Review – When Bears Attack
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A big shout out to Jake Klein from Skyhorse Publishing for sending me a copy of “When Bears Attack – Close Encounters of the Terrifying Kind” for review.

Nearly every outdoor enthusiast has an interest in bears. Whether its a mutual predatory respect, or an awestruck preoccupation, or a flat-out, paralyzing fear – most of us like stories about bears. Lots of us like bear encounters – when they are sane, and safe. Unfortunately, not all encounters end well.

This book, edited by Joseph B Healy is a great compilation of bear attack tales. Here is the release:

Bears are one of nature’s apex predators, gentle and magnificent to watch from a distance, fierce and unpredictable when aroused. If startled or frightened it’s often too late for humans to escape a dangerous, fearsome, or fatal bear encounter. In this collection, we gather the ultimate thrilling and frightening bear-attack stories, including classic stories of the past few decades.

Joseph B. Healy takes a closer look at some of the notable bear attacks of recent history in order to determine their causes, evaluate what happened, and appreciate the raw power—and danger—of mother nature. He tells tales of hikers enjoying weekend camping trips as well as workers going about their daily routines. Follow along as the victims’ lives are disrupted by bears, and see how survivors were forced to think and act in the moment to stay alive.

As modern life continues to encroach on the wilderness and as bears make a resurgence across North America and due to development are forced to live proximate to mankind, encounters between bears and humans will only increase. And while you’re still less likely to be attacked by a bear than you are to be killed by a lightning strike, any and all outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen will enjoy the raw power and potential lifesaving tips found in this ferocious account.

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About the Editor:

Joseph B. Healy has spent more than two decades in publishing, editing outdoors magazines for much of that time. His editorial career began at Outdoor Life and continued in fly-fishing and lifestyle publishing. He currently is editor of Covey Rise, a magazine covering the lifestyle of international wing shooting. Healy is the author of Training a Young Pointer, and he has edited Jesus on Forgiveness and John Stuart Mill on Liberty. He lives with his wife, son, and bird dog in Vermont.

I enjoyed the book immensely and one of the things I enjoyed most was the diversity of the stories. Some were funny. Some were pretty scary. Some were informative, and some told a bigger story than that just of the bear. There were bears in Maine and bears in Alaska. There were bears in Canada and California.

There was a great tale of an alcoholic bear in Montana. Causing a ruckus, that bear was finally shot stealing beer. There’s a yarn about a fisherman’s wife who had two big fears – bears and bush planes. Her personal nightmare story included both. There are stories of fatalities, stories about cuts and bruises, and stories where someone’s pride was the only thing injured.

Regardless, the stories are all entertaining, all well-written and once you start a new chapter, it is really hard to stop until you finish that particular tale. You can practically smell the pines of the west or the dank forest floor in Maine. You can imagine the rancid breath of a puffing bruin as it chases you up a tree. It’s likely you’ll learn a thing or two about bears, and maybe a thing or two about people. You’ll probably chuckle a time or two, and maybe – just maybe – you’ll read something that will penetrate to one of those deep, shadowy corners within your brain – and stay there.

If you’re a camper, hiker, fisherman or hunter that is interested in bears – I’d really recommend this book. It’s a great one!

TriClawps Rifle Rest – A Review
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I grew up in the northeast where most shots at deer or moose were in cedar swamps or across clearcuts. Sure, some folks were adept practitioners of the long shot but realistically most hunters were happy to keep shots at 200 yards or less, and it worked. Hunting the west is a whole different ballgame where I would say many shots are at greater than 200 yards. Most hunters I know regularly shoot big game at 300, 400 even 500 yards – and that’s how they practice. They’re not simply lobbing lead around – they are proficient at the long shot.

Shooting at longer ranges means you need (or should) use every tool at your disposal – rangefinders, scope turrets, good optics, and sturdy shooting platforms. That’s where the TriClawps comes in.

From their website: “The Triclawps adapter clamps to your rifles, shotguns, crossbows, and even some handguns and lets you attach your firearm to any camera tripod. Doing so provides a stable rest regardless of the field conditions you’re hunting or shooting in. Sure, it’s always best to get prone, but in reality, that’s not always possible. Triclawps is the best alternative to situations where prone doesn’t work; and has consistently led to more hunters and shooters hitting more targets in difficult field conditions since we first started offering it.

