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Avian-X Topflight Pintails Lead The Way

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Date: 7/29/15
Manufacturer: Avian-X (Zink)
Category: Decoys

 

FOWL WARNING: We will be giving these decoys away to our fans; rules at bottom of page

Introduction: By now most hunters have heard of the Avian-X Brand made by Zink. This line of decoys is designed by World Champion carver Rick Johannsen and has taken the decoy world by storm with their ultra realistic postures and paint schemes. Saying that, Avian-X has raised the bar in the decoy department is a major understatement. Ever since their release they have been all the talk on the public forums. Which is why we thought it would be a perfect product for us to write about.

Avian-X Topflight Pintail

Model & Size  Topflight Pintail, 17″ from breast to tail
Material  Soft Plastic
Features  Sold in six packs, 4 drakes(2 feeders and 2 low heads), 2 hens ( 2 low heads)
MSRP $69.99

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These are the postures that come with a pack of 6. Two low head drakes, two low head hens and two reader drakes.

These are the postures that come with a pack of 6. Two low head drakes, two low head hens and two feeder drakes.

First Impressions: I think we can all agree that these decoys look amazing in the catalog. When we opened the box we were not disappointed. The decoys look very realistic from head to tail. The first thing people notice about the Avian-X brand is that it’s not your normal hard plastic decoy. These decoys are more like a hard rubber or soft plastic. When you push on them they give a little, then go back to the original shape. The paint seems durable, but only a season of hunting will prove that. All the decoys feature the Avian-X weight forward swim keel.

Up close shot of the back detail on both the hen and drake.

Up close shot of the back detail on both the hen and drake.

 The only thing that caught my eye as not being perfect was the back end of the drake “the rump.” In the catalogs it shows this area being completely painted whitish yellow, but as you can see on the decoy just the top half is painted. The rest of the lower rump area is the regular body color grey. This area of the decoy will probably be under water anyway, so it shouldn’t matter.
The Bottom half of the rump section on the drakes was left painted grey.

The Bottom half of the rump section on the drakes was left painted grey. “Seemed a bit unfinished”

 Field Test: We took the decoys out to a pond to try them out. With the help of the weight forward swim keel, every decoy self righted and floated just fine . Although we had no current to test the keels in, when the decoys were in open water they moved very well with the slightest breeze. All the postures looked very lifelike on the water especially the surface feeder. It was weighted perfect, so that half the bill was down under the water.
The surface feeder was made so the tip of the birds bill would be just under the waters surface.

The surface feeder was made so the tip of the birds bill would be just under the waters surface.

 All of the decoys colors were very accurate to the real bird. Avian-X even went the extra mile by adding the  green and dark purple iridescence to the drakes head. The area of the rump that was not painted the whitish yellow color was mostly under water so it didn’t really matter. All in all these are some of the most realistic pintail decoys we have ever seen. The jury is still out on the durability, but they pass the scratch test and I have heard from others that the paint adheres very well to the hard rubber material of the decoy.
Both the drake and hen colors are very accurate.

Both the drake and hen colors are very accurate.

These decoys are slightly over sized (17″ from breast to tail) this should help them be more visible. The weight forward swim keel is unique to the Avian-X line and really allows the decoy to move naturally on the water. To utilize the design, simply snap your decoy line into the swim clip and place it in the water.

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Here is a shot of the keel design and the swim clip that helps give the decoy extra movement.

 Avian-X Topflight Pintail
 Quality  Great quality, should last for a long time
 Price  A little on the high side for 6 decoys but often you get what you pay for
 Performance  These decoys perform the way they are supposed to, Self righting and float great.
 Design  Nice design, look forward to more body styles in the future.
 Side NoteThese mixed into your spread will add realism and visibility

 

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 Lifelike
 Most big retail stores carry them
 Keel design allows them to move well in the wind or current
The whole spread of 6, couldn't look much more realistic.

The whole spread of 6, couldn’t look much more realistic.

Conclusion: Pintail decoys can be a huge benefit in your spread for a couple of reasons. Generally, pintail are very cautious birds and if ducks see them in your spread they will assume everything is safe. The other reason is that Pintail drake decoys stand out due to their white breasts. Real ducks can see the white from far off. These are very nice quality made decoys that would be a good option if you are in the market for a new set of pintail decoys.  Avian-X not only has a complete line of duck decoys but also has numerous goose and turkey decoys that are worth taking a look at.  

Click Here to order yours today!

  • We will be giving these decoys away to our readers and Facebook followers. Two People will each win three of these Avian-X Topflight Pintail Decoys. To be eligible to win all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter at the top right of the screen and share the giveaway post on Facebook. Winners will be announced on August 7.
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Ultra realistic.