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Helly Hansen Odin Stretch Insulated Jacket

By Cory McLaughlin

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Just the Facts:

ODIN STRETCH HOODED INS JACKET

No. 

62833
A super lightweight and stretchy men’s insulator jacket with Primaloft® Gold Active+ insulation and a high clo value.
Odin Stretch Ins Jacket is a super lightweight insulator jacket featuring Primaloft® Gold Active+ stretch insulation. This insulator, with its high clo value and low weight, gives you light, breathable and stretch performance for all your active pursuit
FEATURES
Lightweight 30D fabric
4-way full stretch fabric
Stretch lining
PFC Free DWR
Primaloft® Gold Active + 80g stretch Insulation
Full inner front placket
YKK® zippers
Seamless underarm stretch panels
Hood with sculpted brim
Soft edge band around hood and cuffs
Hi vis details

My Story:

I finally did it! I have spent my whole life staring at the peak of Mt. Adams in my home state of Washington and for as long as I can remember I have wanted to see the top. Life is a crazy mix of reality and wants-to-do’s which often do not overlap. So, while I have wanted to climb this great mountain for as long as I can remember it didn’t line up until just before my 36th year of looking at it’s peak with wanting eyes.

The first part of the trip was planning and gear acquisition. This is not a technical climb and as such there is not a tremendous amount of gear that needs to be gathered. Luckily I have a pretty fun side job which allows me to test amazing gear and that is what lead me to Helly Hansen and the Odin Stretch Insulated Jacket.

I was in need of a layering piece that was both warm and lightweight. In the past those two criteria have been almost impossible to meet simultaneously which is frustrating for the weight conscious hiker. We live in a time of great technology and ingenuity and with companies like Helly Hansen we have options galore. I settled on the Odin Stretch because it appeared to meet all the needs that I had identified for this trip.

I knew that it was going to be a game of layering the trail-head would be far warmer than the summit. The accent was going to be tough and I would be working hard which would likely mean i would be sweating. This is not my first time working with Helly Hansen so I put together a great layering system starting with a merino wool base layer and working out from there. We took an ambitious strategy and decided that we would do the whole trip in one day. We hit the trail at midnight and as we walked under our headlamps I was only slightly sad that I could not see the trail up the mountain but I was happy to get another perspective of this great mountains beauty.

We made “The Lunch Counter” before I started to really feel the cold. This was our first real break and I was pretty wet with sweat. The frigid air blowing down the snow drift cut right through me and it was time to pull out my Odin Stretch. I felt instant relief as I zipped the jacket all the way to the top. I was warm and I was happy. The slim cut of this jacket worked very well with my backpack and I felt I had very good mobility. With a renewed spirit we trudged onward and upward. The climb from the Lunch Counter to Pikers Peak (false summit) was very taxing and while I was working very hard the cool air was keeping me from overheating. I felt that I had nailed my layering and it was nice not to have that to worry about.

The summit was a very rewarding treat and when I stood atop what was once the country’s highest fire watchtower I was in awe of Washington’s beauty that was unfolded below. This was a visual that I had longed to see and it was very rewarding feeling.

The way down was much more fun than the way up and the glacade was a blast. I was a bit worried that I might mess up my jacket but my fears were for not as it made it down without so much as a snag.

My HH has been to the top of mountains, into the fields while hunting, and it has become a daily jacket. I love that it is fit for the field but also suited for the office. Most recently it kept me warm while out on a fishing trip with by best buddy Johnny. I really think this is another fantastic home-run product from a company that knows how to keep us outdoorsy types out in the places we love most. Fine job HH you guys continue to amaze!

Find It Here: https://www.hellyhansen.com/en_us/odin-stretch-hooded-ins-jacket-62833?gclid=Cj0KCQjwzunmBRDsARIsAGrt4mvtZ8QbRMJriErga1u9g63NSBf7RqzS5J5p0x-VtRnvJh_CsWScUBEaAmfcEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

What can be done better? Nothing. Fits like a glove and feels like a dream!

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iReviewGear by Cory Mclaughlin - 5d ago

MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit

By: Cory McLaughlin

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Just the Facts:

To meet the needs of multi-activity backcountry adventurers, we set out to engineer the most versatile water filter ever. The Trail Base microfilter kit features modular components that allow it to be used as a gravity system at camp, a pocket-sized filter on the trail, or a fast-and-light reservoir when you need to carry clean water with you. Whether you’re hiking, biking or basecamping, the Trail Base water filter kit offers incredible flexibility and options, making it the one filter that truly adapts to your adventure and the filtration task at hand.

Experience the Trail Base

 WARNING: Cancer and reproductive harm –P65Warnings.ca.gov

More info: Click here

Effective Against: Bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.9%) and particulate. Hollow fiber filter meets U.S. EPA drinking water standards* and NSF protocol P231 testing standard.

Versatile: Modular components allow system to quickly and easily transform from a 2 or 4 L gravity system into a small trail filter and back.

Simple Transitions: Trail filter simply quick-connects into gravity system to create the complete gravity-fed filter system.

Complete Kit: Includes ultralight, durable clean water reservoir, which features our 3-in-1 cap for easy filling, drinking and pouring.

*U.S. EPA Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Purifiers

  2 LTR 4 LTR
Weight (Standard) 1 lb 1 lbs 2 oz
Weight (Metric) 0.62 kg 0.52 kg
Width (Standard) 6.5 in 8.5 in
Width (Metric) 12.7 cm 10 cm
Length (Standard) 15 in 15 in
Height (Standard) 3 in 2.5 in
Effective against bacteria Yes Yes
Effective against particulate Yes Yes
Effective against protozoa Yes Yes
Filter media Hollow Fiber Hollow Fiber
Filter pore size (microns) 0.2 0.2
Flow (L/min) 1 liters per min 1 liters per min
Flow (strokes per liter) 60 60
Cartridge life 1500 liters 1500 liters
Field cleanable Yes Yes
Field maintainable Yes Yes
Cartridge replacement indicator yes Yes
Material(s) Hollow Fiber PU
Country of Origin Made in the USA of US and Imported Materials Made in the USA of US and Imported Materials

My Story:

Water is one of the single most important items in all outdoor adventure. We base our adventures around water. Whether it is hiking along a stream or to an alpine lake or planning stops at a spring we always have to keep water at the forefront of our minds. Water is life and absolutely essential to survive. The problem us outdoorsy folks face is that not all water is created equal and while we must have it survive it must too be safe. Dirty water can actually make dehydration worse and ultimately could kill you. So how do we combat all the nasty little microbes that seek to infect us while also making sure to get the water we so desperately need? Well, that is where MSR comes into the picture. If you have ever been outside city limits the MSR brand should not be something foreign to you. They have long been aiding mountain goers by providing exceptional equipment for their adventures. The MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit is just another fine example of a great company’s commitment to making quality gear for those that dare to adventure into the wilds.

