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  • Sitka SUBALPINE - New for 2017

     

    WHAT IS OPTIFADE?

    GORE OPTIFADE Concealment incorporates the micro and macro patterns of the animal kingdom to help make hunters unrecognizable as predators, even when detected. Stalking predators, like tigers, have a macro-pattern of stripes that break up their body symmetry as they chase prey.  OPTIFADE takes these same concepts and uses a pattern that was designed for what ungulates see not how WE see making it an extremely effective pattern.

    SUBALPINE VS. OPEN COUNTRY

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  • First Lite Cipher Camo - New for 2017

    What is Cipher?

    Cipher camouflage from First Lite leverages the same proven working principals as their Fusion camo. The relationship between colors and shapes in both First Lite patterns are specifically designed to fool the brain and resemble patterns found in nature. No Pixels, no trees. Breakup camouflage from First Lite utilizes several key principles to help you disappear in both short and long distances:

    • Large Shape Disruption -  Used to distort and hide the hunter's body by incorporating large regions of light and dark colors that work against the human figure.
    • Small-Medium Texture Disruption - A scattering of small-to-medium sized elements from a nature-based algorithm effectively blends the hunter into their surroundings when close to prey.
    • Disruptive Coloration - Finely tunes palettes of color to contrast against body outlines to blend with natural surroundings.
    • Focal and Depth Confusion - Color and shape algorithms based in nature are strategically placed to confuse depth perception. Peripheral vision of the prey is also distorted with the controlled contrast and disruptive coloration.
    • Light and Dark Crackleture - Unique to First Lite patterns, the crackleture use of light and dark shapes that weave throughout the pattern offer yet another level of versatility and effectiveness, eliminating color blobbing and further distorting the hunter's shape.

    Cipher Camo

    Cipher vs Fusion?

    Although they use the same science and both are very flexible to a wide variety of environments, Fusion incorporates green into it's color pallet which makes it ideal for early season, western lichen/sage/pine, and any type of heavy wooded areas. Cipher on the other hand uses a much more muted color pallet for dry and late season environments.

    First Lite Camouflage

  • BlackOvis NWT Merino Wool Giveaway [Contest Over]

    3 Will Win!

    Each winner will get setup with a merino top and bottom in the style of their choice. Contest was open from 2/22/17-2/28/17. 

    *Since we had such a high feedback and entry count we decided to throw in an extra winner! Congrats to our Winners: Clayton Lowe, Lisa Sheppard, Kelly T Hicks, and Ray Slaton.

    You need to properly layer in order to make an effective hunting apparel system. If your base layers can't breath or can't keep you warm when needed, it can bring your hunt to a raging halt. Merino wool is ideal because of it's natural properties and by using them as your next-to-skin layer, you can stay out in the field longer with added comfort.

    BlackOvis Merino Wool

    We at BlackOvis.com now manufacture our own 190 gram, 100% Merino Wool from New Zealand Merino sheep and we're giving you a chance to win 1 of 3 sets of Merino wool! Each winner will be able to choose either the NWT 1/4 Zip Top or the NWT Long Sleeve Crew AND either the NWT 50/50 Blend Boxer or the NWT Base Layer Bottom.

     

    • 1 submission per email address
    • Must enter using the form above
    • Contest is open from Feb 22nd through Feb 28th, winner announced March 1st
    • By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    • If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    • Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

     

    Merino Wool has powerful natural properties which include moisture wicking, warmth when needed, odor resistant properties, and is extremely soft. When washing merino, tumble dry on low heat or hang to dry to prevent fibers from being damaged. To learn more about these products, visit the BlackOvis brand page

     

  • Nikon Rangefinder Giveaway! [Contest Over]

     

    We've teamed up with Nikon to put together an awesome giveaway where 1 lucky winner will score the new Nikon Arrow VR 7000 Rangefinder with Vibration Reduction (& other Nikon Goodies)!

    Congrats to the winner, Robert from Port Hadlock for taking home the prize!

