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March 2019

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Hilleberg Allak 3

Hilleberg is proud to introduce the new three-person Allak 3. Impressively strong, remarkably light, and fully freestanding (including two integrated vestibules), the Allak 3 can be pitched anywhere in most any conditions. The Allak 3 features 40.9 square feet of inner tent area and will easily accommodate three people and their gear. It is also an excellent choice for two people who want more room or have more gear.

With a minimum weight of 7 lbs. 1 oz., the Allak 3 features Hilleberg’s Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric, which is very lightweight, yet also boasts a minimum tear strength of 26 lbs. Its three high-strength aluminum DAC 9 mm poles cross each other in three places, providing a sturdy structure, and the easy-to-use pole system combines short pole sleeves with clips for quick and easy pitching.

As with all Hilleberg tents, the linked inner and outer tents allow quick and easy simultaneous pitching in any weather, ensuring the inner tent always stays dry. As with all Hilleberg all-season tents, the outer tent walls extend to the ground and the mesh areas are backed with adjustable fabric panels. The standard inner tent can be replaced with the optional Allak 3 Mesh Inner Tent, which can also be used on its own.

"I have a knack for stuffing more people and gear into tents than they are rated for. I can think of two trips that illustrate my ability to truly evaluate a tent’s carrying capacity. One occurred during a freak October snowstorm in Montana where we sandwiched six people into one tent to preserve all of our body heat as temps plummeted way below anything we were prepared for. The smells coming from that tent still haunt me. The second was a three-day scouting trip where we squeezed my wife, our two boys, two dogs, and myself into a tent that was optimistically rated as a three-man. When it comes to size ratings on tents and the ability of the tent-mates to access and use the space, I’ve definitely had my share of experience.

It was that experience that caught my eye when I saw the soon to be released Allak 3 from Hilleberg. I really like three-man tents for car camping trips, hunts where I plan to utilize a tent for a basecamp, and backpacking trips with a friend or two where the weight can be shared across several backs. The comfort and space of a good three-man tent is a welcome relief in poor weather and for the longer nights as fall fades into winter. I’ve camped in a lot of tents in this category over the years, and the floor plan, vestibules, and overall layout are the most important factors to consider when purchasing one. The Allak 3 looked like a perfect fit from a layout point of view, and with Hilleberg’s welldeserved reputation for building tents that last a lifetime, I wanted one bad. I knew it would be a perfect shelter for my wife’s Montana mountain goat hunt.

Fortunately, I was able to acquire a sample, and before I knew it, my wife, a cameraman, and I were headed into mountain goat country to a location that would leave us perched in a saddle above 9,000 feet and hopefully staring eye-toeye with some white billy goats on a daily basis. My wife and the cameraman had never met prior to the trip, so once again, I was about to test the close quarters of a tent. The fact that we had seen a sow grizzly with two cubs the first evening probably helped because my wife’s outlook changed from being hesitant to share a tent with a stranger in the backcountry to emphatically declaring that she was sleeping in the middle! As I suspected, I found attention to detail everywhere I looked on this tent and was very glad that we had the privilege of taking the Allak 3 on one of her maiden voyages.

OVERALL PACKABILITY

Anyone familiar with mountain goats knows that finding a flat spot to pitch a tent is half the battle. The destination I had chosen required about 2,500 feet of elevation gain over a four-mile stretch. The last 1,000 vertical feet involved an off-trail scramble through downfall and rock gardens that frequently required the use of all fours to make it up the hill. The words my wife used to describe this part of the hike in are not fit for print. Given those conditions, weight and bulk were serious considerations. At about 8 pounds, the Allak 3 is not the lightest or smallest tent in this space, but I knew that a comfortable basecamp that would handle any type of weather we could encounter would be worth every ounce.

When it came time to load our packs, there were a couple of options for sharing the weight of this tent. The Allak 3 is comprised of an inner tent and an outer tent. They are relatively easy to separate, and if you choose to separate them, the weight of the tent could be shared in almost equal thirds with one person carrying the inner tent, one carrying the outer tent, and the third party carrying the poles and stakes. In our case, I left the inner and outer tents attached and carried them while our cameraman carried the poles and stakes. I ditched the stuff sack for the tent and stuffed all of the loose fabric in the bottom of my pack, a tactic that I prefer for larger tents. By loading my pack this way, I didn’t notice any difference in packing this tent versus a much smaller and lighter tent that would not have been near as comfortable for our six-day backpacking trip.

PITCHING

I never recommend backpacking miles into the backcountry with a tent you’ve never set up, especially when it’s a prototype that won’t be released for six months. However, that’s exactly what I did. Not surprisingly, I was a little nervous as we laid the tent out on the ground to pitch it. Fortunately, all three of the included poles are the same length and they are color coded for their corresponding pole sleeves. As a result, set up was so intuitive that we had the tent up in less than 10 minutes without consulting the instruction manual. The included Y-pegs were perfect for the rocky soil we had to pitch the tent in, and as I suspected, they were up to the test of us beating most of them into position with a rock.

When the tent was set, we felt like we had a basecamp that would survive anything Mother Nature might throw at it over the next week. That is a good feeling to have, especially if you’ve ever returned to your tent to find it rolled up in a ball a hundred yards down the hill like I have.

TENT LIFE

The Allak 3 has a large door and a large vestibule on each side of the tent, which makes it feel way larger than it is. On nice days, we rolled the vestibule doors open on each side for ventilation during a few much needed naps. Every night, all of our gear was easily stored in the vestibules so that we had the peace of mind of knowing that everything would be dry for the morning hunt. The interior of the tent was very adequate for three people to sleep comfortably without feeling like we had to spoon each other to make it through the night. I definitely feel like this tent lives up to the three-man rating, unlike some other tents I’ve used in the past.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Hilleberg categorizes their tents as Black Label, Red Label, Yellow Label, and Blue Label for the spectrum of conditions they are designed for. Black Label tents are designed for mountaineering and surviving in the absolute harshest conditions in the world. Red Label tents are lighter weight than Black Label but are still designed for all season use.