I am a backpacker in the summer months and a hunter in the fall and winter. I have long maintained that hunting is often just a camouflage backpacking trip. We hike trails and mountains back into some of the most beautifully secluded areas and often only come out with a sore body and some great adventure memories. Because hiking/backpacking and hunting are so closely related the same gear works for both. In the fall of 2018 I had a great Idaho backcountry trip planned and a needed a new water filter to test out. Luckily I had worked out a testing sample with MSR and I was eager to hit the hills with this great system.

After running some water through the system at home and making sure that I familiarized myself with its details I was feeling very confident and ready to get into the woods. My plan was to camp 2 miles back from the road and hunt another 2 miles in from there. I needed to be light but I was not willing to sacrifice water as I am a huge believer in staying hydrated. My camp was also about half mile from my water source so I was very happy to have chosen the 4L version of the Trail Base as it would allow me to carry more water to camp with less need for extra trips.

I filled the dirty water pouch from a spring that was pouring out of the side of the mountain. The water here was clean and cool and while it was probably safe to drink right from the tap I was not willing to risk illness and ruin my hunt. I piece of bark helped me keep the bag away from the mud and made filling easy.

After filling the bag I stored it on a tree and went off to hunt for the night. Luck was on my side and I was able to harvest a nice bull elk that night. I was 4 miles from the road and I had a tremendous amount of work ahead of me. By the time I made it to camp I was completely out of water and exhausted. I passed out in record time and in the morning I was excited to filter the water I had collected the day before.

The water had been chilled by the night air and it was cool and delicious. I filtered the 4L or water that I had and began hiking out to the bull that I had waiting for me. I sopped again at the spring and filled the dirty water bag. I clipped it to the tree and left it to be retrieved on my next trip out. By the time I got back to the bag I only had about a half a liter of water left and I was more than happy to take a break and refill.

The next week of hunting was full of some really great adventure and some extremely long hikes. I filtered 32 liters of water on this trip and I was extremely happy with the results of this great filter. I loved its larger size as it made life convenient when I wanted to refill my water bladder and bottles in a one-stop-shop. I really loved the pre-filter that is in the bag as it makes sure to keep the main filter clear of nastiness. I also love that the filter and hose are not at the bottom of the bag so the real nasty stuff never gets into the line. To top it all off the in-line filter is yet another great stage of filtration before it enters the main pump filter. This insures that you get clean and clear water to enjoy!

The last thing I love about this filter system is that it can be broken down into a standalone filter for day trips. You can simply bring the filter and one section of the hose and use it like a pump to fill bottles or simply drink strait from the filter end. This system is truly an amazing addition to a backcountry adventurer’s kit. I really love what MSR has done here and would recommend this to anyone that asks. Fine job MSR, as usual!         

Find it Here: https://www.msrgear.com/water/trail-base-gravity-filter-system

What can be done better?

Nothing that I can see at this point but as always I will updated if anything changes. I do want to mention that this system is a bit slower than the Sawyer or Platypus systems I have used in the past. That said I think this is far better engineered and much more versatile than the others. 

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Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24 and Sidekick Attachment

By: Cory McLaughlin

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Enhance your back patio cookout with our revolutionary new SmokePro SG pellet grill featuring Slide and Grill Technology. Switch seamlessly between Indirect and Direct Flame mode to achieve two delicious flavor profiles all on one capable grill. Slow cook your favorite cut of beef or slide the grill knob and toss a few burgers on for some direct wood-fired grilling. The new SmokePro SG features a taller cook chamber with additional rack space as well as a larger capacity hopper for increased cooking space and eliminating the need to top off your grill with pellets mid-cook. Stocked with the patented Ash Cleanout System, stable temperature regulation, and dual meat probes, the SmokePro SG is the only pellet grill you need to achieve wood-fired flavor.

FEATURES

  • Includes 2 meat probes
  • Includes warming rack
  • Pellet Hopper Cleanout/Purge
  • Slide and Grill Technology
  • Ash Cleanout System
  • Cord Management System
  • Large capacity hopper
  • Electronic auto-start ignition
  • Dual LED temperature readout: internal cooking temps and internal food temps
  • Simple temperature selection system
  • 160º F up to 500º F temperature range for slow smoking to grilling
  • Automatic auger dispenses pellets as needed for improved smoker efficiency
  • Leg wire shelf not included

SPECIFICATIONS

Lower Rack Area: 429 sq. in.

Upper Rack Area: 382sq. in.

Total Rack Surface Area: 811 sq. in.

Side Shelf Dimensions: 16 in. x 12 in.

Chamber Capacity: 4,850 cubic in.

Hopper Capacity: 22 lbs. of pellets

Overall Height: 42 in.

Overall Weight: 150 lbs.

Warranty: 3 years

Sidekick:

The Sidekick is just that—your pellet grill’s powerful partner in cooking crime. The propane powered, single burner accessory easily attaches to most Camp Chef pellet grills. It’s designed to give you VersaGrillity as one of Camp Chef’s 14-inch cooking systems, meaning you can add a griddle, grill, artisan oven, stock pot, and more. The Sidekick has 30,000 BTU and is perfect for searing. Grilling now has more options and greater convenience with the Sidekick.

You’ll be cooking in no time with the included pre-seasoned steel griddle. Discover the endless menu possibility found in your Sidekick.

As seen on Popular Science’s 100 Greatest Innovations of 2018.

FEATURES

  • Compatible with most Camp Chef 14 in. accessories
  • Includes Professional Flat Top Griddle with ready to cook True Seasoned Surface (SG30)
  • Includes propane tank holder
  • Mounts to full-sized Camp Chef pellet grills, 2016 and newer
  • 30,000 BTU cast-aluminum burner
  • Grease Management System
  • Matchless ignition
  • Fully adjustable heat-control knob
  • Wind Baffled Technology
  • Has the ability to bake, sear, boil, sauté, braise, grill, etc. (accessories sold separately)
  • Fits under patio cover

FITMENT

  • SmokePro DLX 24 Pellet Grill, PG24
  • SmokePro SE 24 Pellet Grill, PG24SE
  • SmokePro XT 24 Pellet Grill, PG24XT
  • SmokePro SG 24 Pellet Grill, PG24SG
  • SmokePro STX 24 Pellet Grill, PG24STX
  • SmokePro LUX 36 Pellet Grill, PG36LUX
  • SmokePro SGX 36 Pellet Grill, PG36SGX
  • Woodwind Classic Pellet Grill, PG24WWS
  • Woodwind Classic Pellet Grill with Sear Box, PG24WWSS*
  • Woodwind SG Pellet Grill with Sear Box, PG24SGWWSS1*
  • *units with a Sear Box

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Cooking Area Dimensions: 14 in. x 16.5 in.
  • Total Surface Area: 231 sq. in.
  • Total Output: 30,000 BTUs/Hr. Burner
  • Overall Height: 6 in.
  • Overall Weight: 32.5 lbs.
  • Griddle Weight: 16 lbs.
  • Sidekick Weight Capacity: 40 lbs.
  • Overall Unit Dimensions: 18 in. x 20.5 in. x 6 in.
  • Propane tank not included

  

My Story:

Is there anything better in the world than smoked meat? I honestly don’t even feel like I need to answer that. I LOVE smoking meats for BBQ’s and other events. It is a hobby and passion of mine and the rewards are worth every second of the preparation and the long wait.

