From broadheads to braziers, the 2010 Archery Trade Association show had something for every outdoor enthusiast. Here is just a small sample of the hundreds of new outdoor products introduced at the show.
G5 T3 expandable broadhead
Though G5 still makes the Tekan, the T3 is the industry leader's first attempt at making a three-blade expandable broadhead. It's 100 grains and delivers a 1.5-inch cut.
Unlike the Tekan, the T3 uses a metal spider clip instead of an O-ring to hold the expandable blades in place. MSRP: $40 per pack of three
For more information, call (866) 456-8836 or visit www.g5outdoors.com.
It took a wheelchair-bound hunter to finally design a chair that is tough enough to hunt without limits. Owner John Rackley makes custom chairs that come with a detachable blind, gun rack, skis and a fishing pole holder.
All of this comes in a chair that has gears and is propelled by two easy to push levers. Oversized tires roll over almost anything.
If that's not enough incentive, Rackley is offering a free Maine deer or bear hunt to anyone who buys one of his chairs. MSRP: $6995.
For more information, call (866) 964-9309 0r visit www.renegadewheelchairs.com.
Ultra Light Big Game Bags
Wilderness hunters know a great game bag is the difference between fresh and spoiled meat. A seasoned wilderness hunter designed these new bags and it shows.
Made from custom nylon, they are extremely light, thin and durable. And unlike standard cotton or canvas bags, these are much easier to clean. Full sets are available for any game animal and include a carry bag and game tags. MSRP: $70 to $100.
For more information, call (720) 984-3766 or visit www.biggamebags.com.
These are much more than just socks. Lorpen socks utilize a material that transforms foot odor into a smell-free compound.
They call it "STOP" technology, and say it doesn't just block odor like other socks. Instead, it transforms and totally eliminates all smell.
The socks are still 98% effective after 100 washes, and there are several different styles and weights to choose from. MSRP: $15 to $30 per pair.
For more information, call (888) 224-9781 or visit www.lorpen.com
LaPorte Bow Trap
For the archer not challenged enough by ground-hugging targets, Laporte created a machine that launches 10-inch foam discs into the air.
The thrower operates on a standard car battery and can be set to move up, down, left or right to keep the shooter guessing. It also comes with $500 worth of reusable targets. MSRP: $ 4995.
For more information, call (800) 335-trap or visit www.laporteamerica.com.
Outdoor DNA Phantom FG4 bow sight
This sight takes care of the nightmare of breaking a pin in the field. Phantom's pins are fully enclosed for protection, and are advertised as being the most visible pin in low light.
The sight is made of all anodized aluminum for durability and has etched windage and elevation markings. MSRP: $ 159.99.
For more information, visit www.outdoordna.com.
Sitka Gear Optifade Big Game/Forest
Sitka's science of looking like nothing to the wary eyes of wild game was applied in 2010 to clothing better suited to whitetail hunters.
Unlike previous Optifade clothes, this version has green in it and a new type of insulation. Under the Gore-Tex shell, a layer of high-quality down was applied to accommodate deer hunters, who are more likely to sit for long periods of time on a cold stand. MSRP: $469 for the bibs and $599 for the jacket.
For more information, call (877) Sitka-mg or visit www.sitkagear.com.
Tactical Archery System Hip Bone
This little accessory can make several hours on stand a lot more comfortable.
A ball attaches to the bow, with a mated socket attached to the hunter. Together, they hold the bow on the shooter's hip securely, but still allow easy removal.
It comes in a tactical black matte finish and is compatible with all bows. MSRP: $30.
For more information, call (877) 686-7226 or visit www.tacticalarcherysystems.com.
Badlands Sacrifice backpack
Badlands continues its tradition of cutting edge innovation in the backpack market with its new Sacrifice model.
This 3800 cubic inch wilderness hunting pack only weighs 3.8 pounds. Compare that to other similar sized packs made by their competitors that weigh three times as much.
Despite the ultra light design, the Sacrifice can still hold everything a wilderness hunter needs and even boasts a hypervent suspension system. MSRP: $ 269.
For more information, call (801) 978-2207 or see the new model released for the first time on facebook.
