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Field & Stream Picks the Best New Hunting Gear of 2011

Field & Stream Picks the Best New Hunting Gear of 2011

Best New Bow: Hoyt Carbon Element

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from USCG_Honor_Guard wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I know I have made this comment before but I think it is worth saying again...F&S- when are going to provide insight on gear for those of us on a budget? It is starting to feel like the magazine and the .com have become one big commercial.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I would agree that these things are very expensive and most people cannot afford them but there is a reason they cost so much, they are the best of the best and you get what you pay for.

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

How do you guys figure that most folks can't afford these? Obviously, someone is buying this stuff or these places wouldn't manufacture these items. I didn't find any products reviewed that were obscene for what you get. Sure, a $10,000 ATV is alot of money but for a 750cc; thats what you are going to pay. The name of the article wasn't "What is the cheapest made in china crap can you buy"; its the best of the best and like all good things you have to pay for premium. If the authors only discussed the cheapest crap products we'd be complaining as to why every rifle or shotgun review is a Mossberg.

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from Hil wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Is that a typo or is the Columbia jacket really more expensive than my mortgage payment?

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Ya 80% is overpriced, but if you're about to drop 10-15,000 on the hunt of a lifetime to lets say Alaska (no that's not rounded up look at non-resident moose hunts. Call me crazy that Im not going to top my rifle with a 60 dollar Tasco scope, or take along a piece of crap spotting scope. I wish I could afford that Carbon Element, but I cant, but i still like reading about it.

p.s. Jay, I have a Mossberg 500 that I got when I was 12, that still shoots like a dream! But I agree with you on the other stuff

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from vehicle wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have a problem with "driving atv's for hundreds of miles" to be tested, then you "test" a rifle by firing a total of 9 shots with three diff types of ammo, and looking it over?
I am glad you posted how you test because I am going to have to rethink how i feel about your gun tests.

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@Wes. I know the Mossberg statement will draw some dings. Substitute Mossberg with Tasco, Simmons, Rocky Boots, etc.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I cannot fathom a $10,000 quad with a PLASTIC bumper. I'd destroy it in less than an hour. The safety harness looks like a nice one, but seriously, silver and gold?? Who picked the color-scheme, the Kardashians?

I fully understand the "you get what you pay for" theory. I don't have a problem with the price tags on most of this gear, even though I cannot afford most of it. If its the best, then so be it. What I do take issue with is the Columbia heated coat. $1200?? Come on! Thats not "getting what you pay for" that sir is absurd. I would love to hear the testing methods used to rate that coat the "best".

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from coachsjike wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

hunting in this country is becoming a rich man,s sport. private property to hunt on because very little public game land left, rifles and shotguns priced at $1000 or more, expensive ammo to go with it and over priced knives to gut your game if you are lucky enough to get one. did i mention the price to hunt now for a license has more than doubled! the economy sucks, people are lucky enough to be working, when are some of these companies gonna start producing products that a middle class person could afford?

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from mzpsu08 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

"It's not the arrow, it's the indian." Thats what I was told when I was a kid shooting a free hand-me-down bow. It doesn't matter what the bow cost, if you can't shoot it properly.
I personally love to see the new technology that comes out every year but that doesn't mean I'm willing to pay that much for it.

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from RGJZ06 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have a Columbia hunting coat just like the expensive heated one. The coat on it's own is outstanding and well worth what I paid for it, (under 300 bucks). If has a printer silver lined inter coat that will keep you very warm in cold weather, (December Ohio Deer hunting in this case). I wish Columbia would price this new coat closer to what the "little Guy" could afford. They have limited the dealers that handle it so not much reason to discount it. There is not doubt it is a great product but out of most peoples price range and that's a shame. Not every hunter can drop that kind of money.

RGJZ06

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from aferraro wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

F & S does a decent job of including "best buys" and moderately priced gear. Their customers are advertisers- that's how they stay in business, so let the buyer beware. If you fall the must have "ground breaking technology" that comes out every single year it's your own fault. I bet you we'd all benefit more from a few hours of range practice than 95% of the new innovations. I'll probably never buy a $2000 crossbow or a $1200 coat, but apparently someone does. How exactly does an inaccurate $600 1911 knock off in 22 lr with a really heavy trigger make a best of list??

