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Leupold BX-2 Tioga HD 8×42 Binocular Review

  By David Link The Leupold BX-2 Tioga HD Binocular line is new for 2017 and offers a “premium budget” level of performance. But wait, nothing about Leupold translates to “budget,” so what you’ll find in the BX-2 Tioga is a great mid-level binocular at an attractive price. We’ve seen …

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Alps Outdoorz Extreme Packs – Built With The Hunt In Mind

  By Nancy Jo Adams Any seasoned hunter knows that quality gear is essential to the hunt, and often having the perfect backpack is critical to the hunt. The Alps Outdoorz® Extreme™ line of premium packs has the perfect pack for any hunting adventure for the male and female hunter. …

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Water Filter vs Water Purifier

  By Pete Rogers I just returned from back country fishing trip with Kashabowie Outposts in Ontario, Canada. Trips to the remote wilderness always involve a lot of planning and packing. Part of the planning process for this trip included the need to provide potable water for four grown men for a …

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Nikon Prostaff 5 vs. Monarch ED Fieldscope

  By David Link Nikon’s entry level Fieldscope, the Nikon Prostaff 5, and their mid-level Fieldscope, the Nikon Monarch ED, both provide great spotting scope choices for hunters, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. Yet when it comes to deciding between the two, it can be hard to know which is …

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Sitka Gear Mountain Pants Review

  By Jason Reid The bull stared right at me. From 200 yards away he moved his cows into the safety of the small strip of timber, but stopped to look directly into my binoculars. My bugle had spooked the small herd and moved them into an approachable position. The …

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Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter Review

  By David Link The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter is a standalone weather station that works independently or with your smartphone. It provides precise data measurements for everything from temperature to altitude. This device is a must have for weather hobbyists, hikers and campers, and other outdoor adventurers. Recently, I …

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Danner Mountain 600 Boot Review

  By David Link Danner’s classic styled hiking boots look great on the trail or on the street. They’re the perfect remedy for a market full of boots that look more like athletic shoes and less like mountain boots. Danner has been crafting quality work boots since 1932, and their …

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Kestrel DROP Environmental Data Logger Review

  By David Link Kestrel is a leading designer of portable weather meters and data loggers, and their devices can be applied to a staggering number of scenarios and uses. From agriculture and fire prevention to ballistics and hiking / camping, Kestrel meters can do a lot for professionals and …

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Belleville Khyber Hybrid Boot Review

  By David Link For over 110 years, Belleville has been America’s premier military boot manufacturer. They outfitted brave soldiers in WWI, WWII, and beyond, and their boots have tackled everything from deserts to jungles. In recent years, the company has expanded to offer tactical and outdoor boots built in …

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Geigerrig RIG 500 Hydration Pack Review

  By David Link Geigerrig’s unique pressurized hydration bladder design is truly worth adding to your gear collection. The hydration pack concept is nothing new, and most popular backpack brands offer some iteration of a hydration pouch or bladder in select models. The idea is fairly simple, and most are …