Recently we were sent a GoScope Extreme telescoping GoPro Pole to try out with our GoPro POV cams. When I opened up the package, right away I was a little scepticle about the durability of the product. After using it for the past few weeks, I can definitely lay that assumption to rest. I have dropped it countless times, shoved it in and out of my pack, dropped it from a moving truck at 45mph and it still works like a charm.
Now we do a lot of POV style filming in our hunts and outside of Heavy Hitters Outdoors on various personal projects with Sycan Media, so its nice to be able to add to our arsenal of tools that we have available. A few of us ski and snowboard as well as surf and having this will be fun to test out when the weather finally turns and we are able to get out and do that. The GoScope has allowed us to get a whole new angle with our B-Roll shots. I was able to get angles I normally wouldnt be able to get before, without have to lug around a big monopod or tripod with a heavy camera on the end. I’ll be able to get closer to some wildlife like Copperhead Snakes without worrying about getting bit and getting some Epic film.
The GoScope allows for two GoPros to be mounted on it for two simultaneous shots. I have not used this feature and not sure that I would have any use for it with what I do but it gives you that option of filming yourself as well as what is in front of you which would add new dynamics to your film. The grip is soft and comfortable and it comes with a wrist strap that is very rugged and has a superb grip on it for anti-slip situations. The telescoping takes a second to get used to. Once it’s locked in, you don’t have to worry about it coming loose but isn’t super fast like a lot of tripod or monopod legs.
There is only one real complaint I have about this product and that it does not have an option for a 1/4-20 mount for accessories like a light, or a different POV cams like a Contour or a Kodak Playsport which we also use. Would be nice to have that option available and you could still mount a GoPro using the GoPro tripod mount.
If you are into solo filming and doing trick shots and/or adding new, creative B-Roll to your portfolio, this GoScope is a MUST own! We are stoked to have this new tool and intend to have it with us on every trip we go on from here on out!
– Super lightweight: 6 Ounces
– Fits in your backpack
– Comes ready to attach to your GoPro® Camera
– Telescoping from 17″ to 37″
– Mounts on Two Sides (Capable of Holding Two Cameras)
– Durable in Saltwater, Freshwater, and Snow
– Floats with One Camera Attached
– Indestructible: Made of Forged Aluminum and Poly-carbonate
(ALL UNDERWATER SCENES WERE FILMED USING A GOSCOPE)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GoScope for free from GoScope, LLC as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Retailer Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.
As soon as one season ends the next one is on your mind! You take the mistakes you made from the previous season and correct them for the up and coming season. We spend countless hours scouting, shed hunting and critiquing our archery skills and equipment. Your bow string is something most dont even think about, but at the moment of truth it is the tool doing the most work. For the past six years, I have had privilege to bowhunt whitetail deer. They are very cunning and nervous animals. Being notorious for jumping and ducking at the sound of a bowstring. With Winners Choice Custom Bowstrings you wont have to worry about that anymore. Having installed Winners Choice strings, my bow is quieter, much faster, and accuracy is far superior than factory strings.
What I noticed right off was my peep sight came up at the same position every time the bow was drawn. Even after hundreds of shots, there is no stretch in my strings. Accuracy is phenominal and it is quieter than ever. String fray is very minimal to non at all so winners choice strings will out last the competiton. Even if you do not hunt and just love the challenge of shooting archery equipment, there is a Winners Choice Bowstring for you.
What I like the most about my Winners Choice strings is the accuracy my bow has gained. I have always liked shooting my bow before but now my confidence has risen to a whole new place. Knowing my bow shoots better than ever I’m less reluctant to travel to 3d bow shoots. I also practice longer shots without fear of losing an arrow. So when the moment of truth steps out from behind that oak tree broadside twenty yards away, with the confidence you have built up in your bowstrings, Winners Choice Custom Bowstrings will not fail! – Nathan Knapp
I recently received a set of Winners Choice X8190 Bowstrings and Cables for my 2013 Hoyt Charger. Upon receiving the new strings I noticed the level of quality right away. I had heard great things about the product that Winners Choice brought to the archery game but had never experienced it myself. Until now……..Prior to receiving the new X8190 strings and cables, I was shooting the stock strings that came on my Hoyt Charger.