Yellow Label tents are designed to be the lightest tents in the Hilleberg family and are rated as three season. Finally, Blue Label tents are specialty shelters designed for very specific purposes.

The Allak 3 is a Red Label tent that utilizes lightweight shell fabric on a bomb-proof chassis. If you live in a Hilleberg tent for several days, it becomes clear why they simply call themselves ‘The Tentmakers.’ The zippers for the vestibules feature large pull-tabs with holes in the ends of them that are big enough to use a trekking pole to close and open the zipper. This is a really nice feature when the vestibule has a lot of condensation on the inside of it and you’d be forced to get your back and arms wet trying to open or close it. Also, like many of their tents, the Allak 3 is designed with rain gutters that direct water away from critical access areas of the tent, drastically improving the quality of life for campers in miserable weather. Additional features that I liked were dual guy lines, ideally located vents, adequate internal gear storage pockets, and a lot of headroom when we were sitting upright in the tent.

My favorite feature of all was how quiet the tent was even in high winds. We were sleeping in grizzly country and saw a total of eight different black and grizzly bears on our trip. Too much noise from the tent at night keeps me awake wondering if something is prowling through camp. In spite of some very windy nights, I slept like a baby in a tent that is built to take a beating from the wind without so much as a wiggle!

The Allak 3 will hands down be my go-to for future three-man trips. I believe that Hilleberg perfectly straddled the line between weight and comfort on this tent, and the layout was as good as it can get for two to three campers sharing a tent."

MSRP: $1,160

For more information, go to www.hilleberg.com.


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Klymit Static V2 and Pillow Luxe

The most comfortable camping pad on the market just got lighter and more backpacker friendly. The Static V2 uses new high-end fabrics to lighten the load. Modeled after its namesake, it features dynamic side rails, unmatched stability, and a body mapped V shape that hugs the body like no other camping pad. At 1 pound, a tiny pack size, and an oversized sleeping area, the Static V2 is truly an evolved camping pad with unmatched comfort, size, weight, and ease of use.

A large, quilted pillow for those who crave extra comfort, the Luxe is an allaround crowd pleaser for casual campers, travelers, and backpackers willing to carry an extra ounce or two in the name of better sleep. The generouslysized air bladder is wrapped in a quilted, soft-touch fabric sleeve for next-toskin comfort, and the best part is that you can remove the quilted cover and toss it in the washer/dryer.

"When you spend multiple nights in a sleeping bag each season, it is critical that you have a comfortable option that stays inflated through the night. Over the years, I’ve tried everything from ultralight options to heavy, bulky pads that you’d never want to have to carry and have found that these products from Klymit have a perfect balance of weight, comfort, and durability. When you have room for an extra piece of gear, the new Luxe pillow has an outer lining that is nearly as soft and comfortable as my pillow at home! At an extremely reasonable price, you need to add a Klymit pad and pillow to your arsenal this year."
– Austin Atkinson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: Static V2 – $64.95, Pillow Luxe – $39.95

For more information, go to www.klymit.com.

Click here to view a video interview with Klymit.

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Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24 Pellet Grill

Enhance your back patio cookout with the revolutionary new SmokePro SG pellet grill featuring slide and grill technology. Switch seamlessly between Indirect and Direct Flame mode to achieve two delicious flavor profiles all on one grill. Slow cook your favorite cut of beef or slide the grill knob and toss a few burgers on for some direct wood-fired grilling. The new SmokePro SG features a taller cook chamber with additional rack space as well as a large capacity hopper. The SmokePro SG comes with Camp Chef’s patented Ash Cleanout System, stable temperature regulation, and dual meat probes, making it the only pellet grill you need to achieve wood-fired flavor.

"Pellet grills/smokers have been the latest craze, especially when prepping wild game. The smoke flavor that gets infused into your veggies and meat takes the flavors to the next level. The Camp Chef SmokePro pellet grill is a user-friendly, efficient way to increase your abilities on the back patio. One of the biggest benefits to me is that I can smoke and grill on the same unit. This thing flat gets hot! You can also remove the tray to get a direct flame charbroiled flavor. I’m a huge fan of reverse searing meat, so the ability to start at a low temp then turn it up super hot and sear until it is finished is a huge plus. Camp Chef thought of everything when they set the SmokePro up from the easiest way to clean ash to two very responsive and efficient meat probes to monitor internal temps. If you have never had smoked meat, you are missing out. I’d recommend getting yourself a Camp Chef pellet grill so you can take the first step in taking your cookouts to the next level."
– Stanton Upson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $782.99

For more information, go to www.campchef.com.


February 2019

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Tract Optics Toric 10X42 Binocular

TRACT Optics has introduced a new generation of 10x42 binoculars to its award-winning TORIC product line. This enhanced offering features superior image quality and precision components that give hunters and outdoor enthusiasts a world-class 10x42 binocular for clear, efficient, and unobstructed glassing of fields and targets.

The newest model adds industry-leading SCHOTT HT (High Transmission) glass for improved image quality and superior light transmission values, especially in the blue and violet spectrum, with outstanding color brilliance. Combined with standard features like a magnesium alloy body, waterproof and fogproof construction, and multistep eyecups with rounded edges, these enhancements deliver incredibly sharp and bright images. The large ocular diameter enhances the ability to see detail, while the ultra-high-definition ED glass and oil-phobic/scratch-proof/smudge-proof coating provides first-rate performance.

