Editor's Picks: The Best New Stuff for Sportsmen

editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
HOT KNIFE
Straddling the line between a tactical and general outdoors tool, the 4.3-ounce Spec Elite I pairs a scary-sharp, straight-edge 4-inch drop-point blade with SOG?s Pentagon Elite frame, tested at more than 1,000 pounds of force. Thumb studs on the blade allow near instant opening and closing with either hand. $110; 888-764-2378; -sogknives.com
BILL HEAVEY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
STUFF TOTE
The Dry Creek Boat Bag keeps your gear both dry and accessible with non¿¿corrosive zippers that will survive saltwater. At 10x121?2x18 inches, there?s even room for lunch. $170; -406-585-3557; simmsfishing.com
JOHN MERWIN
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
LITTLE BUDDY
The 3-ounce Safe-Light Super Bright is the Mighty Mouse of flashlights. Its LED bulb sips voltage, emitting light for 20 hours on high-beam, 100 on power-save, and 100 on SOS strobe. Keep it clipped it to your belt--even in the rain--and it may just save the day. $15; 941-377-7445; -safe-light.com
CATHERINE DIBENEDETTO
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
FISH COMBO
For freshmen anglers, the NXT Rod & Reel Series takes the guesswork out of flyfishing. The IM6 graphite rods are moderately fast with the quick recovery you would expect in much pricier sticks. Outfits in weights 4 through 9 include rod, reel, ¿¿weight-forward line, and tapered leader. $170-"$180; 800-638-9052; -templeforkflyrods.com
KEITH MCCAFFERTY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
DOUBLE DUCK
The Over & Under is really two duck calls molded together: The bottom barrel comes in single or double reed and quacks like a hen mallard. The top barrel makes the whistles and grunts of a pintail, wigeon, drake mallard, and greenwing. $27; 800-523-2395; -primos.com
PHILIP BOURJAILY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
INVISIBLE COAT
Ideal for anything except extreme cold, the ¿¿Micro¿¿tex Insulated Hooded Jacket turns wind, dries quickly, sheds burrs, and is dead quiet. It comes in several kinds of camo, but you want it in Outfitter, an effective and versatile pattern. $80-"$90; 800-237-4444; -cabelas.com
DAVID E. PETZAL
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
TURKEY TUTORIAL
Because no words can really describe what a cluck, purr, or tree call sounds like, the handheld IdentiFlyer plays recordings stored on cards to help you learn to mimic birds (not for hunting use). $50; 877-261-6556; -sportsmenidentiflyer.com
JAY CASSELL
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
GARMIN ARMOR
If you own a Garmin 72/76 series GPS, embrace this case. The foam protector will stick to a boat?s wet dash when you?re running all out, and the lanyard-clip will keep your handheld in the craft when the weather gets cranky. $30; 805-962-5553; -foarm.com
PETER B. MATHIESEN
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
HOT LUNCH
Push the windproof igniter, and this stove will boil a cup of water in 60 seconds. The GCS packs inside its own 1.5-liter pot; the whole outfit weighs only 19 ounces. Stash it in your pack on all-day backcountry hunts. $110; 603-863-7700; -jetboil.com
PHILIP BOURJAILY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
NET RESULTS
This nicely finished ash and cherry net has an extending rule dovetailed into the handle for quickly measuring fish before release. The Tape Measure Net comes in two sizes to give dimensions up to 29 inches long. $89; 518-884-9312 JOHN MERWIN
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
SURE THING
Crankbait master David Fritts ¿¿designed the original Rapala DT to stay in the strike zone longer than any other lure. Now he has improved the catch rate. The Sure Set treble's extended shank turns short bites into perfect hookups. $8-"$9; rapala.com
CATHERINE DIBENEDETTO
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
REQUIRED READING
Foremost among my collection of gun books, for the past 39 years (!), has been Cartridges of the World. The 11th edition has six new chapters, the most fascinating of which is on the .50 BMG (and its wildcats) as a sporting round. Super. $30; 800-258-0929; -krause.com