In the 3 months that I shot with the stock strings my bow came out of time due to the strings stretching four times. The last time was so bad that the top cam was at full rotation nearly ½ of an inch before the bottom cam. On top of dealing with string stretch I was also dealing with constant peep rotation. Within days of receiving my new X8190 strings, I was on my way to my preferred bow shop. Once my bow was restrung, I noticed an immediate difference. As soon as I returned home from the bow shop, I put the new strings to the test. I was truly amazed at how minimal the shoot in time was. I’m talking less than 15 minutes. I have now had the X8190 strings on my bow for the better part of two months. I have been amazed at the performance and consistency of these strings. I shoot anywhere between 100-500 arrows per week. I have experienced zero string stretch and zero peep rotation.
My 2013 Hoyt Charger is set at a 30″ draw length and 70lbs of draw weight. I shoot a 450 grain Gold Tip Expedition Hunter arrow with 2″ Blazer Vanes that are set with a 3 degree helical. Prior to putting on the Winners Choice X8190 strings, I was shooting 304 feet per second. After installing these strings, I am shooting 310 feet per second with an astounding kinetic energy level of 94 foot pounds. I will recommend the Winners Choice X8190 Bowstrings to family, friends and strangers alike. The entire team at Heavy Hitters Outdoors trusts them……YOU should too. ~ Sean Schulz
8190 Xtreme™ is made from proven 100% Dyneema fibers just like the exceptional 8125 material except that 8190 Xtreme™ features the never before available SK90 grade Dyneema which is a major improvement on the SK75 grade used in 8125.
8190 Xtreme™ features
8190 Xtreme™ is quite simply most advanced bowstring fiber ever introduced. Used in conjunction with Winners Choice proprietary construction method 8190 Xtreme™ has enabled Winner’s Choice to once again raise the bar in bowstring quality and reliability.
KEY PRODUCT FEATURES
No Peep Rotation…Guaranteed !
No String Stretch or Serving Separaration…Guaranteed !
Weatherproof Technology…Guaranteed !
Trusted by the worlds top archers
Fast order turn around.
So I was recently given a pack of Toxic Broadheads from a friend and thought I would test them out after a bunch of heated discussions whether or not they had penetration power and if they were legal in states like Oregon where there is strict guidelines on what broadheads you can or cannot use. These are a killer looking broadhead that look like Muzzies bent to form the shape of a toxic chemical warning symbol. The only real issues I would have is the blades are pretty much one and done, although replaceable, it makes it hard to site in on a perfect broadhead everytime. The other is that it only comes in a 100 grain application. For us Elk hunters, we like to have all the KE we can get so a 125 grain would be great.
There are countless ways to mess up an elk hunt, or any hunt for that matter, but one way to better yourself as a hunter is to be physically and mentally prepared. Being prepared will help minimize your mistakes and make your hunt more memorable. Elk hunting is tough; steep mountains, high elevations, and brutal weather conditions will be against you and all for the elk. Hunting in the mountains under these conditions can test anyone’s physical and mental fortitude. This is why it is important to be prepared to optimize your odds for success.
I read a quote by Cam Hanes recently that got me thinking “Everyday you spend in inactivity, you get weaker. Everyday that the elk move through the high country, they get stronger. And the longer you wait to exercise, the wider the gap grows”. Persistence and perseverance are critical components of any hunt but they are also critical components of a strenuous workout and shooting routine. Before embarking on your hunt, make the commitment to yourself that you will hunt hard every day, no matter the circumstances and not to quit before the end of your hunt. This is also true for your workouts and shooting routines. This is where being physically prepared comes in handy.
A lot of elk hunters do not focus on the important areas of the body that are used the most during the hunt. So what specific areas of our bodies should we focus on improving if we want to become capable and confident hunters? The answer is simple; legs and lungs. I’m not telling you to just lift and workout just your legs and lungs but focus on them a little more at least. Think about it, everything you do in the woods starts and ends with your legs. Legs are a foundation for your body and also a foundation to a successful and most importantly a more memorable hunt. Your legs are one of the most essential physical assets that will determine how hard you will be able to hunt.
In the mountains you will be facing a scientifically proven battle for oxygen resources. The low concentration of oxygen in the high, thin air at altitude will make it difficult for your body to perform at its best. I’m going to put this as simple as I can…BE IN TOP CARDIOVASCULAR SHAPE! We have to train our heart and lungs to be as efficient as possible, so our blood circulation and oxygen is prepared for the stresses of hunting.
