Friday, August 5, 2016

Top Rope Hammock Review

Top Rope Hammock in TreesTop Rope Hammock Review

A relaxing way to take a nap in the mountains or even at home is with a hammock. I had the chance to review the Top Rope Hammock and I was thrilled to do so. I took this tightly packed hammock with me camping to give it a try.

The first thing I noticed was how tightly it was packed. It comes all packed initially I thought to myself that there was no way I would be able to stuff this hammock back in this tiny bag. Upon opening the hammock, I quickly realized that the back was attached to the hammock. This was very convenient because knowing my luck, I would have easily misplaced the bag. 


Bag on Top Rope Hammock

The next thing was the straps. I didn't know what to expect for my first hammock review. I had never thought about purchasing a hammock for my camping or hiking adventures. I thought that the straps would have been more complicated for some reason. The straps on the Top Rope Hammock  were very simple to adjust and fit it to your need. The hammock itself has carabiners on each end and the straps have loops so you can adjust the length. It made adjustments very easy and simple to use.


strap for top rope hammockCarabiner for Top Rope Hammock

The material is very light weight which makes it perfect for the warm weather because it will keep you cool. While it is a lighter material, that lead me to question its durability. Luckily I had some help with this portion of the test. I wasn't able to get any pictures of it because we were having too much fun, but I had my nieces and nephews using it as a swing. As you probably guessed, the swing was being jumped into and out of. I thought the material would rip for sure but it held strong. 

Camping in Top Rope Hammock

Overall I would definitely recommend Top Rope Hammock. They are worth the money and are perfect for the backpacking trip or even that hunting trip. It was very durable and extremely comfortable. Very easy to set up and take down.

Make sure to shoot them an email if you have any questions. They are very new so send Joey an email and let him know I sent you!

JN.TopRope@gmail.com





Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Top Rope Hammock free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Top Rope Hammocks and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.







Friday, July 29, 2016

Bushman Outfitters - Bushman T-Shirt Maximo Yellow

Maximo T-Shirt Bushman Outfitters

Outdoorsman need clothes. Not just clothes but quality clothes. With that in mind I had received the Maximo Shirt from Bushman Outfitters to review. So with the task of putting the shirt to the test, I went on a camping trip to see how it would hold up.

Opening up the shirt from the package, the first thing that I was able to notice was the quality of the shirt. You can tell that it is a quality shirt that will last a long time. When you say that phrase, most people think that it also means that it is a heavy duty shirt that is rough. This is not the case. The shirt is made from 100% cotton and is soft yet durable. The shirt has also been enzyme washed which helps give the shirt that soft feel.


Bushman Outfitters Yellow Shirt camping Idaho
Bushman Outfitters Maximo Shirt

















The nice thing about this shirt is that you can tell Bushman Outfitters thought of the outdoorsman in mind when designing it. It has a water vapor permeability material that allows for breathability so that the sweat doesn't just stick to the shirt. It also is warm enough that as the temperature cooled down there wasn't a huge rush to grab my jacket. Now I'm not saying it dropped below zero and I was perfectly warm but it was a comfortable shirt to wear in both warmer and cooler temperatures.


T-Shirt from Bushman Outfitters


As I was fishing, I was walking through some tall willows and even getting poked by them and pushing through, the Maximo Shirt held up without any issues. There were several times that the shirt would get hung up as I was pushing through the willows and my first thought was that it was going to have a big hole in it. But not once did I ever get a hole or tear. I was overly impressed with the quality of the shirt and the overall comfort.

Be sure to check them out and see the full line of options that they have to offer

Bushman Outfitters


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Bushman Outfitters - Bushman T-shirt for free from Bushman Outfitters in consideration for a gear review.

Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Bushman Outfitters Maximo T-Shirt free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Bushman Outfitters and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Product Review - Buck Nut Deer Scents

Attractants and cover scents come in a wide variety.Walking down the deer attractant isle at any store will start to make your head spin with all the different kinds of attractants and cover scents available. I have used several in the past and I will continue to use them in the future. Every deer hunter knows that the best advantage that you can have during the season is to fool a deer's sense of smell. I was given the opportunity from Buck Nut Deer Scents to review their product The Peak Estrous and The Peak Rut.

Buck Nut Deer Attractant Estrous
Buck Nut Deer Attractant Peak Rut











The first thing that I noticed when I received the package is the cool bottles they come in. They look like a little shot of alcohol but once you open it you'll quickly discover it's not worth drinking. The bottles definitely are unique and make for a great conversation starter too.

