In a Nutshell:
This Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair is a sharp-looking, well-constructed chair, perfect for a hunting blind, but useful just about anywhere. Recommended for any outdoorsman weighing up to five hundred pounds. This chair will serve you well in almost any outdoor setting.
Value for the Money
Are you a hunter or a fan of the great outdoors? Do you weigh more than three hundred pounds? If so, then you know what a challenge it can be to find good quality furniture that’s built ruggedly enough to support your weight.
That’s as true of simple dining chairs as it is of camp chairs and other outdoor gear. Most of the companies selling camping supplies make their equipment robust enough to support about three hundred pounds of user weight.
That’s great for most of the market, but if you happen to weigh more than that, the number of options available to you drop off sharply. If that’s the boat you find yourself in, you’re going to like what you read in this review. The Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair isn’t perfect, but it is very good, and we think you’ll be impressed.
In the sections that follow, we’ll cover everything this chair has to offer and be sure to tell you about its points of weakness, so you’ve got all the information you need at your fingertips to decide if this is the camp chair you’ve been looking for. If that sounds good to you, and your interest is piqued, let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of the Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair
At first glance, the Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind chair looks a lot like a modified mesh office chair. It’s a fair comparison. The Big Boy is made of the same material, but the bottom half has been modified for the great outdoors. It’s handsome in a minimalist, no-nonsense kind of way, and it collapses into a delightfully small package that, combined with the handy shoulder strap, makes it easy enough to pack in with you.
In terms of statistics, here are the basics:
These are good numbers that make the chair especially well-suited to big and tall users. The seat dimensions are superb, and the seat height is just about perfect at 19”, though if you’re shorter and weigh more than 300 pounds, you’ll probably want something with a slightly lower seat.
Most of the chair’s weight is tied up in the steel frame. At twenty pounds, the Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind chair is not the heaviest camp chair on the market, but if you are packing a lot of other gear in, or if you have an especially long hike to reach your campsite, the weight may become a bit of a problem. It won’t be an issue in most cases, but it bears having an honest conversation with yourself about your physical health, how far you’re going, and how much gear you’re planning to haul in with you.
Another thing to mention here is the feet. The Big Boy’s wide “duck feet” make this a great chair for use on just about any kind of terrain. If you set it up on soggy ground, the design of the feet will keep it from sinking too far into the muck, and on dry ground, they won’t impact the use or function of the chair in any way. It’s a small thing, but very handy, and a nice design touch.
A Final Note Before We Close out This Section: We were a little disappointed that there’s no built-in storage on this chair. Fortunately, that, too, is easy to fix with a bit of DIY engineering. A D-Ring attached to a mesh bag then clipped to one of the chair arms will give you instant storage without much effort. It’s a good, simple mod that will add even more to the utility of the chair.
Adjustability and Comfort
Although nothing about the Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair is adjustable, the seat does swivel a full 360-degrees, making it perfect for use in a hunting blind. Where comfort is concerned, since it’s built along the same lines of mesh office chairs, it’s got all the same advantages they have.
Mesh is delightfully breathable, which makes sitting on it, even for extended periods, surprisingly comfortable, even in the absence of padding. Of interest, this is one chair where padding would probably work against you.
Anything you put in the seat to provide a bit of padding may make it more comfortable from that standpoint but will reduce the breathability, which makes it less comfortable. This results in what would amount to a push as the two factors work against each other.
The one point of weakness where comfort is concerned centers around the armrests. They’re…present. That’s about all you can say about them. The hard plastic is none too comfortable, but as long as you’re not actively leaning on them for extended periods, it’s not unbearable.
If you don’t mind doing a bit of DIY work, there’s an easy fix for that, though. Just buy a pool noodle at the dollar store, cut sections that match the length of the armrests, then cut a slit down one side of the armrest-length noodles so you can slip them onto the armrests, and you’re done. Instant padding if you need it.
No Assembly Required
As with most chairs of this type, no assembly is required. If you decide to order one, it will arrive at your door in a box, collapsed. Just take it out, unfold it, and have a seat. That’s all there is to it.
Pros and Cons of Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair
We like almost everything about the Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair. It’s rugged, well-built, and versatile, and we love the 500-pound weight capacity.
There are three minor negatives associated with the model that won’t be deal-breakers for most people but are worth keeping in mind before you commit to a purchase. They are:
Final Thoughts: Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind Chair Review
We really like the Guide Gear Big Boy Comfort Swivel Hunting Blind chair. We’d outright love it if the company would add a bit of built-in storage and even minimally pad the armrests, but even in the absence of those things, this is a superb chair and good for use in just about any outdoor setting. We recommend it.
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