"When I received the TRACT binos in-house, the first thing I had to do was plop them on a tripod and get them outside. I was amazed at the quality of glass, especially at their price point. The SCHOTT HT glass provides a great level of light, especially in low light situations. I ran these binos on multiple hunts in 2018, everything from early season archery elk in Utah to Desert sheep in Nevada, and they did not disappoint. I have a tendency to be tough on binos, and with TRACT’s fully rubber armor system, durability was not an issue. Another exciting feature is a locking diopter that allows you to focus and secure your adjustment with ease. I have used many different brands, and these definitely hold their own and have a special place in my bino harness for years to come!"
– Stanton Upson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $694

For more information, go to www.tractoptics.com.


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Mathews Triax

Walker's Silencer BT high-performance digital ear buds are integrated with Bluetooth technology, including smartphone app control. The modern sound enhancement features are taken to the next level with four selectable modes. Universal mode is tuned for overall amplification, while Speech Clarity mode is specifically tuned to reduce ambient noise and focus on enhancing vocal frequencies, providing a valuable tool where clear communication is critical. Hi Frequency and Power Boost modes provide additional options for tuning the Silencer BT to hear exactly what you need to. Navigating the various modes is effortless thanks to programmed voice prompts, taking the guesswork out of knowing which mode you are in.

The Silencer BT incorporates the next generation of SAC (Sound-Activated Compression) by utilizing Variable Dynamic Sound Suppression that automatically adjusts the compression time based on the power level of the potentially damaging noise. This helps to deliver the optimum hearing protection in any situation.

"If you're like me, it is unlikely that you’ll choose to carry bulky headphones in your backpack when on a hunt and relying on your ability to find the two small foam earplugs you put in your pocket right before you shoot is almost impossible. These new Silencer Ear Buds from Walker’s fit the bill for the hunter who is on the move and ensures you are ready to take the shot when the time comes. While in Tanzania this past season pursuing Cape buffalo, I chose to utilize the features of these ear buds. It was critical that I would be able to hear sounds around me, especially the voices of the trackers and PH as we followed tracks of large bulls. The rechargeable batteries made it so I could turn them on at the beginning of the stalk and keep them in for a few hours without any discomfort. The crack of the large caliber rifles was no problem with the suppression features of these ear buds. After the intense moments of shooting a buffalo bull, I kicked on the Bluetooth feature, which allowed me to enjoy some tunes from my phone while on the drive back to camp."
– Austin Atkinson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $299.99

For more information, go to www.walkersgameear.com.


January 2019

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Kryptek Aegean Waterproof Rifle Slip

Protect your gear in the field with the ultimate in waterproof water protection. Long enough to fit most rifles, this case is designed for protection and ease of use.

"This past season, I took the Aegean Rifle Slip up to the Last Frontier to put it to the test. While on Kodiak Island hunting Sitka blacktail and sea ducks, I kept my most important piece of equipment dry and protected from the harmful saltwater spray. As we had to get in and out of a small skiff each day in the surf, most days under the cover of heavy rain, this waterproof case kept my gun protected and dry. If you’re headed into wet country, you need this new product from Kryptek!"
– Austin Atkinson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $149.99

For more information, go to www.kryptek.com.


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Mathews Triax

The 2018 TRIAX is highly maneuverable, deadly accurate, and the quietest, most vibration-free bow Mathews has ever built. It operates off of a 28" ATA platform with a 6" brace height and is powered by the award-winning, highly efficient, and extremely accurate Crosscentric™ Cam system, producing speeds up to 343 fps. The TRIAX features new 3D Damping Technology that works to control the three perceived axes of vibration stemming from the point of contact. The design and location of the new Enhanced Harmonic Stabilizer (EHS) diminishes all three paths of that residual vibration, drastically reducing post-shot noise and virtually eliminating felt recoil. This new location also transfers weight in front of and below the grip for a lower center of gravity, resulting in increased stability and easier aiming.

"I’m often skeptical about how much better a new bow can be as it replaces the previous year’s technology. However, the TRIAX totally changed my opinion on annual new bow releases. Shooting this bow for the first time feels like you are shooting a totally different weapon type. The ultra low vibration in my hand was the most impressive feature to me as it allowed me to stay focused on my target and actually watch my arrow’s flight path after release. Even though I have a 30.5" draw length, the compact size of the bow felt great in the woods. I look forward to their improvements on the TRIAX technology now available in the 2019 bows. Just when you thought you had a smooth shooting bow, you try the TRIAX and your world changes!"
- Austin Atkinson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: TRIAX – $1,099

For more information, go to www.mathewsinc.com.


December 2018

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Sitka Apex Series

The Apex Series is built for the uncompromising big game hunter who demands everything from their gear.

The Apex Hoody combines the benefits of merino wool and nylon in a specialized design purpose-built for big game pursuits. The merino-nylon blend offers natural moisture and odor management as well as comfort and noise reduction while retaining great stretch for navigating technical terrain. Reinforcement in the shoulders, arms, and elbows will withstand years of abuse, and removable elbow pads buffer long stalks and glassing sessions on unforgiving vantages.

The Apex Pant is equipped to meet the dynamic demands of big game hunting. A soft micro-grid fleece interior balances warmth and breathability during varying levels of activity while a bonded polyester face provides weather resistance and noise reduction. Removable kneepads and internally divided cargo pockets add function and stealth to an adaptable pant ready to hunt from early season well into the fall.