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from rm_kelly wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have to agree with USCG_honor_guard on this one. the reviews of the "best" are fine occasionally, but not all the time. I cannot afford that stuff regardless of how good it is. I need reviews on the moderately priced "work horses" that get the job done. My guess is the majority of readers of this mag. are middle class and can't afford that stuff, so stop catering to the rich and give us poor slobs something we can use. Remember if the masses stop buying your mag. because they feel it is not relevant to them you are out of a job and don't expect that hand full of rich readers and advertisers to bail you out.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I bet I don't have $1200 in all my camos combined, much less one coat.

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from countryboyhunter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

To jay, I have a pair of rocky boots and they are the most comfortable, best fitting boots I have ever owned.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Ya Jay I have to hit you again, I have an old Simmons 3x9x32 that has been fantastic for many years, and never failed me or my 30-30 yet.
And I had a pair of Rocky's that were awesome, I don't know about now though, can't comment on them as I own wolverine's now.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

lol.....oh well you cant win em all

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The backtrack will be on my Christmas list.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Holly sticker shock Batman.

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@wes. I used to wear Rocky's all the time. The last pair I bought about 2 years are the most uncomfortable, low quality boot I have ever owned. I'm not alone in complaints, the new boots are POS.

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from Happ Mcmurter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

i have a tasco scope....rocky boots...a mossberg shot gun...and a lee enfield 303....i would bet my venision tastes as good as anybodys does....buy what ever you can afford to get in the field...thier arent any fashion judges scoring your deer...just the guys in camp

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from Zinkcalls 87 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

im just wondering if i could use that blind side with my pattern master

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

NEhtr18,Best of the best...uh Sir! Its so new and undertested. How many will be sent back to the manufacture, we won't know. I don't rush out to test other folks stuff when comma's start entering the equation. Used Bear recurve, 50.00 saved 1150.00, I walk, saved >9000.00, Buck 110 left in car by hitch-hiker free, saved 150.00, Browning K-roo boots 70.00, saved 180.00, Backpack @30.00 a new hand me down from my son every year, saved 120.00 this year, Layering & portable blind @ 300.00, saved 900.00, used WbyMKV300lefty, 400.00, saved @ 800.00, used H&R Singleshot 12ga3" 50.00, saved 1500.00 ect. these are just some well tested items, over 16000.00 in savings and thats just a fraction of the items. If we don't keep as much of our money on our own hip it will certainly end up on someone else's and if it ain't on my hip I can't live. Some of my stuff is name brand but it really came from a field test. The reason they cost so much is how rapidly people slam there money on the counter... Shop like your momma was a turtle & your daddy was an owl...slow & wise never rushed to break the bank. Like the man said,"you'll have to get that 'cause all I got are hundreds". Oh yeah ! Go Happ !

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I didn't realize so many poverty stricken individuals had computers,,,,

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Although, the Columbia coat is a little over the top, ah hell, it's ridiculous!!

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from habben97 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

the remington versa max is insanely priced. no one needs a $1,300 shotgun. one for 500 bucks would do just fine, such as the remington 870.

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from habben97 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

one thousand dollar binocs? holy mackerel! you could buy a rifle, scope, and a box of bullets for that!
insane.

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from F150Green wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

First, it's called "BEST OF THE BEST."

Second, they offer plenty of the value based reviews in their regular issues (i.e. non-BEST).

Third, WOW! You guys are babies!

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from ethan_3 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

wonder what mossy oak or realtree thinks of pic 2

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I am making my wish list maybe if I am real good. I will get some of these nifty hunting gear.

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from keeb wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Not sure how the Versa Max got best shotgun with a recall on the hammer......

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from keeb wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

$1200 Electric Coat + duck hunting in Arkansas = disaster.