If you’re just getting started on a fitness regime you should aim for a minimum of days of cardio exercises a week. From there work your way up to 5-6 days a week. Shot for a minimum of 20 minutes a session but no longer than 60 minutes a section. When doing cardio you will need to be in your Target Heart Range (THR) to exercise your heart and lungs. This THR is 60-85% of your maximum heart rate (if you need help finding your THR send me and email at email@example.com and I will help you).
The best way to achieving your desired physical fitness level is through variety. When hunting you will be faced with a multitude of challenges, this is why you shouldn’t rely on one exercise to prepare for your season. Mix it up so you aren’t getting bored with your exercises, go on a hike, a bike ride, run the dog, do circuit training, or crossfit, just mix it up.
My goal is to become the best possible hunter I can be. I hope that is yours too. Having a wide variety of exercises will get you in an adequate form for hunting and help you become a better hunter. Now the question is do you just want to go elk hunting, or do you want to bring one back? Good luck!!
Whether you are a one day hunter or a 5 day bivy hunter, we all have one thing in common when preparing for a hunt; convenience and comfort. Ribz™ Front Pack has made a pack system that achieves both comfort, and convenience. As a photographer and a hunter, I have always had issues with having my important gear within quick reach without having to take a pack off and rifle through it to get what I needed or having an unnecessary amount of weight to carry the gear. Having the Ribz™ pack on allows me to have all the gear I need right within arms reach and still be able to wear my full pack on my back. I still have a complete range of motion while filming and can pull my bow back and release without any obstruction making it extremely useful.
The pack is made with 210D Cordura brand water resistant ripstop holding a total capacity of 700 cubic inches (regular size). The quiet, comfortable material comes in multiple colors including camouflage. The top straps have a padded adjustable strap that makes the heavy loads no problem and the oblique straps keep the bottoms of the pack taut and keep it from bouncing around while running or repelling. I’ve had this pack from sea level to about 6500 feet in elevation and from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 110 with no issues in fabric, water or zipper malfunctions. The Cordura material does a brilliant job of shedding unwanted heat during the summer months but also keeps heat in when needed in the winter months.
All in all I don’t really have anything bad to say about these Ribz™ packs. The only things I experienced with the pack that I wish it had was a padded interior for my lenses, fragile gear and either a clip on strap or a better way to keep track of how they align correctly, it is easy to tangle them up but with a little practice, you’ll be able master how they work quick. If you are anything like us here at H2O, you’ll need to add this pack to your must own list. I won’t leave on a hunt without one! Happy Hunting!
By Jeff Coxen
Catch us on Facebook
I received Ribz Front Pack for free from Cameron Ownbey as coordinated by [Deep Creek Public Relations] http://deepcreekpr.com/ in consideration for review publication.
Growing up in The Great Northwest, I’ve pretty much had the pleasure of hunting in every kind of element mother nature has to offer. After the last 20 years or so I have also had the opportunity to put a lot of gear to the test. The most important thing that will not only make your hunt better is knowing where you can cheap out and where you can’t. Being fortunate enough to have a lot of friends that hunt and fish like I do, I have been able to see them succeed and struggle with their gear too. I get asked often what gear I use and why we have the sponsors we have now. This is a small list of what I believe are the three most important pieces you can NOT be a cheap skate with.
Pack – Whether you are going on a day hunt or an over-nighter, a good backpack is essential. If you are simply just trying to spend as little as possible and find something to throw your gear into, you are going to find yourself very unhappy halfway through your day. I’ve blazed through almost a dozen packs before landing on Oregon Packworks and Ribz . I was a victim of cheap decisions and poor quality. I was even a victim of overpriced name brand packs that market well. I figured instead of continuing to be the Guinea Pig of the hunting pack world I would make a list of what I wanted and needed and wouldn’t buy one until it filled everything I needed. First thing was Durability. I put my gear through hell and back and needed something could keep up with me and mother nature. The second thing I needed was Comfort. There are few things worse than hiking on a 5 mile trip with every step of it being uncomfortable. It turns that 5 miles into 10 real quick. Next was Ergonomics. It has to perform…period! If it is not functional and won’t hold the gear and game I need it to, it just simply, not worth a dime.
