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Old 07-26-2018, 12:02 PM   #151
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Ooooooh!!!! I want a pair of the B2's pretty badly! Did you get a tripod to mount those on?
Yes I got the tripod mount. I have a set of 9x45 B2s currently and they are really nice.. I had Razor Hds before that and the Mavens are in a different class.. They are much better glass..
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:28 PM   #152
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I may or may not have had a few beers tonight and ordered these bad boys

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I am jealous. I want to jump on the Maven train in a bad way, but its just not in the budget for this year.
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:45 PM   #153
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Iíve be really happy with the Sitka Camo I bought. BUT... thinking seriously about switching to Kuiu.


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Old 07-26-2018, 05:08 PM   #154
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I wouldn't switch if you are already covered, there really isn't anything to gain from the switch.
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I am jealous. I want to jump on the Maven train in a bad way, but its just not in the budget for this year.


They are great glass and I get a really good deal on them so I decided I need to take advantage of it.


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They are great glass and I get a really good deal on them so I decided I need to take advantage of it.


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Yeah, a friend of a friend had some at the range the other day. I was impressed.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:22 PM   #157
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I wouldn't switch if you are already covered, there really isn't anything to gain from the switch.


Thatís good to know. I like the Sitka camo pattern better anyway. I noticed a lot of guides in Alaska and folks that work/live in the outdoors wear a lot of Kuiu. Just google Alaska hunting guides and look at all the pics. Most of them are in Kuiu. My guide in Alaska swore that itís better than Sitka so it had me thinking. Iím not outdoors enough to really make a difference probably.


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Thatís good to know. I like the Sitka camo pattern better anyway. I noticed a lot of guides in Alaska and folks that work/live in the outdoors wear a lot of Kuiu. Just google Alaska hunting guides and look at all the pics. Most of them are in Kuiu. My guide in Alaska swore that itís better than Sitka so it had me thinking. Iím not outdoors enough to really make a difference probably.


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Performance is same. Kuiu is cheaper but Sitka is more consistent with fit and quality IMO. Have some of both
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Performance is same. Kuiu is cheaper but Sitka is more consistent with fit and quality IMO. Have some of both


Thatís what I needed to know. Thanks!


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No. I was there three weeks ago scouting (Gunnison that is). I had a black bear ~250 lbs, within 75 yards of me. I ran him off just by making him aware of my presence.



Carry bear spray if you are worried, but my opinion is it's just extra weight. I definitely wouldn't carry a pistol if you are trying to be "ultralight".


Never felt the need to carry in black bear country. I have encountered them several times and as stated above if they are aware of your presence they will usually run off. I always hang my food away from camp and keep it clean. Carrying in Grizzly country is probably a different story
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:06 PM   #161
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So after some more research and after reading this article.

https://www.gohunt.com/read/skills/a...glassing-setup


I decided to change my maven order to a set of 12x56.


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Old 07-27-2018, 08:59 PM   #162
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So after some more research and after reading this article.

https://www.gohunt.com/read/skills/a...glassing-setup


I decided to change my maven order to a set of 12x56.


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I would of stuck with 15xís. The best rifle bino in my opinion, I keep hoping Lecia will expand the geo HD line to 15x, probably be the last bino I ever buy

I also have the 11x42 b2 and my wife was 10x42 c2ís.
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I would of stuck with 15xís. The best rifle bino in my opinion, I keep hoping Lecia will expand the geo HD line to 15x, probably be the last bino I ever buy



I also have the 11x42 b2 and my wife was 10x42 c2ís.


Lol I donít own a rifle with a scope so I donít need a rifle Bino haha


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Old 07-27-2018, 09:32 PM   #164
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I should of said all around from STX to Highplains to Northern Idaho.


I run 11x with the peg tripod mount and like them, but when the guy w/15ís next to you says can you see that back forks on that buck...holy... and you reply no but his frame looks decent.... kind of defeating.

I only bring binoís on Deer and pronghorn hunts. I got a call for elk
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I should of said all around from STX to Highplains to Northern Idaho.





I run 11x with the peg tripod mount and like them, but when the guy w/15ís next to you says can you see that back forks on that buck...holy... and you reply no but his frame looks decent.... kind of defeating.



