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.
SITKA Gear raised the bar for women hunters with the introduction of a functional clothing system that does more than just fit properly. The new SITKA Gear Women’s Whitetail System is a “complete system” that offers everything from base layers to accessories. Not only are these products available for early season warm weather hunting, but the Whitetail line also offers late season cold weather wear that I took to the field in November.
Read Sitka Gear Women's Early Season System on the 1800Gear Blog.
On a more positive note, the best way to prevent these risks is by layering up in clothing. It is more effective to wear layers in the cold versus to just being in a giant jacket. Although a giant jacket is better than nothing, you must plan and prepare for a cold weather run. Know the conditions you are running in, and layer accordingly: shirt, long sleeve thermal shirt, and thermal jacket.
Read Guide For Running In The Cold on the 1800Gear Blog.
It is that time of year when spouses of sportsmen and women are scrambling for something to get for Christmas that they don’t already have. Many dedicated anglers do not wait for a holiday to get what they absolutely must have. When they see something they want, they just go out and get it. But there are always those fishing items that they really would like but just cannot justify getting for themselves.
Read Christmas List For Anglers on the 1800Gear Blog.
As an archery hunter, I know that my rangefinder is the most crucial piece of gear I can have on the hunt in hitting my mark. Some hunters have a gift of being able to judge distance accurately. On flat ground, I feel pretty confident about judging yardage. Add vast open areas with some hills and valleys or the elevation of a tree stand and these elements can throw off perception.
Read Hawke LRF 600 Pro Review on the 1800Gear Blog.