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Hoyt Carbon Matrix [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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Hoyt Carbon Matrix [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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BOW SPECIFICATIONS

*Draw length and draw weight specific to the bow we tested.

IBO Speed (fps) 

318

Axle to Axle 

35″

Mass Weight 

3.8 lbs.

Wheel 

XTR Cam & 1/2

Brace Height 

7.25″

Limbs 

XTS ARC

Draw 29″

Weight 

70 lbs.

Let-off 

75%

Price 

$1,599

PROS

Incredible balance, easy to hold on target, unlike anything I’ve ever shot before, I can shoot this bow all day long;

Extreme durability (it can get run over by a truck!);

Forgiving and accurate, easy to stack arrows on top of each other;

Shock free, dead in the hand and quiet. 

CONS

Does not have built in riser mounts for a two piece quiver (Hoyt does make an adapter to allow for a two-piece quiver to be used, but at $1,599 it should really be included);

While the bow has a beautiful wood grip, it is glued to the riser so you can not use Hoyt’s Pro-Fit Custom Grip system with interchangeable grips (Personally, I would have liked to put side-plates on the Hoyt Carbon Matrix);
The String Stopper is made of a hard rubber material that doesn’t do a great job of stopping the string and is loud;

Our local pro shop, Extreme Archery, chronographed the Hoyt Carbon Matrix at 280 fps while shooting an Easton A/C/C Pro Hunter 340 arrow with a total weight of 429 grains (The one complaint I hear most about this bow is the lack of speed).

OUR OPINION

This season I was in the market for a new bow. With several models available I headed down to Extreme Archery in Mamaroneck, NY to try the latest bows. I was looking for a bow that was built like a tank and was easy to shoot. Looking through the bows I tried several models including the Hoyt Alphaburner and Hoyt Maxis 35 – I was quite impressed with both bows. Then I saw the all new Carbon Matrix and had to give it a shot to see what all the hype was about. I knew this bow was tough from the Hoyt advertisements showing the bow getting run over by a truck and then shot like nothing had happened, but could it shoot? 

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the Hoyt Carbon Matrix was how well it balanced in my hand and how it just sat there rock steady. I don’t know if I’ve ever picked up a bare bow that has sit this steady in my hand before. The second thing I noticed about this bow was how light it really was at 3.8 pounds, nearly half a pound lighter than the Hoyt Alphaburner and Hoyt Maxis 35 I had tried earlier.  

Drawing the bow back was very smooth. The XTS ARC limbs go past parallel at full draw which helps to cancel out any vibration in the bow. Vibration is something you won’t find in this bow and I’m amazed at how quiet the Hoyt Carbon Matrix is being that it’s so light. One of the reasons for this is that carbon fiber acts as more of a noise dampener compared to the aluminum risers that most bows are typically made with. 

If you’re used to shooting a single cam bow you will notice a difference drawing back a dual cam bow as I did. One of the first times I drew back the bow I relaxed a little too much at full draw the bow wanted to take me forward. It only took a few shots for me to get used to the feel of a dual cam bow and keeping the pressure on at the wall. I’ve been shooting this bow for the last few months and I can honestly say I’m at the top of my shooting game with this set up. 

To get a feel for this bow in a real life hunting situation I took the Hoyt Carbon Matrix to a local 3D shoot at Putnam Fish & Game. I spent the morning shooting target after target and I put my arrows in the kill zone every time from 15 yards all the way out to 65 yards. This bow can shoot and loves to stack arrows all day long. The bow was easy to carry through the wooded course and maneuvered well when there was a need to shoot from tight quarters and weave an arrow through the trees at the target. 

Now for some of the specs – this bow weighs just 3.8 pounds, has a 35″ axle to axle length, an IBO speed of 318 feet per second, and a very forgiving 7.25″ brace height. Hoyt outfitted this bow with XTR Limbs and the XTR Cam & 1/2 wheels. My bow in particular has a 29″ draw length and a peak draw weight of 70 pounds. At full draw I am holding just under 20 pounds. 