I only bring binoís on Deer and pronghorn hunts. I got a call for elk


I got ya. Iím gonna buy a spotter around Christmas. Basically Iíll either run my 9x45 and a spotter or my 12x56 and a spotter


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Old 07-27-2018, 10:07 PM   #166
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I got ya. Iím gonna buy a spotter around Christmas. Basically Iíll either run my 9x45 and a spotter or my 12x56 and a spotter


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My spotter seldom ever leaves truck now. With that said if they ever make an image stabilizer one that you can keep truck and ac running, Iím in.
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:37 PM   #167
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New Marsupial bino/GPS/rangefinder harness came in this week. Also trying a few different brands of food to see what the buzz is all about. Really impressed with the portion size of the Hawk Vittles. The Sweet Italian Peppers meal is over 800 calories


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Old 07-27-2018, 10:42 PM   #168
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New Marsupial bino/GPS/rangefinder harness came in this week. Also trying a few different brands of food to see what the buzz is all about. Really impressed with the portion size of the Hawk Vittles. The Sweet Italian Peppers meal is over 800 calories







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Old 07-28-2018, 09:21 AM   #169
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New Marsupial bino/GPS/rangefinder harness came in this week. Also trying a few different brands of food to see what the buzz is all about. Really impressed with the portion size of the Hawk Vittles. The Sweet Italian Peppers meal is over 800 calories


The Cowboy pasta is really good also. Allow yourself a little more time on dehydrated food. Takes longer to rehydrate compared to freeze dried but itís much better tasting in my opinion
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Old 07-28-2018, 01:15 PM   #170
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Whatís is everyoneís thoughts on the tenzing packs?
I run a Tenzing TZ 5000 and it works great. Not sure they make that size anymore but the quality is good and they come with Hip pockets, Weapons carrier and rain cover. Lot's of pockets and chambers for keeping gear organized. Expandable and collapsable it has always done what I need it to do.

Hard to beat for the money but the extra cash buys you less weight.
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Old 07-28-2018, 06:22 PM   #171
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:07 PM   #172
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I have a tenzing I bought it after I talked to some guides in Arizona that used it. Guys on solo hunter used it as well. I guess until you haul something out 5 miles you don't really know.

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Old 07-29-2018, 11:48 AM   #173
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Has anyone had their vehicles broken into and gear stolen while they're out on backcountry hunts? It seems like most people just leave their trucks parked on the side of the roads while they're out for days at a time. I'm concerned about leaving a nice cooler and extra gear in there.
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:45 PM   #174
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FYI Camofire has all of there Black Ovis merino wool clothes on sale super cheap today.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:14 AM   #175
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No, Iíve never had a problem on any hunt. Most everyone is out there hanging out and enjoying themselves. Happy people arenít usually A-holes like city people. With that said, lock up anything you are super worried about.


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Old 07-30-2018, 10:15 AM   #176
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I've left a note on my window saying there are Gatorades and water in the ice chest in the back, if you're thirsty please take one just keep the ice chest closed. I've come back to the trailhead with 3 or 4 notes under my wiper saying how nice of a gesture that was and one guy left a number to discuss hunting the area. Turns out he's a great guy and tears Arizona a new one on a yearly basis. Most people are good
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I've left a note on my window saying there are Gatorades and water in the ice chest in the back, if you're thirsty please take one just keep the ice chest closed. I've come back to the trailhead with 3 or 4 notes under my wiper saying how nice of a gesture that was and one guy left a number to discuss hunting the area. Turns out he's a great guy and tears Arizona a new one on a yearly basis. Most people are good
That's a dang fine idea.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:26 PM   #178
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Has anyone had their vehicles broken into and gear stolen while they're out on backcountry hunts? It seems like most people just leave their trucks parked on the side of the roads while they're out for days at a time. I'm concerned about leaving a nice cooler and extra gear in there.

I've always been a litle worried about leaving a bunch of gear at the trailhead in a truck with Texas plates. But I think Trevor is probably right. Most people coming off the trail are too pumped and or tired to mess with your stuff.

I cable lock my yeti to the truck though just in case.
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10 days until sheep. Practicing packing has began. Will update later with it compressed and then in the pack
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What sleeping bag is that? I'm shopping down bags now. Chickened out of the quilt idea and I want at least a 15 degree bag but still want it to compress.
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What sleeping bag is that? I'm shopping down bags now. Chickened out of the quilt idea and I want at least a 15 degree bag but still want it to compress.
Big Agnes has a light/affordable 15* bag. I went with the REI Lumen 20 and a Nemo Tensor Insulated bag (40oz for the bag). The Hammock Gear quilts have already caught my attention for next year..


Just ordered my Aqua Quest tarp. 17.5oz and 10’x7’. Thoughts or experience?

I decided I won’t be bringing my tripod as it’s too much weight (2.2lbs) and I don’t think I’ll need/use it enough. If I drop my rain gear (pending the forecast) and my extra shirt, I’ll be at 28.5lbs(bow included) before water/food. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but I should still be under 30lbs. Trekking poles and food are the last things to buy on my list.

