Question: Just what is a polar gaff or polar gaff hook? Why do only a few ice fishermen use it? The gaff hook is tool that some ice anglers use that can help them pull up a surprisingly large catch, especially when it's above and beyond what the fishing pole should be able to handle, yet somehow is. While a version of the gaff hook, and related to the gaff spear for fishing, … [Read more...] about Short Answer Post: What Is A Polar Gaff?
My first experience with products like these came when I was only 10 years old, and we were on a family trip in the Rocky Mountains to visit my grandparents on my Dad's side of the family. We were learning to ski right there in the Rocky Mountains, and part of making sure we stayed warm involved these little packets that would go in the boot and keep the feet comfortably warm … [Read more...] about HotHands Foot Warmers & Toe Warmers: Warm Winter Bliss!
There are some pieces of outdoor gear that are all but impossible to ignore or forget (like a giant family tent), but then there are small pieces of equipment that can be easy to overlook but are no less important. An ice axe (also spelled as ice ax) is one of those outdoor tools. Whether you are a regular scaling some questionable areas, an ultralight hiker on a thru-hike … [Read more...] about The Best Ice Axes Reviewed for 2019
While many people just refer to them as ski masks, not bothering to note the differences that make balaclavas what they are, this specialty winter wear has an interesting history, as it's name would suggest. The top gear for winter weather use, able to keep your head and face extremely warm (at least when you stay with the top picks like the ones on this list), and give you the … [Read more...] about Top Rated Balaclavas (Ski Masks) for Warm Winter Skiing
Some people are perfectly fine with three seasons for fishing. Then there's the group that stares death daggers at you at the mere idea that there's a season where no fishing takes place. This dedicated group of four season anglers might have it easy in a state like Florida, but what about those of us used to terms like "Severe wind chill, frozen over lakes, and double … [Read more...] about Best Ice Augers for Ice Fishing Season
What do you think of when someone mention snowshoes? What's the first image that comes into your mind? For a long time my mental picture of snowshoes was, admittedly, embarrassingly limited and really kept me from seeing what all my available options actually were. The truth i that snowshoes have come a long way, and they offer something during even the heaviest of winters that … [Read more...] about Best Snowshoes for Winter Weather
While I tend to prefer small ultralight rods for ice fishing, there are many people I know who are firmly in the corner of using telescopic fishing rods as their equipment of choice for when the lakes freeze over thick and the ice fishing season hits full swing. And hey, when it's time to go fishing, you want to know what your best options are no matter what the … [Read more...] about Best Telescopic Ice Fishing Rods for Winter Fishing Success!
Although hunting and shooting in the winter months is fun, it's essential that you have the right gloves. Why might you ask? A high-quality pair of shooting gloves will not only help prevent the risk of frostbite, they'll also give you a better grip in the rain or snow. While living in a place with all seasons certainly has both its high and lows, I've never seen temperature … [Read more...] about Looking at the Best Shooting Gloves for Cold Weather
The cooling in the air, the promise of cold weather (and snow in the north) coming soon always meant one thing in our family: hunting season was on its way! Coming from a family of hunters and being surrounded by that culture growing up in Iowa and then spending time in Alaska, I understand how religiously frequent hunters go over their gear and make sure they check and double … [Read more...] about Best Winter Hunting Gloves Reviewed
I love camping – I even love camping enough to have attempted one or two late fall/early winter camping trips. These camping trips aren’t for everyone, but they do produce a unique camping experience! The key to winter camping is you have got to have the right gear- especially good sleeping gear - on those cold nights. With that in mind, we decided to continue with our … [Read more...] about The Best Winter Sleeping Bags Reviewed
If you are an ice fishing fan, you know the importance of having a good ice fishing fish finder. It can become discouraging really quick sitting in your ice fishing shanty after spending time using your auger to create the perfect ice fishing hole - only to catch no fish. These are some of the best ice fishing fish finders reviewed so you will at least be able to know what … [Read more...] about The Best Ice Fishing Fish Finders Reviewed
Cold weather camping (aka winter camping) can be one of the most enjoyable experiences for the truly experienced outdoorsmen. This is especially true for those who love their adventure. But comfort, and often enjoyment, hinges on having the right equipment for the activity. Harsh weather camping with the wrong type of tent will not be enjoyable, and can even be very dangerous … [Read more...] about Looking at the 5 Best Winter Weather Camping Tents