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Product Review Contest: Write your best review on the product you bought from us and have a chance to win $20.00. Each week we go through our reviews and pick one.  That's it, pretty easy. 

10-17-2014: Moose from Kasilof, AK Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

RIO Gold Fly Line "Great Product" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

RIO Gold

Pros: Functional,Easy To Use,Easy To Maintain,Durable 

Best Uses:    Salt Water,Fresh Water 

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Cast better than any other Fly line on the market today, Last longer, It don't get any better than Rio!

10-03-2014: Spencer from from San Diego, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Drift Fly Reel "Great 3wt Reel" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Drift Reel

Pros:    Durable,Easy Casting,Smooth Drag System,Smooth Reeling,"Craftsmanship"

Best Uses:   Fly Fishing

Describe Yourself: Beginner

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This is a great 3 weight reel, went up to Bishop for a few days and this was the perfect 3 weight reel for the small streams. The craftsmanship on this reel is top notch and I feel confident in the quality and reliability. It is a clicker type of reel so be aware that it will click when reeling and when taking line out, but I don't mind, I love it and wish I can get more time on the river with it

09-19-2014: Overhill Angler from Tennessee Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Umpqua Toketee Fly Fishing Vest "Happy Happy Happy" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Toketee Vest Vapen

Pros:  Breathable,Lots of Storage,Lightweight,Durable,"Great Value","Affordable","Looks great","Fits Perfect","Intuitive Layout","Great Fit"

Best Uses:  Fly Fishing,"Metal Detecting"

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I've been using this in the GSMNP for short 7 hour fishing trips/hikes and it works great! The layout of the pockets is very intuitive and very functional. The vest looks great and feels great. I carry everything I need and still have room for much more. Whoever designed this really put a lot of thought into it and knew what they were doing. This is the perfect light minimalist vest. The option to attach this vest to the surveyor backpack makes a full day and even overnight trip possible adding to the true value of this vest. I've never been too hot because of the vest and the front buckle option to use it unzipped was a great feature and very useful. I also find the inside pockets very useful for tippets, gloves, license, leaders, and ID. This vest fits perfect, is lightweight, breathable, and very comfortable. I'm very happy with this vest and truly have nothing bad to say about it at all. This vest is so good all I need to do when I go fishing is throw my vest in the car along with rod and reel and I'm set. It really does carry it all for the minimalist fisherman without the bulk and weight of unused space. Every inch of this vest has function. This is a premium vest at a affordable price. Home Run Umpqua!

Service: Delivery ran right on time and arrived packed neatly. Customer service provided me tracking information and was very professional and kind. Great Experience and Best Price through AvidMax Outfitters.

09-05-2014: Chris from Fort Kent, ME Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Vapen Red Fly Rod "I could not be more pleased" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Vapen Red Vapen

Pros: Durable,Accurate Casting,Sensitive,Good Tip Action,Easy To Transport,"Versatile","Comfortable","Lightweight"

Best Uses: Large Fish,River Fishing,Fly Fishing

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Before buying this rod I did a lot of research. I was looking for a good "all around" rod I could bring to isolated locations instead of bringing multiple rods for dry flies, nymphing and streamers. I was a little skeptical about the synthetic grip as I've always enjoyed the feel of cork but after running the Vapen Red, especially after long days om the water, I've fallen in love with this rod. Not only does the x-wrap graphite blanks provide unbelievable power for throwing streamers but the delicate feel allows for beautiful presentations of dry flies. Overall I could not be more pleased with this rod, I highly recommend it. For the price I would value it higher then most of the "top end" rods I've used.

08-22-2014: Bowhunter from Richland, WA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Hover Craft "Best Frisbee on the Market" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Transit Sling 350 doggie

Pros:   Safe,Easy to Clean,Dog Likes It,Tough

Describe Yourself:  Long-time Pet Owner

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This frisbee is the most durable I have found on the market. Beats all the rest, including Kong. I have an active frisbee dog, and this is the only one I have been able to keep in one piece for an extended period. Eventually they start to wear, but way beyond the competition. Cleans up easy, flies great, and my dog is obsessed with this frisbee!!

08-08-2014: Picture Shootin' Sarah from Sacramento, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Transit Backpack 350 AW "Great Product" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Transit Sling 350

Pros:  Great Features,Durable,Comfortable,Roomy,Attractive Design,Lightweight

Best Uses: Books,Travel 

Describe Yourself:  Practical,Modern,Classic 

Primary Use: Personal

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Every time I have used this backpack it has been great. Though it is a little bulky, there isn't really anyway around that. It doesn't bother me because it fits almost all of my eight cameras. I have a few film cameras which, as you may know, are sometime a little odd shaped, but they fit great in this bag. I also have a Nikon D3000 which also fits nice and snug and I always have room to put in another lens if needs be. This pack is also pretty comfortable and work perfect for traveling, especially flying. Its small enough that you can slide it underneath the seat in front of you and big enough to hold you cameras, film, a few books, and a sweater for those chilly flight. I highly recommend this product if you have several cameras and want them all to fit in one convenient and protected place.

