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LID Action Camera
Thursday, July 21st, 2011

LID Action Camera

From Rhino Outdoors

Self video and Action Cameras have been hitting the market hard in the last couple of years with an assortment of video cameras and adapters that fit on a bow or gun.  We feel these products allow the average hunter to not only reach the potential of capturing that shot on video, but also (and most importantly) allow for the digital preservation of the hunting heritage.  Capabilities and prices vary amongst these devices but we try and sift through all the marketing hooey to give you some real world feedback.

One such device that we’ve been playing around with lately is the Lid Cam from Rhino Outdoors.

First let’s get the specs out of the way:

LID-CAM Specs

High Definition 720P Video Camera

Takes Up to 32 GB Micro SD Card for Additional Memory

Up to 60 Degree Rotating Lens to Capture the Impact Shot

8x Digital Zoom with 3 presets

4 Function Switch

Date and Time Stamp

ReChargeable Lithium-ion Battery with up to 3 Hours Record Time and
up to 8 Hours Stand Bye

USB Port for Downloads and Charging

Records High Quality Audio with Wind Noise Reduction Technology

Dual LED Lights

Accessories Included

*USB Cable, 2GB Micro SD card, AC wall charger & 12V adapter, S-Video Cable

Now, on to some unique aspects of this camera:

* The Lid Cam mounts onto the brim of your ball cap so that it records whatever you are facing.

* The Lid Cam has a moveable lens that allows you to cock your head while still being able to point the camera lens in the direction you want to record (ie; the case of shooting a bow or gun)

* The Lid Cam has a 3 position zoomable lens.

* The Lid Cam has 2 LED lights on each side of the camera allowing for added light on the way to the tree or in a blind.

* The Lid Cam comes with a 2GB SD card which is rare these days.

First Impressions:

After reading the directions on the operation and charging of the Lid Cam, I was pretty excited to see how this device would work.  For some reason I couldn’t get it to record by simply pushing the record button like the manual indicates.  After several attempts and some confusion, I noticed a “reset” hole on the side of the unit.  BINGO!  After sliding the pointed end of a paper-clip in that hole, all systems were go and off I went to record with the Lid Cam.

Note: I believe that I tried to seal the rubber grommet flap too tightly onto the unit which resulted in the inadvertent ejection of the micro SD card, causing the unit to lock-down.  Had I watched the instructional video on the Rhino Outdoors website prior to use, I probably would have figured this out sooner.

CORRECTION:  Rhino Outdoors has corrected the issue of the grommet flap causing the ejection of the micro SD card.

I also thought the Lid Cam seemed extremely light, almost to the point where it seemed like a toy (not necessarily a bad thing, but just my perception)

Here is a sample video that I found accurately shows the capabilities of the Lid Cam:

What I like about the Lid Cam:

*comes with a 2GB micro SD Card

*the device attaches in a simple way to the brim of your hat

*the rotating lens (right or left) for bow shot options

*the device comes with a wall and auto charger

*comes with A/V cables for viewing on a television

*LED lights for an additional light source on your way to the stand or inside of a blind.

*unit shuts down to save battery life after a long period of inactivity.

What I don’t like:

*Closing the rubber grommet flap that goes over the charging/USB port and micro SD slot seems to cause the micro SD card to eject inadvertently which can cause the unit to lock-down.

CORRECTION:  Rhino Outdoors has corrected the issue of the grommet flap causing the ejection of the micro SD card.

* The video segments on the micro SD card are not immediately viewable on my iMac like they are on my PC.

CORRECTION: The LID CAM now comes with a sticker on the unit that tells consumers to go to www.rhinoutdoors.com and download the FREE media player.

Overall:

Once getting used to the Lid Cam, it is very easy to operate with one hand.  The quality of video is very good and it is light enough to not feel front heavy on the brim of your hat.  The two unique features of the Lid Cam that makes it stand out in a crowd full of action cameras are the rotating lens and the 3 levels of zoom.  The fact that the unit comes with its own micro 2GB SD card is also a plus.  We can tell that the Lid Cam is designed specifically for the hunter in mind which cannot be said for many action cameras on the market.  Overall we found the Lid Cam to be a good option for self filming your hunts and digitally preserving the hunting heritage.  Check them out at

Written by Heritage Hunters Staff

UPDATE: After reading our review of the LID CAM, Rhino Outdoors sent us the updated version of the unit that is now available on their site (Complete with an updated orange “LID CAM” logo on the front of the unit).  Apparently, they too noticed some of the concerns addressed in this review and have since corrected them.  Bravo Rhino for your attention to detail and your desire to make a better product.  As of this writing, Heritage Hunters would not hesitate to recommend the LID CAM for your action hunting video.

