By Mark Kenyon
After surviving the 10+ hour drive through the blizzard from Michigan to Tennessee, I finally made it to the Music City Center this morning for the 2014 ATA Show. Despite only 3 hours of sleep, I hit the show floor and walked. And walked. And walked. Holy smokes did I ever walk. This is one huge show, and after walking the aisles for 8 hours, I still feel like I hardly saw a fraction of the booths and products here. That said, I did still manage to see a lot of interesting new hunting gear to come in 2014. We’ll share more details in future articles, but for now I wanted to give you guys a quick peak at a few of the more interesting products I saw today during my time here. More to come soon!
Sitka Early Season Whitetail Jacket: Sitka’s newest piece for whitetail hunters utilizes a really nice four way stretch, light weight material and has well thought out pockets to hold items like your range finder and other typical tools of the trade. Looks like a great outer layer for those September or early October hunts.
New Muddy Outdoors Outfitter Camera Arm: The official name of the new outfitter arm might be different, but this new and improved Outfitter camera arm is AWESOME. I’ve been using the Outfitter for several seasons now, and the biggest issue I have had was with the big old ratchet that you needed to use to crank the camera arm to the tree. It made a boat load of noise. Now though, a new tightening mechanism has been devised that is nearly silent! Hallelujah. On top of that, the arm is also several inches longer, allowing you to better film around trees.
Under Armour Scent Control: Under Armour continues their conquest of the hunting industry with the launch of their own scent control products. Don’t have a lot of details on these items yet, but it seems they’ve got the usual sprays, detergents and such.
ScentMaster: Redneck Outdoor Products added the “ScentMaster” to their line of products this year, and I think it’s going to be a hit. This unit works by circulating hot air through carbon filters, essentially lifting the odors from your clothing/gear and capturing it in the carbon. For those scent free obsessed folks like me, this looks like another great tool.
Lone Wolf Alpha Tech F1: This is a new stand from Lone Wolf that is aimed at a slightly different market than their traditional products, with a slightly lower price point of $210. After posting this on our Facebook page yesterday, we got a lot of feedback from readers saying that this price was too high for a LW stand that wasn’t using the one piece cast aluminum platform that they have become known for. That said, it will be interesting to see how this stand does.
Rage 3 Blade: Rage completely redesigned their 3 blade broadhead, and it looks radically different. It also looks pretty deadly.