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Review From Riley!!! “TradTech Galaxy”


TT Galaxy 17” riser with Black Max Limbs review

Riser specs:
-17” riser for 58”,60” or 62” bow with ILF limbs
-Accepts any recurve/longbow ILF limb
-Slightly reflex design that maximizes velocity and efficiency
– Zebra wood, Maple Dymond wood and Phenolic flares
-Lateral limb adjustments

Limb specs:
-Laminated black fiberglass with maple core
-Fast flight limp tips
-Short (58”) 40lb limbs


In November of 2012 I decided that I wanted a new upgraded recurve. I looked at almost every bowyer and just could not decide what bow company to go with.  After being confused for a few days I decided to contact Andrew at Black Widow Tackle and Hunting.  After a few weeks we decided on the Tradtech Galaxy with short (58”) limbs.  99% of my hunting is spot and stalk, very rarely do I set up and wait for animals to come in so I needed a bow that was in the 56-58” mark.  I also wanted a bow that was smooth, quiet, and was a takedown.  Andrew suggested the Tradtech line of bows and assured me they were good bows for the money.  A short while after I order the bow from Andrew and it was at my door step!


First impression of the bow when I opened it was. It was exactly that, I was stunned and speechless, as you can see from these pictures the bow is cool looking.  The finish was better than expected, I was expecting a bow with a pretty rough finish but it was flawless.  I put the bow together just by sliding the limbs into the riser dovetail and I was ready to string her up.  I set the brace height at 8”  and then took her down and put her away until I had time to fling a few arrows.


A few days later I was able to finally fire off a few arrows.  I was pretty surprised on how dead in the hand this bow was.  So that night I got some bare shafts and figured I would bare shaft tune. Within 7 arrows I got the correct spine and nock height.   The very next day I was free and very eager to see how fast this bow was.  I stepped out to 20 yards and shot a broad head, then a field point, then a bare shaft. Well the picture says it all, a little stiff but for me that is more than perfect!  I then wrote every spec on the bow down…tiller, brace height, nock height, arrow length, arrow tip weight, and tip weight.  This way if I change something I can always go back to what works!  Im hoping to run through this stock string so I can put on my personal favorite strings…BABOOZE BOWSTRINGS!  Jerry is also located in Hawaii and he makes some killer fast strings!  I actually pre-ordered 2 for my Galaxy.


This bow just plain rocks and I cant wait to hunt with it and see how it really performs! Of course it doesn’t compare to a custom; but it sure will give any custom a run for their money.  The finish is awesome and the amount of adjustment you have is just perfect.  Even though I got a bow that is 40lbs at my 25” draw and shooting an arrow about 11.5 GPP, I believe it will do an awesome job passing through some of Hawaii’s game.  Dealing with Andrew was great; he knows his stuff and is just a great guy to talk to.  Whenever I order whether it be from 3rivers or other places, I like to call or email the company just to get a feel of the customer service.  After talking with Andrew on the phone I was satisfied that if anything did go wrong he would not bail out on me and say tough luck.  Black Widow Tackle and Hunting is one of the few companies that I would full recommend.  Even if you don’t want to order things, just give Andrew a call because the guy loves hunting stories!!!


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ProStaff Review of Brooks Range Foray Tent

Brooks Range Foray on Kodiak Island, Alaska


Kodiak Island is the perfect proving ground for nearly all outdoor gear.  If an item can withstand the rain, wind and cold on Kodiak then it should work anywhere!  So when Black Widow Tackle asked me to test out the Foray tent from Brooks Range that they recently started carrying, I jumped at the chance.  As a general rule I don’t take new unproven gear to the field with me, especially on fly out hunts to Kodiak, so I brought some “back up” shelters in case we needed them. This proved to be unnecessary, as the Foray worked flawlessly!

Brooks Range is a high end gear company known for creating high quality mountaineering equipment that is suited for challenging weather, while still managing to keep the weight of their products low.  We were going to Kodiak for a mountain goat hunt where we might potentially have to spike out several miles from our drop off location to get on the goats, so every pound counted!

