Vortex Scope Reviews

Being that Vortex Scopes have come into the mainstream I wanted to give a good review on the products. While fairly new to the market they are built very solid with just the right amount of resistance in the turrets with solid "clicks." They have the absolute best eye relief and the all purpose reticle is very fast yet precise when you need it.

However, when you do adjust the parrallax ignore the sharpness on your target. Adjust the reticle movement and then use the eye piece to focus. It took me about 20 seconds to get this perfect at 100yds.

The scope has a very smooth finish to it...almost perfect. It also feels considerably light in comparison to the competition. They are super bright and clear all the way up to 20x. 

Overall I think Vortex is doing a superb job and they are here to stay!

Premium Coolers Reviews and Ranks

We at Sportsman Gear Reviews did a comprehensive test on the top high end premium coolers in the market that we have personally used and owned for years. We are here to show consumers the good, bad and ugly truth.

1. Pelican Coolers
SPECS -  Lifetime warranty, made in the U.S.A.
PROS - It rated the best in our ice-retention test, and it has the best warranty in the business. So if yours ever breaks, they’ll send you a new one.
CONS - We feel that the Pelican Coolers rated low on weight and heaviness but which is why it rates higher in ice retention.
BOTTOM LINE - If you are looking for a cooler that will hold ice the longest and it is staying in your boat or at the camp for any extended period of time. This is your cooler. If you plan on moving the cooler around a lot you might want to look elsewhere because this is the most rugged and heaviest cooler out there.
2. Bison Coolers
SPECS -  5 Year Warranty and made in the U.S.A.
PROS - It rated second best in our ice retention tests. This cooler that is made in the US has a lot of bells and whistles. It features both rope and solid handles, good drain plugs, rubber bottom so the cooler won't slip in the boat and a ruler to measure your catch. The price runs middle of the market which means you can get a good US made solid cooler for a decent price.
CONS - The handles are different than any of the other premium coolers so it could be difficult to learn to use. The good part is that the latches are very easy to open and doesn't take a lot of strength like a lot of the competition.
BOTTOM LINE - If you are looking for a cooler that will hold ice for a good amount of time and is light enough to move around and is American made this is your cooler.
3. Grizzly Coolers
SPECS - Lifetime warranty and made in the U.S.A
PROS - Good ergonomic design that is very unique. It features good latches and handles. The warranty is lifetime which can't be beat. Features ruler on the top of the cooler for measuring fish. 
CONS - Ice retention for the Grizzly Coolers has always been on the lower end. It is priced on the higher end as well. However, you can find online retailers that give good discounts which make it more affordable. 
BOTTOM LINE - These coolers have cool sleek and ergonomic designs with some bells and whistles. Ice retention could be the deciding factor here but with its lightweight design and lifetime warranty it could very well be worth it.
4. Canyon Coolers
SPECS - 4 Year Warranty & Made Overseas
PROS -  The Arizona based company had a good strategy when they came to market. They put out a cooler with an excellent price point and is very lightweight and easy to maneuver. For sportsman constantly on the go this could be a huge plus.
CONS - Thin walls and ice retention rates on the low end for these coolers. All lso, the handles and latches aren't very rugged. The good news is that Canyon will replace these under their lifetime warranty. You will need this because  these can easily break.  
BOTTOM LINE - If you are in the market for your first premium cooler this could be your low cost entry level cooler. While it serves it's purpose there are some minor shortcuts to this cooler.
5. Icey Tek Coolers
SPECS - 5-year warranty and made overseas
Unlike its sister cooler, the Frostbite R, the Icey-Tek Long Box has a way to go before it’s competitive in this crowd. 
PROS - Priced low in the market while having relatively solid ice retention. You could find a good deal with online retailers which will drop the price even more.  
CONS - Bottom of the pack in ice retention and ruggedness of the roto mold. The plastic is on the lower end and shows cracks when dropped. 
BOTTOM LINE - If you are looking for an entry level premium cooler that won't hurt your pocket book this could be the cooler for you. If you will just use it a 6-7 times throughout the year this could be the investment for you.
6. Taiga Coolers
SPECS - 5 Year Warranty & Made in the USA
PROS - Good ergonomic design and thick walled cooler. Nice rugged latches and hinges. Owner has a lot of experience manufacturing and designing coolers.
CONS - Taiga is very new in the market so it remains to be seen if they could gain traction in the market. Long term wear on these coolers are unknown since they are new.
BOTTOM LINE - If you are looking for a solid color with ergonomic design this could be your cooler especially if you are in to trying new items in the market. We don't think this would be a high risk or bad buy for you.

To conclude we hope that you found our reviews helpful. We did not review Yeti for a reason. As a consumer please do not fall into this marketing trap. There are far better coolers out there especially for the price. Thank you!