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

man, ya'll some cheapo's! Haha, it's an article and the huntin folks in the USA have the best gear anywhere. If ya'll don't like the article and F$S reviews why do you read every one of 'em? I see the same names on every review with the same negative comments:) like a bunch o women naggin at church about betty lou's new dress and hairdo!
Ya'll are a hard crowd to please for sure. I thought it was cool to see a bunch of crap I'll never own, except for the GPS. And if I ever get all my kids out the darn house I'd buy that UTV too. That thing is badass!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with RES1956. Seems like some should hock their computers and get a day job instead of posting on the blog if they can't afford good gear. The title was Best of the Best, not Best of Bargain Basement. Get a grip!

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from vehicle wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

To anyone who might be reading these posts for the first time, let me say.... I am sorry for some of my fellows that post.We all are not like this.
I dont believe that F&S expect any of us to "toe the company line". I do believe they are looking for honest feedback, which some have given.
Others want to make fun of other people posts. To them I say......... Please be adult enough to take eslewhere. There are alot of people who look at these posts.
To put it bluntly, You are making us all look bad. While we can disagree, there is a fine line between taking a playful jab at someone and being insulting.

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from KervinHilpipre wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

idk why everyone is complaining about this. im 23 years old, my gf just had our daughter, pay all my own bills, and yet i still can save up and buy this bow. i dont have enough saved yet but within the next two months i should be able to afford it. no i cant just go out and buy it, i have to save for quite awhile, if i didnt then it wouldnt be the best. yes i do agree they should have a " best bow for the money" which i know this isnt it but thats not what the title says. i just dont think all this complaining is really necessary. if you really wanna know which bows are best at a descent cost look up some reviews on youtube and google and then go out and try them for yourselves. honestly in my mind dropping a thousand on a bare bow is absolutely nuts but i figure im only gonna do it once and i wanna do it right, i want a bow thats gonna last and im not gonna have to worry about it. in my opinion for most you could save up for 6 or 7 months and be able to afford this bow. thats all i got. hope i dont affend anyone. just statn my mind

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from SharpDog wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I looked at the Hoyt and Mathews bows and ended up getting a Martin instead. Martin has all of the features and quality without the extra expense of the name IMHO. Not cheap china merchandise as a previous poster has alluded to but made in the USA as is, I believe, Bowtech / Diamond, Darton, Maitland, Quest, Elite and several other makers.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1301572

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from Walter Talley wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Rocky boots dont hold up. Had a pair blow out on me in Dec will 2 miles in swamp. Will near buy another pair.

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from countryboyhunter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Maybe my boots are just a rare case. 2 years old and still going strong, and I am perty rough on a pair of boots.

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from beavertronic wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I know everyone gets all jacked up about the cost of things on these lists but it is still nice to look at all of the new gear. Just like going to Cabelas, Bass Pro, Gander Mt, etc. and not buying anything. It is still nice to just look.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I like most of the gear on the list. And I'll admit most is out of my price range. But, I saw the X Stand treestand at a deer expo this summer. That thing appears to be worth every penny. Talk about the perfect lightweight bowhunting stand. I am stashing a little cash back right now where I can justify buying another climber.

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from Michael Lindley wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I just renewed a 3 year subscription with both Outdoor Life and Field & Stream for $20 each. That comes to $0.56 per issue, delivered. (WOW.) Soooo, given that little bit of math, I had to laugh when I read one of the comments above which reads, "Remember if the masses stop buying your mag. because they feel it is not relevant to them you are out of a job and don't expect that hand full of rich readers and advertisers to bail you out." With regards to the latter, I think it's pretty clear that we've already been bought out. I am not dumb enough to believe that my whopping $0.56 per issue is enough to pay for printing those shiny pages plus delivery. It may be a lot of advertising, but I still enjoy the occasional good article that doesn't promote an product, but rather just tells a good story or teaches us a lesson about the outdoors. That is still the point, errr, I hope?

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from ZCORR wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

It's cool to see what their best of the best list was despite I couldn't afford much of it. Just be patient and wait for some of the items to go on clearance... except that $1200 jacket.

