Since my local store did not have Ameristep Doghouse Ground Blind in stock, I ordered one through Academy to be delivered to my house. When it arrived the box was a little rough but still appeared to be serviceable. However, I pulled it out of the box and allowed it to uncoil in my living room...bad idea. After it started to open it threw dirt all over my living room, that is when I determined it must be a returned item. The blind itself also had numerous pinholes all over the top, another
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indication it was used because it apparently blew away from someone and rolled across the ground near mesquite trees. Never-the-less, putting the flexible fiberglass x-bars in to support the roof is not as easy as one would think. It is hard to collapse it blind so it will go back in the bag, even though it will probably get easier over time. Regardless, since this was a obvious defective returned item and I was charged full price, there was no way I was going to keep it, so I returned the item for a refund and bought a better Ameristep blind. The blind is worth buying if you can figure how to collapse it to get it back in the bag, especially if your in the field. The return item being shipped out as a new unopened new item was probably a mistake but should have never happened.