By Sportsman’s News Staff
Each year the Sportsmans News team travels to the various trade shows and picks out some of the hottest new products we feel our readers would be interested in learning about. Here are a few of the great new items coming to your local Sportsman’s Warehouse store in 2015.
Bushnell Legend Binos
Bushnell is adding three new series to its award-winning Legend line of binoculars. The Legend E, L, and M series provide a quality binocular in a price point to fit nearly every consumer. The Legend E Series reaches new levels of excellence and value with the all-weather assurance of Bushnell’s exclusive RainGuard HD coating. Built with a lightweight magnesium chassis and fully multi-coated optics for amazing light transmission. Available in 8x or 10x magniﬁcation with powerful light-gathering 42mm objective lenses, E Series binoculars also feature improved high-resistance twist-up eyecups and ﬁne-click adjustments built into the diopter.
The Legend L Series binoculars are category leaders in image clarity and performance. Based on the award-winning Legend Ultra HD series, the L Series offers an improved user experience with a soft rubber housing, increased eyecup resistance, thumbhole cutouts, custom objective covers and a locking diopter. The L Series comes with ED Prime extra-low dispersion ﬂuorite glass that allows the visible colors of the spectrum to focus at virtually the same point. Available in 8x and 10x versions.
Legend M Series binoculars from Bushnell take the Legend line to a whole new level with maximum brightness and clarity. Constructed on a lightweight, open-bridge magnesium chassis, these high-end 8x and 10x optics have 42mm objectives and provide 92 percent light transmission through the entire optical system using the very best dielectric prism coating. This coating reﬂects more than 99 percent of incoming light to allow for maximum light output at dusk and dawn. To push this technology to its highest level, Bushnell has paired it with ED Prime extra-low dispersion ﬂuorite glass that brings out detail under low light, provides improved color resolution and contrast and practically eliminates chromatic aberration and color- fringing. Add in RainGuard HD, improved eyecup resistance and a locking diopter, and the Legend M sets a new standard for maximum brightness, clarity and performance in the ﬁeld.
Sitka Gear Whitetail Fanatic System
Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear has developed its most focused system ever for the hard-core rut hunter, by re-introducing the Fanatic Jacket and Bib and adding a Hoody and Lite Series to the Fanatic System.
The Fanatic Lite Jacket has a durable high gauge face fabric and is bonded to an air-permeable honeycomb jacquard Micro-Fleece to allow breathability and remarkable noise reduction. A front storage pocket, rangefinder pocket with tie-off and safety harness pass-through port keep you and your necessities in place.
The Fanatic Hoody, here Sitka took the chassis of a traditional hooded sweatshirt and used a body mapped grid and micro grid fleeces, to regulate your temperature while keeping scent to a minimum with Polygiene Odor Control Technology. The hood is cut for maximal peripheral vision, and from within it you can deploy the built-in facemask for enhanced concealment. The half-zip construction allows for a built in hand muff, which, together with the flip-over hand mitts in the sleeves, works to keep your fingers warm and dexterous.
The Fanatic Jacket and Bib are made of a Berber fleece face which silences the GORE WINDSTOPPER barrier, while body-mapped Primaloft Silver Insulation traps body heat where you need it. At the heart of the Fanatic Jacket is the diagonal-zip, which while sealing out the wind, allows for a zippered front muff to keep your digits toasty and agile, waiting to take that next shot. A magnetic closure rangefinder pocket, safety harness pass-through port, and internal gasketed cuffs round out this feature filled jacket. The Fanatic Bib allows for rubber boots to fit comfortably over the low-bulk hems, where a dedicated ankle pocket lets you rest your traditional bow hands-free.
Rounding out the Fanatic System are the Fanatic Gloves, built from 4-way stretch-woven polyester; these gloves offer the balance of warmth and dexterity. The half-finger design on the forefinger and thumb free up your primary finger for release triggers and touchscreens.
Alps Outdoorz Traverse X Pack
Every hunter loves a good challenge. And so does ALPS OutdoorZ. When it was time to design and manufacture the best packs on the market, ALPS didn’t take the challenge lightly. By using premium materials and components, extremely adjustable and comfortable suspension systems, and design features that support your hunting activities, you could say that ALPS has hit the bull’s-eye with this new Traverse Extreme Pack. The pack has been tested, used and abused, modified, and put back to the test again to bring consumers a pack that is reliable, durable, and practical. The Traverse X is a 2900 cubic inch internal frame pack with a stow-away meat shelf, fleece-lined side wing pockets for optics, and carry systems for a bow, rifle, and handgun.
