vi­ous shape out­line; quite tight for space in­side We say

Com­pact, well-priced, and easy to see out of, but not the best cam­ou­flaged Over­all score

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