07-25-2014: Brad from Shepherdstown, WV Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

UV Headband Buff Multi "It serves its purpose very well" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Buff Multi Headband

Pros:    Washes Easily,"Keeps sweat out of eyes" 

Best Uses:   Casual Wear,Hiking,Performance 

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: It serves its purpose very well. I mostly use it when I play tennis or frisbee or something of the like, and it keeps the sweat out of my eyes, which is the main reason I bought it. It looks pretty good, got a compliments from a female sort on it, haha. Good headband. Not really any cons, it does feel a little tight on my head sometimes but that's because my head is way too big. Another thing, it actually served pretty well as a glasses holder. My glasses normally slip around if I wear them while playing sports, but the headband kept them nicely secure. Thanks, y'all!

07-18-2014: Santino from Denver, CO Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Butter Stick Fly Rod "Best Rod on the market right now" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Butter Stick Butter Stick Picture

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros:   Sensitive,Good Tip Action,Durable,Easy To Transport,Accurate Casting,"Lightweight","Feel Design","Price Point","Lifetime Warranty" 

Cons: Cordura Rod Tube Is Heavy

Best Uses:  Small Fish,Fly Fishing,River Fishing,"Delicate Presentations","Dry Flies" 

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I called AvidMax, and they were more than helpful on the phone. they spoke with me about the rod and provided great insight. The customer device was just as good when I went into the store to speak with their pro's. They truly know what they are talking about. Now about the rod. As for streams and dry flies this is the best rod on the market. Just wait until you land your first fish on this thing. The fiberglass is so soft it allows you to feel every twitch and movement of the fish when it's hooked. The soft action of the rod is a little stiffer than I think advertised, so don't let the "Soft Action" fool you. It casts beautifully up to 30-40 feet. Thanks Redington for bringing something like this to the market, affordably with great build quality. Good choice on product Avid Max and great customer service.

07-11-2014: Woodsman1776 from Cincinnati, OH Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Fly Box "Good Fly Box, No Complaints" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Fly Box

Pros:  Easy To Maintain,Easy To Use,Functional 

Best Uses:    Fresh Water,Traveling 

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: With so many fly boxes, how do you choose one? Not sure why some boxes cost so much. After all, all they do is hold flies. I chose Redington's Fly box because it is modestly priced, has a clear lid, storage on both sides, and it looks good. It has a lot of slits for holding flies. I mean A LOT! The slits grip the hook very well. The lid latch is easy to use. I can hold the box in one hand and open it with the same hand. I have two of these boxes. I have nymphs, dries, and streamers in mine. The clearance between the foam pads and the lid is sized right to allow large streamers. The box fits in my vest pocket perfectly. When I need more, I'll get the same one.

Service: Purchasing from AvidMax is easy. The website is nicely laid out. Inventory status is good. On the downside, I don't like how the cart automatically empties if I leave things in it overnight. Order processing/delivery was very fast. A day or so and voila, there it is...in my mailbox.

06-27-2014: TJ from Kentucky Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Scientific Anglers Net Retractor - Large "This is a must" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Net retractor

Pros:    Easy To Use,Durable,Functional,Easy To Maintain,"Great Accessary"

Best Uses:   Fresh Water

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This is a must for wading creek fishing, streams, ETC. It is available fast when you need it without trying to unhook it wasting precious time in the water with a fish on. The extra length is more than you need to reach out to land the fish. I clip it to my belt on my side. Works great.

06-20-2014: Lisa from Cataula, GA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Umpqua Swiftwater Tech Vest "Thoughtful Design" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Swiftwater Vest

Pros:   Durable,Lots of Storage,Waterproof Pockets 

Best Uses:   Fly Fishing

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Was this a gift? Yes

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: The vest was a gift for my husband, and he was thrilled with the comfort and accessibility. The wide padded straps on the shoulders and high storage pockets relieve pressure and strain compared to waist/belt type packs. The adjustable side straps eliminates the guess work of what size to order. The fabric seems very durable, as do the closures. We are very happy with this product!

Service: I have ordered twice from AvidMax, and both experiences were positive. There was prompt shipping notification, and the package arrived before I expected it to. Great transactions here!