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from Mike Schuster wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

The entire direction of this debate turned into almost political discussion.
If you think that hunting gear is expensive, then - do not buy it. Market will correct itself and manufacturers will produce cheap stuff. Not necessarily good one but cheap. Science is expensive. There are plenty of cheap products. How you expect F &S survive? I am almost sure that you guys complaining of expensive products do not buy subscription. How you manage smoking, eating out and continue to complain? Common, be honest at least with yourself.
Our American products are still very best and our hunting is outstanding compared to anywhere on this planet. I guess it could be better but we should make it better.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

holy dollar signs!! this stuff is expensive. looks like i need to keep going to engineering school to afford it all. haha, i'm sure it's great stuff

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from hunter007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

very nice bow little expensive though.

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from Chris Cowan wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Sounds like F&S would do well to have both a 'Best of the Best' and a 'Bang for the Buck' feature. In these times there are plenty of people who can't spend top dollar, but still need quality gear. as for Mossbergs....there's no reason for those whatsoever. Buy a WalMart 870 and have a decent, if unrefined and plain jane gun.

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

you do get what you pay for. I would rather have really well made long lasting gear than gucci garbage while i am hunting or fishing

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from Christopher Trout wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

R u kidding me 300 bucks. i got one similar to that for half the price.

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from Christopher Trout wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

R u kidding me 300 bucks. i got one similar to that for half the price.

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from USCG_Honor_Guard wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I know I have made this comment before but I think it is worth saying again...F&S- when are going to provide insight on gear for those of us on a budget? It is starting to feel like the magazine and the .com have become one big commercial.

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from Nebraskahunter18 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I would agree that these things are very expensive and most people cannot afford them but there is a reason they cost so much, they are the best of the best and you get what you pay for.

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from Hil wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Is that a typo or is the Columbia jacket really more expensive than my mortgage payment?

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

How do you guys figure that most folks can't afford these? Obviously, someone is buying this stuff or these places wouldn't manufacture these items. I didn't find any products reviewed that were obscene for what you get. Sure, a $10,000 ATV is alot of money but for a 750cc; thats what you are going to pay. The name of the article wasn't "What is the cheapest made in china crap can you buy"; its the best of the best and like all good things you have to pay for premium. If the authors only discussed the cheapest crap products we'd be complaining as to why every rifle or shotgun review is a Mossberg.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Ya 80% is overpriced, but if you're about to drop 10-15,000 on the hunt of a lifetime to lets say Alaska (no that's not rounded up look at non-resident moose hunts. Call me crazy that Im not going to top my rifle with a 60 dollar Tasco scope, or take along a piece of crap spotting scope. I wish I could afford that Carbon Element, but I cant, but i still like reading about it.

p.s. Jay, I have a Mossberg 500 that I got when I was 12, that still shoots like a dream! But I agree with you on the other stuff

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from Happ Mcmurter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

i have a tasco scope....rocky boots...a mossberg shot gun...and a lee enfield 303....i would bet my venision tastes as good as anybodys does....buy what ever you can afford to get in the field...thier arent any fashion judges scoring your deer...just the guys in camp

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from mzpsu08 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

"It's not the arrow, it's the indian." Thats what I was told when I was a kid shooting a free hand-me-down bow. It doesn't matter what the bow cost, if you can't shoot it properly.
I personally love to see the new technology that comes out every year but that doesn't mean I'm willing to pay that much for it.

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from aferraro wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

F & S does a decent job of including "best buys" and moderately priced gear. Their customers are advertisers- that's how they stay in business, so let the buyer beware. If you fall the must have "ground breaking technology" that comes out every single year it's your own fault. I bet you we'd all benefit more from a few hours of range practice than 95% of the new innovations. I'll probably never buy a $2000 crossbow or a $1200 coat, but apparently someone does. How exactly does an inaccurate $600 1911 knock off in 22 lr with a really heavy trigger make a best of list??