Here are some of the specs listed about the Brooks Range Foray tent:

Weight Max: 3 pounds 2 oz

Size of tent area: 30 sq ft

Size of vestibule: 6 sq ft

Season: 3 season tent

Price: $425

For more specs visit the link here:

One surprising thing I noticed when I weighed everything (tent, fly, stakes, guy-lines, instructions, poles, and all associated stuff sacks) was that the total weight came in at 47.3 oz or 2 pounds 15 oz for a max weight, rather than the listed 3 pounds 2 oz.  So often in the backpacking world manufacturers fudge their weights to sell a product.  It was refreshing to see that Brooks Range actually listed their tent 3 oz heavier than what I weight it to be.

Tent and Fly on the scale

Tent Poles on the scale

Tent stakes on the scale


During the initial setup in the field it was sprinkling (which seems to be the norm for the island), so setting up the tent quickly was a priority.  I was pleasantly surprised with how fast the tent went up, even having never done it before.  I believe this is attributed to the ingenious single pole design of the Foray.  In a matter of 2-3 minutes out of the bag, we were beginning to clip on the fly.  Brooks Range provides all the stakes, guy lines, and tensioners needed to guy out all the mid height guy outs, as well as all the staking points on the bottom of the tent. An added bonus is that the instructions for set up are printed on a tag that is attached to the tent’s sack, so you never have to worry about losing them.

Since we were taking a 3 season tent to an area with no protection, and on an island known for wind, I opted to replace the stakes with heavier MSR ground hog stakes to hedge my bets and better give the tent a grip on the ground.  This was a bit of extra weight, 5 ounces, but being as I was heading to Kodiak with an unproven tent I figured it would help mitigate some of the unknowns.

After airing up the pads and throwing the sleeping bags in, it was apparent that the tent would be “cozy” for two guys.  However, I was with my wife so that didn’t matter much. We slept comfortably in the Foray every night of our trip.

Inside of Foray with 2 sleeping bags

The vestibule, while not huge, is very functional.  We were easily able to sit up and take our boots on and off in the vestibule without having to sit outside or open up the door, which is nice when it’s blowing and pouring down rain.

One of the best features of the tent is the angle of the door.  In most tents the door is angled in such a manner that the bottom of the door sticks further out than the top of the door.  Companies do this so the floor dimensions appear larger than what is actually usable.  Brooks Range chose to forgo “appearing larger” on paper and just went with actually usable dimensions in their floor, while still enabling you to sit in the inner tent portion of the shelter with your feet in the vestibule to don and doff your footwear.

This design also puts your head in the peak height in this position, making it easier to cook meals and other tasks inside the shelter when the weather is sub-par outside, without having to crouch as you might in other tents of the same weight category.  A final perk of the bottom of the inner tent door being angled back away from the door on the fly is that it allows all the water that might drip off the fly when you are entering and exiting the tent to drip into the vestibule floor rather that inside the tent itself where your bags and pads are.  This is a problem so many other tent manufacturers have over looked and seem to not be willing to rectify.

A look from the tent out to the vestibule


We had 6 days of continuous rain on Kodiak, and the factory seam sealing that came with the tent held up extremely well without so much as a drop making it inside.  Also, the Foray comes with excellent ventilation capabilities, which makes managing condensation in even the wettest or most humid condition simple. The vents are located above the door and can easily be zipped open and closed to provide adequate ventilation, even in 100% humidity situations for days on end.

Front of Foray showing the two vents on the vestibule


Luckily we didn’t have much opportunity to test how well the Foray holds up to extreme wind, but it handled the 30 mph sustained winds we had the one night with ease, and was surprisingly quiet in the wind due to the tents tight pitch.  I have used other lightweight two person tents like the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 and Flycreek 2 and can say for a fact that they are much noisier and not as stout in such winds.

I believe this is due to a much more robust pole design in the Foray for a three season tent, as compared to other tents in this weight class. The tensioners on four corners of the fly also accounts for the taut pitch and can be adjusted as needed with ease.

Overall, I am very impressed with how many useful features Brooks Range was able to squeeze into the tent given it’s minimal weight.  This is not a tent I’d opt to spend 10 days in as my only shelter with another guy on a fly out hunt, but as a spike out tent for 2 guys for a few days or a solo shelter it appears to be just the ticket.

For more great reviews and pics check out Luke’s Facebook page and Rokslide.

