Vortex Optics – Great Service!
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I have been associated with Vortex for several years and in spite of having rifle scopes, spotting scopes, and 2 different pairs of binos – I have never had to use their warranty program. Vortex is well-known for their superior level of service, but I had never needed to experience it first hand.

I have an olddddddd pair of 8×42 binos – “Sidewinders’ that they don’t even sell any more. Years of bouncing around in Rangers, tramping around the desert and riding in the front of the truck had made them victim of our nasty Arizona dust. They felt really gritty when adjusting the focus. I called Vortex and asked if they could clean and service them and they said “Sure”. On the Service Form I indicated “Need a good cleaning, missing a lens cap”

Wow! The binos were only gone 2 weeks or so, and here is the work they performed, at no charge:

Repaired both eye cup assemblies
Cleaned and lubed focus mechanism
Adjusted diopter so both sides focus together
Checked alignment
Cleaned binoculars
Installed objective lens covers and rain guard.
Included new cleaning cloth
Included new case

These came back to me working flawlessly and looking like they were brand new! Great job by Vortex!

Healthy Joints for Life – a book by Richard Diana, MD
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“But… but… this is a hunting website!”

Yes, yes it is. But I have been plagued with arthritis for several years so when I was offered a chance to review this book, I took it! Thanks to Saraciea Fennell at Harlequin for reaching out to me and getting me a copy of the book!

What a great book! Dr. Diana discusses the ins and outs of inflammation in layman’s terms that make sense, even when he is discussing it at a cellular level. He describes what inflammation is, what causes it, and how to reduce it. He discusses foods and supplements – what works and what to avoid. He discusses exercise and presents an 8-week comprehensive program to get you back to feeling better. In this program he covers in detail recipes, vitamins, and exercise – why, how and when.

I’m 47 and everything hurts. If you’re starting to ache or get creaky, I highly recommend this book. It’s interesting, thorough and well-written. Dr. Diana utilizes current research, years of training and experience as a physician, and past suffering of aches and pains as an NFL player to make this practical and easy-to-read.

Think you’re destined to eating carrots? Check this out:

Fiber Creamsicle Smoothie

1 teaspoon orange flavored Metamucil
1 Tablespoon sugar-free yogurt
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
3-4 ice cubes
1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

From the Harlequin press release:

HEALTHY JOINTS FOR LIFE: An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Proven Plan to Reduce Pain and Inflammation, Avoid Surgery and Get Moving Again (February 2014).

Dr. Richard Diana—the only orthopedic surgeon to play in a Super Bowl—is uniquely positioned to explain joint pain and how to free yourself from its debilitating hold on your life. Diana, who retired from the Miami Dolphins after playing Super Bowl XVII to attend the Yale School of Medicine, has drawn on his professional experience and cutting-edge science to develop a proven plan to reduce pain and inflammation without surgery or medication. HEALTHY JOINTS FOR LIFE is a proven 8-week program that teaches joint pain sufferers how to use diet, exercise and supplements to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and rejuvenate their joints.

You can purchase the book at all major book sellers. It sells on Amazon for about 15 bucks.

Richard Diana, MD

Simple Fly Fishing by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews & Mauro Mazzo
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I loved fly-fishing in my younger days, and probably miss it more than any other type of fishing. I was fortunate enough to grow up in Atlantic Salmon country, fishing rivers such as the famous Miramichi. That being said I had never heard of Tenkara – what a cool technique! I was fortunate to be able to view an advance copy of the book and I can tell you this will be a great book whether you are young or old, novice or expert – I guarantee you’ll learn something!

From the release:


Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. But in a long-anticipated book, Simple Fly Fishing, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard joins noted fly fishermen Mauro Mazzo and Craig Mathews to reveal the best way to catch trout: simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else.

The wisdom in the book comes from a simpler time when the premise was the more you know, the less you need. It introduces modern-day readers—beginner anglers to master fishermen—to the techniques based on Tenkara fishing, which relies less on equipment and more on how to discover where the fish are, at what depth, and what they are feeding on. Then it describes the practices needed to present a fly at that depth, make it look lifelike, and hook the fish.
“This is a book for the young person who has wanted to learn, but is intimidated by the complexity, elitism, and expense of the sport,” says Chouinard, a Tenkara enthusiast. “For the woman and her daughter who are put off by the image of the testosterone-fueled, good old boy bass and trout fisherman who turned the ‘contemplative pastime’ into a competitive combat sport. And for the long time angler who has everything and wants to replace all that stuff with skill, knowledge, and simplicity.”