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from rm_kelly wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have to agree with USCG_honor_guard on this one. the reviews of the "best" are fine occasionally, but not all the time. I cannot afford that stuff regardless of how good it is. I need reviews on the moderately priced "work horses" that get the job done. My guess is the majority of readers of this mag. are middle class and can't afford that stuff, so stop catering to the rich and give us poor slobs something we can use. Remember if the masses stop buying your mag. because they feel it is not relevant to them you are out of a job and don't expect that hand full of rich readers and advertisers to bail you out.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

NEhtr18,Best of the best...uh Sir! Its so new and undertested. How many will be sent back to the manufacture, we won't know. I don't rush out to test other folks stuff when comma's start entering the equation. Used Bear recurve, 50.00 saved 1150.00, I walk, saved >9000.00, Buck 110 left in car by hitch-hiker free, saved 150.00, Browning K-roo boots 70.00, saved 180.00, Backpack @30.00 a new hand me down from my son every year, saved 120.00 this year, Layering & portable blind @ 300.00, saved 900.00, used WbyMKV300lefty, 400.00, saved @ 800.00, used H&R Singleshot 12ga3" 50.00, saved 1500.00 ect. these are just some well tested items, over 16000.00 in savings and thats just a fraction of the items. If we don't keep as much of our money on our own hip it will certainly end up on someone else's and if it ain't on my hip I can't live. Some of my stuff is name brand but it really came from a field test. The reason they cost so much is how rapidly people slam there money on the counter... Shop like your momma was a turtle & your daddy was an owl...slow & wise never rushed to break the bank. Like the man said,"you'll have to get that 'cause all I got are hundreds". Oh yeah ! Go Happ !

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from coachsjike wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

hunting in this country is becoming a rich man,s sport. private property to hunt on because very little public game land left, rifles and shotguns priced at $1000 or more, expensive ammo to go with it and over priced knives to gut your game if you are lucky enough to get one. did i mention the price to hunt now for a license has more than doubled! the economy sucks, people are lucky enough to be working, when are some of these companies gonna start producing products that a middle class person could afford?

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from RGJZ06 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have a Columbia hunting coat just like the expensive heated one. The coat on it's own is outstanding and well worth what I paid for it, (under 300 bucks). If has a printer silver lined inter coat that will keep you very warm in cold weather, (December Ohio Deer hunting in this case). I wish Columbia would price this new coat closer to what the "little Guy" could afford. They have limited the dealers that handle it so not much reason to discount it. There is not doubt it is a great product but out of most peoples price range and that's a shame. Not every hunter can drop that kind of money.

RGJZ06

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Holly sticker shock Batman.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Although, the Columbia coat is a little over the top, ah hell, it's ridiculous!!

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from habben97 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

the remington versa max is insanely priced. no one needs a $1,300 shotgun. one for 500 bucks would do just fine, such as the remington 870.

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from F150Green wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

First, it's called "BEST OF THE BEST."

Second, they offer plenty of the value based reviews in their regular issues (i.e. non-BEST).

Third, WOW! You guys are babies!

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@Wes. I know the Mossberg statement will draw some dings. Substitute Mossberg with Tasco, Simmons, Rocky Boots, etc.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I cannot fathom a $10,000 quad with a PLASTIC bumper. I'd destroy it in less than an hour. The safety harness looks like a nice one, but seriously, silver and gold?? Who picked the color-scheme, the Kardashians?

I fully understand the "you get what you pay for" theory. I don't have a problem with the price tags on most of this gear, even though I cannot afford most of it. If its the best, then so be it. What I do take issue with is the Columbia heated coat. $1200?? Come on! Thats not "getting what you pay for" that sir is absurd. I would love to hear the testing methods used to rate that coat the "best".

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from 007 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I bet I don't have $1200 in all my camos combined, much less one coat.

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from countryboyhunter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

To jay, I have a pair of rocky boots and they are the most comfortable, best fitting boots I have ever owned.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Ya Jay I have to hit you again, I have an old Simmons 3x9x32 that has been fantastic for many years, and never failed me or my 30-30 yet.
And I had a pair of Rocky's that were awesome, I don't know about now though, can't comment on them as I own wolverine's now.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

lol.....oh well you cant win em all

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The backtrack will be on my Christmas list.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I didn't realize so many poverty stricken individuals had computers,,,,

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from habben97 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

one thousand dollar binocs? holy mackerel! you could buy a rifle, scope, and a box of bullets for that!
insane.

