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2011 Hoyt Lineup



It’s that time of year again and Hoyt’s new 2011 lineup is really something to look forward to! Check out what they have coming out this year:

Hoyt CRX

2011 Hoyt CRX

Eighty years of bowhunting passion and innovation have culminated in the radical new CRX Series. Every purpose-built inch of the hunt-ready CRX is engineered for optimum results in any condition – whether you endure long hours in a stand or traverse mile after grueling mile in the harshest conditions.

CRX features the sleekest, leanest, TEC LITE riser we’ve ever designed, supporting the new XTS PRO ARC limbs and racy Fuel Cams – delivering a lethal combination of speed, accuracy and vibration-free silence. Other top-shelf technologies round out the custom CRX package, including our new Perfect Balance Stabilization System™, Silent Shelf Technology™, and our next generation PRO-LOCK Pocket System. With airtight tolerances and rugged durability in 32” and 35” configurations, CRX offers diehard bowhunters 80 years of pure Hoyt vision, innovation and advanced design. CRX. Own the hunt.


Hoyt Carbon Element

2011 Hoyt Carbon Element

CARBON ELEMENT. The most advanced bow. Ever. Perfectly balanced and engineered for lightweight performance, durability and a dead in hand shot. The most advanced features. The most technology. The ultimate culmination of 80 years. At Hoyt, we’ve always been on the cutting edge of industry leading technology. The new Carbon Element is the pinnacle of Hoyt’s engineering and design dominance, and it shows. Meticulously crafted utilizing a patent pending hollow carbon tube design with high-performance carbon fiber, the 3.6 lb. Carbon Element is the lightest yet strongest bow we’ve ever mastered. Not only does carbon provide for an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio, it’s also warm to the touch, which you will appreciate on those frigid hunts. Our patent pending carbon tube design reduces sound and vibration to unbelievably low levels of ultimate, stealthy setup. With all the high-performance technology you can back into a bow and racy cool looks, the 32″ axle-to-axle Carbon Element is the world’s premier hunting bow.


Hoyt Carbon Matrix Plus

2011 Hoyt Carbon Matrix Plus

The bow that rocked the archery world is back and even better. Carbon Matrix blazed new trails, stunned the archery industry, and was arguably the most sought after bow, ever. This legendary Hoyt engineering masterpiece offers an amazingly lightweight – yet nearly indestructible design – along with unprecedented levels of stability, accuracy and smoothness.

Carbon Matrix Plus now features the all-new XTS PRO ARC limbs, high-energy Fuel Cam, our exclusive In-Line Roller Guard System and newly improved Stealth Shot. Combine all of this with Hoyt’s patent pending and proven Advanced Carbon Construction design, and you’ve got the ultimate, all-around, longer axle-to-axle bow for serious target shooters and hardcore bowhunters.

Also available in high quality, custom target finishes. Join the carbon revolution at a Hoyt dealer near you.


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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]



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 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]



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



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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