06-13-2014: Judy from Pittsburgh, PA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Joby GorillaTorch 100 Magnetic Flashlight "This is the neatest flashlight" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

GorillaTorch 100

Pros:   Easy On/Off,Luminescent,Ergonomic Design,Bright,"Convenient" 

Best Uses:    Outdoors,Emergencies,Bedside,Power Outages,Gifts,Camping/Hunting,In The Car,"Work" 

Describe Yourself: Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Primary use: Personal

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This is the neatest flashlight. You can stick it literally anywhere and it stays tight. You can bend it however you want to fit your needs and it stays that way until you remove it. Its the best thing for lighting when you need both hands. It sticks on so your hands are free. My husband loves it. This is the second one that I have bought for him. Believe me, he is very pick about his tools and everything he owns. I just got this one so I am assuming that when it breaks he will want another one.

06-06-2014: Lovin it from NE Ohio Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Dr. Slick Fly box for Necklace "Tenkara Fishing" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Dr. Slick Fly box

Pros:   Functional,"Light Weight","Tiny","Solid"

Best Uses:   Fresh Water,"Tenkara Fishing","Tenkara Fisdhing","Tankara Fishing"   

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I've add Tenkara Fishing to my trout fishing methods. It's a minimalist approach to the sport and I've downsized the gear I carry considerably. I am using only a lanyard and the Tenkara rod I carry. I've attached the fly box to the lanyard and I have carried a second in my pocket. Ther system works great!

05-30-2014: Mountain Woman 65 from Morristown, TN Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Smith Optics ChromaPop Spree "Great Sunglasses" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Spree

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros:  Scratch Resistant,Adequate Tint,Durable,Good Protection,Good Polarization,Attractive Design,Comfortable,Lightweight,"No distortion","Really Block The Glare","Color Is Unbelievable"

Best Uses:   Driving,Casual Wear,Travel,"Boating"  

Describe Yourself: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Was this a gift? Yes

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I plan to use these glasses mainly on the water. No other glasses have been able to cut the glare down. Haven't had the chance to try them as of yet. Driving they are great and I had no headaches from from the sun or from distortion on a six and a half hour trip over the weekend.

05-23-2014: Bulldog1144 From Atoka, TN Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

SA Deluxe Fly Tying Kit With DVD "Great product for beginner!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Fly Tying Kit

Pros:    Easy To Use,Functional,Easy To Maintain

Best Uses:    Salt Water,Fresh Water,Ice Fishing,Traveling 

Describe Yourself:  Casual/ Recreational

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This is my first time trying to tie my own crappie jigs. This kit is a great beginner kit for the price to see if it was something I wanted to get into. I've already tied about 50 jigs that look very good (I haven't tried them yet). The only problem I see is the C part on the clamp is starting to bend from pressure, but it still holds. I'll probably upgrade to a better vise if I keep tying jigs, but overall it was a great purchase for a beginner!

05-16-2014: Backpack Dad From Michigan Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

UV Buff Insect Shield Mali Sage "Love My Buffs!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Insect Shield Buff

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros:   Versatile,Breathable,Good Sun Protection,"Keeps Perspiration Away","Keeps Bugs Away"

Best Uses:   Hot Weather,Everyday Wear,"Working out","Hiking" 

Describe Yourself:  Enthusiast

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I never go on a hiking trip without it. The Buff keeps the bugs away (especially pesky horse/deer flies), it keeps the sun off my head, keeps sweat from dripping into eyes, and seems to keep me cooler. There is always one in my daily backpack, just in case I visit a place that has horse flies that seem to dive bomb into my hair. I keep one on my elliptical for sweat too.

05-09-2014: Joe From Salt Lake City, Utah Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Pro Messenger 180 "Awesome Camera Bag" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Pro messenger 180

Pros:  Good Protection,Durable,Comfortable Strap,"Not bulky","Easy Access To My Gear","Holds all my gear","Waterproof","Easy to Customize","Easily Accessible Equipment"

Best Uses:   Storage,Daily Transport,Travel   

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I have had several bags that have had their strengths but I've always had irritating issues with them. This bag is very comfortable to carry, it's bullet proof, and access to my gear is very quick and easy. I can carry a variety of lenses, including my 70-200 2.8 and a flash without overstuffing the bag. Lowepro did a great job designing the Messenger bag. This a great bag at a very reasonable price. Avidmax beat everyone's price by quite a bit.

05-2-2014: Dawn from Norfolk, Nebraska Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

UV Half Buff Points Leader "Simple & Effective" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

UV Half Buff

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros:  Rugged,Good Sun Protection,Washes Easily,Versatile,Breathable,"Comfortable","Stays In Place","Stylish"

Best Uses:   Hot Weather,Wet Weather,Cold Weather,Everyday Wear,"Headband" 

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I love this product so much that I can't get enough of them! The first headband I ever tried that stays in place, doesn't slide off, hurt my head, or get tangled in my hair! I also have worn it around my neck as a scarf. Every time I wear it I gets lots of compliments! It is so comfortable! I wear it to exercise, and also with a dressy outfit. I VERY highly recommend this product!

