Ameristep Brotherhood Ground Blind
Love the size and gun ports
Every ground blind that I have owned was covered with tiny puncture holes where the seams and external brush straps are attached.
There are TWO SIMPLE SOLUTIONS;
#1: FOR LIGHT RAIN - First thing that I do, is set up the blind, then turn it upside down. Then I spray the entire roof (now the floor) with a flexible sealant. I have found that black Rust-Oleum Leak Seal adheres well, seals the pin holes, solves the issue of the Ameristep
black coating that rubs off. I use two cans and give it a day between coats. The roof & 6" of the upper side walls are now VERY water resistant. I have also sprayed the walls where there the pin holes bother me.
#2: HEAVY RAINS - I had the little Mrs. buy some Realtree fabric. She sewed the fabric together to create a rainfly that is 2 feet wider than the roof (all the way around. In the underside of the center she sewed a 1 foot piece of paracord, that I tie to the eye-loop in the center top of the blind. This keeps the rain fly from buffeting up & down in the winds. Thee corners are doubled up and grommeted for paracord tie downs. I made the tie downs REALLY LONG, so that I'm never at a loss to being able to tie them off to something. Before I had the rainfly, I sat through a hellacious storm that dumped a couple of inches into our blind. NO MORE! I went a step futher, and coated the underside of the rainfly with 3 cans of the Black Rust-Oleum Leak Seal.
The included stakes (glorified coat hangers bent into hooks) are A JOKE. I immediately throw them out and add 12 military tent stakes to my blind bag for all of the corners, center tethers and for the rainfly tethers. A yellow nylon stake mallet is quiet, light and perfect for the job.
This blind is 4 inches wider each direction than my previous Dominator Ameristep Blind. My 18 year old can sleep on the floor and I can sit in a folding chair. There is plenty of room for the two of us to both use mildly reclining folding chairs.
The full length corner windows do leak like a sieve during blowing rains. The windows are on the inside. For this we are making a rainfly that is even wider. Now worried about accidentially shooting a paracord teather - they are easily replaced.
The full length corner windows are EXCELLENT for looking down into canyons or seeing those turkeys walking right next to the blind. I also prevents me from having to frequently lead close to the windows to look out or peer over.
The gun ports are another great idea. I wish that they had a "bug flap" to keep the flying critters out. No need to tear velcro or operate a zipper - risking making alarming noises.
Overall an improvement. Is there more room for improvement? WAY YES.
May 31, 2014
I bought this blind this past weekend and at first was in love with it. Tons of room and at 6'1" I could stand up in side of it no problem. Plenty of windows to adjust to your needs and after talking to several people that also own it, they DON'T recommend shooting through the shoot through mesh. From the inside it looked like a night sky. Hundreds of dots of light from the stitching which I late found out turn this blind into a total sieve with moderate drizzle. After packing it up a few times each day and going to a different location I noticed how easily it was to "scratch" this material. Even though I was on the leaves, every scratch from rubbing against something allowed more light inside. I felt like the material was made out of that scratch ticket stuff. This blind makes no mention of being even water resistant so be forewarned. If it will rain, you WILL get wet and water drips EVERYWHERE! It definitely should have ports on all 4 sides. Overall I was let down. Great concept but hunting in the Spring & Fall comes at high risk of rain and these blinds should be water proof or at least quality water resistant and more durable, scratch resistant material. No floor liner in it. Buy outdoor carpet to keep you clean and dry. I returned mine to buy a better quality one...
October 20, 2013
I recieved a smaller Ameristep blind (63" wide) for Christmas, tried to draw my bow once inside and it was really cramped. Took it back and exchanged it for this one (82" wide) and it's perfect! Plenty of room for two bow hunters and their gear. I love the window design. Two sides are wide open and offer a 180 degree view while the other two sides offer more concealment and gun ports. So whether gun or archery hunting this blind will work great. I stuffed two tripod chairs and a camera tripod inside the carrying case. If you use a simple nylon cinch strap with a buckle it makes getting everything into the case much easier. With the added weight on my second time out the stitching started to come apart where the shoulder strap connects but that's probably my fault. :)
January 8, 2013
I have used it several times. Good blind but as other reviews state, "you can see light through the seams." For the money I don't think one should have to purchase a seam seal product.
November 29, 2012