ATA 2019 – What Hit The Target8 min read
This year the ATA was an experience I was able to have in person. There was endless rows of products to keep my eyes busy. However I had a few specific products I felt stood out among the rest.
The Cobra Switch Release
This is a unique new product in all ways to my knowledge. This is a thumb and a back tension two in one release.Having recently made the move to a thumb release myself, this was a very intriguing release. It’s easy to see that the cost associated with certain equipment needs like a release, can be upwards of hundreds of dollars. The Cobra name is also new for me, no surprise here however. Just into my second year bow hunting, I was happy to chat with the owners and learn more about this 40-year-old company as well as the specs on this two in one release. Since switching to a thumb release, my groups have never been tighter. I look to explore the use of a back tension release in the future. It’s unique feature being that one single purchase not only saves money but also offers two options to the archer. The switch has the quality and the versatility not seen often, this is what makes this a must see product for 2019!
Badlands Kali Approach Pack
It’s no secret, I am a Badlands Brand Pack Junkie. Today , currently owning 7 of their packs, the quality, features and life time no questions asked warranty are obvious reasons why Badlands is a house hold name to hunters. I find the company to have yet again made it clear why they are a top name in the pack race. Badlands stepped it up once again when they answered the call of the female hunters delivering the Kali Approach Pack. Hunting apparel lines have picked up their game by offering women clothing made for our figures. It only makes sense to see the leading brands in hunting packs do the same!
Standing at 5’5″ tall, with a waist measuring of 31″, often the fit for a pack is difficult as they were made to fit men in all honesty. The Badlands Kali has been made with a for the curvatures of a woman body. With a new feature , the hypervent suspenion! The pack has been designed to shift the center of gravity based on women’s body in mind. This will enhance the over all balance when worn compared to other designs. The most important feature however, is the over all size created thought to the torso size of women being smaller. This is a huge game changer and means this pack won’t be over sized or hanging past your belt line. With the waist and shoulder straps created with a smaller surface area in mind.
I see nothing but on point specs for this sure to please hunting pack! Once coming with a pink logo , no comes in red as the pack was even favored highly with men. I know ladies, we can’t have anything for ourselves can we! I had to laugh at this statement when trying on and exploring the badlands booth, which I was in for longer than I want to admit. I could say it ways that packs are a product I am obsessive over next to my bow. There is no such thing as a one pack fits all or do all in my mind. However there is a couple go to packs used more often than others in my closet. If you have never had a chance to strap on a badlands pack, I recommend you find a store and give them a try.
Also be sure you’re wearing your pack correctly. Done when the proper order of securing to your back is followed . I had the chance to talk and learn some killer information from one of badlands long time staff member. Mike showed me that I was in fact missing the mark in a couple of ways when strapping on my packs! With his instruction I put on this pack and he gave the demonstration that was beyond impressive!! He had me turn around then put force on the pack as it would be when carrying a heavy load. Not once did I ever feel unbalanced and honestly I barely noticed this guy (Who’s fairly good-sized keeping in mind) was putting extreme pressure against my upper body. AMAZING is all I can say, that alone was worth gold. I know one thing is for sure! I was extremely impressed by how different something so small of detail made to using these top-notch packs. Look for a future post where I will speak more with a Badlands Pro on the meticulous detail and specs that make these bags hard to beat!
Scent Assassin Body Wash & Shampoo
The line of products created to shower and wash with are not a short list. However with the women’s needs in mind, Scent Assassin had a new twist to a cornerstone product in the line of scent control. Women and men have different needs in hair care products, yet not much is offered to meet both individually. This is why Scent Assassin caught my attention when you want to have a little moisture to your hair but still have that unscented option. The ingredients in this bottle include Aloe vera, Argan oil, and coconut oil! Upon twisting off the cap, you find the absence of scent, just as expected! This was huge for me a many have spoken to me and I have the same response. Not one product have I found that offered these ingredients or attempted to meet to needs of the female hunters. This was a top favorite because I feel that it is a necessity to be a woman who loves to hunt without sacrifice of normal day hair care essentials. The great additive is these guys plan to continue refining the product to continue improving the formula for ideal hair care for their customers. Find this and other products by Scent Assassin online!
First and foremost, Obsession Bows is my long time brand of choice. This year being my first as a field staff member for the brand. I like to be honest and transparent. This however is not to take away from the fact that for the women’s community, Obsession has made the changes to accommodate our needs! Now offering nearly every bow with the draw length options all the way down to 24.5” making nearly every model an option to women. After my time at the show , it only took a few shots for me to know the Lawless was the bow for me in 2019! This bow packs up to 370 FPS IBO, with a 90% let off and OB TRAX cam system and Axel to Axel measuring 32.75″ +/-.25, Brace height coming in at 5.125″ +/- .125. It truly is a sheep among wolves for those seeking a speed bow! Not to mention, there is no need for a bow press as it offers high-performance draw-specific modules! What’s not to love about the lawless!
Though not brand new to me, Gut Check Arrow Wraps were a great product to see at the show. These are the kind of things a technical type hunter like me looks for. After the experience had in Kentucky during my first deer season, opening bow season. I found this product to be a much-needed addition to any bowhunters tools to kill retrieval.
These wraps work by indicating the shot placement. Depending on a vital or gut shot, a hunter can decide how to move forward to pursue an animal that has been shot! Science is too cool at times! The acid containing digestive tract of an animal is the way the indicator can change color. Each model is created specifically to be used on various animal. Currently offering options in black bear, whitetail, elk, turkey and wild hog!
This is a to be continued piece from the 2019 ATA show! Be sure to subscribe to my blog to get alerts for new post publications! Next up I will dive into the products more focused on habitat management, supplement and minerals and the latest trail cameras that were a treat to see first hand.