Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze Knife

28 11 2014

outdoor edge logoHow are you at sharpening knives? Other than a quick run thru an outdoor edge blazeeasy knife sharpener, I am useless at it. I always save my knives for my husband to sharpen. Outdoor Edge has made it possible for me to use a sharp blade every time, without carrying several knives with me. The Razor-Blaze Knife is a razor blade type system that gives you the opportunity to have a sharp blade every time. I first saw these at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in Nashville. I was scanning tables looking for products that would appeal to women. Since I can’t sharpen a knife blade, I was instantly intrigued.

This innovative blaze orange knife is 3 ½” when folded, and has an overall opened length of 8”. The rubberized Kraton handle feels secure when you are holding it, even with gloves on. The blades are hardened to a 57 on the Rockwell-C hardness scale and the knife comes with 6 replacement blades in the nylon Mossy Oak Camo sheath. Each of the replacement blades can be sharpened or replaced by simply pushing the lock button to remove and insert a shaving-sharp new cutting edge.

My cinnamon color phase black bear took 2 blades to cape out. It was so nice not to have to deal with a dull blade. Photo: Diane Hassinger

My cinnamon color phase black bear took 2 blades to cape out. It was so nice not to have to deal with a dull blade.  Photo: Diane Hassinger

I used this knife to trim some limbs out of my way, cut the camo netting to enclose my treestand, and the paracord that I attached it with. I then used the same blade to field dress the deer I harvested. Later, I was able to help skin out my deer and start with cutting meat before the blade started to dull. Even though you can sharpen these blades, I opted to quickly change it out to a fresh, new sharp edge.

Bear hunting was a bit more of a challenge for the blades, but it only took 2 blades to cape out the body of my cinnamon bear before switching to a smaller, more precise blade for the fine work needed for taxidermy. Since then, I had my husband sharpen all of the blades, and they are back in the sheath for my next hunting adventure. The Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze is quickly becoming my favorite all around hunting knife.

The MSRP on the Razor-Blaze is $49.95 and can be purchased online at http://www.outdooredge.com/Razor-Blaze-p/razor-blaze.htm or at most outdoor/sporting goods retail stores. Learn more about this knife and all of the Outdoor Edge products at http://www.outdooredge.com/.

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/09/17/outdoor-edge-razor-blaze-knife-diane-hassinger/

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Olympia RG850 Flashlight

28 11 2014

olympia logoWhen I am hunting, I want my equipment to do many jobs and to be as compact as possible while doing so. My flashlights are no different. Not only do I want a beam of light, ease of use, easy recharging, but I also want some survival abilities.

olympia rg850The Olympia RG850 Ultra Performance LED Flashlight manages to do five different jobs and only requires a cord to recharge. This multi-task flashlight allows you to walk into and out of your stand using only a low light, 20 lumens, search for a blood trail using the high, 850 lumens, or middle, 360 lumens, setting for greater viewing ability. At low light, the battery life is an impressive sixty-five hours! There is also a strobe light feature and SOS setting in case of an emergency. The flashlight has the ability to remember your last used setting that was used for more than three seconds once you turn it off. This is great when you need the low light setting and don’t want to fumble through the five settings to find it, or if you were trying to signal a SOS, you would not waste precious battery life while cycling through the other settings.

All of this is included with the RG850; Olympia RG850 CREE XML-U2 LED Flashlight, Micro USB cable with wall adaptor, rechargeable battery, Nylon holster with dedicated belt loop and a D-ring, Lanyard, Belt clip, and Extra tail switch cap     2 Extra O-rings     1 User Guide

All of this is included with the RG850; Olympia RG850 CREE XML-U2 LED Flashlight, Micro USB cable with wall adaptor, rechargeable battery, Nylon holster with dedicated belt loop and a D-ring, Lanyard, extra o-rings, Belt clip, and Extra tail switch cap and the User Guide

The charging unit is built into the flashlight, so all you need to pack in addition to the light is a simple micro USB cord. Charging of the RG850 is unique, in that you loosen the head of the flashlight to open the micro USB port, then use the supplied cable. The flashlight will achieve full charge in about eight hours. It was nice not to have to pack a separate, bulky charger amongst everything else needed on my hunts!