I had the great pleasure of checking out the Camp Chef booth at last year’s Summer OR show in Denver and when I left I was in smoker dream land. I had worked out the details for testing a SmokePro SG 24 unit and I couldn’t wait for it to find its way into my castle. I was already having visions of feeding my people.

The Camp Chef name is nothing foreign to the circles I travel in. I have had many of fine cooked meals from Camp Chef products so I was not in the least bit concerned about performance. When the delivery driver left my house and I sat staring in glorious amazement at the pallet full of smoker boxes with a very large smile on my face. The only problem I had was my silly day job had bigger plans for me and I would have to put off my testing for far longer than I wanted.

When the day came that I was able to assemble the SmokePro SG 24 I found it to be extremely straight forward and easy to complete. I found no surprises with parts or anything of the sort. It took me about a half hour to assemble to grill and attach the Sidekick. It was nearly time to get meat on the grill and I was jazzed.

After my initial burn I thought I would first test the smoker with a turkey that I had kicking around in my freezer. The weather was cold and nasty but the Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24 never skipped a beat. I did notice a somewhat significant temperature fluctuation of up to 15 degrees at times and that was a bit concerning. 

Ultimately, the turkey turned out amazing, and my wife still talks about it as it was “The best turkey I ever had!” I thought about the same. So, my first test with the Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24 was a win.

The next testing area was to use the Sidekick. This is really just a nice addition to an already awesome grill. The Camp Chef propane stove and griddle (same ideas as the Sidekick) is no stranger to my home and I was every bit as impressed with this little guy as I have been with other Camp Chef stove/griddle combos. I cooked a heaping load of bacon on the provided griddle and I found it to be perfect. The grill surface is a bit rough but past experience tells me after a good many uses this will not be an issue. Overall the sidekick is a great addition.

With such great success already it was time to put this smoker to the ultimate test. I decided that I would smoke the Christmas prime rib. This was a big undertaking as it was my first time using a smoker to cook prime rib. My family sat in awe as I announced that I was going to cook this years feast on my new smoker. They again found their mouths open when I pulled the perfectly cooked prime rib off the grill. It was a huge success!

The next smoking task I undertook was at great risk to some very precious meat. I was lucky enough to have been given a damage deer tag and harvested a nice mule deer doe. I decided to try my hand at curing and smoking some venison hams. So, after 10 days of curing the hams in a brine I was ready to smoke them. This was a serious undertaking as I had a very hard time convincing myself to experiment with both HQ’s form this deer. Luckily I had the right tool for the job.

The smoking began at 0500 and I decided to use a supplemental smoke tube to help add a heavy smoke flavor as I find it very delicious with smoked hams. I set the SmokePro SG 24 to “High Smoke” and let it roll. It was 13 hours later that I finally was able to pull the hams and allow them to cool. My first taste of the meat was like the first time a kid tastes candy. It was freaking delicious! I am now a believer in all that is Camp Chef and that was the day that sealed the deal.

A few other things that I would like to mention that I found to be amazing features. The first is the dual meat probes. This is very useful when smoking multiple roasts, birds, or hams. I absolutely love this feature! The second is the pellet window on the hopper. I love that I can simply look out the window and see where the pellets are at. When smoking meat in cold weather this is a great feature as it allows you to stay in the warm house but still know when you need to add pellets. I also love that you can adjust the sear pan to allow for a direct flame while grilling burgers or steaks. I am sure you will love the ash clean-out as it is by far the simplest cleaning method I have used.

The last thing I love about this grill is the additional top grills that can be added for a two tier grilling experience. This is very useful and not a standard feature on many of Camp Chef’s competitors. I also own a Green Mountain Daniel Boone Grill and I had to adapt the “Front Shelf” into an upper grill which was a pain in the butt. So this is a big win for Camp Chef.

Overall I find this whole system to be amazing. I have no complaints about the Sidekick and am only slightly concerned about the temperature fluctuation of the SmokePro SG 24. We are getting out of the cold season now so it will be interesting to see how it does in milder temperatures. I do have to say that I like the GMG’s ability to adjust temp by 5 degrees but after using both I believe you can achieve the same results with the CCSG with little to no worry.

Find It Here:

https://www.campchef.com/smokers-grills/wood-pellet-grills-and-accessories/pellet-grills-and-smokers/pg24sgb.html

https://www.campchef.com/sidekick.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImYrUzJPn4QIVDsZkCh2qcwpGEAQYASABEgJKA_D_BwE        

What can be done better?

I would like to see how this spring/summer treats the temperature fluctuation issues. If they continue I think that is an area that I would like to see improved. 15 degree’s is a pretty large fluctuation and I would like to see that get tightened up a bit. The Sidekick is a solid 5 star product in my eyes.

I give this system a 4.5 rating as I need further testing to determine if the temperature fluctuation is going to be an ongoing issue. I will update this review in the event that it stops or lessens to a more acceptable level.  

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iReviewGear by Johnny Lemaster - 2w ago

HUNTER GTX “EVO” EXTREME By LOWA

Editor: Johnny LeMaster

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Just the Facts:

The Hunter GTX® Evo Extreme is designed for hunters who are chasing big game in extremely rugged, above-tree-line terrain. With an extra-high shaft for superb ankle support, and a high wall rubber rand for protection against abrasion, the Hunter provides outstanding performance, warmth and comfort in tough fall & winter conditions. It is compatible with strap-on crampons and snow spikes. Durably waterproof/breathable.

  • Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
  • Upper Protection: High Wall Rubber Rand
  • Construction: Board Lasted – Cemented Sole
  • Lining: GORE-TEX®
  • Lacing Hardware: Open and Closed Hooks Additional Hardware I-Lock®
  • Tongue Construction: C4 – Tongue®
  • Insole: Climate Control Footbed
  • Insulation: PrimaLoft® 200 gr.
  • Midsole: DuraPU with SPS System
  • Sole: VIBRAM® Masai
  • Stabilizer: Hard
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Weight (lb) 4.53
  • Resolable: Yes

My Story:

If you need a pair of boots that can keep up with you and carry you where you want to be most, away from where most people dare to go, then you need to check out the Hunter GTX “EVO” Extreme by Lowa.  These three season boots were built for the person who needs a top quality boot for their most extreme adventures, and rugged back country.  This boot provides you with the comfort, support, and durability you need when nature is life.

I have spent a lot of my life in boots. Work boots, military boots, and hiking boots.  It is fair to say that I have put several miles on numerous styles of boots in many different environments.  For many years I was not willing to spend any money on boots for hunting and hiking.  Why would I spend hundreds of dollars on boots when the government had provided me with so many pairs for free.  I was set, or so I believed.  I truly struggled with the idea of spending money on something I already had so many of.  Well this is where having good friends who give you solid advice, sometimes in a less than friendly way, are invaluable.  At the end of the days my feet were great, they were wet and cold from walking through the morning dew, they were tired and sore from the virtual lack of insole and rock solid outer sole that provide durability and toughness, my heals and ankles tired and blistered from a few miles of hiking.  To this day I still can’t figure out why my friends pestered me so much to get a good pair of boots.  Well I finally came around, and I will never look back.  Now I am always on the look out for the next best way to take care of my feet.

Lowa makes incredible boots.  Every pair I have put on my feet have been fantastic and the Hunter GTX Extreme is no exception.  Like any good boot, when you first put it on your foot it is snug and stiff.  The leather upper with the extra high shaft and hard stabilizer in the sole make the boot feel a bit like a mountaineering boot in its initial impression.  I wore the boots around the office and home for a couple weeks to get them to break in a little.  I even wore them on a short hike to help loosen them up.  It didn’t take long at all and I was off to put these boots to the test.  The snow was starting to melt and the elk were starting to shed out.  It was time to spend some long days traversing mountains looking for bone.

Saturday hit, and the roads were passable I threw my Hunter GTS Extreme boots on, grabbed my dog picked up a buddy and headed up the mountain.  I was a little worried about how the boots would do.  I had worn them around a bit to get them broken in, but I had yet to take them for a serious hike in varying terrain, nor had I broken them in for very long.  We got to the spot and started busting brush.  Within minutes we found ourselves walking through a mixture of knee deep snow and thick undergrowth.  As we worked our way across the north facing slope, I have to be honest, I was thrilled to have the ankle support that the extra high shaft provided.  The C4 tongue on the boot gave me added support, and great comfort.  The padding and anatomical shape hugged the front of my ankle without any pinch points.  These boots were working fantastic.  I wasn’t getting any hotspots, my feet and ankles were well supported, warm and dry.  My heal locks snuggly into position.  With many lesser boots my heal tends to move around and rub when hiking on hills.  With the Hunter GTX Extremes I didn’t have any issue with my heal moving around at all.  The toe box on the boot hugged the front of my foot perfectly.  It provided enough room for my toes to move without letting them move around enough to rub and cause blisters.  These boots were perfect for the task at hand.

We continued our way around, side hilling about three quarters of the way up the hill.  Stopping often to glass when we could get a good unobstructed view of the hillside across from us.  As we made our way through the hills there was a particular large “flat” meadow area on the hillside across from us that we wanted to go check out.  There is a water tank on the edge of the clearing that is frequented by all sorts of game.  I wanted to get a good look around that area, see if anything decided to drop some horns on the way to a cool drink.  We dropped down the hillside into the canyon, slipping and sliding our way to the bottom.  A small creek weaved its way through the bottom of the ravine.  With all the snow melt it was too wide to hop across and there weren’t any downed timber bridges in the immediate area.  We found a relatively shallow section and made the wade across.  At this moment I was bragging about how impressed I was, I had overtopped my boots and my feet were dry as a bone, the Gore-Tex had done its job.  My buddy was cursing me out as his boots did not keep the water out as they were supposed to.  We started our way up the hillside.

As there was no point in following each other up the hillside on a single trail we split up and paralleled each other about 100 yards apart.  Climbing up the steep hillside I was again impressed with my footwear.  The deep snow, solid in some areas and soft in others, was no match for the Vibram Masai soles.  I can’t tell you I wasn’t slipping around at all, but I had much better traction than I was expecting.  I only ended up on face once, which is pretty good with as sloppy as it was in sections.  I had decent grip, and even more important when climbing steep areas, was the hard stabilizer in the sole.  The sole doesn’t flex like a running shoe, it gives you good support when only able to dig your toes into the hillside.  You have a stable platform to support your weight without unnecessarily wearing yourself out.

I continued staggering my way up the hill wishing I had cut back on the cheese burgers over the last year.  As I stopped to catch my breath I looked up the hill at my dog.  She was on the other side of a log laying across the trail from where I was standing. I found myself wishing I had four legs and the youth she exhibits.  After a moment I took a few more steps and climbed over the log, to find my dog sniffing a fresh shed lying in the middle of my trail.  Taken back by my good fortune I stared for a moment before I  looked farther up the trail, and 20 feet further was the matching antler.  This was the best day ever to try out my new boots!  What a first trip with them on my feet.  I strapped the horns to my pack, pet my dog and told her good girl for “finding” the sheds and continued on to the pond with a huge grin on my face eager to show off my spoils to my buddy.

We continued the day slipping and tripping through the woods.  Up one hill and down another, across the flats, and along the trails.  Sadly we did not find any additional sheds, but the day had been a success.  I got to try out and incredible pair of boots, the Lowa Hunter GTX “EVO” Extreme, that were perfect for this kind of situation.  They provide the support needed in steep terrain, and slippery situations.  They are waterproof and breathable.  The climate controlled foot bed and Primaloft 200 grams of thinsulate keep your feet at the perfect temperature in cold conditions while on the move and resting.  The tough leather up and Masai soles combined with the rubber rand that goes all the way around the boot give you excellent protection from banging into the rocks and sticks while trekking through the woods.  The support provided by Leather upper, extra high shaft, and the Hard Stabilizer as well as the comfort and snugness the C4 tongue and I-Lock lacing hardware help keep you upright and energized for an all-day adventure.  And to top it all off I was rewarded with a decent matching set of elk sheds.

I have worn the boots on several additional shed hunts, and a few turkey hunts in the high country.  I can tell you that the more I wear these boots, the more I look forward to wearing them.  I am sad that the season is starting to almost get to where I will but these boots on the shelf during the hot months.  I can’t wait to pull them back out for elk season this year and enjoy them even more.  Lowa made an incredible boot in the Hunter GTX “EVO” Extreme.  This is a boot for the person that wants the boot that will make where high country trip more enjoyable.