Electronic devices have become so commonplace, that it is not unheard of to take them to camp. The FlameStower allows you to recharge any device that uses USB technology for power. By sticking the heat blade directly into the flame of an isobutane stove or campfire, FlameStower will translate that heat into electrical energy, providing up to 2.5 watts of power through its USB charging cable. Simply plug your device cable into the built-in USB port, turn up the heat, add water to the cooling chamber, and wait for the electricity to start flowing into your device. At only 2.25 inches wide, 7 inches long, and less than an inch thick when folded, the FlameStower weighs only 10 ounces, making it ideal for backpacking. Solar panels only work in the daytime, and are degraded when cloudy, battery packs run down, and not all devices let you just swap out the batteries. The FlameStower works with any kind of fire, so it can be used over the campfire, or any time you cook your food on the stove. For less than $90 you can have a limitless charger for your favorite electronic device that easily fits in a pack or pocket.
Stanley Mountain Vacuum Coffee System
Coffee on the trail is a necessary luxury for many people and Stanley has made that necessity even easier. The Boiling Pot + French Press + Vacuum Bottle of the Mountain Vacuum Coffee System incorporates all of the items needed to make great tasting coffee and keep it hot for up to 24 hours. Featuring a stainless steel boiling pot with a collapsible heat resistant handle, water can be boilied over a stove or campfire. Open the vacuum bottle stopper to find a coffee grounds compartment and dump your grounds directly into the boiling pot. Use the French press basket to separate the grounds, and pour the contents into the 1.1 quart vacuum bottle. The bottle includes two nested cups that act as the stopper cover. All of this nests compactly inside the pot and features locking lugs to keep it all together. Overall, it weighs in at 2.4 pounds, so it is great for car camping or basecamp. And the double wall vacuum insulation not only will keep your coffee hot for 24 hours, it will keep beverages ice cold for up to 20 hours. For under $60, having coffee on the trail is a priceless proposition.
Eagle Nest Outfitters Ember 2 Underquilt
Hammock sleeping is the most comfortable night’s sleep I have had on the trail. As with ground sleeping, proper insulation beneath is more important that a warm sleeping bag. When I set up my Eagle Nest Outfitters Jungle Nest hammock, I make sure to protect from cold air coming up from the ground by also slinging the Ember 2 Underquilt on my hammock line. The Ember 2 simply clips onto the same strap that supports my hammock, but provides an extra layer of insulation around the outside of the hammock. Rated for sleeping in warmer weather, between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, the Ember 2 polyester fill wrapped in ripstop nylon with DWR coating and a taffeta lining provide additional insulation to keep me warm and snuggly all night long. At 25 ounces, it is lightweight and compressible enough to take up very little room or space in my pack. Unfolded it is more than 7 feet long, so it protects my head and my feet, and more than 4.5 feet wide, so it wraps all the way up the sides of my floating bed.
Helle Sylvsteinen Camp Knife
Featuring a 5.3-inch blade, made of Helle’s legendary Norwegian laminated steel, the Sylvsteinen Camp Knife is a perfect all around field knife for everything from butchering meat, prepping vegetables, or general bushcraft. The straightback, full-tang blade is hollow ground with an aggressive edge and is topped by an attractive curly birch and antler handle capped with a brass fingerless guard. The handle is beefy enough to provide positive control for even the most delicate work but also gives sufficient grip for gross actions such as carving tent stakes. At right around 10 inches of overall length and weighing just under 6 ounces, the Sylvsteinen is small enough for detail work but large enough for heavy duty bushcraft. It comes in an attractive hand-stitched leather sheath. When a top-quality knife is needed, nothing compares to the craftsmanship of Helle of Norway.
Aimpoint T-2 Micro
Building upon the success of their popular T-1 Micro Red Dot, Aimpoint has ruggedized the chasis and added additional modifications to allow the inclusion of front and rear flip caps and anti-reflective devices, and to protect the zero turrets. The most important development in this new sight however, is enhanced optical performance. A newly designed front lens, incorporating an important breakthrough in reflective lens coatings, provides a noticeable increase in the clarity and performance properties of the Micro T-2. This ensures that no matter what angle or conditions the shot presents, the user is able to get on target quickly and accurately. The T-2 will work with most Aimpoint T-1 accessories, magnifiers, and mounts and will run for up to 5 years of continuous use on a single CR-2032 battery.