If that wasn’t enough, the RG850 is also waterproof to 2 meters, impact resistant, and has a non-slip grip making it just as easy to use with gloves on as without. Made with aircraft grade aluminum with a Type III anodized anti-abrasive finish, this CREE LED flashlight is built to withstand everything you and Mother Nature can throw at it and still give you years of dependable use. At only 4.2 ounces and 5.7” long, the RG850 is a welcome addition to any pack, and the beam distance is over 400 yards!

I used this flashlight during an intense bear hunt in Northern Saskatchewan. I relied heavily on the low

We found this bear with help from the Olympia RG850 Flashlight! Photo: Diane Hassinger

We found this bear with help from the Olympia RG850 Flashlight!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

and medium light settings to get me safely into the tree stand and back to my designated pick up spot. I was hunting during the black bear rut, so I needed to be able to see around me and aware if I was being followed by an amorous bear boar. I was able to utilize the high beam while trying to help track a bear that had been shot just before dark. It was pouring down rain, and the pressure was on to find the bear before all traces of the trail were washed away. With the aid of the RG850, the trail was found; shortly after, we located the huge black bear.

All flashlights are tested to ANSI FL1 standards and have a two-year warranty. The Olympia RG850 has an MSRP of $89.99, and is available at http://www.olympiaproducts.com/products/flashlights/5-rg850.html.  See more of the the RG850 and all the other products Olympia has at http://www.olympiaproducts.com/products.html.

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/09/08/olympia-rg850-flashlight-diane-hassinger/





Aquamira Water Filter Solutions

28 11 2014

aquamira logoContaminated water can ruin a trip of a lifetime quickly! Whether you are enjoying the outdoors or traveling abroad, water contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens, is often your only source to drink. I often travel to remote areas that the water quality is questionable. While I try to have bottled water available, that isn’t always feasible. Aquamira, a division of McNett, has made it easy to find water treatment options for when you are out in the woods. I have 2 favorite products that I use when I need to know my water is safe from invisible culprits.

The Aquamira Frontier Water Filter will fit in any pack, and you can drink directly from the water source. Photo: Aquamira

The Aquamira Frontier Water Filter will fit in any pack, and you can drink directly from the water source.
Photo: Aquamira

The Frontier Emergency Filter is a very light weight straw type filtration system that weighs in at only one ounce. This uses the torturous path method of water filtration. The filter traps over 99.9% of the harmful Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other pathogens, including waterborne insect larvae and many bacteria such as E. coli. There are only 2 parts to this BPA Free filter; the simple 6” long plastic straw and a 4” filter that use activated Coconut Shell Carbon to reduce the water-borne contaminants and remove offensive odors and tastes. The filter is treated with Miraguard Antimicrobial Technology that suppresses the bacteria growth within the filter media, which could include algae and molds.

I can tuck this simple filter into my daypack or backpack when hiking or hunting. You can simply use the straw to drink directly from your chosen water source. Since it can filter up to 30 gallons, this would be ample water supply for several days.

The other option I prefer is the Aquamira Water Bottle and Capsule Filter. Today most people grab a water bottle as they head out for the day. I grab mine also. But since mine is the Aquamira Water Bottle, I can rest assured that when in the need of a refill, I will be getting safe and delicious water, and not water borne illness!

Be confident that your water is safe to drink with the Aquamira Water Bottle and Capsule Filter. Photo: Diane Hassinger

Be confident that your water is safe to drink with the Aquamira Water Bottle and Capsule Filter.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Aquamira’s Water Bottle features a carry loop, and a strong Tritan dust cap with positive shut off to prevent leaks. The activated coconut shell carbon water filter will treat up to 100 gallons, and is treated with the Miraguard Antimicrobial Technology to suppress the growth of molds, fungus and bacteria in the filter. The filter removes over 99.9% of Cryptosporidium and Giardia. The water bottle is designed to be comfortable in your hand, and to fit in bicycle cages, and has a Bite Me Valve to keep the water in the bottle until you need it.