I’m shooting Easton A/C/C Pro Hunter 340 arrows with this set up and it seems like the perfect arrow for the bow. This season I’ll be shooting the G5 Striker 100g broadhead. We shot the Carbon Matrix through a chronograph and the bow was consistently shooting at 280 fps. This isn’t bad for a bow that’s advertised IBO is 318 fps, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it, even with my heavy 429 grain arrow. This was my one disappointment with the bow – but, at the same time the Carbon Matrix wasn’t designed to be a speed bow that’s what the Alphaburner is for (and wait until we tell you about that bow in an upcoming Gear Guide!). 

Another benefit to shooting this bow is that it’s really easy to set up and tune. Pro Shops will find it a joy to tune and set up with the latest accessories. I was able to get my 100g G5 Striker broadheads to group with my field points at 20 yards with no adjustments.  

Overall this is an incredible bow and something I would highly recommend you go shoot for yourself. It only took a few minutes of shooting for me to decide this was the bow I was going to purchase. Head over to Extreme Archery in Mamaroneck, NY to give the Carbon Matrix a try.

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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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GORE Optifade Concealment – NY Bowhunter

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GORE Optifade Concealment

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In mid-November, I was invited down to Newark, DE for the GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit. I had a chance to meet the people at GORE and came away from the experience extremely impressed with GORE as a company and how they stand behind their products.

You see, GORE isn’t like most companies. There isn’t a hierarchical ladder that prevents employees from the bottom from being heard at the top. That might not seem like a big deal at first, but because everyone at GORE is an Associate it means their opinion counts, their voice can be heard, and their ideas can be explored. 

Almost everyone has heard of GORE-TEX and Windstopper, two of GORE’s most noted products, but the company makes everything from fabrics that protect our firemen and astronauts to guitar strings, fishing line, and medical devices that can plug a hole in your heart.

All of these products were developed because GORE gives it’s employees the chance to be different and think outside the box. And that’s the problem GORE set out to solve: How can a hunter get close to an ungulate without being detected at typical engagement distances?

What I really like about GORE is its scientific approach to solving problems. The Company didn’t just decide to enter the camouflage market, they knew hunters wanted to get close to game without being detected and nothing on the market had been designed specifically for hunting ungulates, or hoofed animals.

The problem with traditional mimicry patterns on the market is that they block up into a mass of gray at close range – the range you need to be at for a successful hunt. So while your new HD camo might look amazing on the track at the store, when you’re in the woods the real concern becomes how is the animal going to react when it sees you at close range? And that’s the problem GORE set out to solve: How can a hunter get close to an ungulate without being detected at typical engagement distances?

To help answer these questions and develop a scientific solution GORE brought in a panel of experts including:

Dr. Jay Neitz, an animal vision expert at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle.

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Tim O’Neill, Ph.D., widely regarded as the “Father of Digital Camouflage.”

Guy Cramer, founder and CEO of HyperStealth® Biotechnology Corp., designers of digital camouflage patterns.

In 2009, GORE released Optifade Open County, a pattern scientifically designed for engagement ranges of 35 yards and beyond at ground level. The larger neutral areas of the pattern, or the macro-pattern, are more critical to concealment at these engagement ranges, in a landscape of rocks, brush, and scattered trees.

This year GORE released Optifade Forest, a pattern scientifically designed for close engagement ranges of under 20 yards and for elevated angles of attack – typically 15 feet up in a tree stand. At that proximity, the micro-pattern becomes more critical: it compensates for the contrasted, highly detailed background perceived by the prey.

I live in the world of the treestand hunter and spend 95% of my time hunting from a treestand. When you’re 20 feet up in a tree-like I am you have a bright sky, dark leaves and branches and the vertical lines of trees all around you. It’s these lines that make it easier for a whitetail to pick you out of the tree on that cold November morning. Even if you’re wearing mimicry camo you will blob out with every movement you make because most of the mimicry camo patterns don’t have the contrast to break you up.

