Monday, October 10, 2016

BEX Camo Review

BEX Camouflage

BEX is mostly known for producing some very lightweight high quality sunglasses designed for those pursuing an active lifestyle. I even had the opportunity to write a review on them in the past and they truly are some great sunglasses. As I continued conversation with BEX since then, they had hinted that they would be coming out with their own camouflage pattern. My first thought was, how would a company that designs sunglasses create a camouflage for hunting? Well they did and it was impressive.

The Fit

The BEX camouflage fit is very true to size. I typically wear a size large in my jackets and when I tried this one on the arms were not too long and the length was perfect down around the waist. It was not tight and did not restrict my movement and was not bulky either. I was very comfortable wearing the jacket and felt like I could draw my bow very easily or pull up to shoot with my rifle.

BEX Camo Review

The pants were similar. I was very happy with the way that they fit without any restrictions or being too long or too short. There was plenty of room to add some layers underneath without them feeling like they were bulky or oversized. The polar fleece lining was perfect for keeping me warm and added some cushion while stalking on the antelope.

The only hiccup I had is when I first unboxed the pants, I noticed that the hole for the button was sewn over. I just used a razor blade to open it up without ruining the stitching. This was an easy fix and I know this was just a unique instance. I didn't let that hinder my experience with the camo.

The Material

Both the jacket and the pants are made from 100% polyester. I have never owned polyester hunting clothing so I did notice the sound of the clothing as I wore it. It did make a "swishing" sound as I walked. Now I have talked to several people who own other polyester hunting clothing and they have mentioned that the sound has decreased significantly as they have worn and washed the clothing. I am assuming these will follow suite as I continue to break them in.

From the website:
Composition: 100% Polyester.
Fit: Classic fitting jacket shell.
Features: Water-resistant zippered pockets. Interior media pocket with headphone exit port. Removable polar fleece lined hood.
Tech: Water repellent finish, wind resistant fabric, polar fleece lined fabric keeps you comfortable and warm in all climates.
Both the jacket and the pants are a shell so they are not a heavy insulated piece of clothing. The thing I do like about that is that it makes it perfect for those mid season hunts. It's warm enough for early in the morning before the sun rises and yet it's not overbearing when it warms up in the day.

The Pattern

Once I received the camo, I'll admit that I was skeptical. The colors seemed very light to me and I was worried how it would look in the forest vs a treestand. On the other hand, I was excited because it seemed like it would work out perfect in the sage brush for my antelope season. 

I did take it out on my elk hunt. There was a lot of sage but there were plenty of pine trees as well. I was able to get within 150 yards of my elk to take a shot and he never spooked. Even after I shot, the cow elk were still milling around at 100 yards or less with me standing in the open. 

BEX camo patternElk Hunt BEX Camo

For the sage during my antelope hunt it performed really well. I was able to put some great stalks on antelope, we just won't talk about the shots that were taken. I was very pleased with how it blended in well with the sage brush.

BEX Camouflage ReviewBEX Camo in SageBEX Camo Pattern ReviewBEX Camouflage

It did well in the treestand during my early archery deer season. I felt that the lighter color helped break up my outline with the sky behind me. I did hunt out of some cottonwood trees so they are lighter bark but it worked out really well.

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Final Thoughts

Overall I think that this camo works well. I was pleased with how it performed as I pushed through thick brush, crawled through sagebrush with cacti, and kept me concealed and warm during my elk hunt. I have put the this camo through some tough situations and there are not rips or tears. Even after packing out my elk, I didn't have any blood stains after washing. 

I had the hoodie and the t-shirt as well which were a little darker in color than the jacket and the pants but still had the same camo pattern. The only concern I had with the hoodie was the white laces. I feel like for a hunting scenario it would be a little better with a darker color or even a tan to help match the camo. This isn't a make or break on the camo, as I rarely lace up my hoodie anyways. 

The price is very affordable and won't break the bank. If you are looking for some new camo at a an affordable price, make sure to give BEX camo a shot. 

Be sure to check them out online at

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As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the BEX Camouflage free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with BEX Camouflage 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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SatSkin Concealment - 3D Camo Pattern

There are many different camouflage patterns out there and I am always interested when a new one pops up. Recently I stumbled upon a new up and coming company that grabbed my attention, SatSkin Concealment. They are not your usual camo pattern and that is their intention.

I had the opportunity to speak with Jayson from SatSkin Concealment and discuss the story behind the camo pattern. First of all, they are just getting the ball rolling and haven't hit production as of yet. Their main focus was getting the camouflage pattern up to their standards before pushing product out. 