Service: My order arrived days before the estimated delivery date I was given! Thank you!

04-25-2014: TroutBum from Arlington, TX Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Rising Simple Hackle Holda "Simple & Effective" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Hackle Holda

Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Functional

Best Uses:  Fly Tying

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I have battled with various types of hackle pliers that either do not hold the hackle securely or break the hackle stem, but this one seems to be the answer. It does take a little experimentation to find the best orientation of the stem within the clamping area but it becomes evident pretty quickly. The clamping pressure can be increased or decreased by varying the bend in the wire.

04-18-2014: Fly Tyer Nathan from Argonne, WI Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Umpqua U502 Fly Tying Hooks "Umpqua U502 hooks" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Buff water gloves

Pros:  Easy To Handle, Looks Realistic, Good For Variety Of Fish, Strong

Best Uses:  Fly Tying

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Umpqua U502 hooks are a great hook for using on streamer patterns. They are very strong, which allows you to really put the pressure on when tying bigger streamer patterns, without the hook flexing or bending a lot. They have a good sharp point. The color also blends in good with darker streamer patterns. Good hook for the price too

04-11-2014: Rick from Albuquerque, NM Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

UV Buff Camu Fish Grey "Top quality headgear" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Buff water gloves

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Good Sun Protection,Versatile,Washes Easily,Breathable   

Best Uses:  Cold Weather,Hot Weather,"Hunting Fishing Hiking"  

Describe Yourself: Enthusiast

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Over 12 ways to wear the Buff headwear and I have tried all but 2 of those ways. Lack of hair is the main reason those 2 ways are yet untried. While it provides limited protection from the rain, it is outstanding in our frequent sandstorms, from the hot sun and the ever present flies and bugs when camping or fishing. This is my 4th buff headwear because they have a multitude of patterns for most every conceivable use.

04-04-2014: Stan & Oli from Kailua-Kona, HI Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Singletrak Dog Pack "Great product, would buy again" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Buff water gloves

Pros:   Fun,Easy to Put On,Good Quality  

Best Uses:   Outdoors,Travel,Large Dogs 

Describe Yourself: Multiple Dog Owner

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Multiple buckles for great adjustment for the perfect fit. Buckles don't seem to stay in place, re-adjustment is needed every now and then though. Bought the small for my 38 pound Boxer-Pibbull-Mix and he loves it! Wears it proudly and the extra weight slows him down a bit for my smaller and older dog to take them on long walks together.

03-28-2014: Gnarlydog from Queensland, Austrailia Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Buff Sport Series Water Gloves "Hand protection for tropical sun" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Buff water gloves customer pic

Pros:  Good Grip,Comfortable,Good Fit,"Stretch Fabric Dries Fast","Great For Paddling","Great Fit And No Bunching","Slip Resistant" 

Cons:  "Wishing For Full Finger","Colors Fade In Sun","Some Stiching Comes Loose" 

Best Uses:  Kayaking,"Sun Protection Kayaking","Paddling" 

Describe Yourself: Advanced

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I use these gloves to protect my hands from the harsh Australian sun. The snug fit allows me to have blister-free hands on all-day paddles. The textured silicone grip prevents the paddle shaft slipping in my hands. I wished they came in full finger coverage to prevent the "smokers fingers" tan line on my hands :-)

3-20-2014: William from Western NY Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Dr. Slick Clip-On-Reels "Worth Every Penny !!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros:   Durable,Functional,Easy To Use,"Hold Any Tool Even A Net"

Best Uses:  Traveling,Fresh Water,Ice Fishing,Salt Water 

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: this is a good sized zinger with a big enough clip to fit on any d ring. i use it on my lanyard to hold a small fly box. all plastic construction lends itself well to the salt. well worth the price.

3-14-2014: Mike from Charlotte, NC Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Joby GorillaPod Magnetic Flexible Tripod "Great Point & Shoot tripod" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros:  Lightweight,Good Stability,Folds Small

Best Uses: Lightweight Cameras

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I've used this with both film & digital compact cameras. I really like it. With the bendable legs & magnets it offers options not available with normal small tripods. I will probably order another soon to use with an off camera flash.

3-7-2014: Michael from El Paso, TX Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Original Buff Old Glory "I love this thing!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Professional Quality,Improves Performance,Easy To Use,"Functional","Well Considered","Sturdy","Well made"

Best Uses:  Field Training,Cold Weather,During Operations,Hot Weather 

Describe Yourself:  Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This is a great product. I wear it for Helicopter Hoist/SAR missions and it does a great job of keeping me warm when it is cool outside but can also be worn during warm weather as it is not overly hot. Great use for keeping the dust and sand out of my face while the rotors are kicking up all of the crud in the desert and mountains. I would highly recommend this product!

