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T.R.U. Ball The Beast II [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: Quiet buckle design, comfortable strap, solid rod connection, choice of 3oz or 11oz trigger, stainless steel trigger, and hook, allows you to shoot back tension and will tighten your groups.

CONS: I would have liked to see the stainless hardware on the two Allen screws that allow you to adjust the length of the release (after one rainstorm in the field mine have a bit of rust), if you get this release wet, make sure to dry it and add some oil to the ball joint of the solid rod or it may start squeaking (I had this happen to my release and was able to fix it with a drop of oil).

This past summer I was shooting 3D with my buddy Ernie and he was using a T.R.U. Ball Beast II release, and I was interested in trying one so he let me borrow it and I gave it a shot. A few days later I found myself down at Extreme Archery to purchase my own Beast II release.

The T.R.U. Ball Beast II is a hook-style release with a swept back trigger and stainless steel jaw and was a bit different than my old dual caliper release. The release had a buckle strap that was comfortable and a little larger and easier to use than a buckle strap on a Scott release which always seems to be a bit too small for me. One of the first things I noticed about this release was that it had a solid rod connection with a ball joint at the end so you could rotate the release head or flip the release upside down to tuck in a shirt sleeve while hunting to get it out of the way.

There are also several adjustments you can make on the shaft of the release head to shorten or lengthen the release to custom tailor it to your specific draw length.

What’s really nice about a hook style release is that you don’t have to look for your string loop while hunting and you don’t have to take your eyes off that monster buck while you try to hook the string loop with the release.

The Beast II comes pre-assembled with a 3 ounce trigger, but you can change out the spring and put a heavier 11 ounce trigger which will give you a better feel for shooting back tension. I switched out the spring and put the 11 ounce spring in my release and found it better for my personal shooting style.

There is also an adjustment screw to increase or decrease the amount of trigger travel. This is one great feature because it helps you avoid punching the trigger. My trigger doesn’t travel much more than 1/8″ and I really like this because I get a solid release each time and don’t have to worry about how I have to go before the release fires.

If you’re switching from a dual caliper release that has a long trigger travel this will be a very different feel for you as it was to me. The first time I shot this release I actually threw an arrow because I was trying to force the release to shoot instead of concentrating on the shot and just letting it happen.

Once I took the time to really learn how to use the release I did notice my groups tighten up and my long range shooting improved. I now simply loop my finger over the trigger and use my back muscles to pull my elbow to the wall until the release goes off.

I put this release to the test in September during the archery season in Connecticut and was very comfortable in the field with this release. It didn’t get in the way and when I was filming my hunts I would simply tuck the release into my sleeve to avoid any metal-on-metal contact.

On one of my hunts I got caught in a rainstorm and left my release to dry overnight in a warm room. When I looked at my release the next day I noticed some rust spots on the black adjustment hardware and a slight squeak had developed on the ball joint where it had rusted a bit. A few drops of oil did the trick and I was back up and running the next day.

I think T.R.U. Ball has a winner with it’s Beast series releases and I’ve seen a definite improvement in my groups at various distances by using this release. With an endless number of options and adjustments this is a release anyone can enjoy.

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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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