Are you tired of lying in wait all day for your prey to come into your field of vision, only to have them see you and take off in the other direction, spoiling your chances of making the shot?
If so then it’s time for you to try hunting from a layout blind, which lets you lie on the ground undetected, waiting for the perfect opportunity.
Comparison of the Best Layout Blinds
Best Overall and Best Zero Gravity Layout Blind
Best for the Money
Primos Final Approach X-2
Best by Final Approach
Cabela's Northern Flight®
Best by Cabelas
Tanglefree Flight Series
Best Tanglefree Model
ALPS OutdoorZ Delta Waterfowl Zero-Gravity Snow Cover
Best Snow Cover
ALPS OutdoorZ Legend MAX-5
Best Waterproof Model
What is a Layout Blind?
A layout blind is essentially a small, very low to the ground one-man tent-like structure that serves to keep you, the hunter, hidden and undetected by your prey. All layout blinds come in a variety of camo patterns and colors. Patterns vary from working in crop fields to woody patterns that work well in almost any environment.
Using layout blinds is also a way to provide comfort, allowing you to focus more on the animals that you are hunting. Instead of lying on the cold, uncomfortable ground trying to make sure that you are unseen, you can sit inside your blind watching, without being observed and staying dry and focused on your prey.
Aspects to Consider Before Buying a Layout Blind
Before you start looking over different brands and models of layout blinds to buy, you first need to learn what are some essential qualities of a truly great blind and why they are necessary.
Obviously, it is of utmost importance that your blind can adequately blend into the environment that you are hunting in. There are many different patterns to choose from, so you can choose one that is extremely specific, if you will only be using it in one area, or you can choose a pattern that is more general and does a good job blending into most habitats, if you want to use it in many areas.
Lightweight and Portable
You want to find a model that is easy to pack up and carry around as well as being easy to set up. While being light enough to carry, your blind also needs to be made of a durable material that is hopefully water-resistant.
If possible, try to find one that is versatile and can be used in many different environments, unless you are absolutely certain that you will only be using it in one specific environment.
Review of the Best Layout Blinds
Now that you know what you should be looking for in the best layout blind for your uses, it is time to look through a list of some of the best layout blinds on the market.
Best Overall and Best Zero Gravity Layout Blind:
This model is one of the best and easiest to use that there is on the market. With the entire blind folding up to the size of a backpack with straps for easy transport, it is certainly one of the most convenient to move around.
Once you find where you want to set up, it is easy to unfold and have it quickly ready for use. The built-in chair stays off the ground, keeping you dry and making it easy to see what you are looking for. It has no floor so that it is easy to keep clean and place your blind anywhere without worrying about ripping the floor fabric.
The ALPS OutdoorZ is a great choice for anyone who is looking to use a layout blind for waterfowl hunting. Easy to set up and transport in almost any location, it is extremely durable and versatile.
Made to blend in naturally with its surroundings, it has flared sides to make for a gradual slope to connect with the ground. The flared sides also allow you to store more equipment that you might need on your trip.
The only drawback to this one is that you have to securely stake the sides down so that it doesn’t blow around in the wind. However, this is a small price to pay for the overall great quality and ease of use that this blind provides.
This is a very realistic blind concealer that is made to last through many seasons and keep you hidden from your quarry. Made from synthetic raffia grass and dyed to match natural vegetation, it provides excellent general concealment; you can pick which camouflage you want, depending on where you are going to be using it at.
Easier to layout on top than natural vegetation that you will find around, this concealer will last you many seasons; it is rot and mildew resistant as well as extremely durable and waterproof, all while giving you the best opportunities to take a shot.
This extra cover kit can cover one full-size blind to improve concealment or it can cover two mid-sized blinds. If you are out hunting with a partner and both of you need to be concealed this is the one cover that you need.
The Avery KillerWeed is an excellent choice for someone looking to spruce up their current blind and improve their chances at getting the best shot possible. It is made of synthetic raffia grass that is dyed to authentically blend in with natural vegetation. You should have no problem setting up you blind and having a successful hunting trip. The cover is extremely durable, being waterproof and resistant to rot and mildew.
The only downside to keep in mind is that you should still rip up some real vegetation to mix on top to add authenticity, but this really isn’t a hard thing to do. So if you are looking to add some extra camouflage to your blind this is what you are looking for.
Best for the Money:
If you are just looking for a simple, easy use yet effective layout blind, then this is the blind for you. Built from durable material in realistic Realtree camo, this resembles a sleeping bag that has a very sturdy backrest in it.
For setting up this blind, all you need to do is unroll it, add a little natural vegetation around it, and hop in. Then, you wait for your prey to come around and take the perfect shot. This is easy to transport; it can be rolled up and only weighs 8 lbs. Therefore, it is perfect for someone who is not looking to haul around a large amount of weight.
The Ground Ghost is certainly one of the simplest blinds on the market, but don’t let that discourage you from it. Built to lay low on the ground and with some of the most realistic and durable camouflage material, this allows you to blend into your surroundings and make the most of any opportunity to take a clean shot.
Another great feature of this is the mesh window that can be adjusted from open to closed over your face so that you are completely covered and can still see everything that you need to. The only downside to it is that its simplistic design doesn’t leave space for extra storage of any additional equipment you might need on your hunt. However, this is still one of the best blinds on the market and will be perfect for you if you need something simple.
Best by Final Approach:
Primos Final Approach X-2
When looking for blinds to use in cold and wet conditions, this is definitely one of the best to consider. Durable and made with closed cell foam, this will keep you dry and warm on even some of the rainiest days and coldest hunting trips. Made to be easy for transport, this can be folded into a backpack-sized package for easy transport, has a built-in scabbard to hold your shotgun, and has flags while you are moving to your specific destination.