DAVID E. PETZAL
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
GOOD GLASS
The Green Ring Yosemite 6x30 binoculars are touted as entry-level glasses, but with their multicoated optics and wide field of view, they are perfectly at home in the Maine woods or on the pine-clad ridges of Montana. Mine will go elk hunting this fall. $120; 800-538-7653; www.leupold.com
KEITH MCCAFFERTY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
MAGIC ARROW
Magnets in this rest hold your arrow securely in midair. The result: no shaft or fletching contact, no friction, noise, cords, or moving parts to wear out. $150; 210-722-3484; -air-rest.com
BILL HEAVEY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
GONE TO PIECES
Small-car owners, rejoice! Albright now offers four-piece surf rods in casting and spinning versions. Eight models range from 8 to 10 feet. $275; 866-359-7335; albrighttackle.com
JOHN MERWIN
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
TWO-SECOND TENT
This tent is for fast living. Pull it out of your trunk, remove the band, and watch it pop-fly and all. Well ventilated and respectfully dry in a stout rain, it's a triumph in tent design. $69; 888-836-0008; decathlontent.com
PETER B. MATHIESEN
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
STUFFED
Fat Bags are so fat that if you told them to haul butt they'd have to make two trips. These rests are designed by people who've done some shooting. $13-"$30; 888-478-6565; -istdesigns.com
DAVID E. PETZAL
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
HYGIENIC HYDRATION
Tired of water that tastes sort of like last week's Gator¿¿ade? The ingenious Reserve Hunt is dishwasher-safe. The screw-top bottle holds 70 ounces and comes in a rustle-free backpack. $44; 800-950-6161; -gerbergear.com
PHILIP BOURJAILY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
ER IN A BAG
Just what the doctor ordered for us--field trauma and hook injury supplies in a reflective sack that weighs 26 ounces. $35; 800-324-3517; -adventuremedicalkits.com
KEITH MCCAFFERTY
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
REEL VALUE
The Shimano Cruxis takes after its older siblings with a smooth drag, super casting capabilities, and oversize gears for turning stubborn fish. But it has a nicer price. $100; 949-951-5003; shimano.com
CATHERINE DIBENEDETTO
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
BLAZE A TRAIL
These clips' reflective dots glow in a flashlight beam to mark your path through the dark. $8 for 16; 877-296-3528; huntersafetysystem.com
Philip Bourjaily
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
BLOODHOUND
The Carnivore's cluster of LED bulbs makes drops of blood pop like neon lights in a dark alley. Flip a switch to engage a high-intensity xenon b ulb for the walk home. $65; 800-950-6161; gerbergear.com
Keith McCafferty
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
FULLY VESTED
Will Primos has been perfecting this vest since 1975. It has a hole in the back for a harness, 14 call- and gear-specific pockets, and for long staredowns with does, a retractable bow holder. $55; 800-523-2395; primos.com
Bill Heavey
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
WITHOUT A STITCH
Taped seams mean no holes and no leaks. The Jetstream has stretch panels so you can keep casting as storms roll in and the bite turns on. $199; 800-638-6464; patagonia.com
Peter B. Mathiesen
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
A PACK OF FLIES
The DS Sling Pack's generously padded strap rides on your non-casting shoulder, and a waist strap keeps the bag from sliding as you wade. $49; 888-235-9763; orvis.com
John Merwin
Field & Stream Online Editors
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
editor's picks: the best of the latest gear for sportsmen
GET YOUR MOJO ON
I wore Wrangler Pro Gear on safari in the Kalahari Desert and found the clothes cool and tough. The Mojo is ideal for fishing: quick-drying, lots of pockets, and cheap enough that you won't care when you stain it with fish slime. Its 30 SPF rating keeps you from burning on long days in a bass boat. $30; wrangler.com
Anthony Licata
Field & Stream Online Editors