By Chad Love
Here's a look at SportDOG's new 1875 Upland Hunter e-collar, which is a really nifty and well-designed piece of gear intended primarily for (as the name and bright orange color implies) the bird-hunting crowd. I haven't had a chance to actually use the 1875 in the field yet, because my receiving it last week just happened to coincide with the hottest and most miserable stretch of weather to hit so far this summer, so I haven't even been running the dogs in the early morning.
I have, however, been playing around with it some, and while I'll do a follow-up when I actually get a chance to use it, here are my initial impressions.
What's in the box: Transmitter, one collar, one remote beeper, battery charger, extra collar prongs for heavy fur, owner's manual, SportDOG "basic training" manual and DVD, belt clip and lanyard for the transmitter, and it's all encased in what is--I swear--the toughest, most entry-resistant, curse-inducing plastic packaging I've ever encountered. But when, two hours and three pairs of dulled scissors later, you finally get the plastic cut away, what greets you is one nice product.