2-28-2014: Vivian from Los Angeles, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Pro Roller x200 "Just What I Needed" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros:  Professional Quality,Improves Performance,Easy To Use,"Functional","Well Considered","Sturdy","Well made","Carry-on Size" 

Cons: "Flimsy Handle"

Best Uses: "Destination Projects"

Describe Yourself:  Professional Artist,Business Owner 

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I use the Lowepro to carry all of my gear (minus lighting) to one place, to set up a homebase. I also bring along my photo backpack, to stay mobile. The Lowepro kept me organized, I always knew where every critical piece was. It also left peace of mind that everything was snuggly kept in place while in transit. LOVE the laptop pocket, though I had to stay vigilant that the luggage was never thrown around, or that nothing was placed on top of the frontside. I wish there were a lightly lined pocket for easy access to paperwork.

Service: Excellent service from Avid Max. I needed the Pro Roller to get to me before I left for an international project. I ordered it less than a week before my departure. It arrived with plenty time, ready to go!

2-21-2013: Phil from Big Horn Basin, Wyoming Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Sonic Pro Zip Front Waders  5 Out Of 5 Stars

Pros:  Bang for the buck

Cons: Sizing Chart

Best Uses:  Freshwater Fishing,Cold Water,Fly Fishing 

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Do you want Simms products but are freaking sick of paying those prices? well, these are the waders for you! I was in that boat too, love the style and quality that Simms had provided, but I CAN'T afford them! Then these Gems caught my eye. Affordable and have all of the amenities that I desire?! Pinch me, is this real life? (Pinched myself, there is a bruise to prove) Seriously, these are great waders, comfortable, easy to get on and off, and have more pockets than I could ever fathom. Fished them today for the first time, they fit like a dream when I'm standing or bending over. The stitching is clutch, and have no worry that any part of the wader is going to blow out. I one of the main reasons I decided to buy new waders were the fit of my old ones. Bulky, is the word I would use to describe them. I felt like a pregnant dude trying to cast. I am happy to say I kissed that feeling good-bye with these babies! I now feel like I'm wading on a catwalk. These are the bee's knees. Buy them, you will not be disappointed.

Service: Delivery was in good time, and they arrived in great time. Customer service was outstanding; so helpful and willing to work with each customer to make sure they have a positive and successful experience shopping.

2-14-2013: Grizz from Blue Ridge Mountains, VA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Fishpond Tomahawk Fly Tying Kit "Quality At It's Best!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Customer image

Pros:  Functional,Durable,Easy To Maintain,Easy To Use 

Best Uses: Traveling

Describe Yourself: Professional

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Excellent service, knowledge and communication with sales representatives at Avid Max. They know their business and ready to help with your product questions and purchase. Fast shipping. Class A + fly fishing retailer. The Fishpond Tomahawk Fly Tying Kit is the best well made fly tying bag I have ever purchased and I have been tying for 58 years and teaching fly fishing for 45 years. Great for taking on the road to fly fishing shows and tying while away from your fly tying bench. A must bag for the fly tyer who is on the move and enjoys matching the hatch where ever he or she may be fly fishing.

2-7-2014: Christopher Reed from Cedar City, UT Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Event Messenger 150 Photo Tablet Case "Simplicity" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Durable,Comfortable Strap,Good Protection,Lightweight

Best Uses: Travel,Storage,Daily Transport

Describe Yourself: Semi-Pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: So nice to find a bag to carry a mirrorless camera, a couple lenses and a table top tripod. The styling is subdued and simple. No excessive flaps or compartments. The smaller pockets are well designed to eliminate fumbling around for filters, sd cards and other peripherals. The padding is sufficient without being excessive - nice. Lowepro is stepping up.

Service: Lightening fast order fulfillment and delivery. I'll shop AvidMax again.

1-31-2014: TommyBoy from South Texas Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Scientific Anglers Premium Saltwater Tippets "Can't beat the price and free shipping" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Easy To Use,Functional

Best Uses: Salt Water,Traveling

Describe Yourself: Beginner

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Product works great. I got the 12lb tippet of SA and it works like a breeze. The self rotating disk helps pull the amount of line you need with out the mess. It also has a little blade at is safe to use and cuts the line with no problem. If your looking for a great and inexpensive tippet SA is your best bet. Also can't bet the free shipping came in quick and fast.