Not too long after I started hunting in Arizona, my friends started telling me about Triclawps. Most people hunting in Arizona do a lot of glassing; they already have a tripod. Triclawps offers a device that securely holds your rifle firmly onto your tripod, providing a steady rest for those long shots.

My first real hunting experience with a TriClawps was my daughter’s 1st javelina. It was called The Claw back then, but it’s the same company, same product. My daughter was shooting a single-shot .223 using The Claw. We helped her get set up, got the rifle mostly lined up, and she took over for the shot. After that hunt, I saw it used successfully a number of times.

Since then I have taken a javelina and an elk with mine. The elk in particular was a pretty steep downhill shot. These are very well-made and are also equipped with speed clamps to get them on and off your rifle quickly. I have mine set up on an extra quick-change plate for my tripod. This makes it easy to swap binos for the rifle pretty quickly.

If you are helping new hunters, or are making shots in difficult terrain, or making long shots where you need an extra sturdy rest, I would highly recommend picking up a TriClawps. They retail for about 100 bucks and they are worth every penny. They are a sturdy, precisely made piece of equipment, of a high quality. If you need a tripod, the folks at Tri Clawps can provide those as well.

Again from the TriClawps website :

Triclawps is made of a high-density, glass-reinforced resin that is light weight, and tough enough to handle the recoil from the largest mangum rifles.

The standard 1/4″ 20 threading ensures your system will work on any camera tripod.

Triclawps comes with a lifetime, no fault, no questions asked warranty.

Check Out These Great Hunting Podcasts from John Stallone
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I don’t do podcasts. Maybe I should but I don’t seem to have the time. Writing and editing keep me busy enough. Friend John Stallone is an author, TV host, and you guessed it – produces great podcasts. Podcasts are terrific because you can download them and listen to them on the go, you can pick your topic or guest, and you can listen on your computer, mobile device, etc.

So what are you going to find, when you check out John’s podcasts?

John Stallone Host of Days in The Wild Interviews professional hunters , and hunting industry leaders on deer hunting, elk hunting, big game hunting, whitetail, mule deer, antelope, moose, bear, ibex and everything in between. to bring you the best tips and tactic to help you improve your hunting success. The goal of this podcast is to educate and inform by covering topics ranging from hunting, fishing, wildlife, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer and Coues deer, ibex, wild turkey, whitetail, tip and tactics, guides, outfitters, archery, bowhunting, rifle, and much more

So are you ready to give a listen? You can find John’s podcasts here: John Stallone – Interviews With The Hunting Masters

One more favor? If you like the podcasts, leave a review – they help big time with John’s rankings and would be greatly appreciated.

Replaceable Blade Knife Review – the Vixen from Wiebe
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I’d like to really thank Glenn Walker from the Providence Marketing Group and also the folks at Wiebe Knives for sending me a Vixen Folding knife to try.

Per the Press Release:

The Vixen Joins the Wiebe Knives Lineup

Lennox, SD — Wiebe Knives®, the replaceable-blade knife category leader in durability and value, has added the Vixen to its extensive and diverse category hunting, field-dressing and skinning knives.

Every aspect of the Wiebe Vixen is designed under one simple premise: Don’t fight the knife. The Vixen features a folding, replaceable-blade design sporting a surgical-grade scalpel for a long-lasting and consistent edge to work with. And when the blade does become dull, simply dispose of the old blade and insert a new, wicked-sharp blade.

No more wasted time sharpening afield, and no more messy precision work due to a dull blade. Wiebe’s replacement blades are designed to withstand the toughest field work by the most serious hunters, as well as the lightest precision work done by the most detail-oriented fur skinners.

When open, the Vixen measures 7.5 inches and sports a featherweight, ergonomic handle for comfortable use on long jobs, and the folding design makes the Vixen the perfect take-anywhere companion. The knife comes with 24 wicked-sharp replacement blades.

MSRP for the Wiebe Vixen replaceable-blade folding knife is $34.95.

About Wiebe Knives

The entire collection of products from Wiebe Knives—including hunting knives, field-dressing knives, skinning knives and an extensive lineup of fur-handling tools—were developed, tested and proven by hard-use hunters and trappers. Wiebe’s mission is simple: to provide tools of exceptional quality at an unbeatable value.

The knife comes with extra blades right out of the gate so that’s a good thing. The first thing I noticed is that although the knife is light, the handle is thicker than many of competitor’s knives handles and it is contoured with finger grooves. This handle is well-designed to be easy to hold when covered in blood, wet, cold, etc. The knife feels great in the hand.

