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G5 Optix ME [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Well they really weren’t joking when they said “for those who want the ultimate in a bow-sight, G5 offers the Optix ME.” After I put this sight on my bow, my jaw dropped to the floor and I began drooling. This is the best sight…EVER! This sight has it all. It is made out of magnesium alloy, which is the lightest of all structural metals (32% lighter than aluminum to be exact) and is just as strong. The sight weighs in at just 6 ounces! In addition, magnesium also has better vibration dampening properties than your typical aluminum bow-sight, but this isn’t your typical bow-sight. And just incase that’s not enough for you they even put a harmonic dampener on the Optix ME. G5’s sight also offers micro-adjustments for windage, elevation, and features G5’s patented Smart Pins. G5’s Smart Pins allow you to micro adjust each .019″ pin (you loosen a set screw and then can adjust another screw to raise or lower each individual pin) without ever deviating from the centerline of the sight. Even the sight’s level is adjustable so you can make sure that when the bubble is in the middle of the two lines you really are level. The no rust components make the G5 Optix ME one you can take off the beaten path. The sight is finished in Real Tree camo and is extremely easy to set up. And for those low light conditions, simply turn on the ME’s LED light and watch the pins glow. The instructions also include several pictures of the sight window depicting how far apart the pins should be for bows shooting arrows at varying feet per second. Talk about easy tuning!

Now you may be looking at this sight and saying, well why does it have 4 pins? Shouldn’t it have either 3 or 5? Well if this was your normal sight, then yes it would have 3 or 5, but get ready for another surprise – a floating pin. What is a floating pin? It’s one of the best ideas I have seen on an archery sight. This pin is meant to be set at 50 yards and can then be adjusted in the field to shoot out to 80 yards by simply turning a knob on the side of the sight. Find which sticker in the package has your correct fps on it and stick it on the inside of the aperture. Now you can adjust the pin with the knob and line it up with the markers on the inside of your aperture so you know if your floating pin is set at 65 yards or 80 yards. But how do you know you’re on the 60 yard line and not the 70 yard line? Well the knob “clicks” when it reaches the next 10 yard increment on the sticker making this a foolproof design. Now, I’m not suggesting you shoot out that far unless you know you are capable. I know archers who can put five arrows through a soda can at 80 yards, but I can’t do that so you won’t find me shooting past 40 yards. The floating pin is a very nice feature for those hunting out west where longer shots in open terrain may present themselves. Again, only take shots at distances you have practiced and are positive you can make.

After shooting with this sight, I will never use another sight by any other company. This is simply the best sight you can buy for your bow. I highly recommend this to all serious archers, trust me, you won’t be disappointed in the G5 Optix ME.

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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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