Field-Tested: Guide Gear 360-Degree Comfort Swivel Blind Chair

For the most part, ground blind hunters must deal with this harsh reality: Currently there are many great blinds from which to choose, but relatively few “hunt-worthy” blind chairs. Some better news? One of the best seats I’ve found is the comfy and versatile Guide Gear 360-Degree Comfort Swivel Blind Chair!

As an avid ground blind user, I would opine that a well-designed blind will certainly make you more deadly, but your choice of blind chair may be even more critical to your success—especially while bowhunting. At issue are those precious last moments before you trigger your bow release or discharge that load of 6 shot from your old reliable autoloader—and here is where the Comfort Swivel excels.

Guide Gear 360-degree Comfort Swivel Blind Chair.
Guide Gear 360-degree Comfort Swivel Blind Chair received a rave review from the author.

Tasting success at ground level often requires some critical last-second maneuvering to track sometimes-moving targets, turkeys being one of the biggest offenders. Sure you can place your decoys just so in front of you expecting a shot right there—yet have an approaching tom charge in and offer up a shot several agonizing yards to the left or right. Game over? Hardly. The premium Comfort Swivel action—courtesy of a swivel mechanism that’s reminiscent of high-grade boat seats—gives you the freedom to track that moving tom (or buck, feral hog, etc.) with one of the smoothest swiveling actions on the market. Better yet? It’s dead silent, which is important when your sharp-eared quarry can be just a few feet away.

Just as important is this chair’s rock-solid four-leg base—much more dependably solid than three-leg bases, and especially when it comes to uneven terrain. At 6 feet and 215 pounds I’m no featherweight, and in test after test on varying types of terrain, I found the Comfort Swivel delivered supportive, no-squeak performance as I leaned and squirmed into various full-draw positions—the type of maneuvering that occurs on most every hunt. And I felt a much larger person would feel plenty comfortable in the spacious 18-inch-wide seat. I liked how the 18-inch-high chair back offered true all-day comfort—I consider back support in a blind chair critical. You can literally fall asleep in this seat.

Three neat features you might not appreciate on paper:

1—The wide, circular “Duck Feet” leg bases (which keep the chair from sinking in soft ground so common in spring, and simultaneously offer a built-in swiveling action that allows the chair to “self level” on uneven ground, or allow you to “rock back” without damaging the feet).

2—The folding design that, while not the slimmest (folding depth is about 9 inches), it nevertheless allows this chair to be easily slung over a shoulder (carry strap is included). Or you can simply strap it to a backpack.

3—Unlike several other “premium-type” blind chairs, this chair comes fully assembled, ready to rock.

I looked hard to find a downside to the well-designed, feature-packed Swivel Blind Chair, and in the end found carry weight the only potential concern. It’s listed at 14 pounds and my hand-held scale consistently read just more than 15 pounds. In the end, this total did not change my opinion. Fact is, I’ll trade a little increased weight for unusual comfort, durability, and maneuverability any day. And especially when it comes at a price most anyone can afford.

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