The blade changes easily. With some replaceable-blade knives, this is a challenge. Not so with the Vixen. Blade changes are pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Some replaceable blades seem to be brittle and snap at the first bit of twisting. I pushed and twisted on these a fair amount with no blades snapped.

Finally, this knife just plain looks good. The wood handle is attractive, and the whole knife is well-designed. I couldn’t wait to get it into the field.

Typically when I do a review I like to really give it a good going over on my bench or at the table, then I like to use it in the field. This time, I had something happen that hasn’t happened in over 2 decades of outdoor writing. I lost the product. I don’t know if someone moved it, I don’t know if someone took it. I can’t explain it. I came home from a scouting trip and I had 2 knives on my belt, including the Vixen. I took them both off and put them on the counter in the regular spot. A week later one knife was there, the other one wasn’t. I literally tore the house apart trying to find that knife, to no avail. I was heartsick. I did use the knife enough to know that I want one and I will be purchasing one soon from their online store. Replacement blades are about 6 bucks per dozen – a very reasonable price.

If you are in the market for a replaceable blade knife, I strongly suggest you look at the Vixen, or one of the other great models from Wiebe Knives. The price at 35 dollars is reasonable for such a well-designed, sturdy knife. Blades are scalpel-sharp as you would expect, and the knife handles very well. The thick, contoured handle will come in handy when your hands are cold or covered in blood. Well done, Wiebe!

I’ll have another Vixen with me when I head out to chase Javelina in February. I’ll be sure to post a follow-up report, from the field!

Testing the Pine Mountain® ExtremeStart™ Firestarter
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A shout out to the folks from Pine Mountain Fire for sending me this great firestarter to try out! The ExtremeStart Firestarter seemed like a great addition to any camping trip or backyard bonfire, so I thought I would give it a try!

From the Press Release:

Are you tired of collecting kindling only to have an even harder time starting your fire? Kindling can be a conundrum. Not only can it be difficult to collect and light, but sometimes it’s unclear whether it may cause more harm than good.

Thanks to the *new* ExtremeStart Firestarter from Pine Mountain, you can get the fire started in no time, and without the fear of potential toxins. About the size of a candy bar, the ExtremeStart Firestarter is all natural, portable, and easy-to-use. Simply place one firestarter among your wood or coals and light for a perfect flame. Whether you’re using it for tailgating, hunting/camping trips, or fire pit entertaining the ExtremeStart Firestarter is a must-have for an unforgettable fire this fall.

Enjoy a good fire with the simple strike of a match—anytime, anywhere.
• For indoor or outdoor use—fireplaces, fire pits, charcoal grills, chimineas, wood barbeque grills and smokers
• Clean burning and odorless with less flare-up
• Fits most grates

The first thing I noticed about the firestarters is that they were clean and easy to handle. Best of all – they have a pleasant smell. Most firestarters I have tried had at best – a weird odor.

My first test was in my chimney-style charcoal lighter. Not quite per directions, I broke one in half and put the two pieces in the bottom f the chimney and filled it with charcoal. I lit with a match through the bottom and within 20 minutes, my charcoal was ready. Easy!

For the next test, I wanted to utilize two Guest Reviewers. My co-worker Amy was going camping with her family and I thought her kids Katie and Lucas might like to help me test the firestarters.

According to Katie and Lucas, “The firestarter didn’t work as good as pine needles, but it did work good.” They stated that an added benefit was that Mom didn’t make them go gather tinder, when using the firestarters. Awesome guest review by 8-year old Katie and 11-year old Lucas! They are great kids- active in girl scouts and boy scouts, doing good in school, and more…. I was grateful for their help.

Finally, I was on a hunting trip myself, and we camped in the desert. We had a campfire each night – there is nothing better than steak cooked over mesquite coals! Getting the fire going was super easy! I put a firestarter at the bottom, and arranged the kindling over it, teepee style. Lit the corner of the wrapper and soon we had a crackling fire. These things work great. They would be especially useful if you were trying to start a fire in cold and/or wet conditions.

Pine Mountain makes a number of great products related to making fire in the great outdoors.

Like they say on their homepage:

“Deep in our genetic code burns a desire to be near the warm glow of a flame. Strike a match and feed your soul.”