Find It Here:

https://www.lowaboots.com/mens/backpacking-hunting/hunter-gtx-evo-extreme-antique-brown

What Could Be Done Better:

I honestly cannot think of anything I would like to see changed on this boot.  I am very impressed with every aspect of the boot.  So far it has held up to everything I have thrown at it.

I give this boot 5 Stars.

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iReviewGear by Johnny Lemaster - 1M ago

Wetland Shotgun Case by Watershed

Editor: Johnny LeMaster

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Just the facts:

Whether you hunt in water or carry a gun on raft trips for bear protection, no case gives you peace of mind like the Watershed Wetland Shotgun Case. So-called “floating” gun cases will still allow water to flood your gun if dropped in the drink; ours floats and keeps firearms bone-dry in all conditions.

  • Rugged carrying handle
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • We recommend using a padded gun sock or sleeve for extra production
  • Available Colors: Black, Coyote, Orange, & Multicam – **(MULTICAM IS A TRADEMARKED, MTP FABRIC AND HAS A 25% UP CHARGE; ITS AVAILABILITY CAN CHANGE)**

Specifications:

Dimensions Rolled: 50” Height x 13” Width x 7” Depth (Tapers to 13.5” x 4.5”)

Capacity Rolled: Firearms 46”-50”

Closure Type: ZipDry

Opening Size: 9.75”

Weight: 1.5 lbs.

My Story:

If you are like my friends and I, hunting is a way of life.  Being in the Pacific northwest, waterfowl hunting holds a special place in our hearts.  Every year as soon as archery season ends I am eagerly chomping at the bit waiting for waterfowl season to begin.  Whether you are hiking in to your favorite honey hole, or racing across the water in your boat to get your spot the most important piece of gear you have is your shotgun, and keeping in protected is the number one thing you can do to ensure a good day in the blind.

The Wetland Shotgun case is one of the most waterproof shotgun cases on the market.  The polyurethane-coated fabric combined with the ZipDry closure make this case absolutely waterproof.  You never have to worry about your shotgun getting wet and dirty until you are ready to use it.  For years my group of hunting buddies have tried all different types and styles of shotgun cases from many of the leading brands to keep our guns protected.  The one I personally have I have used for many years.  It isn’t perfect but it had built in padding to protect my gun from getting knocked around and the fold over end kept most of the water off of it as long as it didn’t get dunked.  It claims to float, but I will be honest with you I never wanted to find out if it really worked or not.  I also found myself spending a little extra time and energy to keep the gun in the case out of the water as it was only water resistant and not water proof.  The Wetland Shotgun case is the first case I have used that I knew my gun would stay dry no matter what situations I found myself in.

The Watershed dry bags and gun cases are built in America and designed by a whitewater rafting guide.  They’re life revolves around the water and they wanted to be surrounding by the most reliable waterproof drybags and gun cases possible.  They wanted to make sure they created a system that would be tough, waterproof, flexible, and could perform under pressure, quite literally.  The US Navy requested Watershed to create a line of products for military application that can stand the abuse and perform to the top standard.  These cases are tough and provide waterproofing unlike anything I have ever used.

The ZipDry is unlike most gun case closures.  Must cases I have used rely on folding the end over rand securing it with snaps, Velcro or buckles.  The Wetland closure is more like a beefed up Ziplock bag.  The ZipDry closure seals the bag air tight locking air into the case giving the case flotation, and locking water out keeping your gun dry as a bone.  The closure is incredibly easy to seal closed, but it took me some time to figure out how to open the case the first time I used it.  Luckily Watershed planned for this.  They included two finger loops, one on either side of the opening for prying open the ZipDry closure.  I really wanted to ensure that this case lived up to the hype.  While out hunting I decided to see it did exactly what Watershed claimed.  Now I did not sink it to 300 feet below the surface of the water to make sure the seams and ZipDry held up, but I did hold my gun under the water while in the case, and let it float around  in the shallows while I set up my decoy spread.  When I retrieved the case and pulled my Browning Silver out, there wasn’t a drop of water on it.

This case is great!  For the first time ever I know my gun will stay dry and keep afloat should the unthinkable happen during a hunting trip.  The case provides protection in the water and on land.  The urethane-coated fabric with multi layered seams provides a very durable abrasion resistant protection when on the way to the blind.  Many places I hunt I find myself wadered up, 4 dozen decoys on my back, my blind bag and shot gun in two.  Trudging through the thick brush near the water for hundreds of yards the last thing on my mind is making sure my gun is protected.  My mind is concentrated on getting to the blind without tripping.  I don’t want to have to worry about making sure my gun case doesn’t get snagged and torn on every limb I brush by.  I will say the one thing that I do wish this case had was built in padding.  The air trapped in the case do provide some padding if things are dropped on it while it is laying in the bottom of the blind or boat, but it does little to protect the gun if it is dropped, falls, or isn’t caught when being tossed while loading up the boat.  Watershed does recommend using a padded gun sock in conjunction with the case which solves the issue, but does create and extra step when putting the gun away or getting it out.

If you want to have a case that you know will keep your gun dry not mater what, and keep it floating should an accident happen this is the case for you.  It is tough, waterproof, and reliable.  Giving you the freedom to worry about more important things like what snacks to pack for your day on the water.

Find It Here:

https://www.drybags.com/product/wetland-shotgun-case/

What Can Be Done Better:

The only thing I would like to see done different would be to have an option with built in padding.  I do like that the bag can fold up and be packed up small when not in use, but I like to make sure that my shotgun has the most protection it can have.

I give this product 4.5 stars.

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iReviewGear by Cory Mclaughlin - 1M ago

Zamberlan 996 VIOZ GTX® WNS

Editor: Cory McLaughlin/Ellie McLaughlin

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Just the Facts:

DESCRIPTION Zamberlan’s best-selling boot for both men and women, the 996 Vioz GTX® is a tribute to Italian comfort, performance, and design. Discover why this is one of the best-reviewed boots in the outdoor industry worldwide!

