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I recently had the opportunity to test and use 3 of First Lite’s newest additions: The Cirrus Puffy, VAPOR StormLight Jacket, and SEAK StormTight Jacket. I wanted to write up my thoughts on these new pieces as I think that everyone will have a place for these items in their packs this fall. Continue Reading…

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A common occurrence for those who exercise regularly is experiencing tightness, pain, and inflammation. This is often the result of musculoskeletal changes that take place as a result of injury, wear-and-tear on joints, and other contributing factors. You body is made to function properly without pain so when you experience pain in muscles and joints, it is because something is wrong. Without correction, the problem will only get worse and worse. Continue Reading…

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Odor control is a pretty popular topic these days. Even though it is impossible to completely eliminate scent, it is possible to prevent the build up of odor. Some fabrics naturally prevent the build up of odor causing bacteria (such as merino wool), but these options are often expensive and not always ideal for certain environments. Synthetic clothing performs very well in wet, hot, or humid conditions, but is also notorious for becoming stinky within a day (sometimes just a few hours) of being worn.

Many different attempts have been made at treating fabrics with chemical sprays or using different fabrics, but the results are all over the map. Polygiene is a company that has come as close to perfecting the odor-control game as possible and I wanted to spend some time detailing their products as I believe there is a place in your hunting pack and your gym bag for Polygiene treated clothing. Continue Reading…

We’ve already seen Part I of the new products from First Lite. This is Part II.

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Hunt Backcountry’s latest podcast feature’s First Lite founder Kenton Carruth. Kenton and Mark discuss First Lite’s early days, the benefits of merino wool and the 2016 line. Check it out.

First Lite is always innovating and coming out with products that are nothing like anything offered by their competition. The innovative features and perfected designs have been proven time and time again to be unparalleled in the industry. This year, First Lite is introducing some great products that I wanted to detail in a series of articles. I was able to see all of their new products in person at the SHOT Show and I am very excited to experience these products in the field this year.

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I was in the market for a pair of boots that could be a good mid- to late-season boot for hunting elk during rifle season or hunting mule deer during the rut in December. I hunt in varied terrains from rolling hills to steep, rocky mountainsides so I needed a boot that could handle either while also being comfortable enough to wear all day.

I did not have the money for a high dollar mountaineering boots so brands like Scarpa and Asolo were out of the question. The boot I needed had to be an 8″ model as I needed better ankle support than what my 6″ Merrill Moab’s were giving me. After being given the opportunity to test out the Wolverine Edge Extreme, I decided it would be good to give them a try. Continue Reading…

 

Insulation jackets are an often overlooked (sometimes completely ignored) category of hunting gear. However, the insulation jacket is an essential part of anyone’s gear bag because when temps drop, regulating your body temp is critical. In this comparison, we will be taking a look at someone of the top insulation jackets available in the industry. We will not be looking at every available option, just the jackets that are most similar in technology, purpose, and price ($200-$250). Continue Reading…

Aside from being impossible to spell correctly on the first try, the Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket is a phenomenal insulation piece. It bridges the gap between fowl weather gear and cold weather gear. I have had a few weeks of significant use with this jacket and there are a few features that are especially worth discussing: Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: Eddie Bauer

Photo Credit: Eddie Bauer

A good upland vest is worth its weight in gold. Having a lot of features might seem like overkill to some, but as is often the case, you don’t need what you need until you need it. When you do need it, nothing is worse than not having it and trying to make do. The Mabton Flats Vest by Eddie Bauer is a feature-laden vest that is worth the cost of admission. If you spend more than a morning or two wingshooting, you need to give this vest a serious look. Continue Reading…