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Brooks Range Mountaineering Alpini 15* Sleeping Bag

I went to a outdoor show a few months back and I had a chance to take and look at Brooks Range Mountaineering.  They are a smaller company that makes Down and Synthetic Jackets that are amazing!  They also make sleeping bags, tents and snow tools and accessories.

When I was at the show, I was amazed by their products.  I really like their new jacket the Mojave.  It is a down jacket with down tek.  I can’t wait to see what other things they are going to make with down tek.

I was also impressed with their sleeping bags.  They are a down sleeping which is nothing new but the added features they do is nice when you are out sleeping in the cold.  The sleeping bag I was using for the last 10 or 12 years is the Mountain Hardwear Trekker.  It is a synthetic sleeping bag and I have had it is some semi extreme conditions from 75* to around 10*.  I was hunting one winter and when I woke up there were 10″ icicles from our condinsation and my bag was soaking wet and was still warm.

So let see how the Brooks Range Alpini 15* bag will match up.  When I received the package from Brooks Range the first thing I did was lay it out on the bed to see what it looked like.  When I left to get the camera this is what I had found.

My little guy love playing with everything that I get, but I can’t wait till he can come out with me and test these things out!

Here are the 2 bags side by side.

As you can see the Mountain Hardwear is wider through out.  Which is a good and a bad thing.  For the good it is more room to move your legs and hips.  And for the bad more air space to get cold air through and around you.  As for the Alpini it is more slender throughout.  Again which is good and bad.  The good, it fits more like a glove so there is far less cold spots throughout your body.  It surprisingly has a large foot box.  Your feet do not feel like they are being suffocated like some.  One other thing I like about the foot box is it is not stitched together so there is a thin spot where the fabric meets at and allows cold to come in.   The bad, can be a little tight feeling on your torso if you are claustrophobic.  You can also see the smaller baffles in the Alpini compared to the Trekker.  This will help keep the down more together and not spread all over the place.

They both have a baffle that runs the full length of the zipper to help keep the wind out and keep you warm.  Now for one thing that I have not see in a lot or if any sleeping bags is a full head baffle.  I am not saying that no one else does this but I have not seen it yet.

This is the feature that I like the most for my cold weather hunts.  Most will do a baffle around the front section of the bag to keep the cold from going down you front.  Like they did here.

But they did both.  They put it in the front of the bag and around your head which they call the “Halo Neck Collar”.  This is a feature that you will appreciate when you are in the cold with a 3 season tent and the wind is cutting through it like a hot knife through butter.

Here you can see the bags are inside out and a better picture of the “Halo Neck Collar”.  Again this is a very nice feature!  One that is very under appreciated.

Here is another view of the bags but inside out.  You still can see the narrowness of the Alpini compared to the Trekker.

Here is the info and specs from Brooks Range Mountaineering website:

The Alpini 15° Sleeping Bag™ is built for those who plan to sleep outside where it’s cold and colder. With a well insulated pad (our Alpini sleeping pad) it is easy to be warm in this bag, especially for those hardy souls who enjoy camping in the middle of winter (15° F, -9° C).

The secret to the warmth of our Alpini 15° sleeping bag is using offset baffles for maximum insulation efficiency with 850+ fill goose down sandwiched between lightweight Pertex Quantum® fabric. This allows the down to loft completely yet remain protected from the elements.

Key Features:

  • Halo Neck Collar – full wrap baffled collar connects to head gasket
  • Lightweight baffle netting for maximal loft & warmth
  • Baffled head gasket reduces heat loss and a better fit
  • Differential cut allow maximal loft
  • Cloak hood for full coverage without extra bulk
  • Baffled draft tube with zipper guard
  • Ergonomic footbox
  • Internal storage pocket
  • Large cotton storage sack
  • Rectangular shaped stuff sack stows in packs better

Down with Down
Nothing beats down for a comfortable, deep, luxurious sleep. This is as true at home as it is in the backcountry, where its lightweight and compressibility are infinitely more valuable. When every element of what you take in the backcountry matters, not only is down the insulation of choice, but the higher the fill power, the better the overall performance.

At Brooks-Range we use 850-fill down, it is super light, ultra compressible, and lofts up to provide a huge comfort range from cool nights on the beach to arctic nights under the aurora borealis.