    Nikon Arrow Id 7000 Giveaway

    And yes, because it's a contest, we do need to set a few ground rules:

    1 submission per email address
    Must enter using the form above
    Contest is open from Dec 09th through Dec 15th, winner announced Dec 16th.
    By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

    Again, a huge shout out to our sponsor Nikon. They have been a long time partner of BlackOvis and are for sure a leader in the hunting and outdoor industries when it comes to quality made and functional optics. Even if you don't win the contest, pick up some Nikon this season so you can rest assured that your glass will hold up for years to come.

  • Dobson VS. Red Desert

    Dobson Aerowool and Red Desert Merino Comparison

    Dobson Desert

    Dobson Desert Comp

    With the introduction of the new First Lite Dobson Boxers, a lot of people, including myself, have been wondering what the main differences are between those and the legendary Red Desert Boxers so we decided to put them both to the use out in the field this season and lay out the major differences of both products and dive into which one is the best fit for you!

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  • First Lite Uncompahgre Jacket Review

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    My first impression of the First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket when I pulled it out of the package it arrived in was, ‘this is it?!’ I was expecting something much bulkier and heavier than what I was holding. I’ve read a lot of reviews on puffy jackets, and some of the comparison type reviews led me to believe that the Uncompahgre was much bulkier and heavier than comparable top of the line puffy jackets designed for hunters and outdoorsmen. I was surprised at how light it felt, and how thin it seemed. I was excited to put it to the test!

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  • Slumberjack Giveaway - 4 Winners! [Contest Over]

    SJK Giveaway

    We've teamed up with Slumberjack to put together an awesome giveaway where there will be 4 Winners and a total of $1400 in Prizes! Here are the different prize packs:

    Prize 1: Rail Hauler 2500 - Mandrake - $299 value AND Satellite Tarp - $89 value (Congratualtions to Robert from Kalispell MT)

    Prize 2: Bounty 4500 Pack - Mandrake - $299 value AND Contour Bivy - $99 value (Congratulations to Melissa from Corbin KY)

    Prize 3: Carbine 2500 - Highlander - $199 value AND Pursuit Minimalist Pack - $89 value (Congratulations to Randy from Wilmont MN)

    Prize 4: Flush 750 - $119 value AND the Thermal Cloak - Highlander - $199 value (Congulations to Cole Looper)

     

    And yes, because it's a contest, we do need to set a few ground rules:

    • 1 submission per email address
    • Must enter using the form above
    • Contest is open from Nov 15th through Nov 21st, winner announced Nov 22nd.
    • By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    • If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    • Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

    Again, a huge shout out to our sponsor Slumberjack. They have been a long time partner of BlackOvis and are for sure a leader in the hunting and outdoor industries when it comes to quality made and functional gear. Even if you don't win the contest, pick up some this season so you can rest assured that your gear will hold up for years to come.

     

  • Gaiter Comparison

    There has been a huge increase in the popularity and use of leg gaiters in the last few years in the hunting community. I personally had never used a gaiter until 4 years ago. However once I bought my first pair and started using them in wet and snowy conditions, I instantly realized their value. High gaiters will help prevent the bottoms of your pants from getting soaked by wet vegetation or snow while also keeping your boot uppers protected from the elements. They can also help keep out water in brief and shallow (below the top of the gaiter) stream crossings. They are not waders so don't expect them to keep your feet dry while crossing a raging river!

    I had the opportunity to personally go through and try out several of the most popular and newest hunting gaiters on the market and give my 2 cents about each of them. Below you'll find the features of each according to the manufacturer and then my own personal experiences using them. Some of my opinions may differ from others but they are based on my experience using gaiters while chasing everything from high country Mule Deer in the heat of August and September, to late season elk hunting in the bitter cold of January.

    First Lite Brambler Gaiters
    First Lite Brambler Gaiter

    The First Lite Brambler Gaiters are built to take a beating with their coated Nylon straps, Cordura constructed insteps, and insanely tough seams. They will keep you dry and comfortable no matter the conditions or terrain. They utilize the same 37.5 by Cocona Technology which breathes like no other but is also extremely waterproof. They are currently only available in the Fusion camo pattern but I would like to see them in a solid color in the future. They are available in a S/M or L/XL. I have  16.5" calves and the S/M fits me perfectly.

