In our first decoy test, we checked how the paint faded over the course of 90 days on a pond. For our second test, we froze our decoys and hit them with a 2×4. In our third and final floating duck decoy test, we wanted to see how well the paint would hold up to repeated abuse. Over the course of a season, decoys get tossed in and out of boats and beat off each other. How well the paint resists cracking, chipping, scuffing, and rubbing off is an important aspect of deciding which brand to purchase. To simulate the repeated abuse a decoy takes, we hooked decoys from Avian X, DOA, Tanglefree, Higdon, Hard Core, and Greenhead Gear, Dakota, and G&H to the back of a truck and drug them 2 miles down a dirt road. Watch the video to see how it all unfolds and scroll down for before and after photos of all of the decoys.
As we’ve said before, we do not have any affiliation with any of these companies. These tests are simply meant to present what happened. We will not rank them in any way. The final decision is up to you!
Avian X Topflight Mallards
A few small places where the paints rubbed off on the side and top of the head.
Sides of the body show wear with paint having rubbed off.