Archives For Reviews

productsnew480x480master-nocallout

Now may seem like an odd time for a gear review review on a bug repellent as I just finished up a trail run in 6 inches of snow and subzero windchill, but really now is a great time to be thinking about your Spring adventures.   Look at it this way, you likely just received some gift cards or had to take back the pink bunny suit so you’ve got a little expendable income right now.  Think forward a few months to when you’re turkey hunting, camping, or doing a little Spring fishing and how awful the mosquitoes will be.  At that point it will be too late and you’ll have to just grin and bear it. Take advantage of some great technology and make your upcoming outdoors activities just a little more enjoyable.  Thermacell has been expanding their lineup of mosquito repellers continuously since hitting the market several years ago.  One of their most recent offerings is the MR450 which I had the pleasure of testing out this past summer.   Continue Reading…

ascent-art

The Subalpine Pattern is the Latest from the Team at Sitka.

In the world of technical hunting clothing Sitka has clearly made a name for themselves as arguably the premier manufacturer.  They have a wide range of offerings for all types of sportsmen AND women ranging from whitetail hunters, waterfowl hunters, to mountain hunters and anything in between.  With such an extensive offering and the fact that they strive for continuous improvement it’s easy to see why I’m a fan.  This past year at the ATA show when I met the team from Sitka it was truly fascinating to see and understand the thought and efforts that go into their work.  With all this being said, when I got the chance to try out several pieces from their Subalpine collection I was ecstatic! Continue Reading…

2832-0100-CONDOR LCX MARRON

When it comes to footwear I’m not one to cut any corners.  Even as a child my dad would always tell me you’ve got to take care of your feet.  That advise has proven accurate and something I have not taken lightly.  Think about it this way, every single step you take while in the field your feet have to balance on whatever terrain you’re on and transmit the force from your body to the ground and back up again.  If you’re not on your feet then you’re not going to get much hunting done.  With all that being said, I had the pleasure of being introduced to a company I had never heard of before, Le Chameau.  While I believe their bread and butter for years has been their outstanding rubber boots they also offer a leather hunting boot.  I had the opportunity to try out the Condor LCX this year leading up to and during the hunting season. Continue Reading…

Image morph test 2

What is one of the most important things you have to have during your workouts?  It’s gotta be good tunes!!!!!  In all my life I can rarely remember not having music playing while in the weight room or while running.  Of course that has progressed from a boom box and Walkman back in the day to streaming music now.  Along with those improvements came advancements in the ways we listen to music.  I would like to introduce you to my current method of getting my melodies, Decibullz.   Continue Reading…

In todays high tech, extremely competitive hunting gear market it’s often hard to keep up with all the constant improvements being made.  With that being said I covered a few of my favorite boots earlier this year from the ATA show (Danner and Lacrosse) as well as the premium offering from onX.  I wanted to go back and give you all a few updates. Continue Reading…

Wiebe-Knives-Arctic-Fox_large

If You’ve Never Used a Replaceable Blade Knife then the Wiebe Arctic Fox is a Knife You’ve Gotta Try.

All my life one thing that hunting season meant was sharpening knives.  Yes, there is a ton of other stuff to do in preparation for season but one extremely important tool that I always had on hand was a sharp knife.  I’ve found a couple brands that I’ve stuck too over the years and have used folding and fixed blades both.  I’ve used stones and ceramic sharpeners and even recently got an electrical belt type sharpener.  I have to admit though I had never used one of the replaceable blade knives that have somewhat recently joined the scene.  Fortunately for me I was introduced to Wiebe Knives who happen to have several different replaceable blade cutting tools to choose from.  Specifically I tested out the Arctic Fox and was impressed with my first foray into simply replacing my blade rather than sharpening it.   Continue Reading…

 

IMG_0861

YETI Coolers Lived Up to All the Hype and then Kept Going.

I never realized how much I needed a high performing cooler until I had one.  For most of my life I have gotten by with just about every cheap cooler you can imagine.  None lasted for long and certainly didn’t keep ice for extended periods of time.  I’ve even spent a little more on some there were supposedly better but was still left disappointed.  It all changed when I was introduced to YETI Coolers.  You’ve heard of YETI, but have you ever used one?  I have, then I went and got more.  It wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the Hopper 30 I reviewed, but because it was amazing at keeping things cold and with the active lifestyle I live I could use a few more in my life!  This review will cover my experiences with the Tundra 50 and Flip 12. Continue Reading…

DSC_0860

How Lucky I Felt to be in this Picture!  Home Sweet Camp!

A lot of us tend to focus on going ultralight and shoot for a minimalist approach to our camping setups.  What if we had a chance to carry all the comforts with us in a portable and easy to set up tent for our next outdoor overnighter?  If you have considered such a situation and you can drive to your camping spot then I’d like to introduce you to a company called Tepui.  Amongst other things (Tepui Gear Bags Review), they make top quality and pretty nifty rooftop (or truck bed top) tents. Continue Reading…

Gear Review: OnXmaps

April 10, 2017 — 1 Comment

elite-membership-banner

Hunting Fit, it’s all about preparation, right?  You bet!!  But don’t think that preparation is all physical.  There is also the research required to put you in a position to be successful on your hunts.  Besides draw odds and tag applications you need to know the physical location you plan to hunt like the back of your hand.  You must know the public and private boundaries, saddle locations, benches, but you also should know what the area looks like from the air.  That way you’ll know if what appears to be a meadow, really is a meadow.  Enter OnXmaps. Continue Reading…

dsc_0824

The Sitka Fanatic Series Finally Meets the Needs Required by Serious Whitetail Hunters

 

When you think high performance hunting clothing there is a short list of companies that come to mind, Sitka being one of them.  I have experimented with several brands and was presented with the opportunity to give the Fanatic Series a test this fall hunting whitetails here in Illinois.  I have had my eye on their gear for a while and once I found out they had a series targeting stand hunting for deer I couldn’t resist.  I’ve tried it all and can say that up to this point I’ve managed, but haven’t come across an article or set of clothing that really impressed me.  That is until now.  Continue Reading…