Si­mon King Ul­ti­mate Wildlife Hide

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This beast boasts a 150cm­square foot­print and a max­i­mum height of 165cm, so you’ll have no trou­ble get­ting comfy. Weigh­ing in at 4.8kg and stow­ing in a bulky 70cm round pouch, it’s not overly portable, but it does sport some ba­sic back­pack straps to help lighten the load.

The pop-up de­sign is sim­i­lar to that of the CJ Wildlife hide, but in this case two poles also need to be in­serted to prop up the roof, and there are op­tional pegs and guy lines – but you can still be in­side in two min­utes.

From there you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the large open­ings on all sides, three of which are set within even big­ger 97cm-wide panoramic win­dows ideal for video pan­ning. The front also gets a use­ful ground-level open­ing. Stealth is ex­cel­lent, too, thanks to win­dow nets, re­al­is­tic cam­ou­flage pat­tern­ing, and even some faux fo­liage that breaks up the roof out­line.

Pros A dod­dle to set up; ex­cel­lent cam­ou­flage; good range of view­ing ports Cons Heavy on the go; large pop-up de­sign is some­thing of a hand­ful to pack We say

For long stints out in the field when only a proper hide will do, this is su­perb Over­all score

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