"The most critical features I need while archery hunting are found in the new Apex line from Sitka. On my Arizona elk hunt this year, I found the Apex Hoody and Pant to be the hot ticket to eliminate bulk and the need to carry extra pieces of gear. From chilly morning temps to hot sunny afternoons, I was comfortable and dry while stalking when there was very little time to make gear adjustments. Comfortable kneepads, ultra-quiet outer material, and the proper balance of warmth and breathability made it my pant of choice for my hunts in the early season. The Apex Hoody will make you rethink all of your previous shirt selections. This shirt has so many features that allow it to function more like a piece of advanced gear than just a long-sleeve shirt. It is one of the most comfortable shirts I have ever worn, and it is ready to go with the integrated hood, facemask, and oversized pocket."
– Austin Atkinson, Professional Hunt Advisor

MSRP: Apex Hoody – $219, Apex Pant – $209

For more information, go to www.sitkagear.com.


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Tract Optics Toric 30mm FFP Long-Range Riflescope

TRACT Optics has released two new 30mm long-range riflescopes in its flagship TORIC line. These offerings feature precision components and give consumers a world-class 30mm scope suitable for competitive or hunting-specific extreme longrange shooting. These riflescopes stand out with superior light transmission values, especially in the blue and violet spectrum. The ED lens minimizes color fringing and provides ultra-sharp images in low light at higher magnifications. A locking turret with multi-rotation zero stop features 20 MOA/10 MRAD per rotation. The scopes are waterproof, fogproof, and purged with Argon gas. Each option features an FFP illuminated reticle with 11 intensity settings with on/off positions between each level.

The new scopes are compatible with TRACT's custom turret system and allow the user to have turrets engraved to match specific cartridges or handloads. Matching loads to the new reticles is also easy as they are included in TRACT's Impact Ballistic Resource Web Program. Each scope is a matte graphite color with Type III anodizing, recoil tested to 1,000 g, offers side focus parallax adjustment focuses from 25 yards to infinity, and includes a 3" sunshade.

"As a self-proclaimed 'long-range hunter,' I've had the opportunity to shoot many different brands and calibers of rifles coupled with almost every optic brand in the marketplace. Without a doubt, most riflescopes seem to come with great spec sheets but lack a few key features that I feel are needed to have the perfect scope. Since we received the Toric, we have come to say in the office, this scope has it all! With a first focal plane reticle, locking elevation and windage turrets, 0.25 MOA click adjustments, a true zero stop, an adjustable illuminated reticle, an easy-to-turn magnification ring, and clear HD glass, this scope is poised to be a new favorite for longrange hunters. I chose this scope for my new 28 Nosler rifle, and I couldn't be happier with it!"
– Austin Atkinson, Professional Hunt Advisor

4-20x50 MRAD/MOA MSRP: $1,154

For more information, go to www.tractoptics.com.


November 2018

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KUIU Pro Pant

As improvements in technology have become available, we've made updates to numerous styles in our product line, but we've been apprehensive to apply updates in material and design to our most popular pant offerings. Instead, we've taken Toray's latest technologies and created the Pro Pant as a new addition. This versatile pant can be worn in a wide range of conditions, from early season to late season with proper layering, and it is ideal for rough terrain and harsh conditions where added durability is crucial. A new, very durable Primeflex polyester fabric was developed by Toray, which is more abrasive and pick resistant, yet it has the same fit, feel, and stretch that have made our pants popular among mountain hunters. Also included are the all-new, very quiet ULTRASUEDE foam-lined kneepads for increased comfort while kneeling or crawling. This pant is finished with coatings of Toray MAKSPEC and Toray DWR to reduce bacterial odor and repel outside moisture.

"My favorite hunting pant for 80% of hunting conditions has always been the KUIU Attack pant, that is until KUIU introduced the Pro Pant. I have been wearing the Pro Pant this year, and after getting an Alaska Dall sheep and Colorado elk/deer hunt under my belt with them, I can honestly say these are my go-to pants! The fabric seems to be slightly more durable than the Attack pant, and the kneepads are thick enough to provide protection but are not super bulky like in other brands to make them inconvenient to have on the garment. The fact that the kneepads add less than an ounce to the overall weight comparing them to the Attack pant makes them a must-have in my backcountry clothing lineup."
– Garth Jenson, Professional Hunt Advisor

Features:

  • Four-way stretch
  • Brushed interior
  • Foam kneepad
  • Articulate knees
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Hip vents
  • Two hand pockets
  • Two cargo pockets
  • Two seat pockets
  • One internal storage pocket
  • 34" inseam (can be let out to 35.5" for taller users)

MSRP: $180

For more information, go to www.kuiu.com.


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Sig Sauer Ballistic Data XChange (BDX)

SIG SAUER'S all-new Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) rangefinders and riflescopes are equipped with integrated Applied Ballistics® and wireless Bluetooth® technology. This groundbreaking BDX technology enables interoperability and key ballistic holdover information to be exchanged wirelessly between SIG SAUER BDX Electro-Optics products.

The BDX family of rangefinders includes: KILO1400BDX, KILO1800BDX, KILO2200BDX, KILO2400BDX, and KILO3000BDX rangefinder binocular. Available in 3.5-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm, and 6.5-20x52mm, the SIERRA3BDX riflescopes have the look, feel, weight, and size of traditional riflescopes. Rounding out these superior features is SIG SAUER's kinetic energy transfer indicator KinETHIC™. It provides assistance in assuring an ethical hunt by indicating when energy on target drops below a threshold that can be set by the hunter using the BDX app.

"Over the past few years, I have put SIG riflescopes on all of my rifles and have had great results. When Sig Optics rolled out the new BDX system this year, I knew one of my guns would be getting the scope switched out with the Sierra3 4.5-14x44 BDX that pairs with the KILOBDX rangefinder.