The Primos Final Approach X-2 is a great choice for you if you are going to be hunting in colder, wetter climates; built with closed cell foam to insulate you, this will keep you warm and dry while you wait for your prey to come along and present itself with an open shot. This also makes it easy for you to take your shot, as the double lid system is easy to open quickly and allows for the quickest shooting access for the perfect shot.
This blind can be a bit tricky to set up the first few times, but after a while, you will get the hang of it and not need to look at instructions; then you will be good to go in the field. Overall, this is a great option that will serve you well for many hunting seasons.
Best by Cabelas:
Cabela’s Northern Flight Shadow-Free
This is a great choice for you if you like to stay out hunting all day long and have to set up in a place that has open light, which causes shadows that can give you away. It reduces the effects of changing light in order to remain concealed throughout the day.
It provides easy access to more equipment through a zippered rear access so that you don’t have to have all your gear stuffed into it with you, which can make it uncomfortable and cluttered.
The Cabela’s Northern Flight is an excellent choice for someone who stays out hunting all day long, as it reduces the change in shadows from the moving sun that could give away your position. It is also a great choice for someone who does long hours, thanks to the adjustable hammock seat with a headrest that keeps you off the ground and comfortable the whole day.
A small problem that can arise with this model are the wire frames of the mesh panels could reflect strong sunlight, but it is easy enough to cover those and remain hidden, so don’t let that discourage you from this high-quality model. This blind also has pin-less doors that open silently and quickly for easy shooting access so that you can take the opportune shot.
Best TangleFree Model:
This model is designed to work great for people who are looking to shoot birds that are flying overhead. With an adjustable backrest to change the angle of your seat to allow for good positioning and extra ammo storage pouches inside, this is a great option for someone who won’t be leaving for a while after they get in.
This is also built to last with a durable, corrosion resistant strong aluminum frame and tear-resistant camo fabric material. This blind is perfect for you and all your gear and equipment to comfortably fit in and wait for the opportune moment to take a shot.
The TangleFree Flight is an excellent choice for someone who is looking to aim mostly for airborne birds rather than those that are on the ground. With a sturdy frame and tear resistant camo fabric, this blind blends into its environment when looking down from above.
However, if you are looking more to aim at birds that are coming in to land or are already grounded, this option is a little more conspicuous then you would probably want because of its boxy shape. While this boxy shape allows for more storage room inside and a comfortable, adjusting seat, it is not a very low-profile design. Overall, this is a great model as long as you are looking to aim high into the sky.
Best Snow Cover:
ALPS OutdoorZ Delta Waterfowl Zero-Gravity Snow Cover
This blind cover is one of the best snow covers on the market. Some of the aspects that make it the best is that it doesn’t reflect UV rays onto the surrounding area, making it much easier to see instead of having to squint through all the glare coming off your cover.
It also has stubble straps all over it to hold vegetation onto the blind for added camouflage without making it look obvious. This cover is also only about 7lbs, making it easy to transport with you and your other gear without adding too much weight and hassle.
The ALPS OutdoorZ Delta Waterfowl Zero-Gravity Snow Cover is an excellent quality option that works very well to keep you concealed from birds flying or resting in snowy areas. The stubble straps allow you to add vegetation for a realistic look and the lack of UV ray reflection will make it much easier for you to see what you are trying to shoot.
The only possible drawback to this snow cover is that it was designed specifically to fit only on the Delta Waterfowl Zero-Gravity and because of this, it won’t fit smoothly on any other model. However, if you have the ALPS OutdoorZ Delta Waterfowl Zero-Gravity model then this is the only snow cover blind to even consider because of its many great features and perfect fit.
Best Waterproof Model:
ALPS OutdoorZ Legend Realtree MAX-5
If you are looking for a unit to keep you and all your equipment dry and protected from the elements, then this is the option for you. Built with waterproof tarpaulin floors to keep water out and your gear dry and protected, this blind is made to last and work well for years.
Its zero-gravity chair keeps you off the ground so that you also are dry and stay comfortable while watching for your prey. This blind makes taking your shot very easy as well, with doors that have easily accessed handles to let you open them quickly.
The ALPS OutdoorZ Legend Realtree MAX-5 is a great choice for you if you are tired of having your gear get wet and ruined sitting on the ground waiting for an opportunity to shoot to come around. Its waterproof floor and comfortable padded chair will keep both you and your equipment dry and in good shape throughout the day.
This will also give you easy access to a good shot when it comes along with its easily opened doors that have well-placed handles to make opening the blind easy. The only downside is that this blind does weigh 25 lbs and some people may not want to carry around the extra weight, but if that doesn’t bother you then this blind is a great quality option for you.
How to Hide a Layout Blind
Now that you have looked through some of the best blinds on the market you need to think about how you will use yours and stay concealed from your prey.
When you first get to the location that you are going to be hunting at look around for dips and rises in the land. You will want to try to put your blind against a rise or in a dip so that it doesn’t seem like an out of place form that the birds will be spooked by.
All are made from camouflage material and while you should try to get a pattern that matches where you will be the best make sure to still try to tear up some natural vegetation to pack onto your blind. If you have a synthetic blind cover be sure to mix in some natural vegetation to make it seem more realistic and matching the surrounding area.
Hopefully, these tips have helped and please make sure to refer to the video below for more information about hiding your layout blind.
Now, it is time for you to go out and find the best layout blind for your purposes. You have seen some of the best options on the market, what you should take into consideration when looking for a model and how best to hide one, so all that’s left is for you to get the perfect option for you.