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favorite balance rod review Payne Outdoors

REVIEW: Favorite Balance Casting Rod

The Favorite Balance casting rod and the other Favorite brand rod models gained popularity through marketing from YouTube fishing channels. I’m typically skeptical of market hype products that only become mainstream after massive sponsorship dollars are dropped but the price point of the Favorite Balance intrigued me enough to look closer. My local Cabela’s had a display of them and after a couple of minutes of inspection and seeing the […]

North Face Ventrix Jacket from Payne Outdoors Reviewer Chris Payne

REVIEW: The North Face Ventrix Jacket

The North Face Ventrix is a jacket that caught my attention. The quick video describing the Ventrix system and how it vents excess heat during aerobic activity seemed like a really cool design technology that might come in handy here in Texas where it can get cold but not cold enough to stay indoors. About The North Face Ventrix TNF explains the Ventrix as, “Our new, dynamic ventilation responds to […]

Salty Scales Review Payne Outdoors Chris Payne

REVIEW: Salty Scales Fishing Shirts

I love a good fishing shirt. My ideal shirt has UPF 50+, is soft with no seams that rub, no buttons, and has to be a long sleeve. If it’s got a cool design, that really adds to the appeal. A couple of months ago as I was discarding another delaminated fishing shirt I came across Salty Scales. They have apparel for men and women while appearing to meet my […]

13-Fishing-Concept-Z-Review Payne Outdoors Chris Payne

REVIEW: 13 Fishing Concept Z Baitcasting Reel

I first saw the Concept Z in person at a local tackle shop, Tightlines PFT in Killeen, last week. Having a review for the 13 Fishing Inception in the works I picked it up, gave the spool a spin, scoffed, and put it back down. I think the words I used immediately were, “That sucks. How are they going to sell those if someone actually tries it?” It was different […]

13 Fishing Inception Review Payne Outdoors Chris Payne

REVIEW: 13 Fishing Inception Baitcasting Reel

13 Fishing has been cranking out new rods and reels over the last couple of years of which I have reviewed quite a few. Walking through my local tackle shop a couple of weeks ago I picked up a 13 Fishing Inception reel and gave it a spin. The spool seemed to spin well, the drag seemed strong, and the price was right so I took it to the register, […]

REVIEW: UnderCover Flex Truck Bed Cover

After more than three months of testing, today we’re reporting out on the UnderCover Flex truck bed cover, also called a tonneau cover. Our install was on a four-door Chevy Silverado with a 5’8″ bed. It is important to know that the UnderCover Flex cover is available for most bed lengths and truck models including with and without factory bed topper rails or liners. Some info from the folks at UnderCover: The UnderCover […]

Plano-Z-Series-Backpack Payne Outdoors Review

REVIEW: Plano Z Series Backpack

Plano made an interesting step into the kayak fishing world with the introduction of the soft side, V Series, and Z Series. Inside the Z Series was one of my favorite ways to organize my gear, a backpack. The Plano Z Series Backpack caught my attention because it was waterproof and came equipped with four Plano 3700 boxes. I went down to the local Bass Pro Shops, liked what I saw […]