Bowhunting Gear Hot List from BowHunting.com
Having the right gear is important for any sport- for safety, comfort, and performance. Hunting is no exception! Check out some must-have bowhunting products reviewed by BowHunting.com.
Hunter Safety System Ultra-Lite Grid Harness
Over the past 6 or 7 years I’ve worn and hunted in just about every safety harness on the market, and the Hunter Safety System Ultra-Lite has been my favorite so far. However, in spite of the fact that the harness is light, easy to use and comfortable, I’ve always felt that the foam padding on the shoulder straps was a bit stiff. When seated it had a tendency to “pucker” up a bit which kind of annoyed me. Well it’s almost as if the folks at HSS read my mind (perhaps they got this info from the NSA?) when they designed the new “Grid” series harness. The fabric on this new safety harness is lighter and more flexible than ever which means it will contour to my shapely figure (which way to the gym again?) and be more comfortable while keeping me safe. At around $100 retail you can’t go wrong.
Stealth Cam G Series Cameras
Okay I know that some of you have some pretty strong opinions about Stealth Cam and some of their cameras from the past. While I’ve had pretty good luck with last year’s run of ZX7 series cameras, they weren’t without their faults. However, going into 2014, Stealth Cam has completely revamped their camera line from the ground up. This means nothing in the new G Series camera is a carryover from the ZX7 cameras. From the electronics inside the camera to the new case design and even the new logo, this is an all new Stealth Cam. And while we haven’t been able to put these cameras through all of their paces quite yet, the first model we got for testing has been performing flawlessly. The new cameras have great trigger speed, great photo quality, take awesome HD video with audio and are a breeze to set up. If things go as well as I think they will, I plan on having a full stable of G42NG cameras running by summer time.
The new G Series cameras run for a retail price around $180 for the 42 LED camera and $150 for the 30 LED camera.
Muddy Outdoors Pro Camera Arm
I’ve been using my original Muddy Outfitter camera arm since I first got it 5 or 6 years ago. I know that camera arm like the back of my hand, and I feel like I could set it up in the dark with my eyes closed. We’ve been through a lot together over the years, and she’s been good to me. However, like all camera arms, the one thing that’s always annoyed me is the “click click click” of the ratchet strap used to secure the camera to the tree. It always seems like the quieter it is in the pre-dawn darkness, the louder the ratchet clicks are. If you’ve ever filmed hunts you know what I’m talking about! Well the new Pro camera arm from Muddy Outdoors solves that problem with their silent ratchet strap. I don’t know how they did it, but I can’t wait to try it! It may not actually solve my problem of not being able to shoot bucks on film, but in my mind it’s certainly going to help. As an added bonus the new Pro camera arm is also 2 inches longer than the Outfitter arm of old for a little extra reach around the tree.
What could be easier than boiling a pot of water and dipping your arrows in it, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you! The new Speedfletch from NAP is essentially a rubber tube with NAP’s Quikspin vanes molded right into it. You simply slip the Speedfletch over your arrow shaft (yes, they’re available in multiple sizes for different arrows) apply a dab of quick set glue on either end, and you’re done. I feel like the laziest hunter alive when I tell you how excited this makes me. Although in truth, it’s mainly because I no longer have to worry about my wife yelling at me for using her flower vases to hold boiling water when applying my Quikfletch.
Now when we first posted photos of the Speedfletch, we had a few folks out there talking about how heavy they looked and how much extra drag they would create. First off, they only weigh about 35 grains apiece. Compared to the 32 grains of the standard Quikfletch, the difference in negligible. Secondly, sure, they may have a little extra drag if you look at the “lip” on the front of the Speedfletch. But let’s not kid ourselves here – we are bowhunters not Olympic archers. I’m shooting deer typically under 30 yards so “drag” isn’t much of a concern.
Crooked Horn Crossback Neck Saver
Another cool product for those of us who film is the Crossback Neck Saver. It is a great little contraption to hold my DSLR while I’m in the stand. Rather than wrapping it around my neck so it gets tangled in my binos, or taking it on and off a gear hook every time I want to use it, the Crossback will allow me to keep it close to my side for those cool b-roll shots we try to get while in the field. After all, if I can’t kill deer at least I can look cool trying. My only concern is the size of the pouch and if my camera will fit or not. I suppose I’ll just have to get one and try it out.
Danner Pronghorn Boots
I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge rubber boot fan. I know, I know! In the bowhunting world it’s almost an unforgivable sin to enter the woods without your knee-high rubbers. They’ve been a staple of bowhunting since my first pair of uninsulated black rubber boots my dad made me wear when I was 13. My feet still get cold just thinking about them.
In any case I have two problems when it comes to rubber hunting boots. First, my feet sweat a lot. Second, my feet get cold easily. Combine those two problems, and you’ve got a recipe for some miserable hunts. And while my Aerohead boots are without question the warmest and most comfortable rubber boots I’ve ever owned, I still prefer a good pair of 400-800 gram insulated hunting boots when the temps start to drop. Queue the new Danner Pronghorn! They’ve been completely redesigned for this year which means I can break them in during summer scouting and trail cam checking and be ready to go come October.
For my last product I give you Swiftwick socks. Now I know this isn’t exactly a flashy or cool hunting product, but let’s face it, our hunts will be a lot more enjoyable if our feet are dry, warm and comfortable. By a sheer stroke of luck I happened to meet the CEO of Swiftwick while eating lunch at the ATA show. Within a manner of a few minutes he gave Clinton Fawcett and myself the complete story on what exactly makes a good sock, why compression socks are beneficial for hunters and why Swiftwick socks are the best socks ever made. After nearly two days of 12+ hours on our feet at this show, we were about ready to try anything to make our feet feel better. So we tried on a couple pairs and, as they say, the rest is history. I just ordered ½ dozen more pairs of these socks to wear at the upcoming Great American Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, PA.
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