With help from their panel of experts, GORE figured out that ungulates suffer from red-green color blindness and have a larger field of view than humans. Using this knowledge they were able to test patterns with different colors, macro patterns and micro patterns on live animals and see how they reacted to each pattern. After a long test period, GORE was able to determine which colors worked best for treestand hunters and how to arrange the macro and micro patterns of the camouflage to help the hunter appear as nothing to the eyes of the ungulate.

To help understand the difference between a macro pattern and a micro pattern think about a tiger and a leopard. A tiger is a stalking predator with a macro pattern to help break up its outline as it chases its prey. Leopard’s, on the other hand, are ambush predators and have a micro pattern that helps them blend into the background as they prepare for their attack.

Optifade incorporates a macro pattern of large fragmented shapes – mathematically configured to match those of the animal kingdom – that breaks up your body symmetry and outline. Additionally, Optifade also incorporates a micro pattern of small fragmented shapes – matching the fine texture that defines our world – which makes you fade into the background.

This is the science behind the Optifade pattern that makes it so effective.

I’ll admit, I was hesitant to put on my green looking Optifade Forest and head out to the dead brown woods, but I’ve been successful using Optifade and I’ve watched whitetails look up at me and right through me as if I wasn’t even there. When a deer picks it’s head up, looks in your direction, and goes back to feeding, that’s the ultimate rush as a predator. You’re out there up in your tree and you have your desired game well within bow range without a clue you are there.

Personally, I’ve been extremely impressed with the Optifade pattern and I think GORE hit a home run with this one.

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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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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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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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Sitka introduces the Early Season Whitetail Pant

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Sitka Gear has long been my go to choice for creating the perfect whitetail hunting system. The clothing is designed with high tech fabrics by whitetail hunters who spend their fall and winter up in a tree stand. From the first time I put on a piece of Sitka Gear I could tell that these people got it – they understood what it was to be a whitetail hunter.

I’m really excited about the new Early Season Whitetail Pant or ESW Pant. As its name implies the ESW Pant is made for those early days of September and October when temperatures can still rise into the 70-degree range during the day.

The ESW Pant is an updated and more durable version of the Ascent Pant which I used to hunt for several seasons. They were the best early season pants I’ve hunted with for the sole reason that the 4-way stretch material made it super easy to climb over fallen trees, crawl through thick brush and set up climbing sticks to get to a tree stand above. The ESW Pant uses the same 4-way stretch material to make it effortless to move around the thick early-season woods.

The ESW Pant features Boot Gaskets, Side Cargo Pockets, 4-Way Stretch Fabric and comes in sizes ranging from 30-44″ regular and 34-38″ tall. The camo pattern is one you either love or hate: GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Forest – it’s the only pattern I use, but it’s because I believe in the science behind the OPTIFADE. The MSRP on the ESW Pant is $169 and in my opinion, is worth every penny.

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Goat Tuff Fletching Glue [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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When it comes to making your own arrows a high-quality glue is a must. I have had the best luck with Goat Tuff Glue. It seems to form an extremely strong bond between the plastic and the arrow shaft – it almost seems like it welds the vane onto the shaft. I have yet to have a vane fall off that was properly glued to the shaft and they’re even hard to rip off when you want to replace the vanes.

The glue bonds the vane to the shaft in a matter of seconds and takes a few minutes after that to fully cure. I usually put a small bead of glue on the vane and let it sit for 5 seconds before applying it to the prepped arrow shaft. I then let the vane sit on the shaft in the clamp for about 5 minutes before removing the clamp and rotating the arrow for the next vane.