1-24-2014: The Fishing Father from Ardmore, OK Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Drift Fly Reel "Simple, elegant, dependable." 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner  

Pros: Reliable,Durable

Best Uses: Fly Fishing

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This reel is excellent for small streams and light through medium weight rods. It's dependable and has not failed yet. I like it best because you cannot lock the line down as one can with disc drags. Great for small stream fishing and I will continue to purchase them!

1-17-2014: RJ from Holmdel, NJ Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Buff Headband Knitted Microfleece "Only place for Buff's" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

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Sizing
: Feels true to size

Pros: Good Fit,Dries Easily,Stylish,Breathable,Warm,Good Protection,"Wanted By My Friends"

Cons: None

Best Uses: Backcountry,"Fishing","Snow Work"

Describe Yourself: Professional

Was this a gift?: Yes

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I have purchase many buff's from AvidMax, so I bought a number for Christmas Gifts.

01-10-2014: Sam from Goodview, VA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW "Great Backpack" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Durable,Attractive Design,Comfortable,Roomy,Great Features,Lightweight,"Balanced","Holds All My Gear"

Best Uses: Travel,"Hiking With Equipment"

Describe Yourself: Practical,Comfort-Oriented,"Photo enthusiast"

Primary Use: Personal 

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Holds all my gear. DSLR Camera with 24-70 mm lens mounted, 70-200 mm lens, 11-16 mm wide angle lens + accessories for cleaning, night photography and cold weather. Comfortable to wear when hiking or traveling. Balanced weight distribution.

12-27-2013: Jean  from Moosewood, Alaska Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket "Great coat, great service" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

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Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Easy to Put On,Washes Well,Good Quality,"WARM","Easy To Layer","Good Bellychest Protect"

Cons: "Can Rub Under Arm Pits"

Best Uses: Small Dogs,Large Dogs,Outdoors

Describe Yourself: Breeder,Multiple Dog Owner,Dog Trainer

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: We use this coat during alaska winters. When the weather is very harsh, it is an under layer for a weather proof top coat. We use it when hiking and climbing with the dogs. It provides a lot of body coverage for a coat, including part of the neck. and the zipper makes putting it on/off easy.

12-6-2013: Snowblind from Wisconson Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Lens Case 8x6cm "Very nice case in a unique size" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Durable,Good Protection,Compact,Lightweight

Best Uses: Daily Transport,Travel,Storage

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I picked this up to carry a small set of 12 and 25mm extension tubes, but it would also be the perfect size for a small prime lens, or a pancake lens with a little extra room for filters. It is well made, and very compact. The zipper is of nice quality. The attachment loop on the back opens to allow it to attach to your belt, or to the accessory loops on the side of the Lowepro, and other brand camera bags. If you are looking for a lens case in this size, the quality of this one will likely not disappoint you.

11-22-2013: Triple D from San Diego Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Sonic Pro Fishing Wader "Sonic Pro Wader" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Tough Material,Good Footing,Dries Quickly,Breathable,Easy To Take On And Off

Best Uses: Fly Fishing,Freshwater Fishing,Saltwater Fishing,Cold Water

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I wanted to wait & use the waders before I made a review on them. Most reviews I read before buying these, the wader had not even been in the water yet, not good review work boys if you don't know if your waders keep you dry or not!!! Back to my review..... I love these waders. They kept me Bone dry for the first 2 days I used them. Plenty of storage room. I bought the large size & feel they might be a little to big. I,m 6ft. tall slender 185lbs with a size 10.5 or 11 shoe. If the medium large or medium Tall had a shoe that would fit me, I think that would have been a better fit. How ever, I,m most pleased with my purchase & I couldn't find a better price anywhere & free shipping, wow.....

11-08-2013: Rose from Mountain Home, AR Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Sling Strap "Essential for treks" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Does not Chafe,Comfortable,Adjustable,Strong Construction,Well Padded

Cons: "Tripod Plate Hard"

Best Uses: Fly Fishing,Freshwater Fishing,Saltwater Fishing,Cold Water

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I use this product on all my camera equipment. It has relieved nerve pain from hand carrying heavier gear. On hikes it is a necessity. The only thing I have trouble with is attaching and detaching it to the tripod plate, as the metal clamp is a bit large for the Black Rapid Tripod screw that was bought separately. The strap is strong and is easily adjusted. It does tend to twist while storing and retrieving, so I clamp the two straps together with a clip near the shoulder pad. Once adjusted to my liking, I sew that portion of the strap together to prevent it from slipping around during use.

Service: Prompt service, well packed.

10-25-2013: Claire from Southern Arizona Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Buff Sport Series Water Gloves "Versatile gloves" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Comfortable,Good Grip,"Long Fingers","Lightweight"

Best Uses: Kayaking,"Desert Hiking"

Describe Yourself: Advanced

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Gloves are perfect also for hiking, providing sun and environment protection with longer fingers than biking aor other paddling gloves. Fingers go up to the first knuckle leaving fingertips obstruction free for camera use. Lightweight, breathable, and comfortable, does not interfere with hiking pole use and makes it feel as though not wearing gloves at all. My first pair held up for 4 years which is pretty good considering the harsh environment of off track desert hiking they have endured before the tips started to fray.

