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Sleep Tight: Finding the Perfect Women’s Sleeping Bag for Your Outdoor Adventures

Sleep Tight: Finding the Perfect Women’s Sleeping Bag for Your Outdoor Adventures

Like most women involved in the Prima Outdoor community, I love venturing off the beaten path. I’ve spent a lot of time camping on Alaska’s rugged coastline. The views are exquisite: miles of sand stretch before you unmarred by a single footprint. And there is nothing in the world like waking up on a deserted beach and watching whales breach while you boil coffee over a driftwood fire. In my adventures I’ve found a proper sleeping bag is indispensable for creating a blissful camping experience. Attrib: Flickr – public domain Finding a Bag Designed for Your Body The “perfect fit” should be high on your list of priorities when looking for a sleeping bag. For decades companies manufactured one-size-fits-all bags, evidence of which you can see languishing at thrift stores and garage sales everywhere. You know the ones – beige behemoths that look like hideous fabric slugs. Thankfully, many companies now offer bags tailored to women’s needs. These features typically include a shorter length, more space at the hips, and extra insulation in the torso and foot region, according to outdoor writer Steve Tischler.1 You can also purchase a unisex bag. Look for one that provides roominess in the chest and hip areas; I’ve found this is essential for curvy women like myself to have a restful sleep. Most large outfitter stores have display bags you can test out before making your decision. Warmth: Essential for a Good Night’s Sleep Besides fit, warmth is the most important consideration when hunting for a sleeping bag. On many adventures my brother or partner would be nestled down in their cocoons while I...
Equalizer Release Review By: Rebecca Francis

Equalizer Release Review By: Rebecca Francis

Equalizer Release sold by Goat Tuff I cannot stop talking about the new Equalizer release. I honestly believe this unique and innovative release will change the world of archery hunting especially for women and those with short draw lengths. I was introduced to this release a year ago when I was preparing to hunt the big five in Africa. To hunt dangerous game in Africa there are certain requirements for draw weight and kinetic energy in order to make an ethical and lethal shot. For years, I thought I would never have the opportunity to hunt dangerous game because I only have a 24 1/2 inch draw length. In order to get the kinetic energy necessary to hunt dangerous game at a 24 1/2 inch draw length I would be required to pull over 100 lbs. I was approached about a new type of release that can increase draw length, velocity and kinetic energy. This is impressive because with every inch of draw length gained, arrow speed is increased 10 feet per second, which in turn increases kinetic energy. By increasing my draw length from 24 1/2 inches to 28 inches, I could gain an additional 30 fps. It sounded too good to be true but I was willing to take a look at it because I knew there was no way I would ever draw a 100 lbs bow. I only stand 5’2” and weigh 115 lbs; that would be like drawing my own body weight. I spoke directly with Ric Clark the designer of the release and he was certain that it would be the answer I...
Prois Pro-Edition Gear Review

Prois Pro-Edition Gear Review

By: Rebecca Francis Finding great hunting clothing designed specifically for women is virtually impossible. That is why I am a die-hard fan of Prois hunting apparel. I have taken my Prois clothing all over the world in practically every hunting condition and have yet to be dissatisfied. In fact, I have been quite thankful I have clothes that can outperform the clothing the guys I hunt with are wearing. Every hunter needs a basic all-season pair of pants, jacket and vest that will work for most hunting situations. Meaning, clothing that will work for essentially everything except extreme cold, wet or hot weather conditions, in which other clothing may be required. I wear the Prois Pro-Edition line on nearly every single hunt! I have crawled through dirt and mud, fought through prickly alders and cactuses, and stalked though sharp and rocky cliffs, and my Prois Pro-Edition clothes have survived it all.      I absolutely love these pants. I wear them for everything. These pants are not only comfortable but have lasted me for over four years, and I hunt hard! These pants are designed to fit women and have a flattering cut without sacrificing functionality and durability. These pants are perfect for layering with an underneath base layer, as well as adding additional layers for cold and wet conditions. The only issue I have had with the pants is with the belt tabs on the waist. I love the adjustable tabs, but when I am backpacking the waist belt of the pack puts pressure on the tabs, which rubs a sore spot on my hips. I fixed this...
Hunting the Racks

Hunting the Racks

By: Jackie Bartz My dad raised me to hunt wildlife, my mom raised me to hunt for a good deal and while these two pastimes don’t often collide, they do when it comes to the hunt for the perfect gear. I’ve spent years pulling the trigger too soon on hunting and fishing clothing that later turns out to be a waste of money; usually it doesn’t hold up in the field or stand up to the conditions. Last year, I wrote down my dream list, a list of clothing and equipment I need. Through experience and advice, I’ve learned the most economical and efficient thing to do is buy exactly what you want up front. Trial and error, and cutting corners only wastes time, sanity and money, and you will eventually end up buying what you wanted in the first place. Keeping a dream list is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given, it allows me to watch for sales and purchase the items I want at a lower price (this is where my bargain hunting instincts kick in). I often find deals during the off-season or holiday sales, or on discount websites. Like holding out for the big buck on your trail camera, waiting to find the right piece of gear on sale is worth the wait. But just like with hunting, this takes scouting, patience, research and persistence. For example, finding the right rain jacket was a quest like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve worked my way through four rain jackets in Alaska. I started with a Cabela’s jacket that I liked but I...
The Devil Wears Sitka

The Devil Wears Sitka

By: Glenda Groat Many girls identify with the popular movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” which tells the story of a small town girl who lands her dream job working for a socialite magazine editor in New York City. The ill-prepared girl quickly finds out she’s in over her head and her boss is the devil disguised in Prada. My story is a little different, that office is a mountaintop in the Northwest Territories or a tree stand in Saskatchewan, and my fashion doubles as practical gear. But I was that naive girl starting out that felt like I was in over my head a little at times. I was ill-prepared to say the least and some days what started as a fun hunting trip turned into more a survival mission. As a guide in this industry, you are out with Mother Nature, whatever she may bring, which we all know isn’t always friendly. When I was starting out I didn’t want to spend a fortune on brand name gear and the latest and greatest stuff, instead I chose to make do with what I had. I hunted sheep in cowboy boots and pearl snap shirts and I had the original Helly Hansen rubberized rain gear, you know, the good stuff.  Though these pieces of clothing may all be awesome in their own regard, I was not feeling their awesomeness on a seven-hour trail ride in the freezing rain, or when that mid-August snowstorm hit in the Yukon. Plus, my optics, well that’s another story; I sported my father’s 30-year-old Bausch & Lomb spotting scope from when he was guiding...