Reviews

Where the Yellowstone Goes
Posted on January 14, 2013 by

Where the Yellowstone Goes

Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest “undammed” river in the lower 48. Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River, illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed leading to questions about its future. Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and experience silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure.

I received a copy of the DVD and soundtrack in the mail last week and have a full review planned for you this week. If you’d rather not wait until then you can buy the DVD and the soundtrack from the official site, or buy it on iTunes and start watching now!

XTRATUF Boots
Posted on January 10, 2013 by

XTRATUF II Boots – First Impressions

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that will take you through winter in style, or if the word ‘fashion’ appears anywhere on your radar, be ready to look away. However if you’re looking for a pair of boots that will take you through a career in commercial fishing, or across some mucky terrain to your favorite river bend year after year, then look no further.

The XTRATUF II boots are the next generation of the original XTRATUF boot designed in the 1960’s, and there’s a very good reason they’ve only made one revision in over 50 years. These boots have serious reputation among commercial fishermen of the pacific northwest and the people of Alaska, who call them the “Alaskan Tennis Shoe”.

XTRATUF Boots

The XTRATUF II are seamless neoprene boots that are 100% waterproof, paired with a slip resistant sole and added stabilizers to support your feet and ankles. They retail for about $100-$120 USD and are available in men’s and women’s sizes.

XTRATUF BootsXTRATUF Boots

Over the past week I’ve worn my XTRATUF boots more than my everyday boots. We got several inches of snowfall in only a few days and I spent several hours outside shovelling. I also wear these boots to walk my dog Pilot, which means running up and down snow-covered hills until I’m ready to pass out. The boots are very well insulated and keep my feet warm the entire time I’m outdoors. The soles are nice and certainly feel quite slip resistant in my experience. I’m not ready to lay down a verdict on them just yet, so stay tuned for a full review.

Tackle Grab
Posted on January 8, 2013 by

Tackle Grab – The Baits Fish Want. The Baits You Need.

Tackle Grab is a subscription service that uses a profile created by you to build a custom box of hand-picked baits that’s delivered to your door. In fact, right now you can get your first month subscription for 5 bucks! That’s quite a deal when you consider how expensive lures are these days. Heck, that’s an amazing deal when you consider how expensive fishing magazines are, and this is a box full of real lures!

Tackle Grab

To top it all off our good friend Andrew Dayman received a gift subscription for Christmas from his admittedly awesome fiancé, and will be sending us reports on what he gets every month. You can read his report from the first package below, and when you’re done why not follow him on twitter.

I received my first package from Tackle Grab the other night. The subscription was a gift from my (awesome) fiancé. She got it on Black Friday when they were having a 50% off sale. The 12 month subscription cost $104.31 after taxes & exchange rate (or about $8.70 a month)

The package contained:
(4) 5.25″ stick baits from Hot Seat Custom Baits
(5) 5″ flukes from Hawg Wild Lure Co.
(5) 4″ tubes from Hawg Wild Lure Co.
(1) “Minnow-110” bass wood crankbait from AR custom baits

Tackle Grab- Photos courtesy of Andrew Dayman (@CanadianDayman) Tackle Grab- Photos courtesy of Andrew Dayman (@CanadianDayman)

The quality of all the products seem decent & the hooks on the crankbait are sharp. Tackle Grab sends you different things depending on how you fill out your angling profile and I think they did a pretty good job. These are baits I’d use for the species I fish for.

Overall, I’m happy with what I got for my $8.70 this month, but I don’t know I would be if I had paid the full subscription price.

UPDATE: After finding pricing on the AR crankbait ($21+tax) I realized that I had undervalued the box tackle grab sent me. It’s a great deal, I’m very happy with my shipment and would highly recommend tackle grab.

Thanks for the report Andrew! We look forward to seeing what you get in your next delivery.

CGear - Sand-Free Multimat
Posted on December 20, 2012 by

CGear Sand-Free Multimat Reviewed!

Cleaning sand and grit out of your car, RV, or boat is a tiresome and endless task. So anytime you can prevent it from ever getting into your vehicle you’ve done yourself a huge favor. One such device that can help you prevent tracking sand and small particles with you is the Sand-Free multimat. The mat works to minimizes sand, dirt, and other small particles thanks to its unique dual layer weave. The top weave is a simple pattern allowing the particles to fall through, while the under-layer is a more intricate weave with tight groupings of knots designed to prevent sand and other particles from coming back up through the mat.

Continue reading our review of the CGear Sand-Free Multimat

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