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  • Marmot Tent & Bag Giveaway! [Contest Over]

    Marmot giveaway

    Let's kick November off with another giveaway! We've teamed up with Marmot to bring you an ultralight tent and sleeping bag combo. The dual entry Marmot Force 2P Backpacking Tent offers a great balance between weight, living space, and easy of setting up. Pair this with the Hydrogen 800+ fill 30° Down Sleeping Bag and you're set to venture deep into the backcountry with some of the world's most reliable outdoor gear!

    One lucky winner will take home the combo, totaling a retail value of $718!

    The winner is... Derek from Alberta, congrat man! Stay tuned for more giveaways we have planned in the near future.

    Because it's a contest, we do need to set a few ground rules:

    • 1 submission per email address
    • Must enter using the form above
    • Contest is open from Nov 1st through Nov 8th, winner announced Nov 9th
    • By entering, you agree to receive the BlackOvis Gear Insider emails. You can unsubscribe anytime
    • If the notified winner has not responded within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected
    • Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone else

    Again, a huge shout out to our sponsor Marmot. They have been a long time partner of BlackOvis and are for sure a leader in the outdoor industry when it comes to quality made and functional gear. Even if you don't win the contest, pick up some this season so you can rest assured that your gear will hold up for years to come.

  • First Lite Beanie Comparison

    First Lite Beanie Comparison

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    This year First Lite redesigned their accessory line and made a couple changes as well as additions to help fill the need that hunters ask for. One of the main differences right off the back is sizing. Starting this year First Lite started offering two sizes in their beanies, a Medium and a Large. The Medium size took over the old “One Size” and gives you the same fit and feel that you know and love out of any previous First Lite Beanie. The Large has a little bigger dimensions and sits a little lower on your head making it a perfect choice for those who want a little more covered or for those who just have a mellon on their shoulders.

    Besides sizing, First Lite also introduced a new beanie, the Tag Cuff. Much like the Merino Beanie, this is made 100% out of Merino about twice as thick and features the “tag” fold-up style band around the base. This adds an extra layer of warmth for those bittersweet chilly mornings.

    Having the option to choose the right style that fits your hunting style really helps keep your gear as versatile as can be and also allows you take full effect of all that specific product was designed for. They all are made out of 100% Ultra Fine Merino, which makes them lightweight, breathable, naturally odor resistant and they even stay 80% warmer when wet compared to other fabrics.

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    The “Classic” First Lite Merino Beanie is the perfect choice for early season hunting. If you spend a lot of time in high altitude or deep drainage's where sunlight isn’t shown as much but you just need that added layer of warmth to keep your head and ears warm then this is the beanie for you plus it only weighs a couple of ounces. Again, this does come in two sizes now, Medium, which was the old One Size, and Large.

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    The Brimmed Beanie is everything you know and love about the Merino Beanie, the only difference is that it has a brim on the front. This tends to be the better choice if you do a lot of summiting or peaking in both twilight hours as well as during the day when you need to shield the sun out of your eyes without having to wear a hat. Besides that the fit, feel and technologies are identical.

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    The First Lite Tag Cuff Beanie is a new addition to the accessory lineup this year. First Lite got a lot of feedback about people wanting a beanie that did a little more than the Merino but still stuck within that price zone that every hunter can afford. The Tag Cuff is about twice as thick as the standard Merino Beanie and is similar to the same 330g Merino weight that the First Lite Chama EXP offers adding that extra heavyweight layer of warmth that is crucial in the late-season. It’s still made 100% out of Merino so still odor resistant, performs great even when wet, and features that “Tag Cuff” brim all across the base of the beanie which helps keep your ears warm and sweat under control just in case you get a little more active than planned.

    Overall we’re excited to see the growth that First Lite has had in the last couple of years and how they always retain to keep the same Quality as they make advancements and spread out their product line offerings. You can’t go wrong with either or but be sure to pick one up and at that price pick up a spare as well that you can keep in your pack, truck, UTV at all times. You can never have enough beanies. Take that as a “Tip of the experienced idiot”.

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