Perfect for backcountry backpacking in rugged, steep terrain, the 996 Vioz GTX® features include:

Zamberlan Hydrobloc® full-grain leather uppers with straightforward, clean and effective design for long-lasting durability and protection

Exclusive Zamberlan Vibram® 3D outsoles designed to provide excellent grip, superb downhill braking, and an energy producing, rock-forward motion. Wide lugs are easy to clean

Resolable with original factory Zamberlan Vibram® 3D outsoles

Gore-Tex® Performance Comfort membranes provide the utmost waterproof protection and breathability and are guaranteed by Gore-Tex for the life of the boot

Microtex® wicking nylon collar linings help control excess moisture around the ankle

The ZFS (Zamberlan Flex System) allows the boot to very comfortably flex forward without compromising lateral support

ZBPK Performance Fit last + ZLF Ladies Fit is renowned and exemplified in the 996 Vioz GTX® as the upper creates a visible curvature around the back of the heel and wraps comfortably over the top of the foot while leaving enough room in the toe box to wiggle toe (up to size 11). ZLF adaptations make this last a perfect fit for women

Made in Italy  

UPPER Full Grain Waxed Leather With Hydrobloc® Treatment

THICKNESS 2,4mm – 2,6mm

LINING GORE-TEX Performance Comfort

INSOLE Flex 4mm + PE

MIDSOLE Low Density PU Wedge

OUTSOLE Zamberlan® Vibram® 3D

SIZE RANGE 6 – 10, 11

HALF PAIR WEIGHT 640 Gr (Misura/Size 39)

LAST ZBPK Performing Fit

My Story:

As a father I want the best for my daughter. I think this is true for most parents and for most of us we spend a considerable amount of time trying to make sure we provide quality gear for our kids. Sadly for those of us with daughters the pool is not near as deep as it is for boys. I understand supply and demand but it is frustrating when you are trying to get your little girl into a sport and you know that bad gear can be the cause of bad times. To mitigate this you search for the best gear you can find to help enhance the experience. I feel this is pretty universal but I can honestly only really speak for myself. When I had my daughter I decided right then that she was going to be my best partner in crime and we would have a lifetime of adventures together. I have maintained this attitude for the past 10 years and she is one of my most favorite people to be in the woods with.

When searching for boots I found it was a pretty large chore. It was nearly impossible when she was a small child and I’m not sure she ever wore a pair of boots that were not found in the boys section. As she grew into larger sizes, now a women’s size 6, I was excited to see that I could finally get her a pair of boots that are of high quality. The list is still significantly smaller than that of what men and boys have to choose from but it is nice to see that companies like Zamberlan have a line of women specific boots and shoes as we have to recognize that women’s and men’s feet and needs are different and thus require a specific boot. This is where the 996 VIOZ GTX WNS comes into play.

When choosing a boot for my daughter I needed to look at what her main needs would be and what we needed most. Gore-Tex, aggressive Vibram sole, solid leather upper, and the ZLF Ladies Fit were all characteristics that pulled us to this specific boot.

My daughter first tried on her 996 VIOZ in the comfort of our home. She was soon tromping up and down the basement stairs and all around the house trying to make sure the boots fit her. She had chosen these boots, as many people do, because she liked the way they looked. She told me they looked like they would be the perfect hunting and hiking boot for her and she was absolutely jazzed to see them sitting on her bed after they arrived. After about an hour of walking around the house and eventually the back yard she was ready to get into the field. Luckily we had a backpacking trip planned.

I think this is the appropriate time to add in her thoughts.

Ellie:

“I first got the boots in the summer of 2018! After wearing them around my house my first real test was a 10 mile hike in the Eagle Caps with my dad and sister. I had a blast and my feet were very happy the whole time. Hunting season was the next testing area.

Wearing the boots hunting was awesome they kept my feet comfy and warm on the 20 degree mornings and up to 40 degree days.  Overall they are awesome and amazing!! The boots keep my feet super comfy and work well at different temperatures. I think they are a perfect height for everything but deep snow.

I highly recommend these boots for anyone who loves hiking and hunting. They are great on all types of terrain and I really love these boots!”

As you can see she really liked these great boots. I cannot speak to their comfort but I can talk about how happy my daughter has been with them. Her happy feet allowed us to have some great adventures. From a fathers standpoint I have to back up what my daughter said and call these boots a major success. I have already recommended them to many of my friends for their daughters and wives. It’s safe to say we are a Zamberlan family! 

       

Find it Here:

https://www.zamberlanusa.com/product/9789429/996-vioz-gtx-wns-leather-backcountry-boots-dark-brown

What can be done better?

Ellie says nothing!

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Hoyt Carbon RX-3 Compound Bow Review

Editor: Mike Radford Just the Facts:

Carbon RX-3 Ultra Hunting bow, 334 FPS, 34 inch axle to axle, 6 ¾ brace height, 4.1 pounds.

ZT Pro Cam, 70 Pound bow, at 29 inch draw.

Basic Information:

Hoyts new Redwrks line of bows come in 3 styles: Ultra, RX-3 and the Turbo. All with Carbon risers and new cams for 2019. Ranging in Price from 1300-1700 depending on where and what you buy.

The Story:

I took possession of then new Hoyt Carbon RX-3 bow in January of 2019. The bow came beautifully package with a couple nice surprises included: Carry Case, and a new Hoyt Hat…very cool!

I added a few things onto the new Hoyt Redwrks bow and started shooting that day: Vaper Trail LimbDriver Pro V Rest, Black Gold 7 pin sight, Stinger stabilizer, and a basic quiver.

This bow came tuned perfectly! I did have the guys at Mountain Archery in Idaho check it out after I added all the necessary stuff. They checked the cam timing, PERFECT, and made sure the center shot was set up correctly, it was.

It is nice getting a new bow that out of the box is ready to go, this is not always the case.

My testing of the bow included the following steps, all shot with GoldTip 300 29 inch arrows, and 125 grain field points:

  • I shot the bow in cold weather, over 100 times
  • I shot the bow inside in about 70 degree weather over 100 times
  • I then shot the bow in mild temperature over 50 times (getting tired)
  • When shooting outside I shot standing and kneeling.

My impressions:

The Hoyt Redwrks, Carbon RX-3 Bow is the finest, smoothest, and easiest to shoot bow that I have every used. The ZT Cam is the real deal, and give this bow great speed, with great accuracy. The ZT Cam system keeps the cables lined up with little to no torque.

The Hoyt bow was easy to set up, it is easy to hold on target, and the dead in your hand feel when shooting is just second to none.

The RX-3 Carbon Bow highlights for me are:
– It is light
– It holds on target with ease, just great balance
– It is FAST, at 70 pounds with heavy arrows and tips it shoots just
over 300 FPS, I dropped that to 60 pounds and still shoot 290 FPS.
– It is very very quiet
– It has very little vibration
– It is very accurate due to the ZT Pro Cam, low vibration, and ease of holding on target.

Summary:
The Hoyt RX-3 line of bows are a BUY. They are just awesome in every way. Pricey YES, but they seem to be worth it.

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iReviewGear by Johnny Lemaster - 2M ago

Sine 20 by Kelty

Editor: Johnny LeMaster

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Just the Facts:

Kelty’s got your back during your next chilly night in the backcountry. With the Sine 20° DriDown Sleeping Bag, you get the best of both worlds of comfort and light on weight. The Arc Zipper System is there to provide a natural arm motion when opening the bag and for dual venting. The water-resistant 800 fill DriDown stays drier, lofts better, and dries faster. On warmer nights, leave unzipped and use like a blanket.

