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Octane 1 Piece 5-Arrow Quiver [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: Quiet connect and disconnect with Teflon connections, self centering magnetic hood, easy to load/unload arrows, works with both mechanical and fixed broadheads, 6″ of vertical adjustment, 30 degree mounting adjustability, optional foam insert with corrosion inhibitor

CONS: The overall weight of the quiver with the magnetic hood could be an issue for some.

MSRP: $129.99

My fascination with archery equipment always has me searching for the next best thing. I am constantly searching for the best equipment and only want the best with me in the woods because equipment failure is never an option. I work way to hard to get a chance at an animal only to have a poorly made piece of equipment fail and cost me the shot.

I’ve been through five quivers since the beginning of deer season last fall and I’ve finally found one that is functional, quiet and easy to use with both fixed blades and mechanicals – I’m talking about the Octane 1-piece 5-arrow quiver.

The Octane quiver mounts to your bow sight with two small allen screws. The top hole of the quiver mount is fixed, but the bottom mounting hole is a curved slot that provides you with 30 degrees of adjustability. This allows you to offset the mounting bracket so your arrows don’t stick out past the bottom limb of the bow. If that’s not enough to get you clearance, quiver spine allows for six inches of vertical adjustment providing you with additional clearance. Simply move the red mounting hardware up or down to adjust the height.

To mount the quiver to the bow you need to hold the quiver at a 90 degree angle to match up the red “H” shaped top male mount to the female top mount of the quiver bracket. Insert the quiver mount into the bracket and turn the quiver 90 degrees clockwise until the quiver hits the rubber stop. Then tighten the red knob on the quiver to secure it to the bow. This locks the quiver in place and is a quick and silent operation.

With the Octane 1-piece 5-arrow quiver you have a two choices when it comes to quiver hood inserts: a foam insert or a molded rubber insert with five magnets. My personal preference is the molded rubber insert with the magnets because it ensures that the broadheads are always secure in the quiver and the blades never touch anything to get dull. The magnets work great with both fixed and mechanical heads and they prevent mechanical heads from opening in the quiver. Another benefit of the magnets is even in low light conditions you can easily get your broadheads put away safely instead of trying to figure out if the blades are lined up with the cut outs in the foam. I hunt whitetails with fixed blades and turkeys with mechanicals so it’s nice to have one quiver that I can use all year long no matter what I’m hunting.

There is a single arrow gripper at the bottom of the quiver which makes it super easy to remove arrows from the quiver or put your arrows back into the quiver. The arrow gripper is able to accept both carbon and aluminum arrows and is one of the quietest grippers I’ve ever used.

As far as downsides are concerned with this quiver, the only thing I’d mention is that the quiver is on the heavier side when the molded rubber insert with magnets is used. Personally, it’s a non-issue for me, but for those who want a super light quiver, this one is on the heavier side.

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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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