Striped Bass Fishing at Lake Pleasant – Again!
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I’m hoping that you read about my first experience at fishing stripers in Arizona. It was a blast, and Anthony and Derrick from Striper Snatcher Guide Service did an awesome job.

Well, a bunch of us that were on that trip were chomping at the bit to go again, so we scheduled another trip. They had been slaying them big time during the day, particularly on Derrick’s self-designed and self-produced Trendsetter Jigs. To add to the excitement, the guys had been getting into some pretty big fish.

Our first trip was 8-Midnight but since they had been having luck during the day, we decided to try a 5PM – 9PM trip. We met at the dock at 4:45 and got underway.

Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Day fishing is a bit different. Seems like you cruise around until you find a school and then the jigs go in, trolling in between spots. Anthony knew where to go and in spite of some chop and a bit of a headwind, soon we had spoons in the water. Action seemed to ebb and flow a bit and by the time we had moved to a second spot it was time to switch to night fishing. To be clear, we were into fish heavy – the fish finders were lit up constantly – they just didn’t seem to be as hungry. Nonetheless we were boating some fish, but throwing some back too. Soon it was dark, we had lights in the water and anchovy chunks baited up. The stripers were hanging all up and down – from 20 feet to 60. A bit unusual was the amount of catfish caught. We probably caught 6 or 7 all together – Anthony commented the most he had seen on a trip like this.

The action was a bit different than the previous outing (translation: other people caught lots, but I didn’t catch as many as last time!) but it was still an amazing time. I’m new to striped bass so I’m learning stuff every minute. My friend Ken and I came home with about 5 or 6 apiece, so my family (who has a new found affinity for fried striper) was really happy.

I can’t stress enough how fun this fishing is, how effective it is and best of all – what a good deal it is. The guys supply everything except a cooler and your fishing license. On weekends they run 1 hour trips all day for $25 and hour or $45 for two hours. They will do 4 hour trips as well. During the week you can make an appointment for when you want, based on their availability.They know the water, and they know the tactics, and they know the tackle. The rest is between you and the fish!

Want to try?

You can visit them on Facebook here: Striper Snatcher Facebook Page

You can visit their website HERE

Finally, learn more about Derrick Frank’s kickass jigs here: Trendsetter Jigs

Thanks again to Anthony for being a great host and guide, and to Derrick for running a class operation!

Trasol Ballistic App by Desert Tech – A Review
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I’d like to thank Bruno Reis from Brainspin for reaching out to me and getting me this cool app from Desert Tech for review.

From their website:

TRASOL WAS DEVELOPED for precision shooters who desire first round hit accuracy to 1500 meters and beyond. By developing new ballistic algorithms that reshape predictive flight curves to align with Doppler radar data, TRASOL provides the most accurate predictions available.

There is genius in simplicity. TRASOL is the first ballistic application to incorporate Heads-Up Display technology.

By using your mobile device’s built-in camera and onboard sensors, TRASOL allows users to point their device at their
target and automatically generate absolute accuracy solutions.

The HUD environment has highly intuitive drag and drop tools for quick input of Range and Wind (without any typing) and the device’s sensors do the rest. The HUD also allows tracking of moving targets to provide very accurate lead solutions.

Lastly, the photo/video capturing capability allows you to log your shots easily and share them with your friends.

A) Heads-Up Display technology
B) Auto-sensing technology
C) Moving target tracking
D) Photo/video capturing with image zoom
E) Photo/video sharing

As expected, this is a great app, and can operate well beyond my capabilities. I’m trying to get my .270 WSM set up to a point where I’m comfortable shooting out to 600-700 yards. Currently, I’m stretching it at 500. That being said, this app is great, and certainly has a place in the average hunter’s toolkit.

I consider my techie abilities to be “average” and I was able to set-up the app with my two pet loads. The app is fairly intuitive and data entry is easy. There are nice options for units as well. You can choose Metric or English; you can choose MRAD, MOA or IPHY. You can enter you bullet weight, coefficient, sight height, twist rate – you name it – all intended to produce the best data possible.

The ballistic calculator accounts for range, wind, slope, moving target, coriolis effect and more. There is even a HUD which utilizes your camera to calculate target speed, take snapshots and even shoot video.

I’ll post a Part 2 to this review once I get to the range but suffice to say, I recommend this app – what a great tool for shooters at every level. The App runs about 10 bucks and it is worth it.