ShockStraps are a unique shock-absorbing tie down that incorporates three of the most versatile tie down principals into one superior system. They are quick and easy like a motorcycle tie down, have the reliability of a ratchet system, and the versatility of a shock cord. A ShockStrap, when stretched, maintains tension on the webbing, locking it into the buckle. When road vibrations cause loads to shift and settle, other tie downs can loosen and become unsafe. Under these conditions, ShockStrap stretches, acting like a shock absorber and contracts with the load keeping it secure. For hauling your expensive machinery over long distances on bumpy roads, ShockStraps will not come loose and will not break. Heavy steel hooks stand up to extreme force without losing shape or bending. Super aggressive cam teeth bite into the nylon webbing straps and hold tighter than other brands of tension straps.
The Spork Original has a full spoon, full fork, and a serrated edge that works like a knife. The spoon-fork-knife combo brings a bit of civilization to the wild and a bit of the wild to civilization. The Spork is perfect for your backpack, boat, picnic basket, lunchbox, purse or briefcase.
Same great Spork design constructed from strong, yet light, titanium. Its high biocompatibility means that it is very non-toxic plus it is hypoallergenic, non-corrosive and non-magnetic. Great for your next outing, no matter where it is.
Tetra USB Charger + Lantern + Flashlight
The rechargeable and collapsible Tetra LED Lantern + USB Charger + Flashlight shifts easily between flashlight and lantern functions and features a USB-charger port perfect for charging a camera, mobile phone or GPS. The Tetra has a durable, water-resistant housing that helps ensure illumination and a reliable source of power in foul weather. The Tetra offers a long-lasting battery life that will run for up to 120 hours on low, has adjustable brightness up to 170 lumens and has 3-lighting modes that range from high to low to S.O.S. emergency strobe. Powered by a rechargeable 2.6AH Li-Ion battery, the frosted globe of the Tetra slides up for a diffused white light in lantern mode and collapses down for flashlight mode with a super bright R4 XP-G2 CREE LED beam projection of 10-140 meters.
Original Candle Lantern
This is the classic, long-burning, collapsible Original Candle Lantern that has provided warm, natural light to millions of outdoor enthusiasts for decades. It is perfectly suited to backpacking, mountaineering, snow-camping and similar outdoor pursuits. Lightweight and compact, the Original Candle Lantern provides 9-hours of warm light from a single candle, surrounding it in the safest, most efficient lantern housing available anywhere. The lightweight aluminum or brass frame holds the glass chimney securely in place, creating a windproof environment for the flame. And the unique, easy-slide chimney allows the glass to slide down into the lantern, making the candle easier than ever to light. The spring-powered candle tube pushes the candle up as it burns, keeping the flame burning at a constant height. A viewing slot on the side of the lantern allows the user to monitor the slow burning candle for remaining burn time.
Camp Chef SmokePro SE Pellet Grill
Take your outdoor cooking to the next level with a SmokePro Pellet Grill by Camp Chef. The SmokePro SE Pellet Grill is built so you can discover the real tastes of award winning BBQ right from your own back patio. Simply select the desired cooking temperature and let the electronic controls maintain temperatures for you. Cooking temperatures range from 160°F up to 500°F, including low or high smoke settings. The built-in grease management system keeps things clean for the next barbecue. The SE offers great entry level value and pricing while still rivaling any other pellet grill on the market. Its features include:
- Electronic auto-ignition
- Internal temperature sensor gauge
- Large 19.5” x 22” grilling area
- Utility shelf
- Recipe booklet
ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX
ThermaCELL Heated Insoles are designed to go with you everywhere so you can stay one step ahead of the cold. Simply insert them into your boots or shoes to keep your feet consistently warm and comfortable for hours, whether you’re on the construction site, in a tree-stand, out for a day of ice fishing or while taking in your favorite cold weather sporting event. The ProFLEX are truly the extended solution to cold feet. These wireless, battery-powered insoles easily slip into your favorite footwear and with the ability of choosing between three heat settings, being miserable because of cold feet will become a thing of the past. Rechargeable, removable batteries can easily be replaced with fresh ones for hours and hours of continued warmth. Check out this new and improved version at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse.
Spudz Pro is a credit-card-sized cleaning kit that includes a bottle of anti-fog solution that fits alongside the cloth inside the attached pouch. Spudz Pro clips to packs, straps, binoculars or zippers so you always have it with you when you need it.
