Image-stabilization technology has come a long way in only a few years. The new 10x35mm StableView binocular from Bushnell Performance Optics intends to take the field to new heights; it is the only binocular of its kind to offer two stabilization modes.
In the Normal mode, it will compensate for up to three degrees of motion, which makes the binocular easier to use in a moving boat or vehicle. In the Fine mode, the StableView will dampen up to one degree of movement, which significantly reduces hand tremors and the "shake" that is typical at higher magnification. This alone should be a boon to any hunter prone to buck fever.
Bushnell believes the Stable-View's 10X magnification and bright image make it an ideal tool for hunters who spend a lot of time peering through binoculars. In addition, the waterproof, fogproof construction and non-slip rubber armoring makes it perfect for use in wet weather. Two AA batteries power the internal stabilizer.
The StableView also features a roof-prism design with top-quality BaK4 prism glass that is phase corrected for better contrast. All lenses are fully multicoated. Twist-up eyecups and extended eye relief makes it easier for those wearing glasses. A neck strap and carrying case are standard. SRP: $899.99. Booth #3933. (800-423-3537; www.bushnell.com)
Does your spotting scope come with a cumbersome heavy tripod, the weight and bulk of which almost assures you'll leave it all at home? Well, Swarovski is distributing a new product designed to make spotting scope use a lot more user-friendly. The TrekPod is a lightweight (29 ounces) height-adjustable hiking staff that sports a fully integrated tripod. With the optional MagMount quick-release mounting system in place, you can quickly switch from stalking mode to spotting mode. SRP: $139 for both the TrekPod and the MagMount. Booth #3725 and #4213. (800-835-6309; www.swarovskioptik.com)
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The new PCF WPII will join the company's PCF series of porro-prism binoculars. The new series consists of four high-performance, waterproof models: the 8x40 PCF WPII, with 40mm objective lenses; the 10x50 and 12x50 PCF WPII with 50mm objective lenses; and the 20x60 PCF WPII with extra-large 60mm objective lenses. All PCF WPII series models offer a durable aluminum-diecast body with a full-body protective rubber housing and BaK4 glass prisms and fully multi-coated optical elements. In addition, the fully water-shielded, nitrogen-filled construction of the binoculars ensures waterproof capability.
Also on board for 2005 is a new 3-9X Lightseeker riflescope designed to fit short magnum rifles. The multicoated scope is waterproof and offers 3.5 to 5 inches of eye relief. Booth #5337. (800-877-0155; www.pentax imaging.com)
The Crimson Trace Model VF-302 vertical forearm Lasergrip has been designed to fit any long gun that has a Picatinny Rail or Weaver mount system. The idea was to give Special Ops personnel using long guns the same tactical advantages they have with Lasergrip-equipped handguns.
The VF-302 allows the operator to keep the red dot on target while scanning the surrounding area for other threats. Further-more, the VF-302-equipped shotgun or rifle does not need to be brought up to eye level in order to acquire the target. This creates more options in a close-in encounter that may not allow for perfect iron sight acquisition.
The VF-302 attaches directly to the stock rail; installation takes about one minute. Two different mounting systems are attached to the base. The cilian-market VF-302 uses two knurled, self-locking thumbnuts for quick mounting and dismounting on all Mil-Spec/Weaver dovetail rails. SRP: $399. The VF-302M Mil-Spec attaches to the rail using an A.R.M.S., Inc., mount. A quick-detach, single-throw lever assures the user of quick and secure installation. SRP: $479. Booth #4969. (800-442-2406; www .crimsontrace.com)
The Gator Fleece 3-in-1 Parka just may be the ultimate outerwear for hunting in harsh winter conditions. Consisting of a shell and a liner vest, the parka takes advantage of Polartec technology and Primaloft insulation to ward off the worst Old Man Winter can throw at a hunter.
The breathable shell is four times more wind resistant than regular fleece and sheds water and snow. It has adjustable, water-tight neoprene cuffs with hook and loop closures, two upper ventilator pockets with WaterGuard zipper closures and a detachable, visored hood with shock-cord adjustments and hook and loop closures. The liner vest is insulated with Primaloft One, a lightweight water-repellent microfiber insulation that retains warmth even when wet. Other features include two outer zipper handwarmer pockets, one internal zippered security pocket, knitcollar and drawcord bottom. Available in Mossy Oak New Break-Up. SRP: $320 (sizes S-XL), $350 (2XL-3XL). Booth #401 and #513. (801-876-2711; www.browning.com)
It's no secret hunters demand the best out of their gloves. So Swany is adding two models to its Flexor Shooting Gloves line-the GTX-10 and H2702. Flexor is a patented glove design originally developed for the NASA space program. The unique construction uses 50 percent fewer seams than traditional gloves, to reduce heat loss and increase durability. In addition, Flexor's mobility joints provide unrestricted finger movement and improved dexterity.
GTX-10 is the warmest glove in the Flexor Shooting Gloves line. Insulated with G150 Thinsulate insulation, this glove is meant for hunting in extreme cold. The glove features a gauntlet cuff with draw cord, a woven nylon strap with pull tab and a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable insert.
H2702 is a light and flexible glove insulated with 40 grams of Thinsulate. It features nylon knit cuffs and a Snow-Tex waterproof breathable insert.
Both gloves are constructed with a quiet and soft microfiber outer shell and a Serino breathable synthetic-leather palm. The gloves are offered in New Mossy Oak Break-Up and Realtree Advantage Timber camouflage patterns. SRP: $50 for GTX-10 and $25 for H2702. Booth #6201. (800-877-9269; www.swany-hunting.com)
No question, Hoppe's Elite Field Cleaner is a great cleaner, lubricant and protectant. It uses a synthetic thin-coat technology to provide a microscopic layer of protection for moving parts. New for 2005 is the introduction of Hoppe's Elite Pre-Saturated Patches, an easy way to carry cleaning capability into the field. Available in two sizes, 40 patches to a package. SRP: $6.90 Booth #4425. (503-655-7964; www.michaelsoforegon.com)
First-time SHOT Show exhibitor Yamaha is no stranger to the outdoors. Its line of ATVs is well-known to outdoorsmen everywhere. New for 2005 is the Kodiak 450 Automatic 4x4, which will now feature a four-wheel independent suspension. The new suspension can still tackle everything a tough trail will throw at you, but get you there without reducing your kidneys to jelly.
The Kodiak 450 4x4 is essentially a downsized Grizzly 660, and features a liquid-cooled four-stroke 421cc engine, an Ultramatic automatic transmission (known for its good downhill braking) and an On-Command three-way four-wheel-drive locking differential. The Kodiak 450 4x4 also boasts high-capacity steel storage racks. SRP: $6,549. Booth #7101. (714-761-7300; www.yamaha-motor.com) r its good downhill braking) and an On-Command three-way four-wheel-drive locking differential. The Kodiak 450 4x4 also boasts high-capacity steel storage racks. SRP: $6,549. Booth #7101. (714-761-7300; www.yamaha-motor.com)