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I am making my wish list maybe if I am real good. I will get some of these nifty hunting gear.

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

man, ya'll some cheapo's! Haha, it's an article and the huntin folks in the USA have the best gear anywhere. If ya'll don't like the article and F$S reviews why do you read every one of 'em? I see the same names on every review with the same negative comments:) like a bunch o women naggin at church about betty lou's new dress and hairdo!
Ya'll are a hard crowd to please for sure. I thought it was cool to see a bunch of crap I'll never own, except for the GPS. And if I ever get all my kids out the darn house I'd buy that UTV too. That thing is badass!

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from vehicle wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

To anyone who might be reading these posts for the first time, let me say.... I am sorry for some of my fellows that post.We all are not like this.
I dont believe that F&S expect any of us to "toe the company line". I do believe they are looking for honest feedback, which some have given.
Others want to make fun of other people posts. To them I say......... Please be adult enough to take eslewhere. There are alot of people who look at these posts.
To put it bluntly, You are making us all look bad. While we can disagree, there is a fine line between taking a playful jab at someone and being insulting.

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from Walter Talley wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Rocky boots dont hold up. Had a pair blow out on me in Dec will 2 miles in swamp. Will near buy another pair.

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

you do get what you pay for. I would rather have really well made long lasting gear than gucci garbage while i am hunting or fishing

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from vehicle wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have a problem with "driving atv's for hundreds of miles" to be tested, then you "test" a rifle by firing a total of 9 shots with three diff types of ammo, and looking it over?
I am glad you posted how you test because I am going to have to rethink how i feel about your gun tests.

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

@wes. I used to wear Rocky's all the time. The last pair I bought about 2 years are the most uncomfortable, low quality boot I have ever owned. I'm not alone in complaints, the new boots are POS.

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from Zinkcalls 87 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

im just wondering if i could use that blind side with my pattern master

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from ethan_3 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

wonder what mossy oak or realtree thinks of pic 2

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from keeb wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Not sure how the Versa Max got best shotgun with a recall on the hammer......

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from keeb wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

$1200 Electric Coat + duck hunting in Arkansas = disaster.

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from KervinHilpipre wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

idk why everyone is complaining about this. im 23 years old, my gf just had our daughter, pay all my own bills, and yet i still can save up and buy this bow. i dont have enough saved yet but within the next two months i should be able to afford it. no i cant just go out and buy it, i have to save for quite awhile, if i didnt then it wouldnt be the best. yes i do agree they should have a " best bow for the money" which i know this isnt it but thats not what the title says. i just dont think all this complaining is really necessary. if you really wanna know which bows are best at a descent cost look up some reviews on youtube and google and then go out and try them for yourselves. honestly in my mind dropping a thousand on a bare bow is absolutely nuts but i figure im only gonna do it once and i wanna do it right, i want a bow thats gonna last and im not gonna have to worry about it. in my opinion for most you could save up for 6 or 7 months and be able to afford this bow. thats all i got. hope i dont affend anyone. just statn my mind

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from SharpDog wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I looked at the Hoyt and Mathews bows and ended up getting a Martin instead. Martin has all of the features and quality without the extra expense of the name IMHO. Not cheap china merchandise as a previous poster has alluded to but made in the USA as is, I believe, Bowtech / Diamond, Darton, Maitland, Quest, Elite and several other makers.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1301572

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from countryboyhunter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Maybe my boots are just a rare case. 2 years old and still going strong, and I am perty rough on a pair of boots.

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from beavertronic wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I know everyone gets all jacked up about the cost of things on these lists but it is still nice to look at all of the new gear. Just like going to Cabelas, Bass Pro, Gander Mt, etc. and not buying anything. It is still nice to just look.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I like most of the gear on the list. And I'll admit most is out of my price range. But, I saw the X Stand treestand at a deer expo this summer. That thing appears to be worth every penny. Talk about the perfect lightweight bowhunting stand. I am stashing a little cash back right now where I can justify buying another climber.

