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Wilderness Athlete [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Yesterday I wrote about preparing your body for the hunt, but how do you keep your body in top shape during the hunt? Nutrition is key when you’re pushing your body to its limits. It doesn’t matter if you’re hunting hard all day or backpacking on a 5-day wilderness hunt in the mountains, if you don’t keep yourself hydrated and well-nourished you will crash before you get a chance to succeed. When I was a collegiate athlete rowing on the Hudson River at 6:00 am six days a week training for the short racing season in the spring, I would fuel myself with lots of carbs to give me the extra energy I expended during my workouts. The same principle holds true for us as hunters. When we’re out there during the very few chances we get each year it’s imperative that we make the most of every outing. The last thing you want on one of these hunts is for your body to call it quits and force you to end a hunt early. In the past, I would keep myself well hydrated with water and chow down on some trail mix, dried fruit, PowerGel, and Clif Bars. These were good products, but they didn’t have all the supplements I needed as I trekked through the backcountry. This year things changed as I finally was able to find a company that made a product formulated specifically for outdoor athletes – Wilderness Athlete.

Wilderness Athlete is the only company that offers the full line of nutrition bars, gels, hydration drinks, energy drinks, and multi-vitamins for the outdoor athlete. Wilderness Athlete was founded by Mark Paulsen, who worked as a University Director of Athletic Performance for more than twenty-five years. He started the company as he began to wonder why the science of mainstream sports nutrition had not yet been applied to the specific needs of the outdoor athlete? His simple thought led him to create a group of products that help hardcore hunters like Cameron Hanes, Guy Eastman, Bill Winke, Warren Strickland, and Trevon Stoltzfus never have to worry about their body’s being malnourished while in pursuit of trophy game. I’ve had a chance to try all of their products and they taste great, are affordable and are worth their weight in gold in the field.

WA Energy Bars are held to higher standards than most nutritional bars. The products use organic Agave Syrup for their natural sweeter which also serves as a great source for energy. The Energy Bars are made with pharmaceutical-grade vitamins and minerals ensuring maximum absorption and utilization. The Energy Bars also contain antioxidants, oxygen enhancers, anti-inflammatories, which are gluten-free and have no trans fats. Another important thing to note about the Energy Bars is their time-release energy which slowly releases the nutrients into your body in a steady stream so you don’t crash after an hour. I always pack a few bars in my backpack when I’m hunting for deer or black bear in the mountains here in New York. Personally, my favorite flavor is Peanut Butter Crunch, but they also come in three additional flavors to keep things interesting.

Another product they offer which, I must admit, I was hesitant at first to try, is their Blast Nutritional Gel. You can almost think of this as sucking the jelly out of a Raspberry filled donut. I suggest you give this a try before you knock it, it’s much better than it might sound and it gets its job done. What Blast does is give you a burst of energy when you need it most. The gel is made with long-chain maltodextrin carbohydrates that are quickly broken down and absorbed in the digestive tract, and are then utilized to give peak energy for up to one hour. This is most useful when you reach the peak of the mountain and need that extra boost to get to that buck bedded in the river bottom below. The gel also helps with muscle repair and oxygen absorption which is critical to keep you going.

One of my personal favorite products is Alert Energy Drink. This is not your typical carbonated, over a sweet beverage. These convenient individual serving packets can be poured into 8-12 ounces of water and will keep you awake during the tail end of your morning hunt (when I usually start falling asleep). No need to worry that these products will give you the jitters like a shot of espresso would. This drink has been formulated for athletes and used by the U.S. Olympic Archery Team and Olympic Biathletes. If you’re shooting at 90 meters without a peep sight you don’t want your energy drink to give you the shakes. If it works for the U.S. Olympic Archery Team then it works for me. This product is also great for backpacking trips because the individual serving packets weigh next to nothing and help you get right back in the game after your afternoon nap.

The last product I’ll cover here is the Hydro2Max Hydration Drink. As I said before, keeping hydrated is critical in all hunting situations. Like Alert, this product also comes in individual serving packets that can be conveniently added to a bottle of water (here’s a little trick I like to do – take one packet of Alert and one packet of Hydro2Max and mix them with 16 ounces of water and start drinking the mixture on the tail end of your hike to your stand so you’re ready when the moment of truth arrives). Hydro2Max provides an excellent source of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and metabolic cofactors that power their way into the cells of the body. What does this mean exactly, well it means that the minerals your body used on the way to the stand or chasing that bull are now replenished and the rate of which oxygen is being absorbed by your body is now increased to normal levels.

For more information on all of the Wilderness Athlete products visit their website at www.wildernessathlete.org. On a side note, I was not paid by the Company to write this article, but I am on their ProStaff (and purchase their products with my own money – no freebies). I wrote this article because I personally find these products to give me an edge when I’m in the field and they have been the reason I have been able to go as far as I have on some of my recent hunts (notably, my black bear hunt through an extremely mountainous region). They won’t make monster bucks appear out of anywhere, but they’ll give your body the fuel it needs to take you where you need to go to get them. Give them a try and let me know what you think – good or bad.

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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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