reviews

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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, […]

YETI Loadout Bucket

REVIEW: The YETI Loadout Bucket

The circle I spend a lot of my outdoor time in is kayak fishing. When the YETI Loadout Bucket was announced at ICAST 2017, the mocking, outcry, and confusion fast worked its way through the community. “A $40 bucket!?!” “I’d never use that!” “My $2 Home Depot bucket works great!” I heard it all, but away from the naysayers, a voice in the back of my mind kept asking if […]

napier sportz truck tent

REVIEW: Napier Sportz Truck Tent

If you’ve ever fished tournaments, taken a long trip to go fish, or just wanted to save some dollars on lodging, you’ve probably thought about tent camping. One of my least favorite things about tent camping is being on the ground, and no large, flat surfaces to put the tent. Paying for spaces can be a little better but rarely. I’ve spent probably north of 40 nights sleeping in my vehicle […]

Backwater Assassin Paddle

REVIEW: Backwater Assassin Kayak Paddle

You may have heard of Backwater Paddles over the years, and you may have even seen their Assault Hand Paddle, a one handed quick adjustment paddle for a kayak. Now they’ve taken the hook and teeth concept to a full sized, double bladed kayak paddle called the Backwater Assassin Kayak Paddle. I got one ordered and spent several hours at a Heroes on the Water event last weekend putting it […]

Cotton Carrier Camera Harness

REVIEW: Cotton Carrier G3 Camera Harness

A little over a month ago we introduced you to the Cotton Carrier G3 Camera Harness. We’ve run it through the paces and it’s time to weigh in. About the Cotton Carrier G3 $119 The Cotton Carrier G3 Camera Harness system is designed for the active photographer. The harness supports and secures one camera with a long lens, keeping it always at the ready. The ergonomic design of this camera […]

Shimano Launches New Chronarch MGL

Offering advanced baitcasting reel technology both tournament and advance bass anglers require, Shimano introduces its re-engineered Chronarch MGL reels, now offered with lightweight Magnumlite spools and in three different gear ratios models. Weighing-in at 6.5-ounces, the six reels in the series include the Chronarch MGL 150 and left-hand retrieve 151 with 6.2:1 gear ratios, the 150HG and 151 HG with fast 7.1:1 gear ratios, and the MGL 150XG and 151XG […]