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Rinehart 18-1 Target [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: Durable self-healing foam, can shoot field points, expandables and braodheads into this target, shoot out all 18 sides in one year and get a new target from the manufacturer, bright target face, easy to transport, easy arrow removal, longest lasting target I’ve ever owned, both small and large rings for shooting from various distances, angled faces for shooting from an elevated position, rope handle can be used to hang target from tree, can tie line on handle and float target in water.

CONS: Too small for sighting in bow (the new Rhinoblock or Rhinobrute would work well).

MSRP: $109.99

As archer’s, we all have to spend money on some sort of target so we can practice. I’ve owned several different brands of targets and was always disappointed when I would destroy them after a few weeks of practicing.

Because I was destroying these targets so fast I figured I might as well stick to the cheap ones since they all seemed to get shot out just as quick. It wasn’t until I went to my first 3D shoot and shot an arrow into a Rinehart target that I learned what a quality target was like.

John Rinehart developed his specialty foam back in 1997 and it changed the way targets were built. This self-healing foam is super strong and durable and when you pull an arrow out of the target, not only is it easy, but the hole just disappears. I’ve been shooting the same 18-1 target for over a year now and have literally put thousands of arrows through it. Although I mainly shoot field points throughout the year, I do put some expandables and fixed blade broadheads through this target just before hunting season each year. Shooting just field points into this target will make it last forever. If you start shooting expandables and broadheads they’ll do a bit more damage, as expected, and pull some chunks of foam out of the target which will shorten its life. If you only shoot broadheads expect the life of this target to decrease.

What I really like about this target is its size. At 15″ high and 15″ wide, this target is easy to throw in the truck and take along on a hunting trip so you can practice in the field. With 18 target faces to choose from the life of this target is extended. You can also climb up in your treestand and shoot one of the angled target faces made specifically for shooting from an elevated platform. For close-range shots, 30 yards or less, I like to shoot at the smaller 4″ rings to keep it challenging. As I move back into the 40, 50 and 60-yard range I simply turn the target to one of the larger 6″ rings to give myself a larger target that’s easier to see.

I am so impressed by this target and everyone who has joined me for a practice session is amazed at how well this target stops arrows and how easy it is to pull the arrows from the target. I’ve even got a few of my friends buying Rinehart targets after shooting mine.

One thing I can tell you is that after purchasing a Rinehart target it will hard to ever go back to something else. This is a target I highly recommend and one you won’t regret purchasing.

If you think the 18-1 is too small for your shooting style then check out the Rhinoblock (16x16x13 with replaceable core) or Rhinobrute (16x16x16) which are larger block styles targets. Rinehart also has a full line of 3D targets with everything from whitetail and bear to turkey and boar.

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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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