Illusion Quick Change turkey call
This turkey box call allows the user to vary the sound of the call by changing the paddle in the field. An easy to use slot on the paddles allows them to be removed and attached with no tools.
The call comes with a paddle made from canary wood and one made from yellow heartwood. Additional wood paddles are available for other sounds. MSRP: $59.99.
For more information, call (507) 281-0300 or visit www.illusionsystems.com.
IWOM Hunting Parka System
Few would dispute that a sleeping bag is the best way to stay warm in frigid weather. IWOM took that idea and adapted it for hunters in a way that keeps it safe, warm and versatile.
The wind and water resistant outer layer has a removable bottom section that allows the hunter to use the unit as a bag or rolled up like a jacket. MSRP: $ 299.
For more information visit www.iwomouterwear.com.
The makers of this new camouflage pattern searched for the logical evolution of traditional patterns away from pictures of sticks and leaves. When they ran across a toad in the woods and quickly lost track of it, they knew they had something.
This pattern mimics the skin of the wily toad and can be applied like any other camouflage pattern, to almost anything in the world. MSRP depends on the item it is covering.
For more information, call (865) 548-1283 or visit www.toadaflage.com.
EPEK XC-3 broadhead
The benefit of a mechanical broadhead versus a fixed blade broadhead is supposed to be the slim design of the former. EPEK has gotten back to making the only truly, totally enclosed mechanical.
Unlike other mechanicals, this broadhead is only as wide as a field point until it deploys. The makers say this makes it the most accurate broadhead on the market. MSRP: $ 40 per pack of three.
For more information, call (801) 694-9634 or visit www.epekhunting.com.
Tooth of the Arrow broadhead
This low profile, fixed blade broadhead is forged from a single, solid rod of low carbon steel. The steel is also heat treated for hardness and black oxide plated for use in the field.
The wolf model comes in either 100 or 125-grain versions. MSRP: $43 per pack of three.
For more information, call (651) 423-8899 or visit www.toothofthearrow.com.
These one-of-a-kind mannequins are designed to hold bows, guns and fishing rods. While not intended for use by hunters in the field, they are a hot item with stores that sell outdoor apparel.
Units come with or without prop weapons. MSRP: $500 to $700 each.
For more information, call (954) 781-4818 or visit mannequininternational.com.
Big Game Feeders
Big Game enters the fast growing hobby of feeding game with three new, well-made metal feeders. All steel construction and lots of accessories make these great tools for part-time recreational feeders and serious game managers alike.
Feeders can be equipped with solar chargers, remotes, digital timers and support systems. MSRP: Unavailable.
For more information, call (507) 831-4350 or visit www.biggametreestands.com.
Wilderness Dreams camouflage lingerie
With the explosion of women's camouflage outerwear, it was only a matter of time before someone made camouflage underwear.
Though they're not likely to hide from anyone while wearing camouflage lingerie, the makers of the apparel say women hunters are quite fond of their clothes. MSRP: $33 for the two-piece camisole and shorts.
For more information, call (320) 762-2816 or visit www.wildernessdreams.com.
XTimney Archery Trigger
Timney has been the premier manufacturer of replacement rifle triggers since 1946. This year, they applied that tradition to an archery trigger. The result is a smooth, comfortable release that is adjustable.
The jaws and trigger are constructed of heat-treated steel, housed in alloy and designed for a lifetime in the field. MSRP: $90.
For more information, call (866) 484-6639 or visit www.timneytriggers.com.
Hunter 2 Hunter Gut Wrench
Here's the easiest way to clean a game bird yet. Just insert the tool into a bird, twist one full turn and pull the guts out in one motion.
Four different sizes accommodate different sized birds, and all allow the user to make a once messy job a breeze. They can be purchased individually or in a set. MSRP: $ 15 to $20.
For more information, visit www.gutwrenchhunting.com.
Bohning Youth bow case
Famous for their vanes, arrow wraps, nocks and quivers, Bohning entered the bow case market this year with a soft-sided youth bow case.
With the growth of the National Archery in the Schools program nationwide, there was a growing need for an inexpensive case made just for kids. MSRP: $35.
For more information, call (231) 229-4247 or visit www.bohning.com.