Goat Tuff also makes a debonder which is very helpful for removing dried glue on the arrow shaft from vanes that are removed and need to be replaced. When replacing a vane I start by cutting it off with a razor and then rubbing the Debonder over the remaining vane bottom and glue while continuing to use the razor to remove all the excess vane and glue. Then I use a little more Debonder to remove any excess residue on the shaft and finally use some alcohol to give the shaft a final cleaning before applying the Goat Tuff Glue.

If you find you vanes falling off frequently I’d give Goat Tuff glue a try, you won’t lose another vane again.

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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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My broadhead of choice for years has been Muzzy 115g heads. They flew true and left a damaging hole, but this year after a bad experience with a Muzzy MX-4 I decided it was time for a change. There were hundreds of broadheads to choose from, but the one manufactured by G5 caught my eye.

My first choice was the G5 Montec, which is an amazingly constructed broadhead. I did like the head, but I did not like that I could not get the blades as sharp as I would have liked no matter how hard I tried. Figuring that I was not a master sharpener, I decided to try G5’s replaceable blade broadhead – the G5 Striker 100g.

The Striker features a cut on contact, one-piece steel ferrule. The 1 1/8″ cut blades use G5’s Anix Blade Locking System. The 0.03″ thick Lutz blades slide into the groves of the ferrule and a steel washer locks them into place when you screw the broadhead into your arrow. I prefer the G5 design to the Muzzy design because on the Muzzy broadheads have two moving parts – the ferrule that screws into the shaft and the trocar tip that screws onto the ferrule – while the G5 design only has one moving part, the ferrule screws into the shaft. The less moving parts, the better off you are when you’re in the field.

Additionally, each broadhead is spin tested to ensure accuracy. The broadhead is available in two weights – 100g and 125g.

One thing about G5 that excites me is that they are always coming out with innovative products. The Company recently announced that it will release the Striker Magnum for 2008. The Striker Magnum will be a 125g broadhead with an unheard of 1 1/2″ cutting diameter – that is HUGE for a fixed blade. I plan on giving this broadhead a try next season. G5 recommends that this broadhead only be used for close-range shots out to 30 yards. I’ve heard that the head flies true out to 40 yards like the Striker 100g and since I don’t shoot farther than 30 yards when I’m hunting this broadhead will be the perfect solution for putting down whitetails fast.

Have you tried any products from G5? Let us know your experiences, both good and 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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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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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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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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Sitka introduces the Early Season Whitetail Pant

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Sitka Gear has long been my go to choice for creating the perfect whitetail hunting system. The clothing is designed with high tech fabrics by whitetail hunters who spend their fall and winter up in a tree stand. From the first time I put on a piece of Sitka Gear I could tell that these people got it – they understood what it was to be a whitetail hunter.

I’m really excited about the new Early Season Whitetail Pant or ESW Pant. As its name implies the ESW Pant is made for those early days of September and October when temperatures can still rise into the 70-degree range during the day.

The ESW Pant is an updated and more durable version of the Ascent Pant which I used to hunt for several seasons. They were the best early season pants I’ve hunted with for the sole reason that the 4-way stretch material made it super easy to climb over fallen trees, crawl through thick brush and set up climbing sticks to get to a tree stand above. The ESW Pant uses the same 4-way stretch material to make it effortless to move around the thick early-season woods.

The ESW Pant features Boot Gaskets, Side Cargo Pockets, 4-Way Stretch Fabric and comes in sizes ranging from 30-44″ regular and 34-38″ tall. The camo pattern is one you either love or hate: GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Forest – it’s the only pattern I use, but it’s because I believe in the science behind the OPTIFADE. The MSRP on the ESW Pant is $169 and in my opinion, is worth every penny.

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Fuse Posi Lite Quiver [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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Shooting your bow with a quiver attached or detached is a matter a preference when it comes to most bowhunters – but we’re not most bowhunters, so we hunt with our quivers attached to our bows. Why? Well, you never know when you’re going to get a second shot and I’ve taken plenty of second shots and even had a handful of times where a third arrow was loaded onto my bow.