Knife – Quite arguably the best piece of equipment you can have in almost any part of life. A knife can get you out of nearly any jam. A knife can be used as a screw driver, bottle opener, universal Spam cutter and a lifesaver. Having a quality knife vs a cheap knife could possibly be a life and death situation. It’s crazy to think that but being stranded or in a position where you need a sharp edge and having a knife that doesn’t keep that edge could be detrimental to a survival aspect. It could also make your life a living hell when you do tag out and need to field dress your game and you have to keep stopping to sharpen your knife or carry multiple knives which means adding unnecessary weight. Obviously I prefer CRKT, not that I am biased or anything. I know that I can count on Columbia Knife & Tool. It isn’t a coincidence that we have CRKT as a sponsor, we believe in their product and know they work like we do….rugged! You may have your own trusty knife and that’s really all that matters. If you trust it and know it won’t let you down then that is what you roll with but make sure it will stand up to the tasks at hand.
Footwear – The most important piece of gear you could possibly own! I have seen too many times where my friends have simply given up because their feet, knees or even backs hurt due to poor choice in boots. I know that $39.99 special over at the sporting goods store looks too good to pass up but I will be the first to tell you that you absolutely get what you pay for when it comes to footwear. I don’t think I have ever spent less than a hundred dollars on a pair of hunting boots. Even if I didn’t have the money, I saved up for it and waited until I could. In fact, I always have at least two pairs with me. One for good weather and one for bad. How many times have you been out in the woods and the weather turned for the worst and you were caught wishing you had that better pair in the truck?
So whether is something as simple as a day hike or a 3 day trek into the wilderness, you might want to do your research and due diligence instead of playing roulette with what could end in a really uncomfortable trip.
When we embarked on this journey to start Heavy Hitters Outdoors, our biggest concern was to get some quality sponsors with products that can stand up to the punishment we put them through. When we first looked into some serious bivy hunting packs, we searched high and low for a product that could not only hold up to our rigorous hunting and hiking but that could also hold all of our gear. Now I know what you are saying, “any pack could hold our gear”, and yes you are partially right, but with our size, our gear tends to be a bit larger and heavier then your average bivy hunter (all of us are over 250 lbs). After we eliminated some other brands, we saw an online ad about Oregon Packworks so the research started. I had tried on packs at every store I could find that carried quality hunting style packs and was not convinced that some of them could hang with us big boys. So far my short list of must have’s in a pack was fulfilled with Oregon Packworks pack. After trying on the pack, I was fully convinced this was the best pack I had ran into and it would fit the bill for Heavy Hitters Outdoors. There were a few very close runner ups as far as quality and comfort but what sealed the deal were two things; 1. Made in the U.S.A. and 2. a local product from my hometown Bend, Oregon. It was a win win for me.
With around 6000 cubic inches, we found that The Whole Shebang had more than enough room for a three to seven day hunt and actually found ourselves questioning if we had enough gear and started looking for items to put in to fill the space that we probably didn’t need. The “WholeShebang” is the complete setup OPW offers and what I can say is that they don’t leave any stone unturned with the amount versatility you can do with this bad boy. With about a dozen different configurations, you can take it all or whatever you need for the type of hunt you are going on. The “Hydration Pack”, is what holds your water bladder for those long hikes is one of the packs best features. Most packs have your water bladder stuffed between the pack and your back where it doesn’t keep it’s cool. OPW makes it to where you can adjust and place the Hydration Pack to where you want it but mainly, keeps it off your back and relocates it to the outside of the pack to keep it temperature safe. I was surprised after hiking for over 10 miles in the sun, my Hydration Pack with an MSR 4 liter bladder inside, it kept it nice and cool throughout the whole hike.
Not Every hunt consists of having the “WholeShebang” so it was also nice that I am able to break the pack down to what is called an “Orion” pack which is the whole shebang minus the main large piece referred to as “The Green Gate” (the belly of the beast). After removing The Green Gate and reconnecting the side overflow bags, Hydration pack, relocating the “Lumbar Pack” to the bottom and snapping in the outer cover aptly called “The Meat Shelf”, which is a long cover/support that starts at the bottom of the pack and connects with two clasps atop the pack to hold in your game, bow and even a rifle, I then had what OPW calls “The Orion”. Remove the side overflow bags, meat shelf and you now have “The Rogue”. Even if you are just going for a small jaunt and just need a small day type pack to carry some small essentials, “The Lumbar Pack” is a great choice as it’s just a waist pack but is spacious, lightweight and comfy.