I keep my water bottle attached to my hunting backpack using a carabiner. I am able to have clean, safe water anytime and place I need it. During some of our more remote hunts, this bottle has made the difference in having enough to drink, while not becoming sick. My husband and I used these during a caribou hunt in Northern Quebec. We were trekking an average of 12 miles a day. I was not able to carry enough water with me, so the Aquamira Water Bottle made it possible for me not to become dehydrated, and I was able to keep the weight to a minimum. Water is plentiful there, just questionable. I would fill up my bottle at every water crossing, being able to drink my fill and quench my thirst made the hunt easier on my body. Between the water filter and the ever-present blueberries, I took care of both of my body’s needs easily; eating and drinking.

The MSRP on the Frontier Emergency Filter is $19.95 and $29.95 for the Water Bottle & Capsule Filter, a small price to pay for peace of mind. Both of these filters can be purchased at https://www.mcnett.com/store/. Don’t let contaminated water ruin your trip!

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/08/25/aquamira-water-filter-solutions-diane-hassinger/





Yukon Gear Parka and Bibs

28 11 2014

yukon gear logoI spent much of last year’s hunting season in the snow and cold weather. I was able to ward off the cold temperatures by layering my clothing, and for my outer layer, I chose Yukon Gear. There is not much of a variety of winter wear for women is available in my area, but Yukon Gear is and has been a great choice.

Yukon Gear kept me warm and dry all thru hunting season, and allowed me freedom of movement while remaining quiet! Photo: Diane Hassinger

Yukon Gear kept me warm and dry all thru hunting season, and allowed me freedom of movement while remaining quiet!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

I hunted both the first and second firearm season in Illinois. On some days the wind chill was well below zero and almost every day I had to contend with snow. I have been wearing the Yukon Gear Ladies Insulated Bib Overalls for several years now and this year I added the Ladies 3N1 Insulated Parka. The wind chill was brutal, but other than my face, my body stayed warm. In fact I didn’t leave the stand from morning till night, which would not have been possible if I were feeling the effects of the freezing temperatures. I also hunted in Pennsylvania from the beginning of archery through the end of firearm season. In that time we had rain, cold, snow, sleet and even hot weather. Other than when the weather was unseasonably hot, my Yukon Gear was with me in one combination or another. The parka has ample room in the shoulder/chest area to make shouldering your gun or crossbow easy and quiet. Next up for the parka is salmon fishing, which just saying that, is enough to make it rain. I am not to worried, I will stay dry.

The Ladies Insulated Bib Overalls are comfortable, waterproof, windproof, breathable and quiet! Photo: Yukon Gear

The Ladies Insulated Bib Overalls are comfortable, waterproof, windproof, breathable and quiet!
Photo: Yukon Gear

The Insulated Bib Overalls are windproof, waterproof and breathable. They have front pockets big enough to fit cold hands into, and the zippered leg openings have a zipper large enough to grasp with cold or gloved hands. The fabric they are made of is lightweight, durable, quiet for hunting, and most importantly; WARM. They come in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. I found I have had to purchase a size smaller than I would normally to fit. The Ladies 3N1 Insulated Parka is a 3 season must have. Like the bibs, the parka is windproof, waterproof, and breathable in its outer parka shell. The shell is attractive with the Breakup Infinity pattern trimmed with green accents. The 3N1 part is what makes this multi-function parka system a must have. You can wear the outer shell as a raincoat, wear the zip-in insulated inner jacket as a light, but warm jacket or zip the inner jacket into the outer shell and you have a parka made for winter. They come in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. Again, I had to get 1 size smaller than usual to fit.

The Ladies 3N1 Insulated Parka can go thru 3 seasons of wear! Photo: Yukon Gear

The Ladies 3N1 Insulated Parka can go thru 3 seasons of wear!
Photo: Yukon Gear

The MSRP for the Yukon Gear Ladies Insulated Bib Overalls is $109.99, and for the Ladies 3N1 Insulated Parka is $139.99. You can find a listing of retailers at http://www.yukongearhunt.com/retailers.html. Yukon Gear logo is the sole property of it’s rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer. Endorsement Disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

 

This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/08/20/yukon-gear-parka-and-bibs-diane-hassinger/





Stik N Shoot Magnetic Lighting System

28 11 2014

logoI have night hunted in the past, mainly for alligators and hogs. On a recent trip to South Africa we were hunting on a damage control permit for a large agricultural farm and producer of pepper, melons, tomatoes and oranges. Legal species to take at night included the bushpig, bushbuck, duiker and porcupine. My primary target was the bushbuck and my equipment included the Stik N Shoot.

