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Summit vs. Lone Wolf [PRODUCT REVIEW]



When I first started deer hunting everyone I knew used a fixed position stand. Climbers hadn’t really caught on yet and only a few die hard deer hunters who recognized their value used them. It was a family tradition for us to visit the deer woods a month before the season and set up our stands to return to them on opening day and hunt whitetails.

The stands were not quite so easy to set up and took a bit of time to get just right. When I began hunting the suburbs, I went in and scouted the place, then hung a stand a week before the opener, only to have it gone by opening day. Someone climbed up, cut the lock with bolt cutters and took it all. I came to the conclusion that the only way I would now be able to hunt was either from the ground or with a climbing tree stand.

I was a little concerned about using a climbing stand at first but quickly became comfortable with it. I liked the mobility the climber offered me and the increased success I had hunting by using a climber. I’ve actually hunted deer in the morning, climbed down and moved 50 yards only to take a deer in that same spot in the mid-afternoon!

I started off using a Summit Treestand and thought it was the greatest stand in the world. It was fairly light to carry in and very comfortable. It was, however, a bit noisy and bulky. After hearing all the “hype” about Lone Wolf stands, I decided to cough up the cash and try out the Lone Wolf Alpha Hand Climber. Yes, they are expensive, and yes everyone complains of the price, but think about it, for about $350 you’re investing in the last tree stand you will ever need – period.

“This is the only climber I will ever need. Next season I’m buying the only other tree stand I will ever need – a Lone Wolf Alpha Hang On Stand with a set of four Climbing Sticks.”

This stand packs flat, is extremely light, super easy to carry through the woods, and the quietest stand I’ve ever used. The Summit stand has hollow tubes and steel cables that “clank” together and make noise as you climb. The Lone Wolf uses solid cast aluminum construction to eliminate hollow tubes and urethane climbing belts that make no noise when climbing the tree. You can literally drag the stand up against the tree and only hear the scraping of the bark – try this in a Summit and you’ll also get the “clank clank clank” of the steel cable banging against the hollow tubes.

The bow grommet on the Lone Wolf, isn’t my favorite for my Mathews Drenalin, and I prefer to take a hook with me that screws into the tree to hang my bow, but I have the grommet there incase I ever forget or drop my hook out of the tree. It’s a good “back up” plan. The grommet would probably work well on other bows where the “Wolf Jaws” could grab both sides of the limb versus the one side of my limb on my Drenalin (because of the string suppressor, both sides of the limb can not be captured by the Wolf Jaws).

The platform on the Lone Wolf and my Summit are basically the same size +/- 1 inch. The difference is in the construction and the Lone Wolf is definitely quieter. I think it also has to do with the design. The Summit has bars that run horizontal across the platform and if you turn sideways in your platform your boot can slip off the side of the horizontal bar and make a noise. This problem is eliminated with the Lone Wolf because of its cast aluminium design.

The trade off between the Lone Wolf and the Summit comes with the seat. The Summit seat is hands down more comfortable. You have arm rests and a big comfy seat with a backrest. The Lone Wolf seat is literally a piece of aluminum with a 1″ thick foam pad on it. I prefer the Lone Wolf seat for several reasons. First, the arm rests of the Summit get in the way, the Lone Wolf seat gives you 360 degree shooting movement without any chance of the seat getting in the way – this is especially important to longbow and recurve shooters. Additionally, the seat is held in place by two stabilizer straps which prevent it from falling off the tree unlike the Summit which, if bumped into while standing up in some instances can fall off. The Summit seat uses three straps underneath the foam pad to support the shooter, this is comfortable, but in my opinion it provides too much play for the seat and makes it harder to stand up when a deer steps into view. With the Lone Wolf, there is a hard seat under you that you can easily push off of to stand up with a minimal amount of movement.

The Lone Wolf Alpha Hand Climber also packs much better than the Summit. Not only does it pack flat, but it takes half the time to pack and there is no noise involved, unlike the Summit which requires one piece to be placed inside another and then noisy straps to be tightened once the stand is together. With the Lone Wolf stand you simply place the seat on top of the platform and bungee it together – that’s it! Then you wrap the stabilizer straps around the stand and buckle them so they’re out of the way and you’re ready to head to your next stand location.

If you’re in the market for a new tree stand I highly suggest purchasing a Lone Wolf stand. If you think they’re expensive I’d recommend saving up for one and putting off the purchase for another few months or until next season, it really is a piece of equipment that will benefit you in the deer woods and you won’t want to be without one.

This is the only climber I will ever need. Next season I’m buying the only other tree stand I will ever need – a Lone Wolf Alpha Hang On Stand with a set of four Climbing Sticks.

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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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