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In the Field: Nimrod Pack Systems

I bought my first external frame backpack, a Kelty, in 1991 as I prepared for a backpack hunt in Wyoming's Hoback country.  That old Kelty was the best I...
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In the Field: First Lite’s Base & Outer Layers

The Rok Blog is the place to check out how gear is actually performing in the field.  We go beyond the ads and put it all to the test...
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Elite Hunting Packs – Kifaru and Stone Glacier

Elite Hunting Packs - Kifaru and Stone Glacier By Matt Cashell Stone Glacier (left) and Kifaru provide back-country hunters with excellent options for toting gear in and trophy...
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I Hate Gear!

I hate gear, I hate spending money, I hate shopping— I’d hunt naked if I could.  Gear is just a necessary evil to me.  It’s not exactly the gear...
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The “Trick-Pin” System

The Trick-Pin System – Quit Your Range-Finder Habit Darin Cooper - Rokslide Senior Editor This may be the coolest damn thing you never knew about your bow! We have...
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Meopta Meostar B1 10X42 HD binocular

Meopta Meostar B1 10X42 HD binocular Matt Cashell The 10X42 Meopta Meostar HD As I mentioned in the Spotting Scope review, I hunted for several years with the...
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Meopta Meopro 3-9X42 BDC Riflescope

Meopta Meopro 3-9X42 BDC Riflescopeby Matt Cashell In my last article I went over the excellent top-shelf S2 HD 82mm spotter from Meopta. When I received the spotter for evaluation,...
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Cabela’s Alaskan Guide External Frame Backpack

Cabela's Alaskan Guide - External Frame Jared Bloomgren ("J-Rod")   As backcountry hunters we are always looking for the best way to get our animals out of the rough...
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Meopta S2 HD 82mm Spotter Review

Meopta S2 HD 82mm Spotting Scope by Matt Cashell   The “Big Three” get all the glory when it comes to European Optics. Zeiss, Leica, and Swarovski earned this...
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Eberlestock Just One

Eberlestock Just One Packs.  Here on Rokslide, we often discuss the super-packs available from Kifaru, Kuiu, and Mystery Ranch. This is for a good reason. These packs have...

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Black Diamond Icon 500 Headlamp Review

As backcountry hunters, we all strive to have a well-rounded gear list full of items that we know we can count on, everything from...

Kuiu Icon

KUIU ICON By Aron Snyder 5lbs 12oz’s (6000) 4lbs 9 oz's (3000) It seems that the design intent for the Icon was simple… bring...
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The Red Zone, with Jared Bloomgren

My friend, Jared Bloomgren, is back with his final installment in his Spot-and-Stalk series (see Spot & Stalk Tactics & Spot & Stalk Part II.) ...

Battle of the 30 Cals

Maybe it stems from fond memories of our fathers or grandfathers pulling the ol' 30-06 out of the cabinet with the faint aroma of...

Swarovski NL Pure 12×42 Binocular Review

Swarovski NL Pure Binoculars That September afternoon was cool and overcast.  My teenage son, James, and I had climbed to a glassing point above treeline...
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Puffy Jacket Shootout, Alaska Style

Puffy Jacket Shootout, Alaska Style By Luke Moffat, Rokslide Prostaff Puffy jackets. Aside from backpacks, puffy jackets are cussed and discussed more than...