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The Ultimate All-Purpose Knife An all-purpose hunting and camping knife, the BUCK VANGUARD-R has a 4 1/8-inch, drop-point blade that neatly slices into any hide, and the hefty 420 high-carbon steel really holds an edge. The overall length is 8 1/2 inches. buckknives.com Suggested retail price: $85 Best online price: $49 ** NOTE: All online prices were found through thefind.com. Click HERE to go to their site.**Outdoor Life Online Editor
RUGGED, RELIABLE SMOKEPOLE Simple and elegant, the TRADITIONS PURSUIT XLT BREAK-OPEN MUZZLELOADER is easy to load, fire and clean. The .50-caliber rifle uses 209 primers, has a 28-inch fluted barrel and is designed to shoot charges of up to 150 grains of black powder or Pyrodex. It has fiber-optic sights and weighs 7.5 pounds. It also has two safeties for extra protection on the range and in the field. At less than $300, it offers a lot of gun for the muzzleloading money. traditionsfirearms.com Suggested retail price: $278 Best online price: $259Outdoor Life Online Editor
BETTER BROADHEAD When the CRIMSON TALON XT is shot, its main-blade airfoils spin-stabilize the arrow, resulting in ultra-accurate flight. Upon entering an animal, the broadhead continues to rotate as it passes through (much like a screw), cutting a round hole. This patented "Spiral Wound Channel" is the most lethal wound in the hunting industry. spintite.com Suggested retail price: $30 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
One Tough Jacket (Editor's Choice) Awesome! That's all I have to say about RIVERS WEST GEAR. You can run it along a barbed-wire fence one day and sit in pouring rain the next without getting wet, because there won't be any holes. Nothing can penetrate this fabric except your own sweat as it is wicked away through the breathable membrane. The company's Lakota jacket is so durable, it could be the last hunting jacket you'll ever have to buy. It's that tough. riverswest.com Suggested retail price: $200 Best online price: $150Outdoor Life Online Editor
A REAL BOW BONUS With the price tag on many of today's top compounds rapidly surpassing the cost of a top-shelf centerfire rifle, it's refreshing to find a bow that is reasonably priced and still performs. The BEAR ARCHERY INSTINCT (close cousin of this year's Best Buy pick in the OL Bow Test, page 65) comes in at under $400, but still boasts features associated with a high-end model, such as a CNC-machined riser, quality limbs and an efficient eccentrics system. The Instinct balances nicely when you're launching arrows downrange at fast speeds. beararcheryproducts.com Suggested retail price: $399 Best online price: $370Outdoor Life Online Editor
VERSATILE BIG-GAME AND VARMINT SCOPE Great in low light, the NIKON PRO STAFF 3-9x40 SCOPE is totally waterproof and fogproof, with hand-turn elevation and windage knobs. A Bullet Drop Compensating reticle lets you aim dead-on at targets out to 500 yards. nikonusa.com Suggested retail price: $160 Best online price: $123Outdoor Life Online Editor
EXCELLENT SIGHT FOR LOW-LIGHT HUNTING Raising and lowering bows from a stand can be hard on your equipment. But the EXTREME ARCHERY RT 900 is extra-sturdy, sporting stainless-steel pins and more than 2 feet of fiber optics. When natural light wanes, you simply turn on the Tail Light System to illuminate the pins in a vivid array. extremearchery.com Suggested retail price: $79 Best online price: $65Outdoor Life Online Editor
SUPER-BRIGHT PALM-SIZE LIGHT Powered by three lithium batteries, Surefire's G3 Nitrolon is a 6.5-inch hand-held flashlight that tips the scales at only 5.5 ounces, but floods the woods with enough light to spot a ninja in a coal mine. Boasts five times the light of a larger D-cell flashlight. surefire.com Suggested retail price: $59 Best online price: $50Outdoor Life Online Editor
ACCESS ANY LAKE OR STREAM WITH EASE BASS PRO'S LOST LAKE OPEN-FRONT FLOAT TUBE features dual-zipper tackle compartments, a mesh casting apron, a removable seat, a high-visibility back safety panel and double-stitched critical seams. Inflates and deflates easily with the quick-access valve. Includes swim fins and a pump. basspro.com Suggested retail price: $100 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
COMPACT BINOCULAR, BIG PERFORMANCE Covered in a rubber armor, the BUSHNELL 8x42 TROPHY BINOCULAR is a light (27 ounces), tough compact. It's O-ring-sealed and nitrogen-purged for waterproof, fog-free performance. Twist-up eyecups are easily adjusted, and the big center-focus knob is smooth and precise. bushnell.com Suggested retail price: $200 Best online price: $120Outdoor Life Online Editor
