What’s the big deal, you might say? A chair is a chair, right? Well, you may think that, however, if you have spent much time in a blind —like all day sits— you know that is far from the truth! The TideWe hunting chair is not just another chair. We're going to take you through the nitty-gritty details that might help you decide if this is the right chair for you.
Unboxing of Tidewe 4 Legs Hunting Chair
Right out of the box, two things jumped out at me. First, there was nothing to put together before the chair was ready to use. Nothing! And, if you've been around hunting gear and equipment very long, you know what a blessing that is. Instead of spending the first-hour reading parts sheets, and assembling things with the plethora of different numbered or lettered screws, I was enjoying the comfort of the chair.
The second thing that I noticed was the detailed assembly and use instructions. Again, there is a lot of hunting equipment out there that requires tedious assembly and no instructions in the box! I've torn apart boxes thinking there had to be an installation guide in there somewhere, only to be left empty-handed. The TideWe chair contained great information on how to pack the chair in and set up a chair.
The chair is built so it can be folded, with the base attached via Velcro straps, to the underneath side allowing for a sleeker profile when packing in and out of the woods. When I first attempted to attach the base to the underside, I ran into an issue with one of the straps being too short. After consulting the guide, I noticed I was attaching the base facing the opposite direction as the diagram showed. When I flipped the base, it was a perfect fit! The detail that has gone into both the design and the guide is phenomenal!
Pros of Tidewe 4 Legs Hunting Chair
Putting the chair to use, I found some great features worth noting. This chair is built sturdily. No underrated parts here. This will no doubt hold your weight, even for the plus size hunters out there boasting a weight capacity of 330 lbs. Along with the sturdiness, this chair is comfortable, built wide with a pad and ergonomic design. If you are not careful, it will put you right to sleep! Long, all-day sits and being uncomfortable with your back-breaking by the end of the day are a thing of the past!
With the ability to adjust the height to see out of the window of your blind without contorting, and the leg adjustment to level the chair even when set up in a place that is not level, this chair is next to amazing.
The chair goes from compact to ready for use in seconds, using built-in nobs for the bolts that bolt the legs to the seat. Fold up the back of the chair seat itself and you’re in business. I love the lip on one side of the base that keeps the base from slipping like it might do since it’s bolted with hand-tightened knob-style bolts. A great feature for sure!
The seat pad is comfy, but also removable for warmer weather situations. The material underneath is TechMesh which is also very comfortable and offers a little cooler seat with a little less weight. If you have a blind that is not completely watertight, removing the pad would allow the chair to dry more quickly if leaving the chair in the blind.
The chair is the perfect height for just about any blind as the seat can be adjusted from about 18” to 22” in height. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. After multiple days in a blind with 4-5 hours sitting at a time in hot weather in Wyoming antelope hunting, we were very sore from having to hunch down to see out of the blind. I only wish I had had this chair before this trip.
The TideWe Hunting Chair is very quiet in the blind with a silent swivel. This is very important for hunting and very appreciated due to the time and engineering invested.
Cons of Tidewe 4 Legs Hunting Chair
The biggest downside to this chair is the weight of it for packing in and out. As already mentioned, the chair is sturdy and comfortable. The trade-off is the weight. This is not a chair that you would want to pack in with you with a blind, a gear pack, and a rifle or a bow and walk a mile or more. But, it is ideal for shorter distances, or if you have a set already made previously, and only carry the chair in addition to your normal hunting gear.
Another disadvantage comes mostly to archery hunters as the armrests could get slightly in the way of shooting. An easy fix is available by sliding to the front of the seat or leaning slightly over to the side.
What I Might Improve
Time is everything when it comes to hunting for me. One improvement I would like to see on this chair would be two of the bolt holes catty-corner of each other with cut-outs on the base. This would allow the ability of only removing two of the bolts completely, and loosening the other two. The base could then slide into the loosened bolts. Once in place, add the other two bolts and tighten all four. A faster and possibly easier attachment particularly in the dark. Since I am a bowhunter, I would personally like to see either a version of this chair without armrests or the ability to adjust the armrests if desired. Another great feature might be an auto-adjustable height rather than a bolt to adjust the height for a quicker and more hands-free adjustment of the chair.
All in all, very minor adjustments for an otherwise great chair! And at the price point for this chair, you cannot beat it for comfort and sturdiness, particularly for those long sits in the blind. I’m already considering heading to truwildlife.com to pick up another to-have pair! Head to truwildlife.com to get your TideWe Hunting Chair - and tell them Kevin sent you!