The Promaster XC525c vs the Slik 624

Backcoukntry Tripods: Slik 624 vs Promaster XC525C

By Brock Akers, Rokslide Moderator

These are two very popular tripods on the market today. Both carbon fiber and both priced relatively close. I decided to put them head to head to see to what they were all about and if there was definite better choice between the two. Here's my list of specifics that I wanted to compare:


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Phone Skope Review

by Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Prostaff

Phone Skope is nothing new in the industry and has become the leader in marrying up your smart phone/tablet to your spotter. I had the chance to test one for the first time this last fall. I was excited to see if the product lived up to all the hype.

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Swarovski X5 3.5-18x50 Scope Review

Ryan Avery, Rokslide Co-Owner

If you talk with long range hunters very much, you will inevitably end up debating which scope is the best. While everyone will have an opinion, one thing we all will agree on is that if your scope does not dial correctly, then nothing else really matters.

When I found out Swarovski Optik was releasing a long range scope, I called and talked to my go-to Swarovski man, Rob Lancelloti, Public Relations Associate. I asked him A LOT of questions. He told me what he could, and promised me that I would have one in my hands for my upcoming fall hunts. In the meantime, he sent me some additional information on it, which I was all to happy to read.


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Vortex's Kaibab HD 15x56 vs. Vortex Vulture HD 15x56

The Definitive Review

By Robby Denning, Rokslide Co-Owner

* Disclaimer: I'm not an optics expert. I'm a four-decades mule deer hunter.  I can't explain chromatic abberation or tell you exactly how resolution is related to objective diameter. However, I have glassed thousands of hours in my lifetime and I know what it takes to put big mule deer in the dirt. If you want to talk to an optics expert, click off this page. They're out there, I'm just not one of them...

When I was kid growing up in the 1970's, my dad was ahead of his time.  While most hunters didn't even carry binoculars back then, he usually had a pair close by.  Taking it up a notch, he also owned and used a pair of 20x tripod-mounted binoculars something almost unheard of back then.  I can't even remember the brand but I do remember that while they were barely tolerable to look through, I could glass better with them than with a spotting scope or the smaller 8x binos so common at the time.  I could actually see bucks (under the right conditions) at four and even five miles.  Those binoculars finally broke and I forgot about the concept for a few years.


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