The biggest advantage that I have seen is that they use urine from a single doe or buck to make the attractant. A lot of the larger companies gather the urine from a variety of deer and it is blended together. I like what they do because instead of "just having scent out", you are creating a constant "challenger" for the deer in your area. They will smell and recognize that there is either a challenger or a hot doe nearby.


deer attractant peak rut peak estrous
buck nut deer scents
















 I have had some opportunities to hunt some great property here in Missouri, but hunting the public land here has been a big learning curve. It can be very challenging to say the least. Constantly battling with other hunters to find a spot for deer. It's not impossible but it is a challenge in and of itself. I did find a spot that I was able to put some of this out and I don't think it was a coincidence that I ended up seeing a doe pass through with a buck hot on her tail. They were both following the scent trail that I put up. The unfortunate thing was that I rushed my shot and missed on the buck.


Peak Rut Buck Nut Deer Scent
Opening where I missed the Buck

Overall I would have to say that by putting this out on a constant basis during the rut is a definite advantage. Be sure to check them out at www.BuckNutDeerScents.com and check out their attractants and their cover scents. A great company to work with and excellent products!

Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Peak Rut and Peak Estrous free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Buck Nut Deer Scents and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Xshot Pro Pole for GoPro and All Cameras - Product Review

Xshot Pro Pole from Xshot


GoPro Pole from Xshot
The Xshot Pro GoPro Pole 

Xshot GoPro
The Contents of the Xshot GoPro Pole


















One of the best things about hunting and the outdoors is being able to share the moments with everyone. The most popular way to do that is through capturing these moments on your camera. Well the action cameras that are available today are small and take amazing videos and pictures. But how do you capture that perfect shot? I recently had the opportunity to review the GoPro pole from Xshot and it didn't disappoint. The Xshot Pro Pole for GoPro and All Cameras allows you to use more options than just a GoPro.

The first thing I was asked from my wife when it showed up at my door, "Did you really order a selfie stick?" Personally I'm not a big "selfie" taker but I did use the pole on various occasions while I was hunting. I have to say that it is very compact, easy to use, and very light.

Most of the time I am usually out hunting or fishing by myself which usually means some sort of self-filming. This makes it difficult sometimes to take a picture of the animal or fish that I was lucky enough to shoot or catch. On most occasions though I am usually taking scenery pictures (usually my luck). For the purpose of my blog and my readers, I do need to take some shots of me either sitting a stand or fishing the bank. That's where the GoPro pole from Xshot comes into play and works wonders.

Xshot GoPro Pole while hunting
I took this while hunting using the Xshot GoPro Pole
So you're probably wondering by now what could be so cool about an extending camera arm fro your GoPro. Well here are some specs from the Xshot website to fill you in:

  • Heavy-duty 360° metal ball head with 2 interchangeable mounts
  • Fits GoPro, Contour and Sony Action Cam POV cameras
  • Premium mounting made from aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Secure wrist strap and new sports grip
  • Very compact and light: closes to 7 inches (extends up to 32")
  • Great for camera stabilization while moving
  • A perfect tool for snowboarders, paragliders, surfers, hikers...Hunters, Anglers, etc.

So as you can see, it is very compact and very versatile. As an avid hunter, I like to hike into my area with as little as possible and as light as possible. The GoPro pole is light-weight enough you won't even know it is there, weighs in at about 7oz. It also has a very nice rubber handle that makes it easy to hold onto. I took out in the rain and snow without it slipping out of my hands. This is huge especially for anglers who use it on the water and want to take some underwater shots.

Here are some pictures of setting it up with a GoPro and changing the mount:

Attaching the GoPro

GoPro Hero 3 Xshot PolePro GoPro Pole from XshotHero 3 with GoPro Pole from Xshot

The series of pictures above are self explanatory but attaching the GoPro is very simple and easy.

Removing GoPro Mount


Xshot GoPro Mount changeXshot Pro GoPro Mount RemovedXshot Pro GoPro Mount Removal

In the first picture you can see a screw in the middle, use the allen wrench to unscrew it (hold onto this screw and keep it with the GoPro Mount), and then you'll notice in the last picture the two holes on both sides of where the screw was. This is important to align with the universal tripod mount as you can see below.

