Vortex Viper HD Binoculars
These new binos are an optical masterpiece, giving hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts a premium option without the premium price tag. The HD optical system delivers stunning resolution, color fidelity and edge-to-edge clarity. Lenses are fully-multicoated with XR anti-reflective coatings that provide critical low-light performance—turning waning light into game-spotting opportunity. A super-wide field of view promotes fast subject acquisition and more efficient glassing. Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek—an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the corrosive salt of fingerprints. The smooth center-focus wheel dials in your image for sharp viewing. Soft and comfortable twist-up eyecups are perfect for extended glassing and provide customized eye-relief for the viewer. A short-hinge design and rubber armoring with perfectly-placed thumb detents makes the new Viper HDs easy to hold, protects against impacts and ensures solid purchase—no matter the weather conditions. 100% waterproof, fogproof (purged with Argon gas), dustproof and shockproof construction. From a physical size and weight perspective, they are one of the lightest, most compact, full-size binos on the market—a noteworthy attribute when gear consideration can be measured in grams. Includes the GlassPak chest harness—keeping your binos at the ready while providing comfortable, protected, strain-free, all-day carry. And like all Vortex products, the all-new Viper HD Binoculars are covered by Vortex’s lifetime, unconditional, no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty. Available in 8X42, 10X42, 10X50, and 12X50.
DiamondBlade Knives Surge
The Surge knife is focused on function but doesn’t skimp on style. The stainless-steel bolster and generously-sized handle furnish control and safety; the blade design provides you with unerring service. It is a Drop Point-style knife made from Friction Forged D2 high carbon tool steel with a 4-inch blade, Suregrip handle and comes with a Kydex sheath. We used it to take apart two moose and several deer last year and our testers loved how this knife felt in the hand and how it allowed hunters to perform any task needed. Plus, it’s super-sharp and has amazing edge retention.
Spyderco Fish Hunter
The Fish Hunter is a new addition to Spyderco’s extraordinary Salt Series comprised of 100% rustproof knives. Specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of free divers and spear fishermen, it features a symmetrical hollow-ground blade crafted from H-1 steel—a remarkable nitrogen-based alloy that is completely impervious to rust. The blade’s acute point is ideal for quickly dispatching fish, while its fully-serrated SpyderEdge cutting edge makes quick work of fishing line, rope and anything else in its path. To ensure a secure grip both in and around the water, its ergonomic handle is injection-molded from tough fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) and features high-traction bi-directional texturing. Its high-visibility bright yellow color makes it easy to see in all conditions and a generously sized lanyard hole allows the attachment of security lines and lanyards. An injection-molded snap-fit polymer sheath with adjustable G-Clip attachment completes the package.
Vortex Optics Fury HD Laser Rangefinding Binocular
High-quality optics and long-distance ranging capability come together in Vortex’s all-new Fury HD 10×42 Rangefinding binocular. The Fury HD provides convenience, speed, efficiency and valuable dual-purpose functionally. Capable of ranging reflective targets to 1,600 yards with an ultra-fast readout, hunters and shooters can quickly get distance data needed to effectively execute shots. Calling out ranges for your hunting or shooting partner while reliably watching for impacts is easy with the Fury HD. Illuminated right-barrel display can be set to yards or meters. It features angle-compensated and line-of-sight modes to match user preference and application. Scan mode gives readings as you pan or track a moving animal. Dialectic fully multicoated prisms and XR fully multicoated HD lenses serve up impressive views. Rubber armored housing provides durability and a solid grip in all weather conditions. The multi-position twist-up eyecups are comfortable. Smooth center-focus wheel and left eye diopter ensure optimal image focus. And like all Vortex optics, the Fury HD is covered with a lifetime, no-fault, transferable, VIP warranty.
SPOT Gen3 and Trace
SPOT allows you to track assets, notify friends and family of your location, mark waypoints, track your progress or notify rescue officials in an emergency.
SG-20 Adhesive Sealant
SG-20 is made of a proprietary blend of two-part polyurethane adhesive material that attaches to neoprene, polyurethane and canvas, making it ideal for repairing different styles of waders,Muck Boots, Frog Toggs, foul-weather and hunting gear. Compromised gear can be fixed quickly in the field by wiping away surface dirt and water from the damaged material and applying SG-20. When mending lightweight breathables, apply SG-20 to the inside of the waders.
Knives of Alaska / DiamondBlade Knives
www.knivesofalaska.com / www.diamondbladeknives.com
Knives of Alaska makes a wide range of high-end outdoorsman’s knives used by hunters and outfitters around the world. The product lineup includes fixed-blade knives, combination sets, Bushcraft and Tactical models, cleavers, saws, hatchets, folding blades, utensils and specialty products. The owner is an Alaskan Registered Big Game Guide and tests each model in Alaska. DiamondBlade Knives feature some of the sharpest, longest-lasting cutting edges on the market, achieved through the process of Friction Forging, which is a forging process focused on the knife edge that uses high pressure and frictional heat to produce an ultra-sharp knife. The product offering includes fixed blade, folder and combination sets. And advancements in the process make the DiamondBlade Pro Series knives ($189.99 to $239.99) more affordable than ever.
Bolduc Hunting and Fishing Knives
Custom knife-maker Gary Bolduc is making something special. The knives he crafts are above the quality that most have handled. Gary sent a couple knives to test for our gear review and we are believers. Many writers, TV hosts, outdoor retailers and avid Alaskan fishers and hunters are also big fans of Gary’s knives. Hunting personality Louis Cusack said, “Gary has made several knives for me and as far as I am concerned they are all a cut above any knife I have owned. I would recommend Bolduc Knives to anyone that is looking for a custom-made knife. Performing a job with a great tool just makes the task all that much more enjoyable to me.” Joe Gauges is an avid hunter who works at Frontier Outfitters in Fairbanks. He shared his thought that Gary’s knives are the best because of a higher content of carbon and added steel alloys such as chromium, niobium and vanadium that make for superior toughness, wear and tear, and corrosion resistance. According to Joe, it is the attention to detail and beauty of the knife. He says the first time you hold one it is as if the handle was molded to fit your hand perfectly. Author Steve Meyer shared this thought: “Two years, hundreds of small game, birds, fish and big game, and Gary’s offer of lifetime sharpening services has not been necessary. The perfect combination of beauty and utility that defines custom, Gary has set a new benchmark.” That’s quite a set of ringing endorsements. You can order a custom knife made from something special like the horn of a musk ox you harvested or you can search Gary’s website or follow his Facebook page to see new designs. Put one at the top of your wish list.
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