BinoSlicker is a lightweight, weatherproof binoculars cover that is designed to stay on while in use. It stuffs compactly inside its attached storage pouch and clips wherever you need it. It also has a microfiber cloth attached inside for quick cleaning.
Nite Ize- Gear Tie Dockable Twist Tie
Nite Ize is always coming up with new products and ways to improve existing products. The Gear Tie Dockable Twist Tie is not only one of the most creative products of its kind, but extremely versatile and just flat out cool. The Gear Tie has a rubber service that will securely grip your gear, while the flexible core allows you to wrap it around a variety of items from fishing rods, skateboard, tools or just about anything you can fit it around. The Gear Tie Dockable Twist Tie comes with a durable plastic mountable Dock that you can permanently screw into the wall. It works by taking the Gear Tie and securing it around your fishing rods or desired gear with one end, while attaching the other end of the Gear Tie to the Dock, which has a V-Shaped opening that securely grips the flexible Gear Tie at any point you attach it. Use the Gear Tie separate to help you organize in ways you couldn’t before.
Yeti- Hopper 20
Yeti Coolers is one of the top known names in the cooler industry and when needing to keep ice for days, it’s easy to see why so many people choose Yeti. New for 2015, Yeti is coming out with the Hopper 20, a smaller version of the Hopper 30, which filled the demand for many consumers. Where the Hopper 20 stands out most is in its smaller design, making it ideal for a trip to the golf course or tailgating. The Yeti Hopper is as tough as nails, leak-proof and holds ice for days. Yeti is staying true to their slogan, “wildly stronger keeps ice longer”. It has 1.5” thick foam on the bottom and 1” thick on the sides. The Hopper 20 is made of a high tenacity 840 denier nylon with double TPU coating that is waterproof and is resistant to puncture, abrasion and UV-Rays. It’s similar materials and overall construction is used for high performance whitewater rafts. The heavy-duty EVA bottom makes for an abrasion resistance that is very stable and has no problem standing upright on its own. The overall size is 13 ¾ inches tall, 21 ½ inches long and 10 ½ inches wide. The 4.6 gallon capacity used with the recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio will hold 12 cans, 49 creamsicles, a limit of rainbow trout or about 369 orange slices. Lightweight and easy to carry, the Yeti Hopper 20 is sure to be another favorite.
GSM Outdoors- Stealth Cam RX36
GSM Outdoors is a top company with some of the best products on the market. Stealth Cam is one of those products and this year they have done it again with the new RX36 Infrared Scouting Camera. For starters, RX36 by Stealth Cam has multiple settings and features to ensure your camera provides the quality and versatility needed. It’s quick, simple and easy to set up. The 3-in-1 technology allows video with audio, still photos and a time-lapse modes, letting you program your camera to take photos over a predetermined period of time. The resolution is fully adjustable between 8.0, 6.0, 4.0 and 2.0 Megapixel. It has an 80 ft. range with a sub 1-second trigger to ensure you never miss that once in a lifetime photo. The blur reduction technology provides a crisp picture and the rapid-fire burst mode will give you up to nine pictures per triggering. One of my favorite features is the overall compact size, measuring approximately 4 ½ inches tall and a little over 3 ½ inches wide. It’s perfect for throwing in your pack and venturing into the backcountry for a scouting trip. They’re completely re-engineered to optimize energy efficiency, resulting in longer batter life, so you don’t have to worry about a dead camera.
Remington- Express XP Tactical Air Rifle
Air guns have been around for decades and with recent advancements in technology, the latest air guns are more advanced and powerful than ever before. For many of us, our first introduction to shooting started with an air gun and provided a great way to learn safety and gain an overall respect for guns. Remington has developed a line of air guns that are perfect for learning the basics to hunting small vermin and squirrels. With multiple models to choose from, the Remington Express XP Tactical .177 Caliber Air Rifle with its sleek design and full length SPS style synthetic stock stands out. Powered by a spring piston with a break barrel action, this air rifle will deliver an alloy pellet 1,300 fps. The Express XP Tactical comes with many innovative features, including a sound suppressing muzzle device to reduce noise, a 9×32 scope, a two stage precision trigger, an auto-reset safety feature, plus a 19-inch accuracy-tuned barrel to give you unmatched precise shooting, shot after shot. If you’re looking at air guns this year, then make sure you check out the full line from Remington. They have been building guns for decades and know what it means to make a quality product you can count on.