Jayson said he was looking at all the camouflage that was available and noticed across the board they all had a similar look and pattern. So he helped to assemble a team to help create a 3D camouflage pattern. Yes, a 3D camo! The pattern is based on satellite images of terrain. It is much different than just your typical black, brown, gray, and green.

Here is a snippet from their website:
"So, we decided to assemble a team to build a better camouflage. Our team quickly grew to include expert hunters and outdoorsmen, best-in-the-business computer modelers, 3D technical artists, photographers, conservation officers and biologists. 
SATSKIN™ was created to bring you the best in 3D camouflage patterning, and that remains our sole operating mandate today. Our results speak for themselves: hunters and manufacturers alike are wowed by how our patterns look on the rack and, much more importantly, how they perform in the field."

So how does it work? Well, when you are scanning an area looking for an elk or deer, you are looking for that outline of something that is out of the norm. I have scanned mountain sides many times and found some trophy stumps and rocks that looked like deer or elk. The reason being was because they had a distinct solid outline. Jayson mentioned that even with the camo patterns out there today, he feels that they still haven't been able to reach the point of being able to effectively break up the human outline.
"...the key to ultra-effective camouflage is to break up the hard lines of the human body using a concealment pattern your quarry’s eye will perceive as random and natural-looking shadow and light.
SATSKIN™ patterns break up a hunter’s solid form into non-identifiable areas of light and dark, allowing the wearer to blend effortlessly with the random light and shadows of the surrounding terrain."

They have developed the "industry's first Hyper-Macro™ and Super-Micro™ textures" that result in a Distal BreakUp™ system creating "a 'visual noise' that ensures you stay 'disarticulated' at any engagement distance". Take a look for yourself on some of the camouflage patterns. The patterns are definitely unique and they are different from your normal camouflage patterns that are out there and available.

SatSkin Concealment will be producing some clothing very soon and I am excited to see what the hunting line up will consist of. I am impressed with the pattern and the technical details that have gone into the production of the pattern and their is much more to come from them besides just camouflage. They are working on what he mentioned to me as an interactive camouflage. It is definitely something to keep on your radar.

Keep an eye out on this company as I feel like they will start gaining some real traction soon! Check out their website and follow their social media accounts.

Twitter: @SatSkinCamo
Instagram: @SatSkin_Camo
Facebook: SatSkin Concealment

Friday, September 2, 2016

Glass It Up - Gear Review

Glass It Up Minox MD 50

Whether it is scouting during the off season or spot and stalk hunting during the season, we all know the importance of taking the time to glass for the game we are hunting. There are plenty of digiscoping adapters out there that you can quickly attach to your smartphone and then to your optics. Recently, Glass It Up sent one of their adapters for me to try out and I have to say, I was very impressed.

There are companies that ask for your specific model and make one to fit. It helps ensure that it fits nice and snug without any issues. So when I saw that the Glass It Up adapter uses bands to help make it fit, I'll admit that I was a bit nervous. The idea that I would have to be carrying rubber bands plus the adapter made me leery at first.

I did quickly find out that by attaching the rubber bands to the eyepiece on my spotting scope that I was able to use the scope without any limitations. This put my mind at ease and it was simple for me to keep the bands on the eyepiece and keep my phone in my pocket with the adapter.

Glass It Up Review Phone Case

The adapter uses an adhesive strip to attach to your phone case. These are the same strips that you can pick up at any department store. I did have a concern as I used my phone case because it is one that my dad had painted for me. My biggest worry was that it would peel off as I was taking it off. Here is the result:

The nice thing is that you can get an inexpensive phone case and attach this adapter to and leave it in your hunting pack. The adapter worked really well and was very simple to use. The nice thing about the Glass It Up is that it is versatile to your optics. I attached the bands to my spotting scope and to my binoculars. It was easy to just swap from my spotter to my binos.

Here are some images that I was able to capture.

Idaho Antelope
Glass It up Review

Elk Glass It Up
Glass It Up on Spotter

Idaho Cow Elk

For under $30 you can get one so they are extremely affordable. This is a great way to get into digiscoping and to add one to your pack.

Go give them a follow

Instagram @glassitup
Twitter @glassitupoi
Facebook Glass It Up Optics Imaging


As with all reviews on High Country Bowhunter, the following review is my honest opinion, I received the Glass It Up free of charge and agreed to provide a review in exchange. I am not sponsored by or associated with Glass It Up 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, 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!

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.

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 and check out their attractants and their cover scents. A great company to work with and excellent products!

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.

  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
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.