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Greenhead Gear Pro Grade Mallards Setting the Pace.

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Date: 7/18/13
Manufacturer: Greenhead Gear
Category: Decoys

 

Total Score: 8.13 Great

 Introduction:  Greenhead Gear keeps the reputation alive with some of the most realistic decoys on the market. From the original series to the pro grade series the one thing they all have in common is realism. While Greenhead gear has about every pose imaginable in the pro-grade series, we are going to focus on a swivel head active drake and a rester hen.

Greenhead Gear Pro Grade Mallards

Model Mallards, AVE7310
Material Molded Plastic
Keel 60/40 Keel
Features Active, Rester/Sleeper, Surface feeder
MSRP $64.99 Per 6
Up close sot of both hen and drake heads

Up close shot of both hen and drake heads

First Impressions: As usual, when we got them out of the box, we were shocked with the detail in these decoys. The drake’s head swiveled and had to be installed, which was an easy task, and the hen’s head was in a tucked in, resting position. The colors seemed to be spot on and the decoys were anatomically correct. The feather detail was exceptional and even featured something special, separate wing tips that were installed by the factory.

One screw holding in the wingtips, talk about attention to detail

One screw holding in the wingtips, talk about attention to detail

Needless to say we were very satisfied with the way the decoys looked. The drake decoy was missing a couple small spots of paint where it looked like it had been rubbing against the box during shipping. The bottom area of the drake’s breast was very thinly painted at the factory, not that this would make much of a difference to the ducks because that area would most likely be under water.  Overall, we were happy with the way they looked and ready to take them out on the water.

Back detail of both hen and drake

Back detail of both hen and drake

Field Test: We took the decoys out on the water to see how they performed. The 60/40 design self righted the birds with no issues. They floated well in the water and had plenty of movement with a slight breeze. After only seeing these two on the water it’s easy to imagine how an entire spread of pro grades with different poses would be deadly, to even some of the wariest late season mallards.

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Drake and hen looking lifelike

The paint was very flat to keep the birds from shinning in the sunlight. The drake’s green iridescent head really stood out with the black shading. The decoys are slightly oversized and float high in the water. This helps them stand out, especially if you are hunting around grass or weeds.

Greenhead Gear Pro Grade active drake

Greenhead Gear Pro Grade active drake

Greenhead Gear Pro Grade rester hen

Greenhead Gear Pro Grade rester hen

Greenhead Gear Pro Grade Mallards (?/10)

Quality

The Plastic seems plenty durable but the drake’s paint quality was lacking in a few areas

7

Price

Slightly higher priced for six decoys

7.5

Performance

Self righted and floated high on the water

9

Design

Varies different posses, extreme feather detail including plastic wingtips for added realism

9

Total Score:

8.13

 

                        Positives                                                                     Negatives
Ultra realistic and lifelike Paint issues observed with the drake
Tons of lifelike posses Made in China
Ride high on the water to help stand out
60/40 keel and closed tail feathers to help prevent tangles with decoy line

60/40 keel and closed tail feathers to help prevent tangles with decoy line

Conclusion: These are good decoys and would be a great option for anyone just getting into duck hunting or someone that’s looking to add to their spread. While Greenhead Gear has some fantastic decoys, they all seem to have a small paint issue here and there. For some, this is a deal breaker. For others, they will put up with it due to the fact that the decoys are so lifelike. No matter which side you’re on I think we can all agree, if Greenhead Gear could figure out a way to make their paint extremely durable, they would have the ultimate decoy.

Close up of both hen and drakes speculum

Close up of both hen and drakes speculum

Paint applied too thin on the drakes lower breast area

Paint applied too thin on the drakes lower breast area

Decoys in the weeds

Decoys in the weeds