Nite Ize's CamJam
Posted on June 4, 2013 by

CamJam by Nite Ize

Nite Ize may be more well-known for their flashlight and LED accessories, but they also produce a variety of innovative outdoor gear that’s sure to fill the void in any adventurer’s kit. One such product is the CamJam, a custom carabiner that locks securely in place and can be tightened by pulling the cord rigged through the back and held in place by a spring-loaded cam.

Nite Ize's CamJam

Having been stuck in my fair share of rainstorms while camping I can tell you that getting a tarp up when you need it most is not always an easy task. The CamJams they looked like an ideal solution and with an upcoming trip to Algonquin Park with rain in the forecast I knew it would provide the perfect opportunity to test them.

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XTRATUF Boots
Posted on March 4, 2013 by

XTRATUF II Boots

The XTRATUF II are 100% waterproof neoprene boots, 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. While they aren’t pretty, they come from a brand with a serious reputation among commercial fisherman, and some street credibility in Alaska and the pacific northwest where they’re known as the “Alaskan Tennis Shoe”. I’ve tested these boots for over a month now, but yesterday was my first opportunity to test them on some winter fishing.

XTRATUF Boots

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Wave Spin Reel - RIG IT!
Posted on March 4, 2013 by

WaveSpin Reel

As a man whose fishing game is so often crippled and hilarified* by severely nasty tangles and bird’s nests, when I first read about the WaveSpin reel, despite my reservations, I was hopeful that this reel might mean the end of those dark days. The reel features a unique spool design that resembles a saw blade. Although one might think that this feature is added for bad-ass stylistic purposes, it is actually the mechanism that prevents tangles. By forcing loose loops of line into the grooves and out-of-the-way of outgoing line on a cast the loops are eventually pulled out in the proper order. The “teeth” also reduce the friction on your line allowing for smoother and longer casts.

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Big Smallie Tackle - High Quality Handmade Hair Jigs
Posted on March 3, 2013 by

Big Smallie Tackle Hair Jigs

The hair jig comes with a legendary reputation for catching fish. Some might consider them “old school” and pass them in stores without a second glance, while others know them as a veteran’s tool for cold water fishing. If these underrated lures are missing from your tackle box you’re probably missing out on fishing opportunities. Big Smallie Tackle Hair Jigs are handcrafted lures by Ryan Lampe, and they look fantastic.

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