Features:

  • 800 fill power DriDown
  • Arc Zipper System
  • Built-in pillow pocket
  • Thermal-comfort hood
  • Natural fit toebox
  • Zipper draft tube with anti-snag design
  • Draft Collar
  • Mesh storage sack included
  • Stuff sack included

Specifications:

  • Temp Rating:20° / -7°C
  • EN Lower Limit Rating:19° F / -7° C
  • Size Regular: 6 ft / 183 cm
  • Fill weight:6 oz / .414 kg
  • Total weight:2 lbs 5 oz / 1.041 kg
  • Stuffed size:8 x 14 in / 20 x 36 cm
  • Size Long: Fits to:6 ft 6 in / 198 cm
  • Fill weight: 17 oz / .483 kg
  • Total weight:2 lbs 9 oz / 1.157 kg
  • Stuffed size:8 x 14 in / 20 x 36 cm
  • Insulation: 800 fill power DriDown
  • Shell material: 20D Nylon Ripstop
  • Liner material: 20D Nylon Taffeta

My Story:

If you are going to head into the back country whether by truck or with what you can carry on your back and are looking for a great lightweight 3 season sleeping bag you need to check out the Sine-20 by Kelty.  The Kelty Sine 20 is the lightest bag in their lineup by temperature, coming in at 2 lb-5 oz this bag is perfect for getting back into nature and keeping you comfortable away from home.  The quality materials used, built in comfort details, and attention to detail makes this bag a must have for the outdoors enthusiast.

I was getting ready to head up to northcentral Washington for the late archery mule deer season with a good friend.  Prior to the trip we sat down, planned out our trip, where we were going to stay, where we were going to hunt the first few days, what we were going to pack for food, and what gear we needed.  As I was going through my gear trying to figure out what I needed I was a little less than excited about taking my huge sleeping bag that I had been using for years.  My buddy, a fellow editor, threw me the Kelty Sine 20 at that moment, telling me he was tired of seeing me always using outdated pieces of gear.  I believe his exact words were that he “was pissed I was still living in the stone age”.  I was stoked at his generosity and couldn’t wait for our trip.  I had a new piece of gear to try out that would hopefully help to give me the comfortable rest I knew I was going to need to be able to chase big muley bucks in the rut.

The trip finally arrived.  We took off work early for the extended weekend and hit the road, thoughts of big racks fueling our excitement.  We got in late in the evening, got sorted out where we were going to make our base camp, got our gear together and racked out.  The morning was going to come early.  I laid out my Sine bag and unzipped the arc zipper system.  The zipper runs in an arc shape from your shoulder to your opposite hip.  Making for an easy natural movement for unzipping the bag, it also allows the flap that is unzipped to be used like a blanket on your upper torso if you are a hot sleeper.  The zipper is protected from both the cold air leaking in around it and accidentally zipping the liner up and tearing by the wide specially designed draft tub.  I personally sleep rather hot, which brings me to my absolute favorite feature of the sleeping bag.  Kelty was thoughtful enough to add a foot zipper in the bag. The zipper goes across the face of the bag, allowing you to poke your feet out or leave them in as you please.   My biggest gripe about sleeping in a sleeping bag, and especially a mummy bag is having my feet confined.  I typically like to have my feet and face cool when I sleep.  Most nights I have my feet sticking out of the covers when in my bed.  The issue with the mummy bag, is you either deal with really hot feet, or you have the bag unzipped allowing to much cool air in to the rest of your body.  This wonderful little addition makes your comfort level go way up.  You can find your happy place, fall asleep quicker, and stay asleep getting that rest that you need when in the field.

As I crawled down into the bag, the next thing that struck me about the Sine was how snug the bag is.  There is not a lot of extra room in this bag.  I am 6 feet tall and come in just over 200 lbs.  I am comfortable in the Sine, but there is not much room to toss and turn in your bag, you are wrapped up like a burrito.  This doesn’t bother me in the slightest.  The Sine still provides you with adequate room, and the reduction of wasted space cuts down on the weight and packed size which is the most important when planning to take everything with you on your back.  This is ultimately what this bag is designed for.  It can be used for all situation, but is ideal for backpacking because of its light weight and small size.  The sleeping bag is insulated with 800 fill power dridown.  This is a fancy way of saying that the insulation is made up of a coated down that resists dampness and can loft quite well allowing it to trap more air for insulation.  The bag also comes equipped with a thermal comfort hood that has a built-in pillow pocket for keeping your pillow or wadded up jacket under your head all night long.  The draft collar combined with the hood keeps you toasty in those coldest of nights.  The first night sleeping in the bag was not one that warranted the use of the hood, I actually fell asleep with the bag unzipped and my feet sticking out.  Part way through the first night the temperatures started to dip a little, I found myself pulling my feet back in and zipped up the torso section of the bag three quarters of the way.  I purposely left the foot zipper open so I could easily cycle between having my feet in and out of the bag.  The foot box of the bag is surprisingly roomy when your feet are inside.  It wasn’t until a few nights later that I battened down the hatches and bundled myself all in taking advantage of all the Sine’s warm features.  The next morning, I arose to the sound of the alarm and slid out of the Sine and into my hunting pants and was off to make coffee.  The Sine had done its job well.  I slept rather comfortably.

The rest of the trip went by in a similar fashion.  Up before light and on the mountain exploring areas that few people were wanting to venture in search of the ever-elusive rutting mule deer.  Back after dark worn out and exhausted from the day’s hikes, wishing I would have taken my buddy up on joining in on cross-fit.  Yelling Cross-fit! In your head over and over just doesn’t seem to get you up the mountain quite as well as having actually done it.  After scarfing down some dinner we found ourselves quickly fading into oblivion ready to get back into the Sine’s warm wrap.  I quickly found myself with dreams of heavy tined bucks floating through my head.  Recharging to do it all over again.

The trip ended with us putting on a lot of elevation and miles without a buck to show for it.  We did end up with great memories and a great trip only made better by having the right equipment, specifically in the case my Kelty Sine 20 sleeping bag was my favorite piece of equipment.  I never felt like I was getting too hot, other than my feet at times, or too cold, once I got zipped all the way up.

Find it Here:

https://www.kelty.com/sine-20/

What Could be Done Better:

Not a lot could be done better with this bag.  It is built with great quality, and materials with great comfort details built in.  This bag is perfect for backpacking or even at a base camp.

I give this 5 stars!