THE DEFINITIVE COLD-WEATHER HUNTING CAP Filson's Tin Cloth Wildfowl Hat boasts a Mackinaw wool lining for warmth, cotton sweatband for comfort and ear flaps that can be worn in three positions, for varying degrees of protection in any weather. This hat is made to last for years. filson.com Suggested retail price: $60 Best online price: $52Outdoor Life Online Editor
A GREAT .22 TO PASS ON TO YOUR KIDS (Editor's Choice) If one of the many "heirloom" rimfires on the market is not in your budget (most will set you back about a grand or so), consider a CZ 452 AMERICAN instead. Built along pleasing lines in the tradition of classic American stock design, this rifle is blessed with superior metalwork that is beautifully finished and blued. The wood is also handsome and exhibits very good checkering for the price range. It functions as well as it looks, with a crisp trigger, easy-to-load magazine and smooth action. An inelegant trigger guard is about the only drawback, though the "backward" safety (you flick it forward to put it on) does take a bit of getting used to. Nonetheless, as you start slaying cans on a distant fencepost or squirrels sitting high in an oak tree, your pals will admire your taste, budget smarts and, most important, your marksmanship. cz-usa.com Suggested retail price: $409 Best online price: $325Outdoor Life Online Editor
TRAVEL ANYWHERE WITH TOTAL CONFIDENCE A hands-free GPS unit that mounts on your wrist, the GARMIN FORETREX 201 GPS is lighter than many watches. Foretrex tracks your path and displays it as a dotted trail. The TracBack feature allows you to retrace your steps. Saves up to 500 waypoints to your favorite haunts. garmin.com Suggested retail price: $182 Best online price: $130Outdoor Life Online Editor
MY FAVORITE COAT (Editor's Choice) I hate being cold, and few companies know more about building toasty-warm hunting clothes than the boys from Ironwood, Mich., who make Stormy Kromer products. That's why my KROMER MACKINAW JACKET AND VEST go everywhere with me when the snow flies. The beauty of this coat-vest combination is that the finish on the wool itself is super-tough to resist abrasion and wear, yet it's soft to the touch- not itchy, the way some wool can be. It's extremely practical for shooters- the shoulders and the many pockets are purposely cut to allow you to easily swing a gun (or cast a fly rod) without feeling bound up. On warmer afternoons, or just to wear around the house, the zip-in vest alone is perfect. But on freezing mornings, pairing it with the jacket is the hot ticket. And at $270, it offers a lot of made-in-the-USA quality for the money. stormykromer.com Suggested retail price: $270 Best online price: $250Outdoor Life Online Editor
MILITARY-TESTED BOOTS FOR SERIOUS FISHERMEN When the U.S. Navy SEALs needed a tough boot that could hold its own in the water and over rough terrain, Over the Beach, or "OTB," boots were born. The Odhin model, like all OTB boots, is made from synthetic and mesh materials that allow water to move through the boot and away from the foot. Rubber reinforces the toes and heels. They're awesome for fishing; wear them alone or with waders. Get a perfect fit with the insert and removable boot shank. otbboots.com Suggested retail price: $120 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
MUST-HAVE MACGYVER TOOL Comprising 20 separate tools- including needlenose pliers, screwdrivers (Phillips and slotted), two knife blades, a saw, and two wire cutters- the LEATHERMAN SURGE is a do-it-all implement for the active sportsman. It's less than 5 inches long and weighs just 12.5 ounces, but is useful for any fix. The Surge also comes with Leatherman's strongest pair of scissors yet. The four most-used blades are situated on the outside for easier access, and all blades lock firmly in place to prevent injury. A nylon sheath is provided with the Surge, as well as a lanyard ring. leatherman.com Suggested retail price: $102 Best online price: $64Outdoor Life Online Editor
STOP DEER IN THEIR TRACKS The PRIMOS HUNTING CALLS' BUCK ROAR has a wide, rubber barrel that makes the same loud sounds trophy bucks use to stop a doe or warn away a rival during a rut-crazed frenzy. The deer call also creates some of the most realistic grunts of any model on the market. A separate low-profile channel can be used to blow a perfect snort-wheeze to add to the authenticity of a challenge. primos.com Suggested retail price: $25 Best online price: $19Outdoor Life Online Editor
BUG OFF The THERMACELL is the kind of product people don't believe will work until they try it themselves- then they become fanatics! Powered with a butane cartridge, the Thermacell heats an allethrin-coated mat, which repels mosquitoes for hours. The unit provides 225 square feet of bug-free protection. thermacell.com Suggested retail price: $30 Best online price: $18Outdoor Life Online Editor
