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Sitka Traverse, Core and Kelvin [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Choosing the right base layers sets the foundation for you hunting system. Base layers are there to regulate your body temperature, provide warmth, wick away moisture and ensure you’re comfortable while in the field. The proper base layers allow you to focus on hunting instead of worrying about how cold you are.

There are several options when it comes to base layers so it can be a bit overwhelming when you’re in the market for a new set and you realize that there’s an endless amount of options at your disposal.

I bowhunt for whitetails in temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the single digits which means I need different base layers for different settings.

In early September when the temperatures are high I like to keep my clothing light and use something like the Core Zip-T by Sitka as a base layer. In fact, sometimes this base layer doubles as outerwear when the temperatures are high. The Core Zip-T does an excellent job of wicking away moisture and also features silver lining to help eliminate human odor, a real benefit when hunting whitetails whose nose is their first line of defense. The zippered front of the Core Zip-T really helps you regulate your body temperature which is a nice feature. The only other thing I would have liked to see on the Core Zip-T would have been thumb holes which would have been a great nice-to-have feature when layering.

As the temperatures begin to drop from mid-October through November I switch from the Core Zip-T to my Traverse Base layers. The Traverse Zip-T has a heavier weight to it than the Core Zip-T, also features a zippered front to regulate body temperature and has thumb holes so you don’t have to worry about your sleeves riding up your arm when you put the next layer on – I like this! I also like that I can wear my gloves over my Traverse Zip-T to prevent any skin from being exposed to the elements. Warm wrists are happy wrists!

The Traverse Bottoms are perfect for when you need that little bit of extra comfort on those cold November mornings. The Traverse Zip-T and Bottoms run true to size and are very comfortable to wear on all day sits.

When December rolls around it’s time to go all out. At this time of year I’ll wear my Core Zip-T followed by my Traverse Zip-T and Traverse Bottoms and then top it off with a Kelvin Vest before putting on my outerwear.

The Kelvin Vest is a polyfill vest that provides extra warmth for when the temperatures drop into the twenties and teens. I’ve hunted with both the Kelvin Jacket and Kelvin Vest and prefer the Kelvin Vest over the Kelvin Jacket. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the Kelvin Jacket under my Stratus Jacket and it felt too tight around the arms for me (I tried layering the Kelvin Jacket in size L and XL under my Stratus Jacket (XL) and ended up going with a Kelvin Vest in XL).

The Sitka system has allowed me to stay comfortable in the field all season long so I can spend time focusing on hunting instead of worrying about being cold. Choosing the right base layers is essential for extending your time afield. Choosing quality base layers like those from Sitka will help you stay in the field longer and hunt harder.

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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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