10-11-2013: Adam from Los Angeles, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Web Master Harness  5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Cute,Washes Well,Good Quality,Easy to Put On,Fun,"Durable"

Best Uses: Travel, Outdoots, Small Dogs

Desccribe Yourself:  Single Dog Owner

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I bought a red/gray XS harness for my Alaskan Klee Kai and it fits perfectly! It looks great, easy to put on & take off. The handle is durable and well-placed for easy lifting and the dog can roll in the grass without getting tangled in his leash.

9-27-2013: Nickel from Stockton, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Rio Gold Fly Line "Great Line" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Functional,Easy To Use,Easy To Maintain,Durable,"Floats High","No Coils","Low memory","Slick"

Best Uses: Fresh Water,"General Purpose"

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Great line for general purpose. I have the 3wt and it turns over long leaders and mends well. Dry flies and nymphs

8-30-2013: Danclau from San Francisco, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Buff Infinity Organic Cotton Scaff "Beautiful Scarf" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Comfortable,Durable,Good Fit,Stylish

Best Uses: Going Out,Casual Wear,Special Occasions,Wear To Work

Describe Yourself: Trendy/Stylish Dresser

Confort vs Style: Comfort Driven

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Fabric is very nice. I love the color design. I have already worn it 3 times in one week. It could be a little longer, however, because I'm a tall person.

7-26-2013: Ranger Rick from Wilmington, Ohio Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat "My dog loved it" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Lightweight,Durable,Good Protection,"Easy to use"

Best Uses: "Long Swims"

Describe Yourself: Casual Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: My golden, Ranger, took right to the vest and did not try to fight to remove it. He swam clear across a large lake without a hitch. It gave me the added confidence that he was safe even after such a long trip. He goes with me while I kayak on the lake.

7-19-2013: Holein1 from Edmond, OK Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Sonic Pro Wader "My first breathable wader" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Best Uses: Cold Water,Freshwater Fishing,Fly Fishing

Was this a gift?: No

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This was my first breathable wader that I purchased to replace the old neoprene wader and so far it has exceeded my expectation. I've used this on a 3 day fly fishing on the San Juan River, NM and 3 day fishing on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO. in June and July. So far I have no issue with it as it performed just like the description says.

7-12-2013: xtine from Houston, Texas Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

QuickPro Camera Training DVD Nikon D7100 "2nd dvd bought from QuickPro!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: "Informative","Easy to understand","Good Quality"

Cons: None

Best Uses: "Discovering New Functions","Learning Your New Camera"

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: If it wasn't for the two Quickpro Camera Guides dvd's, I'd still be clueless how to truly operate my Nikon d7100! Visual Learning is so much more time efficient and effective than reading textbooks.

7-5-2013: Neom-Slayer from Bothell, Washington Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Fishpond Marabou Fishing Vest "Torrent the MIGHTY GREEN-Slayer!!!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Sensitive,Good Tip Action,Accurate Casting,Flexible,"Lightweight"

Best Uses: Small Fish,River Fishing,Fly Fishing,Large Fish

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: The meaning of Torrent is a strong and fast-moving stream of water and Redington will show you how a fly rod can earn this name. This rod's capability is endless and it will prove that nothing can get in its way. With its effortless casting and pin point accuracy this rod will blow other brand names out of the water. If you are looking for a rod that can conquer any obstacle, don't look any farther, this is the one for you.

6-28-2013: Chris from CT Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Fishpond Marabou Fishing Vest "Great vest" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Durable,Waterproof Pockets,Lightweight,Breathable

Best Uses: Fly Fishing

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This vest was a replacement for a lost vest that I had for 30 years. I chose Fishpond for their quality as I purchased on of their backpack / chest pack combos a few years ago. Exellent quality, adjustable fit (one vest for winter/summer fishing)comfortable in summer heat with mesh venting. Storage is good with nice features and not bulky in front. Very comfortable

6-21-2013: Manny from Portland, OR Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Palix River Wading Boot "Awesome value, great comfort." 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to size

Pros: Comfortable,Good Grip,Durable,Lightweight

Best Uses: Fly Fishing

Describe Yourself: Beginner

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: No need to adjust for the wader sock liner, this shoe fits like a glove. Very comfortable to wear and at their price point, you're getting a great value.