OWN THE LAKE WITH A CLASSIC LURE Every year on some lake up North, an angler trots out some newfangled lure he found in a bargain bin. But after a few fruitless casts, he always goes back to one old faithful: the RED-AND-WHITE DARDEVLE by Eppinger. Lou Eppinger invented the lure just over 100 years ago, and no lure or bait has caught more pike in the years since. In addition to the venerable red-and-white classic, Eppinger has upped the threat to fish by creating countless patterns and sizes that work on any species. dardevle.net Suggested retail price: $8 Best online price: $5Outdoor Life Online Editor
FIND FISH ANYWHERE WITH EASE Now you don't need to cruise the surface of a lake in a big, shiny bass boat, pinging the depths below with your fishfinder, to locate the action. The HUMMINBIRD RF35 wrist mount is a dual-function fishfinder and watch. Cast the green beacon to any spot in line's reach to determine the water's depth and temperature as well as the presence of fish. It has a 150-foot remote operating range and 120-foot depth capability. humminbird.com Suggested retail price: $100 Best online price: $89Outdoor Life Online Editor
HANDS-FREE TACTICAL HEADLAMP At a mere 3.4 ounces, the Quad Tactical Headlamp is Princeton Tec's lightest LED headlamp. Four ultra-bright LEDs burn for up to 150 hours per battery set, providing an impressive 21 lumens of power. The LEDs are inside a tough waterproof housing that can survive submersion in up to as much as 3 feet of water. The Quad runs on three AAA alkaline or lithium batteries and has a battery-power meter to let you know how much of a charge remains. The Pilot LED is a backup accessory light, colored red so wildlife won't detect it. princetontec.com Suggested retail price: $50 Best online price: $39Outdoor Life Online Editor
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (Editor's Choice) The 1,000-gram alphaburly from LaCrosse and a good pair of wool socks are all I need to keep my feet comfortable when I'm hunting deer in the unpredictably cold weather of Central New York in November. Two years ago, when I was hunting on Thanksgiving day, the morning started out quiet, pleasant and unseasonably warm. But by the time I came in to eat some bird, there was nearly a foot of snow on the ground, and the only part of me I didn't want to have amputated was my feet. The fact that these babies are as comfortable as a pair of extra-tall high-tops is just gravy when you're spending hours in the woods. They're like slippers that keep your feet dry. lacrosse.com Suggested retail price: $140 Best online price: $100Outdoor Life Online Editor
KEEP TACKLE ORGANIZED AND IN PLAIN VIEW If you're still fussing with tangled trebles in open trays, it's time to update your tackle box. You'll have to look long and hard for a better deal than Plano's Flipsider Hybrid bag/box combo system. The Flipsider's ample space (17 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches) has four rows of compartments beneath an easy-to-view plastic lid. Inside are two utility boxes and one spinnerbait stowaway. planomolding.com Suggested retail price: $50 Best online price: $45Outdoor Life Online Editor
WORLD'S TOUGHEST SOFTBAITS Few things are more annoying than soft-plastic baits that refuse to stay on a hook. The Mann's HardNose series addresses this problem by incorporating stiffer material in the head end of the bait. Not only do they minimize frustration, but they catch fish, too. Last year's CITGO Bassmaster Classic was won with a Mann's HardNose worm. The HardNose series includes a wide variety of shapes- grubs, worms, frogs, lizards, mullets and jerkbaits, to name a few. They come 8 to 10 lures per pack. mannsbait.com Suggested retail price: $4 Best online price: $3Outdoor Life Online Editor
BEST RIFLE SETUP RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX It doesn't seem possible that the SAVAGE MODEL 110GXP3 rifle comes straight out of the box with a bore-sighted 3-9x40mm Simmons scope; adjustable trigger; free-floating and button-rifled barrel; hardwood checkered stock; swivel studs; and a leather sling. Yet it does! Setting up a gun has never been easier. Available in .25-06 Rem., .270 Win., .30/06, 7mm Rem. Mag. and .300 Win. Mag. Most calibers weigh a trim 7.25 pounds with a 22-inch barrel. Available in a lefty model, too. savagearms.com Suggested retail price: $584 Best online price: $450Outdoor Life Online Editor