Finally, check out this video:

Striper Fishing in Arizona
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When my good friend Ken suggested a striper fishing excursion in Arizona’s Lake Pleasant, I was all over it. Years ago, I fished a lot more than I hunted, and I had made a commitment to fish more this year. Ken and I had already had one successful outing this year, and I was ready for more. Fishing for stripers at night sounded awesome!

Striped bass are considered an invasive species in Arizona. They are non-native and very prolific. That being said striper fishing in Arizona is growing in popularity. Ken arranged the trip through Derrick Franks of Striper Snatcher Guide Service. Derrick has a great reputation and as it turns out has been running a great deal on fishing trips. Less than a hundred bucks for at least 4 hours of fishing? And all you need to bring is a cooler full of ice and a fishing license. Derrick provides the rest. Bait, tackle, you name it…

Unfortunately, scheduling during the summer monsoon season in Arizona can be a challenge. We were “stormed out” on two different occasions before we finally made it onto the water. There were seven of us and without too much fuss we were soon underway with Derrick’s partner Anthony Dovidio. Soon we were at the first spot. Anthony got lights in the water, got us all baited up, and pretty soon the stripers started hitting! It seemed like everyone was getting in on the action for awhile.

Night fishing for stripers

First big fish of the night

Soon we moved to another spot, and then another. It seemed like there were two types of fishing that night – fast and furious action with smaller fish being caught, and slower fishing but catching big ones. What a great night! Anthony was a great host, untangling lines during our amateur moments, boating our fish and keeping the hooks baited with anchovies. We had a great bunch of guys on the boat; everyone was a friend of someone. The weather was awesome.

Marshall’s nice striper

Towards the end of the night we met up with Derrick who had a couple of clients on his boat. We’re definitely going out again soon. I can’t say enough about Derrick, Anthony and Striper Snatcher Guide Service. These guys run a great operation. They know the lake. They know where the fish are, and how to catch them. They’re good guys and know their way around their boats. Add to all that, the price is right. I can’t imagine a guided trip anywhere where you catch more fish, and have that amount of fun, for that price. Very cool adventure for all of us. We boated around 23 that night with 3 that were superb stripers. The meat was 1st class. No bones when filleted correctly, and the meat is very mild. I baked some with lemon and dill; some of it I fried in butter after being dredged in flour and corn meal (the old-fashioned way!)

The night’s catch

Rapala Classic Birch Knife – A Review
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First I need to thank Bob Ringer of Spong PR and of course the folks at Rapala for sending one of their knives for me to review.

From their June Press Release:

Last year, Rapala, the most trusted name in fishing since 1936, brought its legendary blades from the fish camp to the field with the introduction of the new Classic Birch Collection Hunting Knives. Now, the knives are making their way to sporting goods retailers nationwide.

Made by Marttinni, the legendary Finnish blade manufacturers responsible for Rapala’s iconic Fish ‘n Fillet knife, the Classic Birch Collection offers six razor-sharp, durable knives for any hunter’s needs, including the following models:

- Drop Point Knife (3.75” blade)
- Clip Point Knife (4.5” blade)
- Bird Knife (3.75” blade)
- Gut Hook Knife (4.5” blade)
- Skinner Knife (4.5” blade)
- Caping Knife (3.5” blade)

I was sent a sample of the Caping Knife. Here are the specs:

Scalpel like in appearance and function, the Caping knife is the perfect choice for working with birds and small game. An excellent tool for removing hide from face of trophy animals.

• Compact and maneuverable, ideal for tight detail work
• Slight drop point with a surgical edge
• Razor-sharp blade of German 420 Stainless Steel
• Classic Rapala birch handle
• Through tang construction
• Genuine leather sheath with belt loop
• Molded one-piece scabbard for safe storage

First off, the folks at Rapala were kind enough to answer some questions for me about their new line of knives, back in July. You can read the interview here: Rapala Talks About Their Classic Birch Knives.

The first thing I noticed about this knife was the sharpness. Out of the box, this was easily the sharpest knife I have ever owned. Seriously, it rivals the knives that utilize the snap on scalpel blades. It is scary sharp. It is well-built. The blade tang runs all the way through the handle giving it great strength. I leaned on the blade trying to flex it or break it to no avail. Not that looks matter much in the field but the knife is a handsome implement. I love the classic birch handle which also helps make it a nice-looking knife.