With chapters on wet flies, nymphs, and dry flies, the authors employ both the Tenkara rod as well as regular fly fishing gear to cover all the bases. Illustrated by renowned fish artist James Prosek, with inspiring photographs and stories throughout, Simple Fly Fishing reveals the secrets and the soul of this captivating sport.

Patagonia Books is intended as a way to advance our love of books as well as nature and a reflective life. We publish a select number of titles on wilderness, wildlife, and outdoor sports that inspire and restore connection to the natural world. We also present books that raise awareness about not only the environmental challenges our world faces, but suggest ways that we can work together to slow the disintegration of our planet. This includes immediate activities, such as strategies to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as more in-depth examinations of the meanings of affluence, consumerism, and capitalism in the 21st Century.

We believe that books are still the most important medium for passing our values to the next generation. The titles we publish reflect the principles that guide the business and personal lives of many of us who work at Patagonia and many who participate in the sports we support. These include the vow to lead an examined life, to do what we can as individuals and as a company to make a difference to the environmental challenges we all face, and to hold up our company, with full transparency and honesty, as an example for other businesses.

Jim Shockey’s “Uncharted”
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Looks awesome!

Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED – Trailer from Branlin Shockey on Vimeo.

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RED WING, MN (December 2011) — Irish Setter ®VaprTrek hunting boots with RPM technology are extremely lightweight and hunt-ready.

New VaprTrek boots are 40% lighter than traditional Irish Setter big game hunting boots without sacrificing support or stability. RPM Technology, a breakthrough composite material, significantly reduces the weight of the boot, providing extreme comfort without the extra weight.

The RPM sole features a bi-directional lug pattern for increased traction and balance during heel strike and toe off. The wrap-around instep provides protection and aids in gripping tree stand rungs or ATV foot pegs. Armatec™ heel and toe protection guards against ground hazards. Underfoot comfort is enhanced with an anatomically-correct polyurethane and high-rebound foam footbed with a ScentBan™ odor inhibiting top cover. And a ScentBan lining delivers scent control through a process that kills odor-causing bacteria.

Irish Setter VaprTrek hunting boots incorporate UltraDry™ waterproofing so feet stay dry and boots stay breathable. A memory foam collar forms to fit the ankle for comfortable stability in the boot shaft. The Cushin™ Comfort Tongue offers long-lasting comfort in the shin area. A speed lacing system with one-tug tightening provides fast, snug lacing.

Men’s VaprTrek Boots (sizes 8-12, 13, 14 in D and EE widths)
Style #2868 is an 8″ non-insulated boot with Mossy Oak® Break-Up Infinity® camouflage, $149.99*
Style #2870 is an 8″ non-insulated boot with Realtree Xtra® camouflage, $149.99
Style #2863 is an 8″ non-insulated boot in Stone leather and fabric, $149.99
Style #2864 is an 8″ non-insulated boot in Black leather and fabric, $149.99
Style #2875 is a 17″ non-insulated, lace-up snake boot with Realtree Xtra® Green camouflage, $209.99
Style #2873** is an 8″ boot with 400 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation in Realtree Xtra® camouflage, $159.99
Style #2874** is an 8″ boot with 400 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation in Mossy Oak® Break-Up Infinity® camouflage, $159.99

Women’s VaprTrek Boots (sizes 5-11 medium width)
Style #2862** is an 8” boot in Realtree Xtra® camouflage, $149.99
Style #2881** is an 8” boot with 400 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation in Mossy Oak® Break-Up Infinity® camouflage, $159.99

“Irish Setter VaprTrek boots are engineered to be remarkably lightweight and flexible,” explained Charley Bryant, Irish Setter Hunt Line Manager for Red Wing Shoe Company. “All you have to do is pick up this boot and you’ll feel the difference.”

New styles (indicated by **) will be available at leading outdoor retailers in July 2014. Style #2864 is also available in sizes 4, 5, 6, and 7 in D (medium) width.

About Irish Setter

Based in Red Wing, MN, Irish Setter is a division of Red Wing Shoe Company that produces a full line of performance hunting boots and rugged outdoor casual footwear. Irish Setter continues to use leading technologies and the finest materials to offer customers the highest quality outdoor footwear. For more information about Irish Setter’s heritage, products and retailers, visit www.irishsetterboots.com.