Millennium M102S CamLOCK Ratchet Strap Receiver Review

The Millennium M102s camLOCK ratchet strap receiver incorporates the fast stand setup and safe design you can expect from Millennium Treestands, allowing you to preset multiple stand locations for quick and easy hanging. This convenience is undeniable in the field when you are swapping out stands. The ratchet strap from the Millennium M102s is revolutionary and very safe.
The Millennium m102s has the same revolutionary design from the multi stand system, but with an easy to use ratchet strap. The nylon strap design is perfect for weight-conscious stand users.
**Use with Millennium M100, Millennium M100R and Millennium M50 only. You can find this at Sportsman Outfitters. They are very helpful and will set you up with a good deal.
Millennium M102s

Millennium M150 Monster Hangon Treestand Review

Quality is top notch for the Millennium M150 Hangon and finally a Hang-On that deals with adjustment, comfort, safety, size (big guys like me), etc. I am HOOKED! Seat height adjusts. Plenty of adjustment to level the base. Built in bungee hooks to keep the seat up when you want it up! The Millennium M150 has a super comfortable seat and dual ratchet straps to keep it securely locked in place. 
The Millennium M150 stand is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Worth every penny. I have three now and sold my lone wolf! The BEST Hang-On to ever reach the market place thus far in my opinion. Will challenge Lone Wolf Treestands for "top of the food chain" quality / functionality because the seat is so much more comfortable and everything else is comparable or better than Lone Wolf Treestands. You can find the Millennium M150 Treestand available here online at Sportsman Outfitters. 
 Millennium M150 Treestand

Meopta MeoPro 3-9x50mm BDC Riflescope Review

I've been looking to upgrade from my old beat up rifescope and still not break the bank. After doing extensive research I came across Meopta Optics and decided to call the guys at Sportsman Outfitters to get an opinion on these riflescopes. After speaking with them awhile and after some good recommendations they helped me decide on the Meopta Meopro 3-9x50mm Riflescope.  When I got it I was really impressed with the clarity of the Meopta Scope and the overall feel and balance of the riflescope. In my hand this Meopta riflescope feels super lightweight.  I also loved the fact that it had finger adjustable turrets.  I didn’t have to use a screwdriver or a quarter or something to make any kind of adjustments.  I haven’t had a chance to use it in any kind of low light situations yet since it’s not deer season, but I will try to update this post after the season is over and I put it through it’s paces. As it stands now though, I am really  impressed with this optic. If you get the chance talk to the guys at Sportsman Outfitters and they will give you a sweet deal.

 Meopta Optics

Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20x50mm Ballistic Milldot Riflescope Review

I recently purchased the Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20x50 Riflescope online from Sportsman Outfitters. I was pretty skeptical before buying which is why I did my homework on different riflescopes such as Meopta Optics, Nikon Sport Optics and Leupold Riflescopes. Well, after thorough research and questioning I decided that the Burris Fullfield II was the rifle scope for me. So, I found the best price on riflescopes online at Sportsman Outfitters. They were very friendly and made the transaction very easy. I received the riflescope about 2 days later. After mounting the scope to my new rifle I went to the shooting range to test my new Burris Fullfield II.

Well, I figured being I didn't pay top dollar for a riflescope that I was getting lower cost quality. I did pay about $399 for the riflescope which is pretty middle of the range. When I first took a peek through the Burris Fullfield II Riflescope I was shocked at the brightness and clearness. I really didn't expect what I had just saw. After sighting my scope in at about 300 yards I took a break and just throught about the deal I had just made. This Burris scope was very easy to sight in as well I must say. I must say if you are purchasing a Burris Fullfield you will get the most bang for your buck. Only a few stores online have them decently priced. But I didn't really have to look far when I found them at Sportsman Outfitters. I had purchased a few things from them before so I felt comfortable. All in all I would definitely recommend the Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20x50mm Riflescope to anyone looking for a high end riflescope but looking to make a good deal.

 Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20x50 Riflescope

Bushnell The Truth 4x20 Rangefinder w/ARC Technology Review

I purchased the Bushnell The Truth Rangefinder before this bowhunting season. I've used others in the past from brands such as Leupold and Nikon Sport Optics with decent luck but did miss some good deer. I'm here to tell you that with the new ARC Technology from this new Bushnell Rangefinder you will be amazed.

This rangefinder compensates for the angle you are at in the tree to the deer you are getting ready to shoot. Some of the yardage difference could be up to 3 yards or so depending on the distance of the shot. Let me tell you, three yards can definitely be the difference between hit and miss.

This Bushnell Rangefinder is priced very competitively in the market and you will get your moneys worth. This year I haven't missed a deer; two bucks and a doe. I must say that I attribute this to the Bushnell The Truth Rangefinder. I highly recommend the Bushnell The Truth Rangefinder with the ARC Technology. You can find them here at www.SportsmanOutfitters.com.

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