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From my experience of 30 years of buying the wrong stuff this is what I have found to work in the back country. 1st I don't shop on "hunting" web-sites, go to the backpacking web-sites because when it comes to walking in the mountains for days at a time the backpackers know what they are doing. 2nd weight is everything, I when from a 6 lb hunting pack to a 3 lb backpackers pack, from a 3.5 lb (20į) sleeping bag to a 18 oz (20į) sleeping bag. 3rd Hiking boots not hunting boots and I wouldn't go with the really stiff ones unless you have about 2 years to break them in. 4th If you don't 100% need it don't take it, I've burned a lot of things on a mountain so I wouldn't have to carry them any longer. LOL
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Compressed in dry bags and then the pack loaded. The stuff on the right will be worn in. All in at 35lb without food. Was shooting to stay under 60lb and should do that pretty easy

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Old 08-05-2018, 06:51 PM   #185
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Are you just rolling with the therma rest foam pad?
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:03 PM   #186
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Are you just rolling with the therma rest foam pad?
Yea. Not a fan of inflatable. Too easy to have them leak. This may not be as good but itís better than a flat inflatable
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:14 PM   #187
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Anyone use a rain cover on their Exo 5500? I'm looking at getting a kuiu but want to make sure a large will fit.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:41 PM   #188
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Kill the camp Crocs and go to Walmart and buy a $.98 pair of flip-flops . It’ll cut probably 10 ounces or more .
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Consider Palatypus collapsible water bags for water storage and a Smart Water bottle for drinking. your water (the tops on Smart Water bottles are nice). You would shave a few ounces here as well.
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Kill the camp Crocs and go to Walmart and buy a $.98 pair of flip-flops . Itíll cut probably 10 ounces or more .
The reason for crocs is to double for camp and stream crossing. I thought about it and wouldnít want to blow out a flip flop in moving water and just have boots left.
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Consider Palatypus collapsible water bags for water storage and a Smart Water bottle for drinking. your water (the tops on Smart Water bottles are nice). You would shave a few ounces here as well.
Have collapsible for storage and nalgene to carry
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The reason for crocs is to double for camp and stream crossing. I thought about it and wouldnít want to blow out a flip flop in moving water and just have boots left.
Unfortunately, I have experience with this. The flip flops WILL blow out in a stream crossing. They make great camp shoes for a thru-hiker, but the thong pulls out in a light breeze. The Crocs are EXTREMELY slippery in the water. I'm not talking about the bottom of the shoe slipping about on rocks, I mean your feet slips inside the shoe. Decent recipe for an ankle injury. If you're gunna rock the crocs...undersize a bit to make sure your foot stays in place.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:58 PM   #193
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The reason for crocs is to double for camp and stream crossing. I thought about it and wouldnít want to blow out a flip flop in moving water and just have boots left.
Makes sense... the 98 centers are not good for anything but letting your feet air out before you go to bed . Not reliable if you are crossing streams.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:59 PM   #194
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Cool, those water bags are nice, But you donít want to be drinking out of them unless you had a Sawyer attached.
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Makes sense... the 98 centers are not good for anything but letting your feet air out before you go to bed . Not reliable if you are crossing streams.
Iíd definitely be using the flip flops for elk or something else in the lower 48. I wasnít wanting to the extra weight but figured it was a good idea
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Unfortunately, I have experience with this. The flip flops WILL blow out in a stream crossing. They make great camp shoes for a thru-hiker, but the thong pulls out in a light breeze. The Crocs are EXTREMELY slippery in the water. I'm not talking about the bottom of the shoe slipping about on rocks, I mean your feet slips inside the shoe. Decent recipe for an ankle injury. If you're gunna rock the crocs...undersize a bit to make sure your foot stays in place.
Nice and snug with the strap
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:04 AM   #197
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Consider Palatypus collapsible water bags for water storage and a Smart Water bottle for drinking. your water (the tops on Smart Water bottles are nice). You would shave a few ounces here as well.
Second on the Smart Water bottles. I love my Nalgene(s), but I now refer to it as the outdoorsman's timeline. It's a great place to put your hard-earned stickers from trips and take to work, but they are very heavy and (oddly enough) won't survive a drop onto rocks as well as a Smart Water bottle.
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Iíd definitely be using the flip flops for elk or something else in the lower 48. I wasnít wanting to the extra weight but figured it was a good idea
Makes sense.
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Second on the Smart Water bottles. I love my Nalgene(s), but I now refer to it as the outdoorsman's timeline. It's a great place to put your hard-earned stickers from trips and take to work, but they are very heavy and (oddly enough) won't survive a drop onto rocks as well as a Smart Water bottle.
Itís funny... on AT many people spend crazy money on light weight gear but at the end of the day everybody drinks out of smart water bottles . The nice thing on a long hike like that is once it starts to look cruddy you just throw it away and buy a new one. Sawyers fit on Smart bottles as well.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:21 AM   #200
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JT what area of new zealand? I have a friend who's full time in Australia last 7 years or so and his wife is a kiwi. He hunts new Zealand a few times a year and knows a couple areas really well. Has alot of success
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