Volume 25, Number 2 February/March 2017

Archive for the ‘New Products’ category

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)


Mojo’s new patent-pending spinning-wing concept—Flock a Flickers—mimics a flock of ducks. The small hand-size circular spinning wings are packaged in half-dozen lots. Each Flicker has a timer that produces momentary, random flashes of spinning designed to look like a group of ducks. Intended for use in dry fields or in the water, they are equally effective on doves and pigeons. They operate up to 30 hours on three AA batteries, and the package includes six units pre-programmed with random on/off timers. SRP: $99.99. (mojooutdoors.com)


The Wetland Seat is built using a single aluminum leg designed with a wedge that can be driven into marsh soil to deliver a firm foothold. At the bottom, two side feet extend parallel to the ground to prevent the seat from sinking into the terrain, even in the muddiest conditions. It’s a clever idea for hunting in flooded timber or keeping a low profile in marshes. The padded oval seat is 12×8 inches and has a non-slip surface. It comes with a shoulder-carry strap for hands-free transport. SRP: $49.99. (alpsoutdoorz.com)


The Full-Force reservoir is equipped with an easy-to-use squeeze bulb that sprays water on command—whether you’re dousing yourself, cleaning your gear, or hydrating your dog. It’s fast filling, leak-proof, and fully reversible for easy cleaning. This 100 percent BPA- and PVC-free reservoir offers a Slide-Sea Top that opens wide for easy filling and seals tight for one-handed dispensing. Available in 2- and 3-liter versions. SRP: $48 to $52. (hydrapak.com)


This Swedish axe producer was founded in 1697, the year the company began forging steel for shipbuilding. By the 1870s, production had shifted to crafting axes for a booming forest industry. Today, as Sweden’s largest axe producer and one of the world’s oldest continually operating foundries, Hults Bruk is dedicated to maintaining a tradition of quality. Several stages of hand grinding, honing, and stropping are performed to produce a shaving-sharp edge. American hickory handles are oiled with several coats of linseed to condition and protect the wood. All Hults Bruk Premium axes come with a burly, full-size leather edge protector that secures to the axe with an adjustable leather lace.

The Almike is a small, all–purpose, easy-to-carry axe that packs enough punch to split small firewood or fell a small tree. A hand-forged, 11-pound Swedish steel head is paired with a 16-inch hickory handle to balance weight with effectiveness. It’s light enough for one-handed chopping or carving tasks, but large enough for two-handed use when needed. SRP: $149. (hultsbruk1697.se)

Photo by Justin Appenzeller


Since its acquisition by Remington 10 years ago, Marlin has had a tough go. As a result, it’s been fairly quiet of late. But this year, it’s poised to make a big noise with its classic line of cowboy rifles.

“We’ve re-engineered our .30/30 336 line and our .45/70,” says Eric Lundgren, Remington’s rifle product manager. “We also have been working on our 1894 line. The .45 Colt model has been out for a while, but at SHOT Show, we’ll be debuting a .44 Colt version, as well as one for .357 Mag.”

Both the Model 1894 and Model 1894 Cowboy lever-actions will now be available in all three calibers. All are made in the U.S. and feature an American black walnut stock with a straight grip, a receiver and bolt machined from solid steel, and a blued receiver, bolt, barrel, tube, and lever. The Model 1894s are fitted with 20-inch round barrels (18.5 inches on the .357 Mag.), a semi-buckhorn adjustable rear sight, and a ramped front sight post. SRP: $789. The Model 1894 Cowboys are similarly equipped, except they get a polished 20-inch octagonal barrel and Marble Arms sights (semi-buckhorn rear front sight and a dovetail-ramp front). SRP: $1,041.

“These rifles are fun to shoot,” Lundgren says. “When you load .38 Special into the .357, you’ll find it has basically no recoil. When you shoot the .357, you’ll naturally feel a bit more recoil, but it’s still very manageable. Because of the lack of recoil, the rifles are great starter deer guns for young shooters.”

I had a chance to shoot with Lundgren at a range, and he’s absolutely on target with the lack of recoil. The guns are also surprisingly accurate—I was ringing steel targets steadily at 75 and 100 yards from an offhand position.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Lundgren says. “I don’t know that there is a thing called the perfect gun, but these come close. And on the practical side, those 18- and 20-inch barrels make them a great choice for home defense as well.” (remington.com)
—Slaton L. White


Wafer Blades help hunters easily disperse both cover and attractant scents over a wide area. Wafer Blades can be pinned to clothing with the supplied safety pins, hung from a limb, or stored with clothing. Five versions are available. SRP: $12.99. (hunterspec.com)