Once big game season came around this past year, we were able to put these packs to the real test. We hiked close to 70 miles in 7 days with them in all different configurations and I will be the first to say that not only were they very comfortable but they were also quiet and durable. Some of the time, I forgot I had a pack on. I have done the same hunt years before with lesser competitors and struggled the whole time. Temperatures reached near the nineties and dipped down into the teens in the early morning and late night and the pack had no issues with zippers freezing shut, getting caught on anything and the clasps and belts all functioned great. Everything from the plastic to the stitching is heavy duty and the strength was evident when H2O pro staffer Glenn Doney packed out a near 300 pound Black Bear with no issues at all.
The packs are also easy to clean. After packing out the bear, the blood wiped right off in a creek near our camp and we were off hunting once again. We have also used them to hike in gear duck hunting as well as coastal deer and elk hunting during the rifle seasons in Oregon and it had no problem shedding water with the nasty weather the coast range has to offer. If you are as serious of a hunter, hiker or all around outdoorsman or woman that likes a great piece of equipment then I highly recommend you pick up what will be the last pack you will ever buy; an Oregon Packworks Pack.
By Jeff Coxen
Heavy Hitters Outdoors Pro Staff member Nick Laviolette has made a previous appearance on the hit T.V. fishing show on Root Sports (previously FSN) Hawg Quest and Glenn Hall has asked him to come back and enjoy some more fish slayin’ action! Here is a little teaser of the last episode Nick was on that you can still catch on Root Sports! You can also watch previous episodes on Hawg Quest Vimeo page! https://vimeo.com/hawgquest
Everyone has heard the phrase “don’t try to reinvent the wheel.” I’m pretty sure everyone is riding around on all terrain, or radials tires, and not bias ply. Sometimes taking an already good idea and making it better is just what is needed. That is just what the guys at T-REIGN Outdoor have done. They have taken a product that you may have seen or used in every day life and made it better. They have given it the sportsman’s touch, upgraded it, suped it up if you will. Anyone who has worked for a company that requires an I.D. badge has probably had the retractable badge holder. Maybe working as security for your keys, these items are there simply to make things accessible and to make your job easier with many different styles and models to choose from for your exact applications. T-REIGN has that for your outdoors excursions, makes thing easier and more enjoyable.
They have made a retractable device big, and rugged enough for even the most hardcore outdoorsman. With many different variations to hold for almost anything you can think of. We here at Heavy Hitters Outdoors have used them for elk calls, binoculars, range finders, and GPS systems to name a few. They have made a locking mechanism for larger items such as rangefinders. Surprisingly even if you forget, they are heavy duty enough to still keep them retracted. Having done some fly fishing in my time I immediately think of how much time and effort T-REIGN will save me, giving me more time to fish and not worrying about making sure my gear is secure so it is not going down river.
As I state before, there are a ton of configurations that these tethers come in. I seriously have not found a hunting utensil as handy as these. The last few hunts, I have not forgotten where I put my range finder or call. I know it’s attached to my backpack or jacket. They have several different styles and colors to fit your surroundings and taste. Other than the convenience of versatility and knowing where you gear is, is that you know you aren’t going to drop it and lose it when hiking. The tether just pulls it back to its cradle and you are on your way, no stress, no worries. I don’t know how many calls or tools I have lost because I dropped something and didn’t know.
My most recent enjoyment from this product has been out waterfowl hunting. Most everyone uses a lanyard around their neck. For the most part this was the easiest and only way to keep or have your calls accessible. The problem which any one has had to deal with is the weight of calls. Some calls weigh less or more than others causing the lanyard to spin on your neck. Not a huge deal, but when a duck goes flying by when you go to grab your call and it isn’t there, well it’s a good day for that duck. The time it takes to look down grab the call at the speed a duck flies by is huge. Not to mention if your duck call is similar to your goose call and you grab the wrong one and blow, that’s no good either. T-REIGN allows you to always know right where the call you want is at, and to always keep your eye in the sky as well. Sometimes it is the little things in life that make it more enjoyable. In this case it’s very true. I’m sure right now you can probably think of a few things that T-REIGN would come in handy for (other than what I haven’t mentioned). My advice is when you go to order I would order one or two more because it will amaze you how handy they are.