2015 Articles In Review


In 2016, we’ve got some big things coming like more optics and gear products reviews, 2016 SHOT Show coverage and other great how-to and opinion articles. But before we get moving on more 2016 content, let’s take a look back at the best articles from 2015.

Product Reviews

The product reviews featured on 1800Gear.com this year are among the best on the blog. Let’s take a look at some of the best articles and photos from the past year:

In September, David Link took the Vortex Crossfire 8×42 binoculars for a test run at 10,000 ft in the Rocky Mountains. In his review, Vortex Crossfire 8×42 Binoculars Product Review, he takes a look at the newest redesign of the Crossfire binocular series. Featuring great performance at an exceptional value, the Crossfire 8×42 are broken down as one of the best options for a hunter who wants a good binocular on a budget. Don’t miss the photos taken alongside a rocky Mountain stream in this review as well.


In August, we had a guest product review from Lukas with CoolGearSK located in Slovakia. In his Vortex Diamondback 20-60x60mm Spotting Scope Product Review, CoolGearSK took the powerful yet compact Diamondback 20-60×60 scope for a test run and review in the hills around his native Slovakia. What resulted was a concise review of a product from a different point of view than most American consumers usually see. Don’t miss the good photo work from Lukas either.


In February, Tony Martins reviewed his personal favorite rangefinder that has accompanied him on countless hunts in Nikon Gold Monarch Laser 1200 Product Review. This flagship rangefinder from Nikon has stood the test of time over 20 years, and new generations are still coming out today. Definitely a must-read for anyone looking to increase their chances on their next hunt.


Wild Recipes

Our resident wild game cook on the 1800Gear blog is Robin Follette, and she shared several of her tried and true recipes for fresh fish and wild game:

In September, Robin Follette shared important tips on how to prepare and cook freshwater fish in her article: Tips & Recipes For Preparing Freshwater Fish. From the important process of handling the fish directly after catch to her tried and true recipes for fish frying and fish cakes, this is definitely an article to bookmark before your next ice fishing or summer fishing trip.


Cooking with cast iron around the campfire can be a challenge for some, but it typically results in large, hardy meals that the whole crew will appreciate. In October, Follette described how to cook with a large dutch oven as well as the dutch oven lid to create some great meals in Campfire Cooking. Maybe the most handy tip isn’t in the recipes themselves but the proper amount of coals to use to get a desired temperature from 350 to 405 in a dutch oven.


Gear Lists

Almost everyone has heard, or probably lives by the mantra that you can never have enough gear. Here are a few unique lists that help ensure you’ve got everything you need for the job or outing.

In August, David Link explored just what the pickup truck means to adventure in: 12 Must-Have Items For Your Truck. From safety tools to items that make your next camping or driving adventure worthwhile, this is a must read for anyone who loads the truck up for a drive to the river or mountains.


In June, Nancy Jo Adams broke down the nuances of bow sights and explained the differences between varieties in Bow Sights 101. In this article she covers fixed pin, movable pin and pendulum bow sights as well as the primary accessories that go with them. This is definitely a must-read for anyone in the market for a new bow sight.


In May, our resident “prepper on a budget” Jason Herbert offered his list of easy to do prepping tasks in Prepping On A Budget. In it he covers how to cover water, food, shelter and security needs without blowing your family’s entire budget in the process. This is just one of many prepper themed articles to appear on the blog this year.


Sizing Women Into Hunting Apparel

It can certainly be a challenge for women to fit into men’s hunting apparel, and while there are many great hunting apparel brands exclusive to women available in the market today, it’s important to know all the options that are out there. In August, Robin Follette’s Selecting Hunting Gear For Women covered the basics on sizing, and in November, she wrote about her experiences sizing into Sitka Optifade hunting apparel in Sizing Sitka Gear For Women.


Personal Stories

In June, Seth Nadel shared his personal experiences during his transition to living off the grid and explained both the merits and the challenges of changing one’s lifestyle in such a manner. In Living Off The Grid: 15 Years And Counting, Nadel covers the challenges of power, water, entertainment and other resources as well as discusses his reasoning for moving to a remote area of America. This personal story is a must-read for everyone interested in exploring life outside the city.


Interested in more? Check out: New Year Prepping Resolutions: Part 2.

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