A KNIFE TO LAST A LIFETIME While $200 might seem like a lot to pay for a knife, this isn't just any blade. Consider the heirloom-quality construction of the custom-made dozier yukon pro skinner. Made of durable D2 steel and custom-shaped Micarta handles for a comfortable grip, this is a knife you'll be proud to pass down to your family. Overall length is 7 7/8 inches. dozierknives.com Suggested retail price: $205 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
ONE COOL COMBO Now it's easy to get started flyfishing without making a huge investment or sacrificing quality. L.L. Bean's QUEST II COMBO comes with a four-piece fly rod in a hard Cordura tube and a large-arbor reel loaded with backing and fly line. The reel is built from a sturdy composite resin and boasts a disc-drag system. Comes in an 8- or 9-weight model. Lighter two-piece combos are available. llbean.com Suggested retail price: $139 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
BELTED BULLET BARGAIN Muzzleloaders, rejoice! The Copper Series PowerBelt bullets come in four tip designs- Hollow Point, AeroTip, Flat Point and Steel Tip- and 11 weights (175 grains to 530 grains). This "belted bullet" provides sabot stability without sabot loading difficulty; thin copper plating greatly reduces bore friction at higher velocities and harder hitting shots on game. The bullets are available in .45, .50 and .54 calibers. Though sold in 15- and 20-packs, the 50-packs are the best value. powerbeltbullets.com Suggested retail price: $37 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
COMFORTABLE CAMO (Editor's Choice) Whether you're bowhunting early-season whitetails, calling in a May gobbler or merely pondering global warming, the truth is, for all the cold-weather gear on the market, a lot of us hunt when it's warm. If you're among this crowd and don't own a set of mossy oak apparel treklite, you're missing out. Loose-fitting, lightweight, breathable and vented (the pant legs zip off to make shorts), the clothing is the most comfortable I've ever worn in the field. It's super-quiet as well. And when the mercury dips, just slip on a moisture-wicking base layer and jacket (Mossy Oak makes them too) and you can still enjoy the comfort. Treklite is the ideal component in a good layering system. mossyoakapparel.com Suggested retail price: $76 Best online price: $69Outdoor Life Online Editor
RICH SOUND, LOW PRICE Right from the box, this Knight & Hale Double-Reed Redneck Woman call produced astonishing realism and volume with minimal effort. Its hand-turned acrylic construction lends the durability, looks and rich tone you'd expect from pricier calls. knightandhale.com Suggested retail price: $48 Best online price: $33Outdoor Life Online Editor
PACK IT ALL IN The FIELDLINE ULTIMATE BACKPACK boasts two main compartments, 10 accessory pockets and 2,850 cubic inches of interior room that has its own light. The pack includes two 20-ounce shatter-proof squeeze bottles. fieldline.com Suggested retail price: $110 Best online price: $69Outdoor Life Online Editor
REEL IN A GREAT DEAL Here's a new spinning rod/reel combo that doesn't cost a boatload of money. The SHAKESPEARE INSPINITY ROD is built on a two-piece graphite blank, with cork handles both fore and aft of the reel seat, for maximum comfort. Rod guides are stainless steel. The Inspinity reel is built on a graphite body to keep the cost low, but its other features are borrowed from high-dollar reels: titanium-coated roller; machine-cut brass pinion gear; four ball bearings; machined and anodized aluminum spool; and a front-disc drag. The Inspinity rod/reel combo is available in four configurations, ranging from a 5-foot ultralight to a 7-foot medium-action with high-capacity reel. shakespeare-fishing.com Suggested retail price: $30 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
SET UP A SHOOTING RANGE IN SECONDS Clay pigeons aren't just for shotguns any more. Using SURE SITE'S CLAY TARGET HANGER KIT- which includes 30 plastic target-hanging clips along with a 25-foot length of 3/8-inch rope¿shooters can quickly and easily string up an impromptu plinking range anywhere safety permits. Good for rifles or even bows. suresite.vemco-inc.com Suggested retail price: $17 Best online price: sameOutdoor Life Online Editor
HEAVY-HITTING VALUE FOR DANGEROUS GAME The rubberized coating on the stock of Ruger's M77 Hawkeye in .375 Ruger provides a sure grip in any weather, and the squishy butt pad dampens recoil. In fact, in the Alaskan trim, with the synthetic stock, the recoil is noticeably milder than the thump given by the wood-stocked Safari version. The open sight is a sturdy piece of work that allows for quick target acquisition at close quarters. ruger.com Suggested retail price: $1,095 Best online price: $850Outdoor Life Online Editor

We compiled the best values in outdoor gear we could find on the web and in stores.