Gear Reviews

Guides & Outfitters testing gear in the field

Gear Reviews

Guides & Outfitters testing gear in the field
Great sling, could be better
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UL BOW SLING by Badlands
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UL BOW SLING by Badlands
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I have used bow slings for many years. I have had a love/hate relationship with most of them. I have used the UL Bow Sling from Badlands this past season, the Sitka version for a couple seasons before. If they could just blend these two, it would be perfect. I love the Badlands version and I'm done with the Sitka sling. The big reason, I can't tell you how many times my bow has fallen out of the Sitka sling. That is unacceptable, huge design flaw! That where the Badlands UL Bow Sling shines! Super secure, because they have a strap (safety buckle) that attaches to the sling, goes around the handle of the bow and buckles on the other side. Awesome! No chance of the bow falling out while walking through thick, heavy brush, riding a bike, climbing a tree, whatever you do, it's secure. It protects your cams and string very well and is nice and tight on the bow with an adjustable draw string. The shoulder strap is adjustable, strong and secure. Just wish it had a couple of extra features that would make this sling, perfect! I have an expensive sight system on my bow and I wish it had a cover for it, to help protect it from all the harsh conditions and trails I put it through on my hunts. The sling is packaged in a thin pouch that you could put on your sight to help protect it. I did that for a while, but it's not tethered to the sling and I miss placed it a couple of times. So I stopped using it. Along those lines, I also wish it had a tethered pouch with a draw string to cover/protect my fletching on my arrows for the same reason. That's where the Sitka bow sling excels. It has tethered pouches for your sight and fletching. It even has pockets in the sling to stuff them in, if you don't want to use them. Which is brilliant. But again my bow wouldn't stay in in that sling, so it's worthless, to me. I will continue to use the Badlands UL Bow Sling because it preforms so much better, but it's just shy of "Perfect". It could be better at protecting my other equipment attached to the bow (sight/fletching) for those rough trips into my stand, and protecting it from those times I'm carrying my climbing method and stand/Platform attached to my pack. Overall, I still do highly recommend the Badlands UL Bow Sling, just wish they'd consult me before they mass produce their gear... LOL.
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I have used bow slings for many years. I have had a love/hate relationship with most of them. I have used the UL Bow Sling from Badlands this past season, the Sitka version for a couple seasons before. If they could just blend these two, it would be perfect. I love the Badlands version and I'm done with the Sitka sling. The big reason, I can't tell you how many times my bow has fallen out of the Sitka sling. That is unacceptable, huge design flaw! That where the Badlands UL Bow Sling shines! Super secure, because they have a strap (safety buckle) that attaches to the sling, goes around the handle of the bow and buckles on the other side. Awesome! No chance of the bow falling out while walking through thick, heavy brush, riding a bike, climbing a tree, whatever you do, it's secure. It protects your cams and string very well and is nice and tight on the bow with an adjustable draw string. The shoulder strap is adjustable, strong and secure. Just wish it had a couple of extra features that would make this sling, perfect! I have an expensive sight system on my bow and I wish it had a cover for it, to help protect it from all the harsh conditions and trails I put it through on my hunts. The sling is packaged in a thin pouch that you could put on your sight to help protect it. I did that for a while, but it's not tethered to the sling and I miss placed it a couple of times. So I stopped using it. Along those lines, I also wish it had a tethered pouch with a draw string to cover/protect my fletching on my arrows for the same reason. That's where the Sitka bow sling excels. It has tethered pouches for your sight and fletching. It even has pockets in the sling to stuff them in, if you don't want to use them. Which is brilliant. But again my bow wouldn't stay in in that sling, so it's worthless, to me. I will continue to use the Badlands UL Bow Sling because it preforms so much better, but it's just shy of "Perfect". It could be better at protecting my other equipment attached to the bow (sight/fletching) for those rough trips into my stand, and protecting it from those times I'm carrying my climbing method and stand/Platform attached to my pack. Overall, I still do highly recommend the Badlands UL Bow Sling, just wish they'd consult me before they mass produce their gear... LOL.
Be aware, Not made for every pack!
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BOW BOOT by Badlands
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BOW BOOT by Badlands
Millimeters matter
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Lineman Belt - 8mm by Tethrd
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Lineman Belt - 8mm by Tethrd
I switched out both my lineman's belt and my tether ropes to this 8mm sized rope. It has lighted my load a tad, but the big improvement is the packability of this sized rope. The thicker ropes requires two hands to stuff them into your pouch. These ropes I just ball up in my hand and put in my pouch, with room to spare. I like this rope so much that next year I plan on getting the 30' rope pouch and repel down from my climbing height. I ditched the prusik cord years ago and have been using a ropeman 1. That is the downside to this thinner DynaLight rope. You have to use a Kong Duck (or similar device) instead of the ropeman 1. That's not a huge deal, it still gives you that nice one handed operation, but it's an added expense. This is due to the thinner diameter of the rope, the ropeman 1 is out of spec, therefore not safe to use. Be aware also that if you choose to use a Kong Duck you will also have to use an oval shaped carabiner because a normal shaped carabiner will not get into the correct axis of the carabiner. That just means that the Kong Duck will not get into the corner of a regular shaped carabiner, so you need a oval shaped one to make it work. So after changing out my rope, carabiner and ascending device (Kong Duck)... Do I still recommend this rope? Absolutely! Just know it will cost you some extra money. You could still use the prusik and carabiner that the tether and lineman's ropes comes with to save some money, though. Just after going to mechanical type prusik device, I would never go back to using a two-handed prusik knot operation.
I switched out both my lineman's belt and my tether ropes to this 8mm sized rope. It has lighted my load a tad, but the big improvement is the packability of this sized rope. The thicker ropes requires two hands to stuff them into your pouch. These ropes I just ball up in my hand and put in my pouch, with room to spare. I like this rope so much that next year I plan on getting the 30' rope pouch and repel down from my climbing height. I ditched the prusik cord years ago and have been using a ropeman 1. That is the downside to this thinner DynaLight rope. You have to use a Kong Duck (or similar device) instead of the ropeman 1. That's not a huge deal, it still gives you that nice one handed operation, but it's an added expense. This is due to the thinner diameter of the rope, the ropeman 1 is out of spec, therefore not safe to use. Be aware also that if you choose to use a Kong Duck you will also have to use an oval shaped carabiner because a normal shaped carabiner will not get into the correct axis of the carabiner. That just means that the Kong Duck will not get into the corner of a regular shaped carabiner, so you need a oval shaped one to make it work. So after changing out my rope, carabiner and ascending device (Kong Duck)... Do I still recommend this rope? Absolutely! Just know it will cost you some extra money. You could still use the prusik and carabiner that the tether and lineman's ropes comes with to save some money, though. Just after going to mechanical type prusik device, I would never go back to using a two-handed prusik knot operation.
Best Supplements - Period
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Daily Strength by Wilderness Athlete
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Daily Strength by Wilderness Athlete
Go big or go home!
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1.5 HP Grinder (#32) by MEAT!
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1.5 HP Grinder (#32) by MEAT!
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