The Bluetooth setup for this is pretty easy and straightforward. Once you download the SIG app on your phone, you input your load data and sync it to the rangefinder. The rangefinder then talks to the scope and illuminates a dot on where you need to hold out to 800 yards. It works super quick and is deadly accurate. I first tested it at the range from 100 to 500 yards with flawless results and impacted the target on every shot. I felt confident with the results and was ready for my Montana antelope hunt.

The results on the hunt were just as I had experienced at the range. The buck I harvested was moving quite a bit, and adjusting a turret would have been a little difficult. The KILO1800BDX gives very quick readouts and made it very easy to make a one-shot kill on him. The BDX system would be a great scope option for anyone."
— Isaiah Joner, Outfitter Specialist and Professional Hunt Advisor

MSRP: KILOBDX Rangefinders start at $299.99; SIERRA3BDX Riflescopes start at $599.99

For more information, go to www.sigsauer.com.


October 2018

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Pnuma Selkirk Endurance Lightweight All-Weather System

Selkirk Endurance is a highly technical, uniquely designed hunting jacket and pant that will perform on every hunt no matter the season and no matter the weather. It's the new, lightweight version of the industry-leading Selkirk Hunting System. When it's too warm for a suit, stuff Endurance in your pack in case temperatures unexpectedly drop, the wind starts to blow, you stop to glass, you're pinned down, or rain comes your way.

The cut of Endurance is athletic but offers ample room and comfort for all the layers you'll need. No matter how cold it gets, the Porelle Extreme waterproof, breathable membrane will stay quiet and flexible. No matter the weather, you'll hunt in stealth, you'll hunt dry, and you'll hunt with freedom to move. That's the performance you get when you hunt in Endurance.

"I really like the versatility the lightweight Selkirk jacket provides. This is the perfect jacket for a September elk hunt when weather can change at the drop of a hat. Its waterproof capabilities allow you to keep hunting through those afternoon monsoons, and its Micro Brushed Tricot exterior allows for stealth when you are closing the distance on the bull-of-a-lifetime. This is a great allaround lightweight hunting jacket that is a must in your early season hunting pack!" – Garth Jenson, Research Specialist and Hunt Advisor

Features:

  • Moisture Vapor Transfer (MVT) rating: 120,000 g
  • Waterproof rating: >20,000 mm
  • Quiet, soft, super Micro Brushed Tricot
  • YKK Aquaguard zippers
  • SilverStrike™ anti-microbial odor control for stealth and freshness in the field
  • Easily packable
  • Order by waist/inseam for perfect fit
  • Tall size available – Jacket
  • Guaranteed for life

MSRP: $280/p>

For more information, go to www.pnumaoutdoors.com.


September 2018

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Tipton Ultra Gun Vise

With the Tipton Ultra Gun Vise, different modules can be quickly moved, rearranged, or removed anywhere along the rail. Over-molded rubber contact pads throughout the device prevent damage to the firearm. Ball and socket articulating clamp pads allow for the pads to adapt to any surface. The tube frame structure allows for complete access to your rifle. Dual Clamp Technology rigidly holds any gun shape in place. Leveling feet on all corners makes scope leveling easier. The modular system allows you to clamp components like AR Upper assemblies without needing to have them attached to the lowers. Engineered glass-filled nylon construction provides a high level of rigidity while preventing damage to your firearm.

Product Features:

  • Rigid Steel Frame
  • Modular Chassis Design
  • Fast-Turn Knobs for Quick Clamping
  • Includes AR Vise Black Module
  • Front and Rear Clamps are Height and Length Adjustable
  • Two Rearrangeable or Removable Accessory Trays
  • Works with Break-Action Firearms and Pistols

"The first time I saw the Tipton Ultra Gun Vise from BTI, I knew I needed to get my hands on one. I've used gun vises in the past, but no one vise was able to span my wide variety of weapons. The Ultra Gun Vise has me covered from bolt action to AR-style rifles to muzzleloaders and even doing minor work on my bow. The adjustability of the footings allows me to have a solid base while working. That combined with the articulating clamps makes for the most secure desktop vise I have ever used."
– Stanton Upson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $159.99

For more information, go to www.btibrands.com.


August 2018

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Vortex Optics Razor HD LH Riflescope

Simple, yet elegant, this riflescope is built to exceed expectations, no matter the person or the extreme hunts they take it on. HD (High Density), extra-low dispersion glass, an APO apochromatic lens system, XR Plus premium fully multi-coated lenses, and ArmorTek® on exterior lenses combine to deliver stunning image quality. Tacksharp resolution from edge to edge, coupled with its ultra-forgiving eyebox, serves up a sight picture nothing short of impressive.

The new HSR-4 BDC and G4-BDC reticles are super clean, yet highly versatile, for optimal target acquisition and pinpoint accuracy. The body of the scope features a one-inch tube diameter and is machined from a single, solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum. O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust, and debris from penetrating the riflescope for reliable performance in all environments. Argon gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures.

"When I first looked through the Razor HD LH model, I immediately knew it would be a keeper. The ease of finding an edge-to-edge clear view behind the scope is unparalleled in the riflescope world. It has a minimalist profile that keeps it light and sleek on your gun. I chose to mount the 3-15 model on my T/C muzzleloader last year to clear up my view and extend my effective range. With the reticle, it made it easy to holdover my target with the option to remove the top cap and dial in my elevation. When the moment comes, your target will be clear and your scope solid. With almost no opportunity for a follow-up shot, having the Razor HD LH on my muzzleloader was the best choice I could make. If you're looking for a simple, effective solution for your gun, just look through one of these Razor models. You'll be hooked."
– Austin Atkinson, Professional Hunt Advisor

MSRP:
1.5-8x32 – $949.99
2-10x40 – $999.99
3-15x42 – $1,099.99

For more information, go to www.vortexoptics.com.


