New Bowhunting Gear 2011: Part 3

Our recent trip to the 2011 ATA Show in Indianapolis uncovered plenty of neat new innovation.

New Bowhunting Gear 2011: Part 3
vapor trail archery

Don't let that crazy stare fool you-VaporTrail President Jarrod Fondie, an award-winning pro shooter, is also one of the industry's most-talented gear designers, as evidenced by his company's unique and proven Limb Driver rest, and complete lineup of custom bowstrings and cables. Brand new for 2011 is the Limb Driver ProV rest, which uses the same limb-activated drop-away system as the original Limb Driver, but also offers a whole new launcher concept as well as full-capture security. A very cool rest. For more go to

hunter safety system

Hunter Safety System has always been a true leader in the field of treestand safety, and its 2011 offerings are no exception. A great example is the new HSS Ultra Lite X-Treme harness, which offers the same popular design as the proven Ultra Lite introduced in 2010, with some added features. David Langston of HSS shows off the new harness that adds a Realtree APG camouflage finish, and new built-in, adjustable bino/rangefinder straps conveniently located near the shoulder/chest area. Another change is that the loops for attaching a lineman's climbing strap have been moved closer to the front of the harness for easier use. See all the new HSS stuff at

cobra archery

Cobra's Ted McClendon shows off his company's newest release, the compact and very affordable Serpent (about $60), which is available in several models all bowhunters need to check out. The Serpent EZ-Adjust comes with a forward-mounted adjustable trigger (to increase draw and arrow speed) and either a leather or Realtree camo strap. The "thin tip" dual caliper jaw head rotates 360 degrees, ideal for use with string loops and short bows.

s4 gear chair

One of coolest new hunting chairs seen at the show is the Freestyle720 from accessories specialist S4 Gear. The Freestyle720, shown off here by Katherine Rice in a simulated ground blind scenario, offers a large footprint/tripod design with a very unique cantilevered seat that allows the hunter the silent mobility to efficiently and effectively traverse from blind window to window and make the shot-with proper form-from any angle while remaining in a seated position. This sweet design features 6061T6 aluminum and reinforced polymer construction, with full deployment in less than 20 seconds. An optional seat back is also available. Overall, some very smart "outside the box" thinking. For more go to

gorilla treestands

Who makes some of the very best fixed treestands in the biz? Bowhunting World readers say that the innovators at Gorilla are definitely doing it right. Here Bowhunting World's Jared Pfeifer (right) presents a Bowhunting World 2011 Readers' Choice award to Gorilla's Lennie Rezmer, at the Gorilla booth we found packed with dealers looking to check out the latest and greatest...innovation that included the new Pro Series King Kong Expedition HX Hang-On stand, and the Gorilla G-15 E.A.S. (Energy Absorbing System) treestand safety harness.

code blue scents

Smart odor-eliminating technology has come a long way in recent years. A prime example? The well-rounded EliminX lineup from scent specialist Code Blue, which features "next generation" technology for 2011: EliminX Silver-Zyme that contains nano silver particles combined with odor eliminator enzymes. Combine this cutting-edge technology with Code Blue's helpful 360-degree spray bottle (left), which produces a steady stream of spray when held at ANY angle (even upside down!), and you have one of the handiest bowhunting accessories around.

moultrie feeders

Moultrie Game Cameras have consistently been lauded for their cutting-edge features, but for 2011 they've kicked it up a notch. Here Moultrie's Beth Lauderdale shows off one of the company's new "mini cams," the Game Spy M-100 infrared camera that offers several cool features: Widescreen pictures and videos, a new Illumi-Night sensor, Plot Stalker time-lapse mode battery-life calculator, and up to one-year battery life-all in a unit smaller than your hand. The similar M-80 camera offers 5.0 Megapixels, while the M-100 delivers 6.0 megapixel resolution. Both models also record video with sound. Users can choose picture delays ranging from 15 seconds to 60 minutes. Moon phase, temperature, time, date, and camera ID are stamped on each picture. An SD card slot accepts up to a 32GB SD card.