Stik N Shoot Magnetic Lighting System can be adapted to firearms, bows and crossbows, with the available accessories. Photo: Stik N Shoot

Stik N Shoot Magnetic Lighting System can be adapted to firearms, bows and crossbows, with the available accessories.
Photo: Stik N Shoot

The water-resistant Stik N Shoot Magnetic Lighting System is a 200 lumen LED light that operates on 3 AAA batteries to provide 4 hours of continuous use. The light is attached to you rifle or shotgun with a 3″ magnetic block, which uses 4 N42 magnets that provide 108 pounds of magnetic pressure. This unit mounts the light to the firearm and keeps the light securely in place.

You can add a pressure switch assembly so you can easily turn the light on with minimal hand movement, and only when you need it. There is also a stabilizer extension, which will take your Stik N Shoot from the firearms to the crossbow simply and easily. Just replace the main bolt with the stabilizer extension and the magnetic block firmly attaches for your next night hunting adventure.

The Stik N Shoot installed on a crossbow. Photo: Stik N Shoot

The Stik N Shoot installed on a crossbow.
Photo: Stik N Shoot

When I received the Stik N Shoot, the first thing I noticed was how well made everything was. This was not a cheaply made plastic product, but a well designed and produced light and attachment, using only quality materials. I put the Stik N Shoot on the stabilizer extension for my crossbow, I needed both hands to remove it! This was not going to come off during normal or even extreme hunting conditions!

In South Africa we road in “bakkies” that were Land Cruisers modified to have seats mounted in the back of the truck, elevated so that your view is unobstructed. We drove around looking for eyes glowing in the night. Our guides were able to determine which animal the eyes belonged to and if it was a shooter or not. While most “eyes” were around 20 to 30 yards outs, we did illuminate a duiker that was out approximately 50 yards.

My night hunt Bushbuck! Stik N Shoot was there! Photo: Diane Hassinger

My night hunt Bushbuck! Stik N Shoot was there!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The green light did not spook the animals at all. Many types of animals were illuminated including; bushpig, porcupine, duiker, steenbuck, kudu, impala, nyala, jackals, spring hare and of course bushbuck. When I had the opportunity to shoot my bushbuck, the light clearly lit up the area my gun was aiming for. Stik N Shoot was there when harvesting of my first bushbuck. I can’t wait to try this on gators and hogs this fall. Just like the Stik N Shoot website claims, “They will never know what hit ’em.”

The Stik N Shoot on the Winchester .308 I used for my bushbuck. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Stik N Shoot on the Winchester .308 I used for my bushbuck.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Stik N Shoot has a one-year limited-warranty and you can order Stik N Shoot for the MSRP of $199.95 (green or white light), and you can add the Pressure Switch (green only) for $25.95 and the Stabilizer Extension for $27.95. All of these can be purchased at http://www.stiknshoot.com/products/.

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/08/18/stik-n-shoot-magnetic-lighting-system-diane-hassinger/





HME Products Bag Target Stand

28 11 2014

hme logo goodLike most archers, I own a lot of targets, including several bag targets. I have always just sat them on the ground and they function fine, as a target, but they get filthy and covered with slugs. HME Products has a fantastic solution to that problem; the Bag Target Stand.

The HME Bag Target Stand with a 24" bag target. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The HME Bag Target Stand with a 24″ bag target.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

This heavy-duty square tubing stand, which is powder-coated in an olive finish, is easy to put together with just a wrench and socket. The hangers use carabiners to attach the target and adjust up to a 30” wide and 30” tall bag. The raised legs enable a solid stance on uneven ground. There is a stabilizer pin that will hold your target from swinging when your arrow hits the target, but I like it to swing at times—that tests my abilities just a bit more.