July 2018

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Kestrel Knives Mountain Caper and Skeleton Ovis Hunter

Designed specifically for ultralight hunters and guides, the Mountain Caper knife is a lightweight caping knife that weighs a mere 22 grams. Peeling the lips, ears, and nose is a breeze with the nimble blade and skeletonized handle. The ultra-premium S90V stainless steel makes sharpening something you do after the hunt, not during. The Mountain Caper is perfect for those who weigh their gear in grams, and it is destined to become a staple in any hunter's pack.

Designed as an all-purpose mountain hunting knife, the Skeleton Ovis Hunter gets the job done fast and efficiently. Its upswept blade and fine point make it extremely versatile and ready for any task you may throw its way.

"I first handled a Kestrel knife in 2016 when a buddy received one as a tip from his client on a guided hunt. We used it that very same day to skin a cow elk, and from that moment on, I knew I would be purchasing one. A few weeks later, one arrived in the mail and was ready for use. After using it to skin, quarter, and debone a whole elk without having to sharpen it, I knew I had found the knife that would never leave my pack. I now own the whole set of Kestrel knives, and their performance always exceeds my expectations.

My favorite model is the Mountain Caper. It is extremely light and is the best knife I have ever used to cape an animal. The point of the blade is small enough to work around all the tight spots and is strong enough that you don't have to worry about the blade breaking. Last year, I caped three elk and two deer with it and only had to sharpen it twice."
– Isaiah Joner, Hunt Advisor and Outfitter Specialist

Mountain Caper Specs:

  • 22 grams
  • 4" handle
  • 2 3/4" blade
  • .080" thick
  • CPM-S90V stainless steel
  • Peters Heat Treat 63 RC
  • Full jimping
  • Stonewashed finish
  • UL Kydex Sheath - 7 grams

Skeleton Ovis Hunter Specs:

  • 34 grams
  • 4.25" blade
  • 4.25" handle
  • .080" thick
  • CPM-S90V stainless steel
  • Peters Heat Treat 61 RC
  • Thumb jimping
  • Stonewashed finish
  • UL Kydex Sheath - 12 grams

MSRP: Mountain Caper – $129.99; Skeleton Ovis Hunter – $159.99

For more information, go to www.kestrelknives.com.


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Mathews Halon X

The Halon X crossover bow is built to perform in the field or on the range. Measuring 35" axle to axle, the Halon X features a perimeter weighted minicrosscentric cam system that generates speeds up to 330 fps.

"I've been completely immersed in the archery industry for the better part of the last two decades. The innovation in bow design during that period has been unprecedented in terms of increasing speed, accuracy, and shootability while decreasing hand shock, noise, and overall size of the weapon. It's a great time to be an archer whether you are brand new to the sport or a 35+ year participant like myself.

After shooting the Halon X from Mathews for nearly a year, I couldn't help but tell all of my archery friends about how well it balanced, aimed, and shot in my hands. It shot so well that I wasn't sure I should even trust my own results with the bow, so I enlisted the opinion of my shooting mentor and elk hunting Guru, Dan Evans, for an opinion that was more qualified than my own. After cycling a ton of arrows through it, he and I agreed that it is an incredible balance of forgiveness and precision that is wrapped up in a package that is still ideal to carry as a hunting bow.

The Halon X is the best bow I've ever pointed at fur or foam. Give this thing a test drive at your local dealer and it's likely that you'll have a hard time not leaving with one in your hands. I loved mine so much, I bought a second one this year so I could have two. I've only had identical bows twice in my archery career, and the last time I did it was over 10 years ago. In short, I'm a believer!"
– Jerrod Lile, Huntin' Fool CEO and Hunt Advisor

Specifications:

  • Let-Off: 75%, 85%
  • Bow Weight: 4.94 lbs.
  • Half Sizes: 26.5-30.5"
  • IBO Rating: Up to 330 fps
  • Draw Weight: 50, 60, and 70 lbs.
  • Axle to Axle: 35"
  • Brace Height: 7"
  • Draw Lengths: 26-30.5"
  • Riser Length: 26 7/8"

MSRP: $1,299

For more information, go to www.mathewsinc.com.


June 2018

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Huskemaw Dual Stack Interlocking Turret

The Huskemaw Advantage is best described as the most precise, quick, and userfriendly system pre-validated in a known environment. The Huskemaw scope is built to withstand years of use and provide reliable functionality in all field conditions. The "Heart" of the Huskemaw Advantage is the turret, which is now available in a patented dual stack interlocking configuration.

Eliminate the Guess: The HO ballistic compensation technology is the first to use proven drop data specific to your rifle and ammunition. Additionally, Huskemaw's patented windage-enabled technology is engraved above corresponding distances in yards. These turrets, used in conjunction with the Huskemaw Hunt Smart Reticle, make an unbeatable combination. Dual stack turrets can be utilized on both the Huskemaw Blue Diamond and Tactical scope models.

Endless Combinations: The interlocking turret design provides a multitude of options. Outer turrets can be calibrated for local shooting, while the inner turrets can be built for hunts far away from home. They can be engraved for different elevations and temperatures. There is valid data 2,000 feet above and below each set elevation and 20 degrees Fahrenheit above and below each set temperature. Dual stacked turrets can also be engraved for different bullets/loads, continuous revolutions for extremely long-range shooting, MOA, meters, or a blend of the above. Essentially, one dual stack turret can handle shooting environments from 4,000 to 12,000 feet and temperatures from 10 to 70 degrees. Determining a correct firing solution is the most important factor to an accurate "one shot," long-range hit, and the Huskemaw Advantage can provide precision accuracy quickly and easily.