Eyewear for the Avid Outdoorsman II
Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Eyewear for the Outdoorsman II

Two years ago, we reviewed several brands of protective eyewear for serious outdoorsmen and picked a few of our favorites.  We’re back at it again with a few new brands and what we feel are more stylish offerings.  We basically looked for two components in our review this time around in terms of style and safety standards (while of course taking into consideration quality and affordability).  While all of the glasses below meet or exceed the safety standards, the styles are up to your interpretation. Here’s a look at the lineup and what we thought.  If you see anything you like, simply click on the name or picture and check them out further!

Edge Eyewear (www.edge-eyewear.com)

First off, the price and the fact that we can acquire these at our local hardware store have these leading off the review.  We like that Edge Eyewear has a million different styles to choose from.  Ok, not really a million but check out the variety offered on their site and you’ll see what we mean.  The two styles that we tested were the BRAZEAU and the RECLUS.  Both were stylish and functioned well on the safety side of things.  The wrap-around style of both of these models fit perfectly on our domes and the overall quality of the frames seem to hold up to our abuse.  Because the sides of the frames fit so nicely on us, there was less of an issue with fit of the nosepiece, which is usually the issue for us (as you will see below).  Overall, the affordability, variety of lenses offered, and documented compliance with the ANSI Z87.1 2003 standard makes these shades literally a “safe bet” for all your outdoor activities!

BRAZEAU (Pictured on Left): Rubber incorporated into the frame makes these grip the head and stay in place.  The silver acsents on the sides of the frame make these really stand out.  Offered in a variety of lenses, the polarized models take the cake!

RECLUS (Pictured on Right): Similar to the Brazeau models, the Reclus is a smaller frame with a little less rubber incorporated into it.

5.11 Tactical (www.511tactical.com)

This company is one of the coolest out there and has way more than just tactical sunglasses.  From boots and gloves, to knives and bags, 5.11 Tactical has some of the best quality gear on the market.  Their eyewear is no different.  All the styles of glasses that we tried were superior in quality, performance and style.  Although the fit of the different styles varied on our particular faces, it wouldn’t be too hard to find the right pair for your taste.  We have small to medium sized faces and our favorite hands down was the Climb model.  The wrap around style of these glasses fit our faces the best and held up to any abuse we gave them. These glasses have a variety of lenses associated with them and some come with more than just one pair of lenses.  They are easy to change and we didn’t feel like we were going to break the frame while doing so (like with some of the others we’ve tested over the years). All of these glasses exceed the ANSI Z87.1 2003 standard and are used by military and law enforcement all over the globe (how’s that for an endorsement!).  Another nice feature on the 5.11 eyewear is the zippered belt-loop case that you get with each pair as well as a neck strap and cleaning bag.  I would love to see more of a rubber gripping “Nosepiece” that is more “adjustable” associated with these glasses but they are all a classy black color and made specifically for 5.11 by Wiley X so you can’t go wrong with these!  We tested the following models:

ASCEND: A very stylish model with an adjustable nosepiece.  Rubber incorporated into the frame to grip the sides of your head.  A very well made product.  The nosepiece was “adjustable”, but only to a point.

RAID: These are reminiscent of the Oakley “M-frame” look and have little rubber bumps on the inside of the temple part of the frame to keep the glasses in place. A nice feature for sure.  Our only issue with these was that the nosepiece seemed a little too high.  The bottom of the lenses rested on the upper part of our cheeks to hold the glasses in place rather than the nose piece resting on our nose.  We could see this being an issue with prolonged wear.  However, they seemed to fit fine on some of the other people we had try them.

DEFLECT:  The frame on these was more of a flat black finish and was a “half-frame” with the lenses exposed on the bottom.   Nosepiece on these was also “adjustable” to a point.