The blade is well-shaped for caping and the right size as well. With the design of the point and the overall shape of the blade it’s great for finer work and getting into small places. The grip is fat enough to make it easy to hold, especially when wet or bloody and the contour is perfect along with the thumb relief contour on the back of the blade.

One thing I didn’t test is how well the edge holds on the knife under regular field use. I hope to put it through its paces in late October on my Arizona mule deer hunt. I’ll be sure to post a follow-up. What is striking to me with this knife is the balance between craftsmanship and pragmatism. On one hand, this knife is a true work of art; on the other, I have no doubt that it will stand up to heavy use. It will definitely be in my pack this fall.

These knives retail for about 28 bucks. An absolute steal and worth every penny. If you’re looking for a new knife, check out the Classic Birch line from Rapala.

Product Review – Vapium Summit Plus Vaporizer
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Thanks to Ethan Anderson of Evan Nison Consulting for sending me one of these to review!

IMPORTANT! This is a bit of new territory for me, so I feel the need to state unequivocally the following: I do not, under any circumstances condone illegal activity. This isn’t a “wink,wink,nod nod” statement. I am serious. Whether it is illegal drug use, poaching, or parking in the fire lane, I don’t condone it. Period.

That being said, I fully recognize that in many states marijuana for medical use is in fact, legal. I particularly follow its use in treating PTSD for Veterans, a topic near and dear to my heart. My wife is a medical marijuana card holder. She is a quadriplegic and an amputee as well. She served as my guest reviewer. ~DesertRat

What caught my interest for this product was the product description from Ethan: “Just getting in touch because I thought you might be interested in trying out this durable, water-resistant vaporizer called the Summit Plus.
It’s perfect for people who spend a lot of time outside. This slick and compact vaporizer can handle extreme temperatures, is splash-proof and dust protected, and quickly and easily loads and heats dry leafy materials.”

From the Vapium Website:

SUMMIT VAPORIZER BY VAPIUM

Summit Plus™ by VAPIUM® is a rugged portable vaporizer that is as powerful as it is easy to use. With innovative technology, high-quality construction and intuitive functionality crafted specifically for on-the-go use, Summit refines industry standards of both utility and style. It promises to perform wherever the trail may lead, and beyond.

RUGGED

Ergonomic – textured easy-grip design
Tethered, magnetic lid – no missing parts!
Easy maintenance – magnetic snap-together assembly
Durable, high-strength exterior

RELIABLE

Low draw resistance
Stainless steel vapor pathway
Tested in snow and extreme cold
Lithium-ion battery – up to 1 hour of continuous use at 410°F/210°C
Automatic shut off

REFINED

Use while charging – micro USB rechargeable
Stir Tool built in, simply remove to stir, mix and pack
Smartphone Control allows for pairing with your device for precise temperature and session time control (Available Summer 2016)
Continuous air path is constructed from laser welded stainless steel
Haptic feedback vibration indicates device readiness
8 temperature settings from 330°F to 440°F (160°C to 230°C)
LED battery indicator – displayed using 4 LEDs when Go Button is pressed

So my wife was very impressed with the design and the features. The design is simple, yet sturdy. It is well thought-out. The range of heat settings is very handy. It’s nice to have an 8-step, defined range of heating. The magnetic lid works really well and it is integrated with the controls. The pick is a nice feature. The Stand By and Heat functions work really well. Overall, it is well-designed, sturdily made and comes with some great features.

The one drawback in my wife’s testing was the draw. In spite of the great range of heat settings, she couldn’t seem to hit the sweet spot. She’d move up through the settings and they would be too cool and then “bam” in the next setting the draw was too hot. She indicated it was almost uncomfortable. To be fair, maybe it was the product, or maybe she needs to keep experimenting with heat, product, volume in the chamber and “tamping”. If she can find the right combo, she’ll be a fan.

My impression is that this is a great Unit, and fairly priced at about 150 bucks. It comes with the following:

Dry Bag
Cleaning Kit with Cleaning Brush, Elongated Cleaning Brushes, Cleaning Wipes, and Extra Screens
Built-in Pick/Pack Tool
Securing Ring
2 Mouth Guards
3 Replacement Screens
User Manual

Again, please check out the website for yourself. I think if you can get the hot draw problem solved, you’ll be really happy. The manual is detailed. The controls are extensive, easy to use and practical. Heck, you can pair it with your Smart Phone. The operation is easy, and the size of the Unit is just right.