Out of habit I immediately load another arrow once the first shot is fired – even if the deer drops on the spot. The reason is two-fold. One, if the deer gets up for any reason I’m ready to fire a second shot or if the deer walks off 20 yards and stops I’ll hit him with another arrow. Second, deer don’t usually travel alone and you never know what will happen after that first shot. Last Christmas Eve I shot a young buck at 10 yards and instantly loaded another arrow – I had two does directly behind me and one to my left that had no clue what happened and I still had two doe tags. Although I didn’t get a chance at either of the does, I did get a chance at another buck right before last light faded and tagged out on my bucks during the late season. Now back to the product review…

I prefer to have my arrows on my bow while I hunt so I choose a non-detachable two-piece quiver – as you may have guessed, I use the FUSE Posi-Lite four arrow quiver. The quiver features a telescoping hood with carbon rods that features four inches of travel to keep your arrows within the dimensions of your bow. Nothing is worse than having your arrows stick out 6″ past the bottom of your bow! Another great thing about the two-piece quiver is that it grasps the arrow at its furthest ends which eliminates much of the vibration when compared to detachable quivers that grip the arrow in the middle of the shaft rather than the end.

The quiver also features a pre-cut foam insert that helps prevent premature blade wear from removing and replacing your arrows in the quiver. In addition, the quiver is loaded with Shock Rod Technology – the little black rubber tubes – in strategic locations to help cut down on any excess vibration, always a plus.

If you like Realtree APG HD then you’re in luck cause that’s the only color this quiver comes in. The quiver is available in both four and six arrow combinations and can be ordered with mounts for Hoyt, BowTech, Mathews, Reflex, and PSE. I paid $115 for my four arrow quiver, but you may be able to get them for a bit cheaper at your local pro shop (my local shop is pricey, but if you want them in business you have to support them, and I sure do a good job of that!).

I suggest giving this quiver a good hard look if you’re serious about having a high-quality two-piece quiver on your bow. If you know from experience the importance of the second shot in archery then you’ll see the benefits of a quiver like this one. Check it out.

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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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G5 A.S.D. Tool [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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G5 A.S.D. Tool [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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As archers we know that the arrow is just as important as each piece of equipment on our bow. After all, what good would it be to spend all that time fine tuning and micro tuning your bow if the real culprit was your arrows? The pipe cutters used to cut aluminum arrows to length and the flex of a carbon shaft as it enters a high speed cutting wheel leave much to be desired when it comes to ensuring your arrow is cut square.

Leave it to G5 Outdoors to come up with the solution – the A.S.D. Tool (A.S.D. stands for Arrow Squaring Device). This device eliminates the question, “is my arrow shaft cut square?” The device holds your aluminum or carbon arrow shaft square to a diamond stone surface which is then used to remove excess material from the arrow shaft. G5’s Garret Armstrong recommends completing 15 to 20 revolutions of the arrow shaft to ensure that the shaft has become square.

Using an Allen wrench you can loosen the diamond stone and flip it around to a cutter that can be used to deburr aluminum inserts that are glued into an arrow shaft. It is recommended that you use a marker to color the face of the insert so you can see when the material has been removed. This will also allow you to visually see if one side of the insert is higher than the other.

So what is the point of all this and how does it help you put more deer down? The answer is simple. A square arrow shaft will allow the broadhead to sit perfectly square when it is completely seated. This ensures that your broadheads spin true and keeps broadhead flight from arrow to arrow as consistent as possible.

In archery, accuracy is the name of the game and this fine little tool will help you become a bit more accurate.

