By Mark Kenyon
At first glance, a chair might not seem like an exciting piece of new hunting gear, surely not something worth devoting ink to. I mean, come on, it’s a chair. But today that’s not the case. Unlike most other three or four legged platforms for our butts, the Redneck Outdoors Portable Hunting Chair is definitely one worth writing about.
The doe popped out of the snow draped spruce trees, only ten yards away, looking more like a ghost than a four legged mammal. Her back, rump, ears, nose, muzzle and whiskers were completely covered by a blanket of white and she moved along as if she was was simply floating. And as she came closer, I floated too.
The doe was slowly circling my position, and to keep my eyes trained on her and whatever buck might be following, I needed to spin my head or myself right along with her. In the past, this would have posed a serious issue. But today, sitting in my Redneck chair, I simply spun right along with her. I wasn’t straining my neck to look over my shoulder, I wasn’t cringing as the joints in the chair creaked beneath me, I wasn’t in a panic trying to keep all four legs beneath me on the ground, I wasn’t making a racket repositioning my body to a new angle, I simply floated – silent, smooth, undetected. And it was at that moment, that I realized, this chair was … legit.
The Redneck Outdoors Portable Hunting Chair, as I’ve mentioned before, is different than the usual rig you’ve sat on in the past. It’s a three legged, fold-up chair, constructed of black powder coated steel, with a foam cushion seat and back rest. That seat, as I alluded to earlier, is a free spinning seat, allowing you to rotate 180 degrees, silent and smooth.
When in use, the chair uses three independently adjustable legs to achieve a sturdy and level seat, and the actual feet of the seat have a self leveling swivel on them to keep firmly planted to the ground. When you decide to move out, the back leg collapses flat against the seat, and folds up into a relatively thin package that bungee straps tight together, and then the shoulder strap can be used to throw it over your back and head off. The chair, definitely being more heavy duty than your typical camp chair, weighs in at 16 pounds.
This is a heavy duty, well thought out, high quality hunting chair. But with that being the case, it comes with a price, currently $89 on the Redneck Outdoors website to be precise. So is it worth that kind of cash?
In my opinion, it depends. Is this a hunting chair that everyone needs? To be honest, probably not. If you hunt on the ground or in a ground blind just once a year, you can probably get by with your cheapy camp chair or stool. But if you find yourself in ground or box blinds often, this chair will be one of the best investments you can make.
As I mentioned, this chair is solid, sturdy and smooth. No creaks, no shifting joints, no wobbles. It’s solid as an oak, but comfortable too. The padded seat cushion and back is just as comfortable, if not more so, than any of the most comfortable treestand seats out there. And as I noted earlier, one of my absolute favorite aspects of this rig is that the seat, very smoothly, rotates 180 degrees. This allows for very easy adjustment in the blind for shot opportunities at different angles. There’s nothing I hate more than needing to reposition in a seat, or move an entire chair, just to get the right angle for a shot, all the while making racket. That’s not going to happen with the Redneck.
If you’re hunting on the ground, the individually adjusting legs are really nice too, as it will allow for a level seat in almost any situation. Speaking of those legs, as I wrote earlier, the legs and frame are power coated steel, which makes this chair weigh heavier than the usual 5 gallon bucket you might carry into the woods for your ground blind hunt. That said, when slung over my shoulder, I didn’t find the added weight inhibitive or too much. In fact, it packs so nice that I wouldn’t be opposed to carrying this chair in and out every hunt, if I had multiple locations I wanted to use it at.
This is a high end chair. And those aren’t words you typically see written about a hunting seat. That said, there are some great benefits and a few drawbacks to a product like this. If you’re going to be seated in a chair for a lot of hours in your box blind or ground blind, I’d highly recommend looking at this as an option. It’s really the nicest hunting chair I’ve used to this point. But, as we’ve discussed, it’s going to cost you. Whether or not that’s a worthwhile investment depends on what kind of hunting you’re going to do.
One thing is for sure though, there’s nothing redneck about this chair.
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