Archive for April, 2009

Review of Half-Zip Sweater by Diablo Outdoors
Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Review of the Half-zip Hunting sweater By Diablo Outdoors


Having hunted a majority of our time in the Northeast,  we’ve gotten pretty good at a variety of methods to stay warm on stand in the deer woods.  There’s not too much more uncomfortable than trying to stay in the woods when you’re core temperature is dropping like a stone.  From base layers to chemical warmers and everything in between, staying warm for long periods of time is a necessity in cold weather hunting and fishing.  Diablo Outdoors has come up with what we believe to be a perfect layering garment in their half-zip wool sweater.  It’s not the end-all, but we certainly believe it to be a great tool to keep warm in whatever cold weather activity you’re into.

Quality: The construction of this sweater is top caliber and the windstopper lining is not “noisy” like other sweaters on the market.  Diablo Outdoors has found a way to combine the breathability of wool with the shielding ability of windstopper material into a sharp looking sweater that doesn’t make noise when you move in it.

Warmth: We tested this sweater during our NY Muzzleloading season and I can testify that this sweater is worth it’s weight in gold on a 5 degree morning with wind chills of -10 degrees.   Granted, the features of this sweater are greatly enhanced when combined with base layers like thoses from ScentBlocker or UnderArmour.  Likewise the use of chemical hand warmers also play into this subzero scenario.
There were some afternoons when all I needed to wear was this sweater and my blaze orange vest. I’ve always been a fan of these types of windstopper sweaters, but the one that Diablo Outdoors offers is by far my choice for cold weather hunting.

Care: This sweater is 100% Merino wool and should not be placed in your household dryer. 

Features: Coming in Realtree All Purpose Brown and Max-4 patterns as well as a solid hunter green, the Sweater has shooting patches on the forearm and shoulder and a heavy duty zipper running up the middle of the chest.  We’ve tried other brands of windstopper sweaters and not only are they much heavier, they are, as mentioned above, a tad noisy.  It’s like you’re wearing a windbreaker underneath a sweater!  Not so with the windstopper material in the sweater from Diablo Outdoors.  Not only does this sweater seem lighter in overall mass, it does just as good of a job blocking wind and keeping you warm. 

How we used it: We’re big fans of packs that allow you to strap your gear onto them.  In the case of the Diablo Sweater, we rolled it up and strapped it to our Timberhawk packs when going to our stands.  Although wool is breathable, the amount of warmth generated by wearing this sweater to the stand caused more sweating than we wanted to deal with.  The easy fix? Put the sweater on when you get there!


Summary: If you spend a good deal of time in the outdoors when the weather is cold, you’ll want to at least check out this sweater on the Diablo Outdoors website.

If you want a great combination of warmth and wind protection, try combining this sweater with a performance base layer and chemical handwarmers if you’ll be stationary for long periods of time.  From Hunting to Ice fishing and skiing to snowmobiling we found this sweater to be our #1 choice when the temperature drops. 

Our Marks on the Half-zip Sweater by Diablo Outdoors

Quality and Appearance: 5 out of 5
The sweater is built to last and looks sharp with the Realtree camo accents.  Throw on the hunter green version with a pair of khakis and you’re ready for day on the town with the wife and kids!

Function: 5 out of 5
These Sweaters work just as well as some of their heavier counterpart brands without the extra weight

Overall Value: 4 out of 5
The thought of spending excess of $100 on a sweater is not something we like to promote. However, the quiet windstopping abilities of this sweater combined with the breathability and warmth of wool is worth every penny.  Add some performance fabric base layers, like Under Armour, to the mix and you have yourself an unbeatable combination.

Review of the “Clip-Shot” Camera Holder
Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Review of the Clip-Shot Camera Holder


TheHeritageHunters.com is all about preserving the Hunting Heritage.  Yours, ours, everybody’s!

In today’s digital age, there are a variety of ways to help hunters preserve their heritage afield.  One of those ways is with a digital camera.  Many of you already utilize this method and we all enjoy looking at these photos on our forum.  Unfortunately, many of our in-the-field shots are limited if we don’t have a hunting buddy to snap the picture.  What about including that hunting buddy in the shot?  We’ve found a product that solves these problems and allows for the preservation of all these memories afield.   The Clip-Shot camera holder is small, light weight and works like a charm at helping to capture those memorable shots.  Group shots? Self portraits? No Problem with this thing. 


Specs of the Clip-Shot:
The Clip-Shot is made of machined and anodized 6061T6 aluminum combined with high strength plastic. The T-knob has a stainless steel insert and the snap ring is also stainless steel. Everything was designed to be durable and corrosion resistant.
Weight is slightly more than one AA battery and will fit into a rectangular space roughly 1-3/4 inch by 2 inches by 1 inch deep.

How does it work?

One look at the Clip-Shot explains its versatility.  Simply screw it into the bottom of your camera base and “Clip” it to anything that you have handy.  A branch, a tree step, or even a knife stuck into a tree.  Pretty much any common object found in the outdoors will work to clip onto.  We even clipped this thing onto our ArrowAntenna from Double-Take Archery to get a group shot after a morning hunt. 


Our Dilema Solved:
Dan and I have been hunting together for quite some time and even before we picked up the video camera, we had some sort of still camera in our packs.  The only problem was, whenever we wanted to take a picture in the field, one of us had to take the picture and at the end of the season there were almost no pictures with both of us in it.  Believe it or not we still have this issue, even though we hunt with a variety of great friends throughout the season.  They never seem to mind having their picture taken but don’t usually offer to snap one or two of Dan and I.  (Sorry fellas, gotta bust on you sometime!)  No biggee with the Clip-shot though.  We’ve found a way to still get our ugly mugs in the shot no matter who’s around!


(Dan and I were able to snap this pic with using the Clip-Shot at the end of a long day chasing Whitetails during the NY Firearm Season)

If your digital camera has a timer setting on it, get familiar with it or do the unthinkable and actually read the directions that came with the camera.  This product might have been the simplest most effective product we’ve reviewed since we started this site and really should be on your list of things to have in your pack this season…Really!

Our Marks on this Product:

Function:  5 out of 5
The Clip-Shot is small and lightweight enough to fit in any type of pack or pocket and works extremely well when clipped to a variety of options.

Durability: 5 out of 5
This thing is more durable than your camera so I don’t think it will be an issue.

Overall Value: 4 out of 5 
You’ll really only need one and when you think of all the other photo applications beyond hunting season, (I know, but there really are other things to do outdoors other than hunting) like skiing, fishing, hiking, sporting events, etc; the photographic memories will be well worth the $19.99

If you don’t want to miss another “In the Field” shot opportunity, pick yourself up one of these Clip-shots  at:

Hey Folks!  It’s not about vanity, it’s about preserving the Heritage!

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