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alps outdoorz commander pack review

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag Review

The ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag is a beast! I took the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Frame + Pack Bag through the paces at elk camp this year. This combination is not really a frame and pack but a full syst...
panasonic ts25 review

Panasonic TS25 Review: Rugged Photos, Great Price

Adventure -- and to a lesser degree, life -- requires some ruggedness. Since you are here reading Man Makes Fire, I assume you have some type of adventure or adventurer in your life. Adventure usually has some ...
alpen monocular 8x25

Alpen 8×25 Model 120 Monocular Review

I'm a fan of the monocular form factor because a monocular is small and light. If you have one, there's never a reason to leave it behind, so you can get that close-up view of a mountain goat on the side of a c...
alpen shasta ridge binoculars

Alpen Shasta Ridge Binocular Review

A good pair of binoculars will open your eyes to a world you didn't know existed. With sharp and clear optics that let in a lot of light, suddenly the smudge a 1,000 yards away turns into a bedded down buck. Wi...
hunting with binoculars

Why You Need to Hunt with a Good Set of Binoculars

I've known a lot of guys who rely on their rifle scopes to act as their binoculars -- and I've been that guy myself. Unfortunately, your rifle scope isn't the safest way to check out something moving in the bru...
hunting rangefinders

Gear Guide: Best Rangefinders for Hunting

Laser rangefinders for hunting are becoming must-have gear for bowhunters, muzzleloaders, and rifle hunters. For a bowhunter, a 10-yard mistake can mean the difference between a successful shot and a regrettabl...