It has been my good fortune to test Nikon’s Monarch ED Fieldscope during almost two dozen hunting and scouting outings over the past six months. These have included identifying duck species on the water a half mile away and scouting pronghorn from the comfort of my truck cab, picking apart dense cover in search of bull elk in Arizona’s White Mountains behind a tripod, and evaluating mid-Asian ibex more than a mile distant, from snow covered observation points high in the Tien Shan Mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan.
Read Nikon Monarch ED Fieldscope - Extreme Field Test on the 1800Gear Blog.
The Alps Outdoorz NWTF Grand Slam Turkey Vest quickly became a hot commodity on the expo floor, and the item was a sellout on its debut. We had to wait until later in the season, but finally we were able to acquire a vest in our chosen pattern for this year's hunt.
Read Alps Outdoorz NWTF Grand Slam Turkey Vest Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
A locator call can be critical to finding that hot spot in a particular area in the early morning. There are a ton of them on the market, but not all of them are user-friendly. I know this for a fact, because I have a drawer full of the ones I cannot use. The Houndstooth Game Calls Morning Striker Owl Call is very user-friendly, and after a few blows on the call and a few hand adjustment and lip adjustments, I was getting the hang of it.
Read Best Of NWTF 2018 - Part 2 on the 1800Gear Blog.
As with every year since its beginning, turkey hunters from all over converge upon the largest turkey hunting expo in the United States, and for a good reason. All of the turkey hunting gear favorites, including the newest turkey hunting gear in the industry, is on display.
Read Best Of NWTF 2018 - Part 1 on the 1800GunsAndAmmo Blog.
Alps Mountaineering and Alps Outdoorz has long been a leader in backpacking, camping, and hunting. Their crossover products include tents, packs, and trekking poles, which are available in four different models, all made with 7075 aluminum. The pair I used were the Excursion available in blue and with cork handles.
Read Alps Mountaineering Trekking Poles Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
My headlight exposed snow-covered logs and rocks in the darkness as I followed my GPS into the unknown of a Colorado morning. At 10,800 feet, an opening appeared and I settled down to watch the meadow for signs of life. Removing my Sitka Gear Jetstream Jacket from my pack, I slid it over my chilled shoulders, threw up the hood, and nestled into the base of a large pine tree.
Read Sitka Gear Subalpine Jetstream Jacket Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
On this trip, we brought along the Hawke Sport Optics Endurance Spotting Scope in 16-48×68 with an angled lens. When unboxing the scope, it was nice to find that it came with a quality soft-padded, stay-on nylon scope cover for protection. This cover allows the scope to be fully accessible on a tripod without removing the cover.
Read Hawke Endurance 16-48x68 Spotting Scope Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
In the world of crossbows, one brand stands above them all. TenPoint has long been considered the best of the best. This year proves that this will continue with their introduction of the Stealth NTX. This crossbow shoots a blistering 410 FPS, delivers 138 FP Kinetic energy and weighs only 7.3 pounds.
Read Best Of ATA Part 2 on the 1800Gear Blog.
The Archery Trade Association wrapped up its annual trade show in Indianapolis, IN this past week and the floor was full of new products for 2018. The future looks bright for everyone who loves archery.
Read Best of ATA 2018 - Part 1 on the 1800Gear Blog.
For this hunt I chose to wear the early season Sitka Gear Ascent Pant in their new Subalpine pattern along with the Jetstream Jacket in the same pattern. Never a doubt crept into my mind about the ability of the Ascent pants or Jetstream jacket to hold up to the task regardless of the conditions. Ten days later, the Sitka Gear Ascent pants were dirty and smelled but were none the worse for the wear.
Read Sitka Gear Ascent Pant Review on the 1800Gear Blog.
I experienced SITKA Gear for the first time this past September on an archery hunt in Missouri, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the gear’s fit and performance. When November rolled around, I found myself packing my gear bag for an annual Kansas whitetail hunt with full confidence in the SITKA Gear system I had planned to bring.
Read Sitka Gear Women's Elevated II Late Season System on the 1800Gear Blog.
When it comes to running shoes, the Hoka One One Arahi does not disappoint. This review is based off the past couple of weeks into a new running shoe. I’ve been working more on mid distance versus when I was in a Clifton 2 Hoke One One running shoe for my October marathon. With the Arahi, it was personally one of the more stylish shoes out of the Hoka series which attracted me to it the most.
Read Hoka One One Arahi Shoe Review on the 1800Gear Blog.