"As a western hunter, you have undoubtedly found yourself in a unit that is home to a wide range of elevations and temperatures. This Dual Stack turret from Huskemaw allows you to have two quick options at the data you need to make a calculated shot. For those who want even more flexibility, you can run an MOA turret on one turret and a quick-dial yardage turret on the other. It's the ideal solution for a western hunter, and I've had great luck using it on my rifle and muzzleloader hunts over the past few years!"
– Austin Atkinson, Huntin' Fool Professional Hunt Advisor

MSRP:
Huskemaw Blue Diamond Dual Stack Interlocking Turret – $124.99
Huskemaw 5-30x56 Tactical Dual Stack Interlocking Turret – $149.99

For more information, go to www.huskemawoptics.com.


May 2018

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Crispi Thor GTX

The Thor GTX was designed exclusively for the North American market and was tested in the rugged mountains of the West. This boot has a minimalistic feel but is capable of conquering any mountain. The Thor GTX is the perfect option for those looking for an early season, ultra lightweight boot with a stiffer flex of climbing any grade of terrain. The exclusive Crispi sole is designed to handle any type of grade thrown at it.

The Thor GTX is a non-insulated, super-breathable boot, but it is still waterproof thanks to the Gore-Tex® lining.

"I first handled the Crispi Thor boots at the Salt Lake Expo in 2017 and immediately knew it was a pair of boots I had to add to my collection. They arrived just in time to use for spring bear season. I was amazed at how comfortable they were straight out of the box. The softer rubber soles made them great for stalking conditions, but they were still stiff and 'grippy' enough to allow me to motor up steep slopes. Only a week after unboxing them, I put them to the test on a 14-mile round-trip scouting trip with about a 45 lb. pack and a couple thousand feet in elevation gain and loss. Even on steep sidehills, they provided enough ankle support to keep me from rolling my ankle. A boot with a build like the Thor that can handle various types of terrain with little to no break-in period should be in every hunter's arsenal. The look of this boot does not disappoint, much like its comfort. I would rank this as a very ideal boot for early to mid-season hunts with warmer temperatures. Crispi has done a great job of releasing multiple new styles of boots that are geared for hunters."
– Isaiah Joner, Huntin' Fool Hunt Advisor

Specs:

  • Upper – Water-repellent suede and high resistance cordura
  • Removable Footbed – CRISPI® air mesh, outstanding breathability and antiperspiration/anti-odor action
  • Protection – Triple-stretched, polyurethance-coated leather rand
  • Height – 8"
  • Weight (one boot, size 10) – 1.25 lbs.

MSRP: $300

For more information, go to www.crispius.com.


April 2018

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Kenetrek Mountain Guide

When you're already the boot guides swear by, you continue to work on making it even better. That's why we've added our new rock solid, one-piece, vulcanized rubber K-73 outsole to the boot that already keeps sheep up at night. Tough hunts mean traversing glaciers and navigating scree fields with ridiculous weight on your back and just enough air to catch your breath. That's when staying upright becomes everything. These boots are made in Italy.

Key Features:

  • 10" tall, 2.8 mm thick, premium full grain leather uppers with one-piece vamp construction and no seams down the tongue for better abrasion resistance
  • Reinforced double and triple stitching in high-wear areas
  • Anti-corrosion boot hardware that swivels instead of breaking
  • Protective rubber toe cap for extra abrasion resistance
  • Windtex® waterproof, breathable, flexible membrane keeps water out but allows perspiration vapor to escape
  • Choose from 400 grams of Thinsulate™ for warmth without the bulk or noninsulated for use in warmer weather
  • Extra stiff midsoles and high traction, biting grip, super durable Kenetrek Formula K-73 outsole

MSRP: 400 gram insulate – $525; non-insulated – $480

For more information, go to www.kenetrek.com.


March 2018

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Hilleberg Akto Tent

The Hilleberg Akto has become the go-to choice for hunters who need an allseason, tough but light solo tent. It has proven itself on hunts in Alaska, all over the western U.S. and Canada, and in Asia and in weather conditions from fair to full-on storm. Although not much heavier than a bivy bag, the Akto offers spacious, all-season shelter for the solo hunter (or the hunter who just wants his own room). It is easy to pitch (the inner and outer tents are connected for quick, simultaneous set up), has Hilleberg's Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric with an impressive 26.5 lb. tear strength, 9 mm DAC poles, and a packed size small enough to fit into a side pocket on many packs. That is all at a packed weight of 3 lbs. 12 oz.

"I tried numerous backpacking tents out there before purchasing my Hilleberg Akto almost 10 years ago. I have used and abused this tent on every backpack hunt I've been on, and I almost always have it in my truck for the just-in-case moment. Because of the performance I have experienced with my Akto, Hilleberg is the only brand of lightweight backpacking tent I have purchased since that time. The last place you'll want problems is 6+ miles in with a limited amount of gear to change out. It's for this reason that I consider the Akto the best bang for my buck when it comes to strength versus weight ratio. I never head into the backcountry without it!"
– Garth Jenson, Professional Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $555

For more information, go to www.hilleberg.com.


February 2018

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Best of the West Muzzleloader

Even though I enjoy hunting with a bow and arrow and consider the more primitive methods of hunting to be very rewarding, I also consider myself an opportunist and jump at the chance to take advantage of new products that will help me have the best chance at success. Many states have recently adopted regulations allowing the use of magnifying scopes mounted atop muzzleloaders during muzzleloader seasons. Coupled with the technology behind the new black powder substitutes and projectiles, the long-range craze is reaching the muzzleloader market and it's worth taking a closer look at.