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iReviewGear by Johnny Lemaster - 2M ago

Scoundrel 2nd Gen by Böker Plus

Editor: Johnny LeMaster

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Just The Facts:

The new generation of the Scoundrel by Steve Kelly from Montana not only comes with a satined blade, but also with a handle with a very exclusive two-tone finish in which matt and satined surfaces combine to create an extraordinary overall impression. The massive titanium handle locks the VG-10 blade with a frame lock and a lock bar stabilizer keeps the lock from overextending. A tough knife with elegant appearance. With clip (tip-up)

  • Type: Pocket Knife
  • Designer: Steve Kelly
  • Total Length: 7.6”
  • Blade Length: 3.2”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.20”
  • Weight: 4.7 oz
  • Blade Material: VG-10
  • Handle Material: Titanium
  • Lock: Frame Lock
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Color: Grey
  • Blade Color: Uncoated

My Story:

If you are looking for your next favorite every day carry (edc) knife, I highly recommend you check out the Scoundrel 2nd Gen by Böker Plus.  I have carried a lot of knives from many different manufactures, and I must admit that Böker is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands.  Their unique designs, ergonomic grips, quality metals, and attention to detail makes them an excellent choice for everyone from a beginning knife collector up to the discerning connoisseur.  Having to always have a knife on me, and realizing that it is one of the most important things to always have I find myself somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.  I never go anywhere with out a knife on me.  It is one of the first things that goes in my pocket when I wake up in the morning and the last thing to be taken out of my pocket when my pants get thrown in the hamper.  I am always on the look out for a great knife to add to my collection and particularly one that I will find myself wanting to carry and use.  Carrying the Scoundrel 2nd Gen as a lot over the last few months I have found the knife I will be carrying as my edc for some time to come.

My experience with Böker has be fairly limited, but has not been a disappointment in any way shape or form.  I have had the pleasure to try out to knives from their collection, the CFM- A1 and the Scoundrel 2nd Gen.  I have fallen in love with both of them.  I will be honest, Böker is not a name I have been familiar with for too long.  Although they have a very long history in the business.  They started out in the 17th Century as a tool manufacture in Germany where they built their name for quality.  They entered into the cutlery business it the 1800’s, with the most recent Böker USA, Inc. starting production in Denver in 1986.  Today Böker is a multinational company making quality products.

As I stated I have had the privilege to try out two of the knives from the Böker line, and have loved each of them.  They both have their own unique style and design.  Both having things that I believe they excel at that have made me a strong believer in them.  Specifically for an edc, the Scoundrel 2nd Gen has become one of my favorites.  It is a thing of beauty that I love to carry.  My compliments go out to the designer Steve Kelly on it.  When you first get introduced to the Scoundrel the design of the handle immediately catches your eye.  The handle is made of Titanium with a combination of a matte finish and a satined finish.  The titanium makes the handle incredibly durable, resisting wear and tear from dings, scratches and corrosion.  It provides the solid feel of a metal handle in your hands while keeping the weight down. The design of the handle combines milled channels with small holes on the lower part of the handle reducing weigh and providing grip with the scaling at the top of the handle in the right locations for the extra grip needed for a foil grip or modified saber grip.  The handle only has the grip designs on one side.  The reverse side is “smooth”, simply meaning it does not have the grip elements that are carved into the titanium on the front side.  It carries its own features that are both important and provide the grip for the reverse side of the handle.  The pocket clip blends in perfectly with the satin finish matching the rest of the reverse side of the handle.  It is mounted with two screws in the blade tip up position for fast retrieval and employment of the knife from pocket to hand.  I would prefer to see three screws on the pocket clip.  This knife does suffer from the same issue I have had with many other knife clips that only utilize two screws, the clip does get loose fairly regularly causing the clip to move, and the knife to rotate a bit.  This does not cause any real problems other than it needs to be addressed by tightening down the clip a little more frequently to ensure that the screws don’t back all the way out.   One of my favorite features on the knife is also on the reverse side of the handle, the frame lock blade lock.  Böker has developed a great blade lock that works really well.  It has the perfect amount of pressure that does not affect the opening of the knife, but pops snuggly into place when the blade is opened to keep the blade safely locked in place during usage.  The lock is easily released and the blade collapsed back into the closed position with one hand.  What separates the frame lock from many other blade locks with similar orientations is the replaceable edge on the top lock where the blade seats.  This portion of the lock seams to wear out over extended usage.  I have a few knives that I don’t trust the lock on fully anymore due to this issue, but the Scoundrel will never have this issue.

A lot of thought was put into this knife to make it a quality piece all the way through.  The knife has been a fantastic knife that has easily handled everything I have thrown at it yet.  I carry the Scoundrel when in the office, out hunting, camping, working around the house, and anywhere else I go, it has been used to remove slivers, open packages, cut rope, clean harvested animals, cut up steak at the dinner table and so much more.  The blade is made of VG-10 stainless steel, one of my favorite all purpose steels for knife blades.  The steel was developed in Japan for use on cutlery in for chefs.  This steel takes and incredibly keen edge and is very easy to resharpen.  It is one of the easier stainless steels I have found for putting a good edge back on.  The only downfall to this steel is it is not quite as durable as some of the other steels.  It holds the edge decently enough, but not as well as some other steels.  I think it is honestly a good steel that balances ease of sharpening, and edge holding ability.  I can tell you it has not let me down when I needed.  You just have to take care of your equipment.  The blade holds a relatively unique shape.  The spine  comes straight out of the handle providing a great thumb rest for that added cutting power before rising slightly and dropping down into a spear point.  The 3.2 inch blade features a high flat grind helping it cut and separate easily through tight locations.  The blade is easily opened by the ambidextrous thumb stud and rotates on a bearing making for a very smooth opening that almost feels like an assisted opening knife.  The blade is kept from overstretching by way of the lock bar stabilizer during opening.   The blade seats securely in place when the blade is closed helping to keep it from trying to creep open in your pocket at unexpected times.

The Scoundrel 2nd Gen can be found in my pocket at all times.  It has climbed its way to the tops of my edc selection for good reasons.  Böker has created a very durable, comfortable, stylish knife that can handle the different demands of everyday life.  The user friendliness of this knife, the ease in opening, closing, and sharpening have make it all the more appealing to carry.  I never have to worry that my most important tool, my knife is going to fail me or break at the most inopportune time.  The quality put forth in this design is well worth treating yourself to.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Find it Here:

https://www.bokerusa.com/pocketknives/boker-plus/tactical-knives/scoundrel-2nd-gen-01bo761

What Could be Done Better:

There is not a lot that I would want to see any different on this knife.  Overall I love the materials and design of the knife.  The only thing that I would like to see different, which is very minor, would be to add a third screw to the pocket clip.  In my experience it keeps the clip from moving and the screws from backing out longer without having to tighten.

I give this product 5 stars.

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