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TAS Delta Rail Stabilizer & HipBone [PRODUCT REVIEW]



PROS: Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer – low-frequency range vibration dampening, side-to-side Picatinny rail adjustment to balance accessories, accepts additional weights upfront or adaptor for HipBone Bow Holder. HipBone Bow Holder – lightweight, easy to use, quick and quiet attachment and detachment of bow.

CONS: Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer – more of an accessory attachment point than actual stabilizer, not heavily weighted at the end to counter directional forces at full draw, could use additional vibration dampening materials. HipBone Bow Holder – cable slide attachment could cause damage to cable rail or slide off while walking through the woods, no belt on bibs to attach bow holder for late-season hunting.

$89.99 Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer
$29.99 HipBone Bow Holder

I was contacted by Tactical Archery Systems back in November to try out some of the new products they had recently come out with. The company was coming out with a few products that were the first of their kind and I was excited to put them to the test.

The Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer takes the popular Picatinny rail that has been used on firearms to mount a variety of accessories and brings this capability to the archery industry. Measuring 5 1/2″ in length, the Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer keeps accessories mounted close to the bow so they don’t get in the way while hunting.

Weighing in at 8.1 ounces the Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer is a little heavier than most archery stabilizers in this class, however, that is to be expected as this is a stabilizer meant for attaching accessories to the bow and its sole purpose isn’t vibration dampening.

There are a number of accessories you could attach to the Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer whether it’s a bipod for ground hunting or light for bow fishing at night. To help keep the bow balanced when it’s loaded with accessories, the Picatinny rails were designed so they could be adjusted from side-to-side.

Another product that Tactical Archery Systems sent to me was the HipBone Bow Holder. As its name implies, the HipBone Bow Holder uses a ball and socket joint to hold the bow at your side. Simply slide the ball joint into the receiving end on the belt attachment and you’re ready to go.

The HipBone Bow Holder comes with a ball attachment for the threaded end of a stabilizer or to attach to the cable rod on some bows. I personally was not going to try and tighten down a set screw on the ball for the cable rod and risk damaging it and went with the stabilizer ball mount for my testing.

While the HipBone works great when you’re wearing pants that have belt loops and you can wear a belt, it didn’t work so great for me when I was wearing my bibs during the late season. I was able to get creative and hook the HipBone on the waist support of my backpack to allow me hands-free action while walking to my stand – a real plus in the winter when you’re bogged down with extra gear and need two hands to carry it all! I also left the HipBone attached to my backpack when I attached it to my pull up rope at my tree stand. This allowed me to hook my bow up to my backpack and pull them both up the tree at the same time once I had reached the platform.

Overall, I had a positive experience with the products from Tactical Archery Systems. If you have a specialized need for accessories at the end of your bow then the Delta Rail Tactical Stabilizer will work for you. If you’re looking for vibration dampening or to balance directional forces at full draw I’d suggest going with a more traditional archery stabilizer. For a quick and convenient way to hold your bow in those moments when you need an extra hand, the HipBone Bow Holder is there for you. It was definitely a “nice-to-have” item on my hunts and made it easy for me to do something with my bow when I didn’t want it in my hands.

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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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