CLIMB: Easily our favorite model of all the glasses tested in this review.  Very Cool design and wrapped around the head nicely.  Would love to see the Ascend’s nosepiece on this model, but our pick for the most stylish!

After further investigation on 5.11, we learned that their eyewear exceeds the European standard for safety eyewear- EN 166 (F). It’s not widely recognized in the USA but certain aspects of this test are more challenging than the US ANSI Z87.1-2003. Also, while the strap on the back of each eyewear case is great for mounting on a belt, it’s claim to fame is that it is the only MOLLE-compatible (found on tactical & military equipment) protective eyewear case provided with safety eyewear.  5.11 also offers a couple of other models of eyewear on their site that we didn’t test. You can check them out HERE!

Radians (www.radians.com)

This is our first experience with this company but they offer a wide variety of protective gear including eyewear, headgear and hearing protection. Besides the price (very affordable for the nice quality), we found two unique things about this company in terms of their eyewear:  1. They offer their eyewear branded with three companies that Outdoorsman are no doubt familiar with (Dewalt, Remington and Black & Decker) and 2. They offer eyewear and hearing protection bundled in a “Performance Kit” that we found extremely useful at the range.  As with the two companies above, all of the Radians eyewear meets or exceeds the ANSI Z87.1+ standards so this company is definitely worth checking into for your protective needs.  We tested the following models:

POLARIZED ADRENALINE (Pictured on left): These extremely lightweight glasses are made of aluminum alloy with reversible hinges.  They are very durable and do a great job of blocking glare.  The nosepiece was quite adjustable and they came with a hard case and neck strap.  Probably our favorite models in Radians lineup.

CAMO REVELATION (Pictured on Right): More of a traditional shooting or safety glasses, the adjustable nature on these glasses made these lightweight frames very comfortable.  The perforated nosepiece was the best in the whole review and allowed these glasses to just “sit” on our face with the only other contact point being above our ears.  They were by far the most comfortable.

PERFORMANCE KIT (Pictured at Top): This is an all in one kit for the shooting range.  Not only do you get the fully adjustable Revelation model glasses (mentioned above), you also get the Silencer 26 model ear muffs with extremely soft padded ear cups.  Combine the comfort of the Revelation glasses with the padding of the Silencer 26 ear muffs and you’re ready for a long day at the shooting range.

Wolverine Forester Boot
Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Wolverine Forester Boots (8 inch)

One look at these boots and we knew we needed to try them out chasing around forest chickens this spring.  There are three main aspects we look for when reviewing a hunting boot.  Those are: Comfort, Waterproof ability, and durability.  The Wolverine Forester boot achieves all of these qualities extremely well and is a great buy for a non-insulated hunting boot.  Wolverine has been in the boot business for 125 years so it was not surprising to us that the Forester is one hell of a boot.

When they arrived, the feature that caught our attention first was the rubber lug outsoles.  The bottom of these boots look like sneakers on steroids!  We figured that this would translate into comfort and we’re happy to say that we were NOT wrong.  These boots are among the most comfortable we’ve ever tested and found almost a zero break-in period with them.  The rubber outsole not only makes the boot comfortable, but also provides great traction and slip resistance.  Comfort?……..Check!

We logged several hours in these puppies during our spring season and found them to be very good at wicking moisture away from your feet.  Combined with a performance sock, the Wave mesh lining of the boot itself and removable mesh sock liner did a great job of keeping our feet dry from the inside.  As for keeping water out?  These boots combine waterproof leather, sealed seems and heavy duty construction to keep the water out.  We found that these boots did a great job of keeping the water out when crossing streams.  Waterproof? ………Check!

The leather on these boots seems already soft and broken-in right out of the box.  We wondered if that would cause the boot to wear down more quickly after prolonged use…….Uh, nope!  These boots are constructed extremely well and we could not find one stitch that was compromised after heavy use this season.  They still look ready to rock and roll for the fall and we’re pumped to continue wearing them.  Durability?……….Check!

If you’re wondering if we found any fault with the Wolverine Forester boot, the answer is NO!  We might like to see a pull strap on the back of the boot but honestly, these boots rock!  We always take a price tag of $100 + seriously and these boots are no joke.  They are well worth the money.  We found them online for about $109 HERE  or you can  visit the Wolverine site HERE!

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