Model Alpini 30° Alpini 15°
Size Normal Normal
Temp. Rating +30° F
-1° C
+15° F
-9° C
Fill Weight 11½ oz.
326 g
20½ oz.
581 g
Total Weight 23 oz.
653 g
32 oz.
908 g
Length 72″
183 cm
183 cm
Width (shoulder) 62″
157 cm
157 cm
Width (hip) 55″
139 cm
139 cm
Width (foot) 40″
101 cm
101 cm

Now for the Con’s and Pro’s.  I like to start with the Con’s and finish on a good note.


  1. Slim body design.  Can be restricting for the larger guys.


  1. Halo Neck Collar.  This is #1!!!
  2. Large foot box.
  3. The connection of the fabrics(this is a must see).

I was not able to test this bag out in the outdoor environment like I want to, but I will be buying one to test to it’s fullest.  The Conclusion of this semi review of a few of the amazing features.  I love the “Halo Neck Collar” that is one of the best thing I have seen in a bag and the large foot box and how the fabrics come together.  I wish I could show you this, but with not being able to tear the bag apart you will just have to take my word on this one.  This is a GREAT bag and worth every penny.  There was a good deal of R & D that went into this bag.

Their sleeping bags and tents can be purchased at Black Widow Tackle and Hunting

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This is the reason why Wilderness Athlete’s products are far superior than others!

Wilderness Athlete

By Coach Mark Paulsen

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover represents the latest generation of sports rehydration drinks – complete, correct, and comprehensive in formulation. What’s left out of sports drinks is equally important as to what’s included in them. That’s why Hydrate & Recover contains no artificial colors, no oils or fats, and no stabilizers. Not only can some of these ingredients have a negative health impact but they also make a sports drink far less effective and even slow down its ability to replenish and refresh a tired and thirsty body.

What’s included in Hydrate & Recover is the ideal spectrum of nutrients, electrolytes, antioxidants, and energy pathway cofactors to make this the premier rehydration beverage available. Based on well- documented research studies, Hydrate & Recover provides the exact molarity, (concentration of solid nutrients dissolved in fluid), to allow fast, unimpeded uptake of fluids into the bloodstream. In fact, its absorption through the digestive tract is…

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The Final!!! Picking out my new longbow!

After a long time of buying used trad bows it was finally time to buy a new one.  After talking to many different bowyers all GREAT except for one(He had no interest talking to me about his bow or answering any questions)!   I Choose South Cox at Stalker Custom Recurves.  The reason why I choose South was because of a post he made on TradGang offering to fix another bowyers bow at no charge to the person because the orginal bowyer would not fix it and just making excuses.  South is a great person to talk to and he is a wealth of knowledge.  He loves talking about his bow and hunting.

I called South at the Beginning of April and placed my order.  South was great and made sure that all my options were going to be the best fit for me and my bow.  He sent me some pics of the bow being built during the process.

My bow is a 58″ hybrid longbow 51# at 26″.

So, about 2 weeks ago South Called me and told me that the bow was just about ready to ship and I got very excited!!!!!!!  The other day I heard a knock at my front to and it was the USPS man with a package that was about the size of a box of arrows.  The box was from South.  I rushed to open it and this is what I found inside.

Here are all the contents of the package.

With my bow I ordered a Tshirt and sticker.

Now I will shut up so you can enjoy the rest of the pictures.

I hope that you enjoyed the pictures and if you are in the market for a new Traditional bow look no further and give South Cox a call at 707-768-1900 or email him at and take a look at his website Stalker Custom Recurves.  He is a top notch guy and takes pride in every build!

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Adhek USA

Today was the start of ICAST 2012 and there were a lot of nice stuff to look at.  I was like a kid in a candy store.

Here are some pic of the day.

This is part of  Phenix Rods new jigging and popping lineup.  You will be getting a truly custom looking rod that is at a factory rod price!

To add to Phenix Rods lineup are their new line of surf rods that given a very custom look to them.

Another GREAT up and coming company is Release Reels

When you thought it could not get any better they offer a lifetime warranty.  They have taken the best from the overseas reels and have added their technology and made one of the best conventional reels.  They have made and patented the reverse gear box that I surprisingly like better!

Here are the rest of the pics for day…

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