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from Michael Lindley wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I just renewed a 3 year subscription with both Outdoor Life and Field & Stream for $20 each. That comes to $0.56 per issue, delivered. (WOW.) Soooo, given that little bit of math, I had to laugh when I read one of the comments above which reads, "Remember if the masses stop buying your mag. because they feel it is not relevant to them you are out of a job and don't expect that hand full of rich readers and advertisers to bail you out." With regards to the latter, I think it's pretty clear that we've already been bought out. I am not dumb enough to believe that my whopping $0.56 per issue is enough to pay for printing those shiny pages plus delivery. It may be a lot of advertising, but I still enjoy the occasional good article that doesn't promote an product, but rather just tells a good story or teaches us a lesson about the outdoors. That is still the point, errr, I hope?

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from ZCORR wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

It's cool to see what their best of the best list was despite I couldn't afford much of it. Just be patient and wait for some of the items to go on clearance... except that $1200 jacket.

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from Mike Schuster wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

The entire direction of this debate turned into almost political discussion.
If you think that hunting gear is expensive, then - do not buy it. Market will correct itself and manufacturers will produce cheap stuff. Not necessarily good one but cheap. Science is expensive. There are plenty of cheap products. How you expect F &S survive? I am almost sure that you guys complaining of expensive products do not buy subscription. How you manage smoking, eating out and continue to complain? Common, be honest at least with yourself.
Our American products are still very best and our hunting is outstanding compared to anywhere on this planet. I guess it could be better but we should make it better.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

holy dollar signs!! this stuff is expensive. looks like i need to keep going to engineering school to afford it all. haha, i'm sure it's great stuff

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from hunter007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

very nice bow little expensive though.

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from Chris Cowan wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Sounds like F&S would do well to have both a 'Best of the Best' and a 'Bang for the Buck' feature. In these times there are plenty of people who can't spend top dollar, but still need quality gear. as for Mossbergs....there's no reason for those whatsoever. Buy a WalMart 870 and have a decent, if unrefined and plain jane gun.

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from Christopher Trout wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

R u kidding me 300 bucks. i got one similar to that for half the price.

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from Christopher Trout wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

R u kidding me 300 bucks. i got one similar to that for half the price.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with RES1956. Seems like some should hock their computers and get a day job instead of posting on the blog if they can't afford good gear. The title was Best of the Best, not Best of Bargain Basement. Get a grip!

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From a dead accurate factory rifle and hunting boots inspired by the demands of mountain warfare on the far side of the world to futuristic self-warming clothing and an ingenious treestand safety harness, this year’s winners will help any hunter improve his game.

The Gear Tests

Before a product earns recognition as Best of the Best, it must undergo field testing by our experts. In all, 150 products were tested, and 26 were deemed fit enough to earn Best of the Best honors. Here are some of the testing procedures we used:

Rifles and Shotguns
• Guns were inspected for overall fit and finish, and trigger pull weights were verified. Barreled actions were removed and inspected with a borescope. Rifles were shot from a benchrest, three shots at 100 yards, with three different types of ammo, to determine accuracy. Shotguns were fired from a low-gun start on the trap and skeet field with a variety of hunting and target ammo to assess responsiveness and function.

Ammo
• Penetration and weight retention of big-game bullets were examined using the Ballistic Buffalo, an ingenious instrument created by Rifles editor David E. Petzal (fieldandstream.com/ballisticbuffalo).

Knives
• Knives were tested for edge holding, initial sharpness, and ease of resharpening. Special-purpose knives were tested by cutting wood, parachute cord, and seat belts.

ATVs and UTVs
• ATVs and UTVs were loaded with gear and driven hundreds of miles through narrow wooded trails, rock fields, and mud pits.

Optics
• Optics were submerged (riflescopes had turret caps removed) in 1 foot of warm water for a full minute, then placed overnight in a chest freezer at 10 degrees to test fogproofing. Then they were left out for another night and again checked for any signs of internal moisture. In addition to examining optical quality in varying light conditions, our experts tested the riflescopes with live-fire exercises.

 

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