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NAP Quick Spin 3″ Vanes [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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After hearing all the noise on Blazer vanes and NAP’s Quickspin vanes I gave into the temptation and decided to try one of these hot vanes.

Shooting fixed blade broadheads, I have always followed the theory that you should shoot as large of a vane as possible with as much helical as possible. Using this as my starting point to choose between Blazer vanes and Quickspin vanes, I chose Quickspin because the Blazer vanes were just too small for me to trust. Additionally, the point of having as much helical as possible is to spin the arrow more which is exactly what the Quickspin vanes do – 300% more to be exact. The combination of the microgrooves on one side of the vane and the kicker on the other side, help to channel wind over the vane allowing the arrow to spin at a higher rate. After reading various forums I quickly came to realize a pattern that the large 4″ vanes were noisy and showed a considerable drag on arrow speed at distances past 40 yards. There were also complaints about their weight, which is on the heavy side at 12+g per vane. I didn’t really care about the added drag since I would not be shooting past 40 yards, but I did care about the weight and did not want to disturb my FOC balance point.

I looked at NAP’s product offering and decided to use the 3.125″ Quickspin vanes. This vane would provide the additional rotation that I needed to help stabilize my fixed blade broadhead while at the same time maintain the current weight of my arrow and its FOC balance point. The 3.125″ Quickspins weighed in just slightly less than my 4″ Duravanes making for a perfect match. As recommended by NAP, I used a 4 degree offset right fletching jig to make my arrows. Once the arrows were dry I tried a few and instantly noticed that my groups were tighter. There was not a huge difference, but nonetheless there was a noticeable difference and the outcome was exactly what I was looking for.

With my field points lining up arrow on top of arrow I decided to increase the distance and put on my practice broadheads. I was pleasantly surprised to notice that my broadheads grouped even tighter than they had before and I quickly gained more confidence in my shooting ability. My groups at 40 yards tightened by nearly an inch which is a lot when you’re shooting that far. I could only imagine what they would do for someone shooting out to 60 yards or farther.

If you have properly tuned your bow and are still not completely satisfied with how your broadheads are grouping you may want to give these vanes a try. They are a little pricey, but can you really put a price on the buck of a lifetime?

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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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