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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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G5 Optix ME [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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G5 Optix ME [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Well they really weren’t joking when they said “for those who want the ultimate in a bow-sight, G5 offers the Optix ME.” After I put this sight on my bow, my jaw dropped to the floor and I began drooling. This is the best sight…EVER! This sight has it all. It is made out of magnesium alloy, which is the lightest of all structural metals (32% lighter than aluminum to be exact) and is just as strong. The sight weighs in at just 6 ounces! In addition, magnesium also has better vibration dampening properties than your typical aluminum bow-sight, but this isn’t your typical bow-sight. And just incase that’s not enough for you they even put a harmonic dampener on the Optix ME. G5’s sight also offers micro-adjustments for windage, elevation, and features G5’s patented Smart Pins. G5’s Smart Pins allow you to micro adjust each .019″ pin (you loosen a set screw and then can adjust another screw to raise or lower each individual pin) without ever deviating from the centerline of the sight. Even the sight’s level is adjustable so you can make sure that when the bubble is in the middle of the two lines you really are level. The no rust components make the G5 Optix ME one you can take off the beaten path. The sight is finished in Real Tree camo and is extremely easy to set up. And for those low light conditions, simply turn on the ME’s LED light and watch the pins glow. The instructions also include several pictures of the sight window depicting how far apart the pins should be for bows shooting arrows at varying feet per second. Talk about easy tuning!

Now you may be looking at this sight and saying, well why does it have 4 pins? Shouldn’t it have either 3 or 5? Well if this was your normal sight, then yes it would have 3 or 5, but get ready for another surprise – a floating pin. What is a floating pin? It’s one of the best ideas I have seen on an archery sight. This pin is meant to be set at 50 yards and can then be adjusted in the field to shoot out to 80 yards by simply turning a knob on the side of the sight. Find which sticker in the package has your correct fps on it and stick it on the inside of the aperture. Now you can adjust the pin with the knob and line it up with the markers on the inside of your aperture so you know if your floating pin is set at 65 yards or 80 yards. But how do you know you’re on the 60 yard line and not the 70 yard line? Well the knob “clicks” when it reaches the next 10 yard increment on the sticker making this a foolproof design. Now, I’m not suggesting you shoot out that far unless you know you are capable. I know archers who can put five arrows through a soda can at 80 yards, but I can’t do that so you won’t find me shooting past 40 yards. The floating pin is a very nice feature for those hunting out west where longer shots in open terrain may present themselves. Again, only take shots at distances you have practiced and are positive you can make.

After shooting with this sight, I will never use another sight by any other company. This is simply the best sight you can buy for your bow. I highly recommend this to all serious archers, trust me, you won’t be disappointed in the G5 Optix ME.

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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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Eureka Centerfire Sleeping Bag [PRODUCT REVIEW] – NY Bowhunter

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PROS: Warm, durable, carry bag included, soft flannel liner

CONS: Big, bulky, heavy, not for backpacking

Recently, I received the Centerfire Sleeping Bag from  Eureka to review. The Centerfire Sleeping Bag was a heavyweight sleeping bag that could keep me warm in below zero temperatures.

When the box arrived at my door I realized that this wasn’t the type of sleeping bag I was used to. Being mostly a summer backpacker with a lightweight sleeping bag that can easily fit in the bottom of my pack I wasn’t ready for the big 13 pound 6 ounce sleeping bag.

The sleeping bag was huge when I took it out of the box. I had to remind myself that this wasn’t for your backcountry hikes, this was more along the lines of setting up a base camp in the Adirondack Mountains for a week long hunt in the middle of November.

With almost 7 pounds of ThermaShield insulation and a very soft and inviting flannel liner there was no way that this bag was going to let me be cold when the temperatures dropped. The construction of this bag is very well thought out with zippers on both sides to allow for movement in the bag as well as ventilation at the bottom of the bag for warmer nights.

While this isn’t a bag I’d try to take with me on a backpacking trip, it would be my number one pick for a base camp during the late fall/early winter hunting seasons here in the North East. If you see yourself in a wall tent deep in the Adirondaks next season make sure you stay warm with a well insulated sleeping bag like the Eureka Centerfire.

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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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