Volume 25, Number 3 April/May 2017

Archive for the ‘New Products’ category

Foot discomfort can easily ruin a day in the woods, but Smart­wool’s new PhD Hunt Sock collection features patented Indestructawool durability construction and premium merino wool to keep feet in tip-top shape. The socks are designed to eliminate that raw, pinching feeling at the back of the heel, chafing around the ankle bone, and discomfort along the top of the foot. Realizing all these issues were caused by one-size-fits-all cushioning, Smartwool created a first-of-its-kind sculpted cushioning system socks to solve these problems. SRP: $23.95 to $29.95. (smartwool.com)


The Camp Chef SmokePro XXL is designed to forever change the way you smoke. Instead of choosing between the convenience of a pellet grill and the cooking capacity of a smoke vault, Camp Chef has brought both together in one wood smoker. With 1,950 square inches of cooking surface area, four meat racks, two jerky racks, and a sausage rack with 12 hooks, this smoker boasts some serious cooking space. It’s perfect for smoking jerky, sausage, pork shoulder, and many other foods that might not fit well in a pellet grill. And with digital temperature control and an automatic wood pellet auger, you don’t need to monitor temperatures all day. SRP: $899. (campchef.com)


Helle’s new folding knife—the Bleja—stays true to the brand’s distinctive look and passion for functional knives. The locking mechanism and full liners offer a strong and reliable utility folder, while at the same time preserving the iconic Helle look and feel. All the standard features of a Helle fixed-blade are tucked into this compact yet robust mid-sized utility knife for everyday carry. Featuring a 3.4-inch drop-point blade made of Helle’s renowned triple-laminated stainless steel with a razor-sharp Scandinavian grind, the Bleja dispatches cutting tasks with ease. The natural curlybirch wood ensures that each knife has its own unique look; no two Helle knives are ever exactly the same. The countered handle is slim yet provides positive control for detailed projects such as carving. SRP: $229. (helle.no)


The Ascent Shirt is lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying. Mesh underarm panels and chest pockets provide excellent ventilation. Form-fitting sleeves provide ample string clearance. Two mesh-backed, zippered chest pockets allow ventilation and won’t interfere with binoculars. There’s a thoughtful, flip-up collar for added sun protection. The Ascent Pant features mesh-backed pockets for ventilation and an internal mesh kneepad pocket for added protection. The pant uses a four-way-stretch quick-dry Cordura nylon blend. Articulated patterning creates freedom of movement. The waist uses low-profile styling and has generous belt loops. Available sizes are small to 3XL. SRP: $169, shirt; $189, pant. (sitkagear.com)


Winchester Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition has added three high-performance subsonic loads to the Super X line. These include a 200-grain 300 Blackout load and a 185-grain .308 Winchester load at 1,060 fps. Both are designed for improved terminal performance at subsonic velocities and have a radical profile for enhanced expansion. There’s also a 45-grain .22 Magnum load at 1,060 fps. It has been engineered expressly for use in suppressed firearms for the ultimate in low-noise performance, but it will also produce less audible sound when fired through standard .22 Winchester Magnum firearms.

Predator hunting continues to grow in popularity, but so do the number of areas, particularly in the West, that limit traditional ammunition. For 2017, Winchester is introducing a lead-free option called Varmint X Lead Free. This ammo is built with similar zinc-core technology utilized in Winchester’s Super Clean pistol ammunition. It will initially be available for the .223 and .22/250 Remington and the .243 Winchester.

A .223 Remington load joins the Deer Season XP lineup. With more hunters owning and shooting MSR rifles chambered in .223 Remington, the new Deer Season XP offers a 64-grain bullet specifically designed for deer hunting. There’s also a new 6.5 Creedmoor Deer Season XP load utilizing a 125-grain bullet.

Winchester continues to answer the demand for better-performing yet affordable ammunition options when it comes to training at the range. Enter the Super Clean line, which in 2017 will add a .45 ACP offering. Super Clean comes with 50 rounds per box and is ideal for use on indoor ranges.

Winchester rolled out the Expedition Big Game line last year. It was introduced in a range of popular big-game calibers, and this year the offerings expand with the introduction of six new loads: the .300 Winchester Magnum, .300 WSM, .30/06, 7mm Remington Magnum, .270 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Well worth the wait, Winchester will now offer its ground-breaking Long Beard XR in 20-gauge. With improved shotshell technology that delivers more power and tighter loads in smaller-gauge shotguns, an increasing number of turkey hunters are opting for the 20-gauge shotgun. The new 20-gauge Long Beard XR will come in a 3-inch offering, loaded with either No. 5 or No. 6 shot. (winchester.com)


The Colt double-action Cobra revolver returns for 2017. A new LL2TM (linear leaf) mainspring design ensures a consistently smooth trigger pull, and the enhanced Hogue overmolded grip and trigger ergonomics create a naturally pointing revolver that is compatible with a maximum range of hand sizes and still allows for the use of gloves. The revolver also features a matte-finish stainless-steel frame and is chambered for .38 SPC +P. Unloaded weight is 24.8 ounces. SRP: $699. (colt.com)


The Vortex, through its Vibram Arctic Grip technology, offers unparalleled grip on slippery, wet ice. Wolverine’s EPX anti-fatigue technology helps support the feet. The boot also features the Boa lacing system, a glove-like fit that is quick to adjust and is extremely durable.

The upper is crafted with waterproof leather welded to a molded TPU shell. Other features include a moisture-wicking mesh lining, a removable Dual-Density PU EPX Anti-Fatigue footbed, and an ultralight compression-molded EVA midsole. The boot is wrapped in 600-gram Thinsulate Ultra Insulation for warmth. Sizes include 7–14 Medium, and 7–13 Extra Wide. SRP: starts at $200. (wolverinebootsandshoes.com)


Rocky’s popular Stratum collection now features Venator camo and the new Venator black pattern. The jacket and pants are 100 percent waterproof, including pockets and zippers. Seams are taped and sealed. A DWR exterior coating is added for additional protection, along with Rocky ScentIQ Atomic scent control at the microbial level. Available in Mossy Oak Break Up Country in sizes small to 3XL. SRP: $129.99–$139.99. (rockyboots.com)


Federal has improved upon its industry-leading design of competition shotshells with Gold Medal Grand. These new loads provide less felt recoil, more reliable ignition, improved shot hardness, and excellent reloadability, while still providing the same world-class performance shooters expect from Federal. Ten- and 12-gauge loads will be available in Nos. 7.5 and 8 shot, offering velocities from 1,100 to 1,245 fps. SRP: $10.95 per box. (federalpremium.com)


Browning has totally revamped the Hell’s Canyon Big Game apparel lineup with improved fabrics, fit, and construction. The line will also be expanding to include styles for women and children. The new Hell’s Canyon BTU Men’s Parka will feature a two-layer, fully taped outer garment with Browning’s Pre-Vent waterproof, breathable membrane and Advanced Scent Control. The parka is hunter-friendly with an array of pockets, including hand-warmer pockets, two large chest zipper pockets, two front dump pockets with SilentSnaps, and an internal drop pocket ideal for a cell phone. Other features include harness-ready openings along with adjustable wrist closures. The insulated liner jacket features a water- and wind-resistant shell with PrimaLoft Hi-Loft Silver 80-gram insulation. Offered in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and Realtree Xtra camo patterns in sizes small to 3XL. SRP: $319.99. (browning.com)