My yard is far from level, and the Bag Target Stand managed to hold my bag targets solidly even though I was shooting my crossbow, which slams into the targets. The fact that the bag is kept up off of the ground has to improve the lifespan of the bags; no more moisture accumulating on the bottom, no dirt and no bugs. I used the stand with both a 24” and a 28” target, with no apparent difference in effectiveness.

Use the HME Products Bag Target Stand and keep the damage to your bag targets limited to the damage your arrows and bolts do!

The Bag Target Stand with a 28" target, perfect for my crossbow. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Bag Target Stand with a 28″ target, perfect for my crossbow.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The MSRP of the HME Products Bag Target Stand is $34.99 and is available at many fine retailers. Find a link to which retailers at http://www.hmeproducts.com/Target-Stand.

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/08/11/hme-products-bag-target-stand-diane-hassinger/





Motorola Solutions Talkabout MU350R

28 11 2014

motorolaRecently I traveled to two different extremes for cell phone coverage; out on the Atlantic Ocean and to Northern Saskatchewan. While in either place I couldn’t communicate with my trusty cell phone. Thankfully I had the Motorola Solutions Talkabout® MU350R series radio with me.

These handy radios are ready to go right out of the box! Photo: Motorola Solutions

These handy radios are ready to go right out of the box!
Photo: Motorola Solutions

These radios are powerful and hold up to an adventurous life, plus the MU350R radios can be connected via Bluetooth headset and let you communicate wirelessly. These are weatherproof and give you up to 35 miles of communication, depending on the terrain you are in. So rain, shine, dust, or snow these radios will continue to provide reliable communication.

There is an emergency alert feature that informs you of any weather dangers heading your way or emergency evacuations and Amber Alerts; although the NOAA radio service may not be available in all areas. With the emergency preparedness abilities, you can transmit an emergency alert of your own; an alert siren followed by transmission of spoken or incidental sounds. There is also an emergency light source built into the radio allowing you to see your way out or to signal someone else. If you need both of your hands free to be grasping or carrying gear, activate the iVOX and use the radio like a speaker phone.

The MU350R packaging includes: 2 radios, 2 (AA) 1300 mAh high capacity NiMH rechargeable battery packs, 2 belt clips, 1 Y cable charging adaptor with dual mini-USB connectors, 1 emergency preparedness checklist, 1 Accessories brochure and the User Guide. Make sure to read the user guide to become familiar with all of the functions and features these Talkabout radios have. The radios themselves are comfortable to hold in one hand, with the talk button being conveniently located near your index finger. They weigh in at a mere .69 pounds, and are 7.77 inches high and 2.58 inches wide by 1.43 inches deep.

I keep them on VibraCall so that no ringing disturbs my surroundings. There are 22 frequency channels with 121 privacy codes, to ensure privacy, or use the scan feature and be in touch with many people. The radios run on either 3 AA batteries or rechargeable batteries. Camping we take advantage of using the regular AA batteries, since we have no power to recharge them with.

We stayed in communication, even when the weather turned bad.

We stayed in communication, even when the weather turned bad.  Photo: Diane Hassinger

Using the radios while fishing out of the Florida Keys, we stayed in communication with friends who stayed on dry land. While we were fishing the radios remained silent, but when the weather turned bad and we were headed in, we were able to inform them of our intentions, and an ETA that they could expect us. We were close to the 35 mile range of these radios, since there was little obstruction to the signal.

In Northern Saskatchewan, the radios were used as a safety measure. Cell phone service is completely out of the question and I was hunting many miles from my husband.  With the Mortorola Talkabout I was able to alert him when I shot a bear during the morning so that we were able to retrieve it while it was still daylight rather than waiting till dark for my designated pick up. It was also nice on previous evenings to have the ability to inform him of a problem, if one had arose. Some evenings I had long walks out to the designated meeting place and I was hunting during the black bear rut. I use my head when I am in situations like that, but still having the ability to let him know of a change of plans, locations or an emergency is most valuable.

The MSRP on the pair of radios is $149.99 and they can be purchased by calling 1-800-638-5119 or online at http://www.motorolasolutions.com/US-EN/Two-Way+Radios/Two-Way+Radios+-+Consumers/MU350R. You can also find the complete line of accessories online.

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/07/21/motorola-solutions-talkabout-mu350r-diane-hassinger/