badland packs

Bill Crawley of Badlands was all smiles after being presented a Bowhunting World 2011 Readers' Choice Award for Backpack/Fannypack. Another reason for Crawley's smile? The warm Show reception for Badlands' all-new line of performance camo clothing, a line the company is calling its Bio-Thermic System that features Base, Mid, and Outer layers-all designed to keep you dry, and work with your body's own ability to generate heat. Throw in legendary Badlands quality and dedicated customers will likely also be smiling.

prois clothing

This year's Show featured a serious influx of top-quality bowhunting gear designed for women, and nowhere was it more prominent than in the Prois Hunting Apparel booth...this lineup is women-only, top to bottom. Also at the booth, Prois CEO Kirstie Pike (with microphone) introduced the winner of the Prois Extreme Huntress contest, Angie Haas-Tennison (in blue plaid shirt) of Kalispell, Montana. An avid elk bowhunter, Haas-Tennison will be heading to the woods in 2011 with some of the latest Prois gear, including the new Pro-Edition Softshell line featuring Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo. Haas-Tennison's total prize package valued at $15,000 also includes a three-species hunt in New Zealand.

easton archery

Who makes the best hunting arrows around? Bowhunting World readers said their pick for 2011 in both the aluminum and carbon categories is arrow juggernaut Easton. Here Bowhunting World's Derrick Nawrocki presents Easton's Gary Cornum with the Readers' Choice awards, at the Easton booth we found packed with dealers checking out several new models that included the Full Metal Jacket with a new "N-Fused" carbon core for more power and deeper penetration, and the Full Metal Jacket Crossbow bolt, designed to work with a heavy brass insert that boosts kinetic energy and front-of-center balance.

g5 archery

The G5 Outdoors booth was buzzing throughout the show for plenty of reasons, which included its hot new Mag-Loc Halo magnetic quivers, its Quest line of bows led by the new REV bow, and its all-new Prime line of premium bows led by the new Centroid and Shift bows that make use of Parallel Cam Technology, which balances the load equally on each side of the cable, virtually eliminating cam lean. The result? Increased shot-to-shot consistency and better down range accuracy. A very neat design. Company President Louis Grace (center) also took time to accept a Bowhunting World 2011 Readers' Choice Award for Peep Sight, anchored with help from the distinctive blue G5 Meta Peep line. Presenting were Bowhunting World's Jared Pfeifer, left, and this reporter.;;

gateway feathers

Feather fletching specialist Gateway Feathers was on hand to show off its wide and colorful selection of proven, ultra-lightweight natural fletching, including its 2-inch Rayzrs...what Gateway is calling "The First Modern Feather For Modern Bowhunters," which come in a wide variety of colors including barred, solids, and Gateway's distinctive "Tre" camo colors. Also new is the company's G1 Glue, a "no-drip" formula that bonds in seconds. Here Bowhunting World's Jared Pfeifer (right) presents a Bowhunting World 2011 Readers' Choice award to Todd Vaaler (left) and company at the Gateway booth. Check'em out at

copper john sights

Are all target releases the same? Hardly. You'll find several neat new "custom tuning" concepts for 2011 in the well-respected Stanislawski (Stan) release line from Copper John, as well as several new CJ sights that demonstrate many of the same rugged, reliable, and affordable attributes bowhunters have come to expect from Copper John. Here CJ's Eric Springer talks Stan releases with an interested shop owner. Check out these smart lines at and


We're always excited to check out the new products from LimbSaver, which won a Bowhunting World 2011 Readers' Choice Award for its popular stabilizers. Here Bowhunting World's Mark Melotik (left) presents LimbSaver Founder Steve Sims with the award at the LimbSaver booth, shortly before checking out the company's many new 2011 products. Among them are the neat-looking Windjammer Stabilizer, which features a universal front-rear balancing system designed to rotate 360 degrees in either direction, for optimum balance tuning. More innovation comes in the 3.5-inch Mini X-Coil Stabilizer (weight is 3.5 ounces), and a complete, 7-piece Crossbow Silencing Kit. Check these out (and more) at

scent blocker clothing

Did we mention that gear aimed at women was an undeniable trend throughout the 2011 Show? We did, and here's more proof: The well-rounded, great-looking Sola line from ScentBlocker/Robinson Outdoors, some of which you see here shown off by a few members of the ScentBlocker/Sola booth team. From base layers to middle insulation to cutting-edge outerwear, this line offers the fit and features female bowhunters everywhere need to check out.


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