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Eureka Pinnacle Pass 3XTA Tent [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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When Eureka sent me their new Pinnacle Pass tent to review, it was something I was looking forward to as an avid backpacker. During the spring and summer months I spend a lot of time backpacking and kayaking where overnight trips are the norm. On the flip side, I also go on trips lasting several days. Last year after hiking Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York, I learned a lot about my gear and realized I needed to make some significant changes – one item just so happened to be the tent.

When it comes to backpacking and kayaking you have limited space and it always helps to keep things as light as possible. I like the “comforts of home” so I don’t mind carrying a 3-person tent for two people to use.

After reading about the different model’s Eureka had to offer I decided upon the Eureka Pinnacle Pass 3XTA tent. This 3-season tent is a lightweight backpacking tent coming in at 5 pounds 15 ounces. That’s about 3 pounds lighter than my old tent, which is a lot when it comes to backpacking. The tent footprint is 7′ 6″ x 6′ 6″ which is plenty of room for three people, even for a guy like me whose 6′ 2″ there’s plenty of room. 

The first thing I noticed when I first took the tent out of the box was it’s compact 7″ x 21″ shape when rolled up – a plus for backpacking. Also, a good thing when it comes to storing the tent in the front storage compartment of my kayak for an overnight trip. What really set this tent apart from others I have used was the tent pole pockets which truly make this a tent that one person can easily set up by themselves. Simply slide the aluminum tent pole with the rubber end into the tent pole sleeve and slide the opposite end of the tent pole into the metal key at the corner of the tent. Once you have the tent set up you’ll notice a large door and very breezy feel to the screened intent which is perfect for those warm summer nights. The center of the tent is just over 4 feet which makes it easy to get around in. There’s also a vent on the solid back wall of the tent to increase airflow. 

The rain fly on this tent is also easy to set up and offers two vestibules to store backpacks, boots or other gear outside of the tent. This helps keep the inside of the tent free of dirt and debris. Eureka also makes other lightweight backpacking tents to suit a variety of needs from the solo backpacker to the outfitter. Visit the Eureka site to see their entire line of outdoor tents. 

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: touch screen smartphones (tested on iPhone) function with high degree of accuracy, comfortable lightweight material, long cuffs, 10 finger touch screen capability

CONS: fit was slightly off, fingers were a bit short on my pair, not durable enough for use as an active hunting glove, grip material on glove palm creates torque on the bow hand

MSRP: $24.99

Last season I was contacted by Glider Gloves to field test a pair of their Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves. I had previously reviewed a pair of similar gloves by a company called A glove so I welcomed the chance to review these.

Compared to the Agloves, these gloves were higher quality and had a much longer cuff which is something I always look for in a hunting glove. As social media becomes a larger part of hunting and a growing part of NYBowhunter.com I welcomed the chance to be able to easily send updated to my Facebook fans from the tree stand. The Glider Gloves made it easy to text and check email while keeping my hands warm and concealed from the eyes of any nearby whitetail deer.

One thing bowhunters should note is the gloves have a grip on the palm. Some bowhunters, including myself, prefer not to have any grip on their gloves as it helps create torque which lead to less accurate shooting.

These gloves are great at what they were designed to do – be a comfortable touchscreen glove. However, for hunting purposes, you have to remember what these gloves were designed to do. If you plan on wearing these in the field and climbing up to your tree stand day in and day out you’ll rip through these knit gloves in about a month. If you want these gloves to last as a hunting glove you’re better off waiting until you’re settled in the stand before putting them on so there’s less wear and tear on the gloves.

Overall, I’d recommend these gloves if you’re looking for a true touch screen glove. They’re way nicer to use than similar hunting gloves with a silver pad on the pointer finger and thumb. Just remember, they’re not made for hunting, so don’t expect them to last you for several seasons if you’re rough with them.

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Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Last spring I was contacted by Paul at Fuse to try out a new case they had for the iPhone called the Mossy Oak Rugged Orange iPhone 4/4S Shell Case. It combined my two favorite colors – hunter orange and camo – so I gave the case a try.

The case is made up of an inner soft rubber case that acts as a shock absorber and a rigid polycarbonate frame on the out side for added protection.

What I really liked about this case was the fact that it wasn’t covered in a sticky rubber like some of my other iPhone cases so it didn’t pull my pocket out of my pants every time I reached for my phone. Another nice feature is the size of the case, it’s not oversized so you still feel like you have a slim smartphone.

My only complaint about the case was that it didn’t come with a screen protector. It wasn’t hard to find a stick on screen protector online, but it would have been nice if the case included one for 360 degree protection.

This iPhone case travelled with me on scouting missions, spring turkey hunts and fall deer hunts. I really liked the phone case and never had any issues with it coming apart on me, in fact I was really impressed on how well it stayed together. One of my previous cases from another manufacturer used to come apart all the time, but the Fuse case just stayed together.

So how did the case hold up? My phone survived a few drops off of the counter top in my kitchen, it slipped out of my hand and dropped on the floor outside several times and I dropped it in the woods more times than I care to remember, but the case took the brunt of all of the hits and the phone didn’t get a scratch. Had I dropped the phone out of the tree stand it would have been a different story, I think only a fully enclosed phone case would really protect in the event of a 20 foot fall (which I’ve done with a previous case and my phone survived).

Overall this is a quality case for the iPhone. Add a clear antiglare screen protector and you’re set. If you’re looking for a stylish phone case give the Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case a try.

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Bowtech Releases its First Carbon Riser Bow the Carbon Knight

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Bowtech Archery has released it’s first carbon riser bow – the Carbon Knight. Following the lead of Hoyt with the Carbon Matrix back in 2010, the new Carbon Knight from Bowtech weighs in at just 3.2 pounds (compared to 3.6 pounds for Hoyt’s Carbon Element G3).

Most manufacturers launch their new bows in the early fall (Bowtech usually launches their new bows at the ATA Show), but this one was “just too good to hold any longer,” says Samuel Coalson, Director of Marketing for Bowtech.

The Carbon Knight is said to have a smooth draw and plenty of speed at 330 feet per second. The Carbon Knight features Bowtech’s binary cam design, the Knight Riser constructed from durable carbon, a 7-inch brace height for forgiveness and a 32-inch axle-to-axle length. Draw lengths range from 26.5″ to 30.5″ and draw weights from 50 to 70 pounds in ten pound increments.

The bow is available in Black Ops and retails for $849 (Hoyt’s carbon bows are in the $1,200 range).

The new Carbon Knight definitely looks like an interesting bow and it’s a bow I’d like to try out and compare to some of the other carbon bows currently on the market. If you get a chance to shoot one leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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