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  • April 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm #576112 Back to Top REPORT
    blackdog
    BlackDog

    Age: 63
    Joined: 7/21/2004
    Retired the old Ameristep DogHouse (too small and turned pink). Presently using a Primos Matrix. Not completely happy with it. Size is good but sewing quality and windows are marginal (Mesh doesn’t fit the opening very well). Can’t zip up the entrance without over-lapping the two sides at the bottom at least 6 inches.

    Looking for a good, heavy duty and quiet 360 viewing model I can stand up in, draw a bow standing or sitting without elbow hitting the back wall or hanging the arrow a foot out of the shooting port.

    Suggestions??   {#emotions_dlg.Cap_PDT_01_21}

    PS  – Need something large enough for two or more (wife wants to hunt with me {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up})

    April 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm #576125 Back to Top REPORT
    sundevil180shooter
    sundevil180shooter

    Joined: 9/18/2009
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    Rhino blinds all the way.  Best blind on the market with superior customer service and product.  Very competitvely priced and they will give you the shirt off their backs if something goes wrong with the blind.
    April 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm #576152 Back to Top REPORT
    tominator
    Tominator

    Joined: 9/19/2007
    have you taken a look at the Darkhorse?
    April 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm #576194 Back to Top REPORT
    rabbit
    Rabbit

    Age: 48
    Joined: 1/23/2007
    Location: Indiana
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    I like my Double Bull Darkhorse!
    May 1, 2013 at 9:19 am #576291 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio

    I like my Double Bull Darkhorse!

    Same here.  I also sent it in to get the lightweight rods/hubs put in. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

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    May 1, 2013 at 9:29 am #576297 Back to Top REPORT
    fishn521
    fishn521

    Joined: 2/2/2007
    Location: Wisconsin
    Ameristep Dominator…

    I don’t think it’s in their current line up anymore, but can be found for a reasonable price elsewhere.  A great, sturdy, hub-style blind that meets all of your requirements.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:47 am #576337 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    I like my Double Bull Darkhorse!
    All We Do Is SELFILMED

    Same here. I also sent it in to get the lightweight rods/hubs put in.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

    what?!!

    details?  how much $? and how much weight does it save?   i love my darkhorse, but i find it a tad heavy strapped to my pack on long hikes.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:49 am #576340 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    the darkhorse doesnt meet the OP’s criteria.

    two fits fine, three?  forget it.  not with bows.  and it isnt 360 degrees.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm #576360 Back to Top REPORT
    blackdog
    BlackDog

    Age: 63
    Joined: 7/21/2004

    the darkhorse doesnt meet the OP’s criteria. 

    two fits fine, three? forget it. not with bows. and it isnt 360 degrees.

    Sorry Vash – what I meant was I wanted one with a window of some sort on the back. Don’t know of any that are truely 360 degrees.

    Looks like the Darkhorse has gone to pasture. Can’t seem to find one. Discontinued. Only one I see is the Doublewide – kinda looks like the Darkhorse from what I can tell.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm #576370 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    the darkhorse doesnt meet the OP’s criteria. 

    two fits fine, three? forget it. not with bows. and it isnt 360 degrees.

    Sorry Vash – what I meant was I wanted one with a window of some sort on the back. Don’t know of any that are truely 360 degrees. Looks like the Darkhorse has gone to pasture. Can’t seem to find one. Discontinued. Only one I see is the Doublewide – kinda looks like the Darkhorse from what I can tell.

    The Doublewide is basically a modified Darkhorse.

    Vash – Send them a message or give them a call http://www.primos.com/support/  They’ll have you ship your blind in and call you when it arrives to take your CC#.  I think it was around $65-$75 to have them installed and your blind shipped back.  It took out a couple pounds on the blind.

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    May 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm #576390 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    That summit blind any good? Looks easy to pop open. It also looks huge. Good luck with the search.

    Thanks for the good info.

    May 2, 2013 at 8:27 am #576510 Back to Top REPORT
    fats
    Fats

    Joined: 6/27/2005
    Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'is
    So… do the light weight rods hold up better than the standard rods on the Matrix?  It is my only real complaint I have with the thing is that it seems to break 1-2 rods a season.  Primos is really good about sending me replacements. I know the dark horse had metal tips over the stress points… which I assume cuts down on the issue.

    I never bothered to switch over to that type.  Is it worthwhile?

    May 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm #576546 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio

    So… do the light weight rods hold up better than the standard rods on the Matrix? It is my only real complaint I have with the thing is that it seems to break 1-2 rods a season. Primos is really good about sending me replacements. I know the dark horse had metal tips over the stress points… which I assume cuts down on the issue. 

    I never bothered to switch over to that type. Is it worthwhile?

    The lightweight rods have more “flex” to them compared to the standard rods.

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    May 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm #576594 Back to Top REPORT
    tominator
    Tominator

    Joined: 9/19/2007
    I like my Double Bull Darkhorse!
    All We Do Is SELFILMED

    Same here. I also sent it in to get the lightweight rods/hubs put in.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

    what?!! details? how much $? and how much weight does it save? i love my darkhorse, but i find it a tad heavy strapped to my pack on long hikes.

    Give Erin a call at Primos.  For $50 she will send you all the rods (20) and the 5 hubs needed to do yourself. All you will need to do is cut the rods (hacksaw) to length.  There’s a video on the Primos
    site called  fixing your hub blind part 3 that will guide you through the process of removing the original hubs from the blind. Then it’s just a matter of replacing with new light weight hubs and rods. A VERY simple process and VERY well worth it. Reduced the overall weight of my blind by 7lbs.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm #576597 Back to Top REPORT
    tominator
    Tominator

    Joined: 9/19/2007
    the darkhorse doesnt meet the OP’s criteria. 

    two fits fine, three? forget it. not with bows. and it isnt 360 degrees.

    Sorry Vash – what I meant was I wanted one with a window of some sort on the back. Don’t know of any that are truely 360 degrees. Looks like the Darkhorse has gone to pasture. Can’t seem to find one. Discontinued. Only one I see is the Doublewide – kinda looks like the Darkhorse from what I can tell.

    Yes, Doublewide is the same as the Darkhorse except they modified the door opening to make it bigger and easier to enter. I personally dont like it because you loose a shooting port in the area where the door is made bigger. And, the original door works just fine for me.
    If interested, my archery dealer has a couple of the original Darkhorses in stock. Just pm me if you are interested and I will give you their contact info.

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