Attaching the Tripod Mount


Tripod Attachment for Xshot Pro PoleXshot GoPro Pole Tripod MountPro Pole from Xshot Tripod Mount

As mentioned you can see the two nubs on either side of the screw (this screw is attached to the mount already) and you start by placing the allen wrench in the top of the mount to begin tightening the screw. Then as you are tightening it down you need to make sure those two nubs on the mount line up with the two holes on the pole. This secures the mount so it doesn't slip around. Overall it is very quick and easy to switch between the two.

PROS:
  1. Compact and Lightweight - This makes it easy to take with you anywhere without weighing you down. Lightweight for any outdoors person is a big selling point. 
  2. 360 Degree Ball Head - This allows you to quickly adjust the angle to get the best shot. Whether its getting the best angle on that selfie or capturing the release of the trophy rainbow trout you just fought. 
  3. Non-Slip Rubber Grip - This has been a life-saver. When using the Xshot on the river or out in the field, it's been easy to hold onto with the different weather conditions I've been in.
  4. Interchangeable Mounts - Not everyone uses a GoPro and some use multiple different styles of cameras. This makes it easy to quickly change between the two. On a positive note as well, if you use the GoPro tripod mount attachment from GoPro then all you need to keep on the pole would be the tripod mount. 
  5. It Stays in Place - The pole actually stays where you want it to and the camera won't start tilting with the 360 degree ball head. You put it in position, tighten the thumb screw and it stays. 
CONS: (Not Many)
  1. Color - I know, this is me just being picky, but for what I use it for while hunting, having a bright orange thumb screw and a chromed out silver pole sticking out there, it makes it harder to not spook the game. They have other products that have a black pole which I think would be perfect for this model as well.

Overall I have to say that this is a fun addition to the GoPro. If you use a camera to film yourself hunt or fish, I would highly recommend checking these out. They are comparable with any camera and can make your filming adventure a lot easier. 

Be sure to check them out at www.Xshot.com
On Twitter: @XShot
On Facebook: XShot Facebook Page
On Instagram: @XShot


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Xshot Pro Pole for GoPro and All Cameras for free from Xshot as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

20 MM Vulcan Bullet Bottle Opener Review

Those of you who follow along may remember a review I did a while ago of a .50 caliber bottle opener, which you can read here. I thought it was such an awesome idea and still is one of my favorite things to show off whenever possible. Well recently I was contacted by them recently asking if I would do another review of their new line up of bottle openers. I thought to myself, how could they have improved on a decommissioned round turned into a bottle opener? Well they went bigger. They sent a .20 MM Vulcan cannon round bottle opener!

20 mm Vulcan Bottle Opener


I thought the .50 caliber was impressive, but the .20 mm vulcan cannon round is definitely a head turner. This bottle opener is really big. Then to top off the fact that it is a lot bigger, you can get this one engraved which makes it perfect for giving this as a gift. You can get up to 25 characters on the bottle opener in the .20 mm vulcan cannon round. Here are the different fonts you can chose from on their website:


Here is the description from Lucky Shot as well:

A real, demilitarized recycled, 20MM Vulcan shell casing made into a really big bottle opener. The aluminum projectiles are expertly milled to exacting specifications. If you own a 50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener then you'll erally love this cannon round turned bottle opener. Almost 3 times the size of a 50 cal. opener, the 20MM Opener can get any party started and makes a great conversation piece. Also see our 20MM Vulcan Cannon Round Beer Tap handles.


Here is a side by side comparison and as you can tell I had to hold the camera back a little further to get the .20 mm vulcan in the shot. Also, I over used filters back then so don't mind the different colored hands. The cannon round is massive and is bound to turn heads at home, camping, or wherever you decide to take it. It also works great on any size of bottle so don't think that just because it's bigger that your bottle may be too small. This will make quick work of taking the top off whatever you're drinking.

20 mm bullet bottle opener
.20 MM Vulcan Round
Real Bullet Bottle Opener
.50 Caliber Round



















 I was impressed with the .50 caliber and thought that it was pretty sweet. When the .20 mm vuclan came in the mail, I couldn't help but just think how awesome this is. I have shown several of my friends and they all have the same impression. Everyone of them just get wide eyed and say, "wow!"

Bullet Bottle Opener .20 mm


Be sure to check out their website and all that they offer. They have some really neat stuff over at Lucky Shot that includes bullet key chains, jewelry, military gifts, graduation gifts, all of which are bullet themed and will not leave you disappointed.


Website:   Lucky Shot




Disclaimer:
As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Real Bullet .20 MM Vulcan Bottle Opener free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Lucky Shot and accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.