Cabela's Interceptor Layout Blind Review:
The Cabela's Interceptor ground blind has a nice mix of features, quality and value. At $170, it would fall in the middle to lower end of the cost spectrum. You can find some Final Approach and Avery blinds for $250-$300. Considering that I'd only use this for 3 or 4 days in a year, I wasn't necessarily looking to spend more to get the best.
The Interceptor that I purchased features the Corn Belt camouflage pattern. This is a great pattern for my purposes - works great in a freshly cut silage field and works well in wheat stubble. The stubble attachment straps are little elastic straps all over the blind that allow you to easy add more camouflage by picking up stubble and 'attaching' it to the blind.
The blind is light, weighing in at only 15 pounds. But, it doesn't setup or fold down as easily as one would think. When setting this up in the dark or in a hurry, it will take longer than expected. Also, the blind doesnít fold up real easily Ė itís a challenge to be mobile with this blind. If mobility and quick setup are a priority for you, chose a different blind such as the Avery Power Hunter.
There are four connections made where metal inserts through plastic - I've had trouble with these and see it as a long-term durability issue. Additionally, some metal parts can become exposed, possibly frightening weary geese.
The seat and floor padding is very comfortable - I've caught quite a few Z's in the morning laying in this while others grew uncomfortable in their blinds. The blind is medium in terms of its height & profile. I'm a bigger guy and I'd describe it as being tight (vertically) with my jacket on and gun at my side. The pockets are well placed, the flagging holes are great, and the foot zipper opening is a must (cleaning out from muddy boots - trust me, you'll have to use this feature). There is no camo over your face - this can be nice for calling and keeping an eye on the approaching birds (if you are careful), but I would prefer to have the option of a flap of camo mesh.
The full length enclosed size is great - some others taper off and essentially become a 'sleeping bag' at the bottom resulting in more mud inside and tangled boots when you need to move.
The long and the short of it is that the Cabela's Interceptor is a nice mid-ranged priced ground blind. For someone who hunts out of a ground blind on occasion (less than 10 times per year), it's a great blind.
Reviewer: - Nick Schwarz
Review Date: - 10/10/2006