Volume 25, Number 2 February/March 2017


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… [Read More]



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)

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)

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)

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… [Read More]

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)

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)

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)