Knowing that New Mexico has very few restrictions on muzzleloader specifications, I applied for and drew a late season muzzleloader-only elk permit last year. I knew the rugged, steep terrain would warrant the use of a long-range firearm that would be capable of a cross-canyon shot. While there are many choices for muzzleloaders in today's market, I was intrigued by the new .45 caliber muzzleloader produced by Best of the West in Cody, Wyoming and decided that would be my setup for my New Mexico hunt.

This muzzleloader uses a custom ballistictipped bullet with a high BC and does not use a sabot to eliminate the inaccuracies associated with conventional plastic sabots. The priming system is one of the most convenient and easy-to-use setups I've ever seen. Large rifle primers are held by the patent-pending Express Priming System using brass cartridge holders. You can carry up to five primers in the magazine, much like you would with a centerfire rifle. The side discharge muzzle brake helps reduce most of the recoil from the the heavy load of Blackhorn 209 powder, and it weighs in at under 10.5 lbs., scope included.

After battling unusually warm temps and turning up very few mature bulls, I glassed up a small group of bulls on the last day of my New Mexico hunt and tried to close the distance and get on the same hillside as the 6-point in the group. It became next to impossible to pick out his body in the brush once I got within shooting distance. I knew my only clear shot I would have on him would be from behind me and across the first draw. I dropped down the hill and picked my way through the brush to get a clear view of the bull and watched him bed down in the shade. The angle-compensated range read 603 yards on my rangefinder and there was no crosswind to speak of, so I knew this was my opportunity. I dialed the scope up 19.6 MOA to the printed yardage on the turret and took a few practice squeezes, holding level on the bedded bull. After working the bolt and letting the primer and powder do their job, I was overjoyed to see my first New Mexico bull topple over down the hill. The 327 grain bullet had passed through the bull's chest completely, and my hunt was over.

The standard system includes the muzzleloader, 4-16x42 Huskemaw Optics scope, short starter, custom turret, 24 bullets, priming inserts, powder tubes, reprimer tool, hard case, and more.

MSRP: $5,495 (Standard System)

For more information, go to www.thebestofthewest.net.


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Schnee's Timberline Mountain Boot

Introducing the Schnee's Timberline mountain boot for your next light and fast adventure. Schnee's has taken the core features of their legendary Beartooth™ collection and dialed back the rigidity for a smoother and more flexible ride. This boot has a new Vibram Circuma outsole with open and opposing height lugs for maximum traction on a lighter weight outsole. The boot is also 100% waterproof with OutDry technology.

Made in northern Italy, Schnee's boots are handcrafted with care and precision using only the finest materials and based upon state-of-theart engineering. We have a very simple mission – to provide the world's most discerning customers with only the very best. For us, that means the highest quality, longest lasting, best value, best fitting, and best performing boots available anywhere in the world.

"I bought my first pair of Schnee's Pac boots for winter logging nearly 30 years ago. Few occupations are harder on boots than what I was doing at that time, and I was extremely pleased with the comfort and durability of the boot and the customer service of the brand. In light of that, I knew their new Timberline boot would be an excellent choice for my hunts that start early and run through mid-October. After spending a good portion of my fall in them, I couldn't be happier. My first reaction when I slipped the Timberline on was that it felt incredibly lightweight and nimble while still feeling like a very legit hunting boot that was capable of handling any hunt you wanted to throw at it. I found the softer, more flexible sole to be quiet enough for archery stalks, and those attributes in a boot cause less foot fatigue for me. I'd highly recommend the Timberline to anyone looking for an uninsulated, lightweight, yet rugged boot that makes your feet happy every time you slip them on for your next adventure."
– Jerrod Lile, Huntin' Fool CEO and Professional Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $379

For more information, go to www.schnees.com.


January 2018

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Eberlestock F1 Mainframe Pack

The F1 Mainframe will haul any man-portable load with the same alacrity and a lot more comfort (and it's quieter) than a giant freighter frame. However, unlike any other pack system, from this load-bearing workhorse, you can build a true ultra-light pack simply by adding one of our bags, such as the F2 Transformer, F65 Little Big Top, or A6SB Batwing Pouch.

The Mainframe can function as a freight pack or a daypack and can transform to a meat hauler within seconds. With our solid NT7 or 1000-denier nylon fabric, depending on your color choice, coupled with our ultra-light Intex II aluminum frame, the Mainframe shaves off pounds while maintaining superior strength and comfort.

Mainframe Pack Features:

  • Intex II aluminum frame
  • Zippered attachment points compatible with our duffels, drybags, and more
  • Full MOLLE webbing matrix covers the main panel to attach scabbards, pouches, etc.
  • Three built-in horizontal compression straps for securing your gear
  • An adjustable ladder harness system makes customizing the fit quick and easy
  • Lifetime manufacturer's warranty

"External frame packs have been around for decades, but the Mainframe by Eberlestock is a reinvention of the classic design that has proved it is worth its weight in gold for me on several hunts this year. The ergonomic shape and extremely comfy hip belt and shoulder straps make the pack feel as if it is not there when you are traveling light to go pack out heavy loads. For heavy loads of bone-in and boned-out meat, I used the J-Type zip-on dry bag on the frame. The J-Type bag, like many other bags in the Eberlestock line, zips onto the Mainframe with two long vertical zippers. The combined weight of this system was less than five pounds, but I feel it would easily handle loads in excess of 100 pounds (if you're able to do so). I packed out one of my bull elk solo with this pack and assisted a friend packing out a big, mature mule deer that we skinned for a life-size cape. In addition to the J-Type bag, I used the Spike Camp Duffel and the F2 Transformer. In each case, I simply chose the best companion for the Mainframe pack for the particular application I needed. This is truly the first modular system I've found that allows for quick and easy transformations from one pack style to the next."
— Jerrod Lile

MSRP: F1 Mainframe - $189

For more information, go to www.eberlestock.com.