6-14-2013: SailorAI from Scottsdale, AZ Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

BlackRapid RS-Sport Sling Strap "Great Camera Strap" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Strong Construction,Comfortable,Adjustable,Well Padded

Best Uses: Supporting Camera,Comfort

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I purchased this strap to allow me to more easily carry a Nikon D600 with a reasonably heavy 80-400mm Nikkor lens. That combo was simply too heavy for the Nikon neck strap. I find the carabiner attachment to the screw ring to be excellent. On the long lenses I attach the ring to the lens mount, on the short lenses I attach it directly to the camera. This strap is easily adjusted to allow the camera/lens to rest on my right hip and the padded shoulder easily supports the weight. This strap is a great step forward.

6-7-2013: Troy from Utah Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Rising Flexfit Caps "Great Looking Fitting Hat" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Sizing:  Feels true to size

Pros: Comfortable,Stylish,Durable

Best Uses: Commuting,Casual Wear,Travel

Describe Yourself: Comfort-oriented,Stylish,High-end shopper

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Great looking functional hat. I tried a recommendation, to completely soak the hat and then wear it till dry. This makes the hat shrink where it needs to and stretch to fit where it needs to. I now have the perfect fitting hat that will stay put when needed.

5-31-2013: Wild Ride Photography from Northern California Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Flipside 200 "Another Fantastic Bag From Lowepro!!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Strong Construction,Easily Accessible Equipment,Comfortable,Adjustable Harness

Best Uses: Transporting Gear,Protecting Gear

Describe Yourself: Pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: What can I say? It's a Lowepro and it works fantastic! All of their cases and packs are some of the best in the industry and this little day pack is nothing less! I am using it to take a Canon 5D-MK II with an attached Canon 70-200f2.8 IS USM II lens, a 500mm prime, black Rapid strap, extra batteries and a 580EXII flash! ALL IN THIS LITTLE BACKPACK! Wait, it gets better! I have several extra CF Cards, Filters and my Press Pass in the "extra" storage pocket! Bottom line is I love this little packpack for day trips!

5-24-2013: Paperman from Lake Butler, Florida Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Travel Rod and Reel Case "Top of the Line Product" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Comfortable Strap,Durable,Good Protection,Lightweight,"Very Economical"

Cons: "Labels Hard To Read"

Best Uses: Daily Transport,Travel,Storage

Describe Yourself: Casual Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Toss in the boat and go... nothing to it. Almost indestructible.

5-17-2013: Rob from the East Coast Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Headwater Collar "Great Collar for a water-lovin dog" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner
Pros: Durable,Comfortable Strap,Lightweight

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Got this collar for our Aussie who loves to romp through the river almost every day. Collar seemed a bit stiff at first, but softens up and becomes more flexible over a week or so. Material does not retain water ( sort of a rubberized/plastic band, much like a livestrong-type band but not quite that rubberized). I also like that there is a separate leash clip. I would definitely recommend this - all of the standard collars we have tried in the past have gotten 'the funk' after a few months, but this one still looks and smells brand new!

5-10-2013: Johnny J from Atlanta, GA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Pursuit Fly Rod "Redington Pursuit Cuts the Mustard" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner
Pros: Easy To Transport,Durable,Accurate Casting

Best Uses: Fly Fishing,Ocean Fishing,Large Fish

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I purchased the 8wt version of the 4piece Pursuit series rod to take on my first Bonefishing trip to the Bahamas. I have a smaller version for freshwater mountain trout fishing that I've come to really enjoy so I thought the heavier rod would suit my needs just fine. Boy I couldn't have been more correct. The rod is stiff enough to push line into the wind and stout enough to muscle in screaming bonefish. For the price point I can't imagine a better option. Lightweight, and packable, I boarded planes with no issues. Now I have two Pursuit rods... if I find myself in need of a different weight rod, this is the line I will check out first. Top Rate! 

5-3-2013: Coach Parten From Henderson TN Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

UV Bug Slinger Buf Sea King "Great Product" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Good Protection,Durable,Lightweight,"Breathable","Take Anywhere"

Cons: Takes Practice

Best Uses: "Sweat Guard","Keeps Cool And Dry","Sun Protection"

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Comments: I enjoy fishing and photography! This is great on long hikes or trips to the river. It keeps my head warm in the cool of the morning and then, without even having to take it off it begins to protect me from the sun and wicks sweat, helping to keep me cool. I love that it can be worn so many different ways, although it does take a little getting used to in order to make it into the style you want.

4-26-2013: Steve from Washington State Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Drift Fly Reel "Great Reel/Spool for the money!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Reliable,Easy Casting,Smooth Reeling,Durable,Line Doesn't Tangle,"Light Weight Smooth Func"

Cons: "Sharp Spool Release Lever"

Best Uses: Fly Fishing,River Fishing,"Small Light Weight Rods"

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Was looking for a light weight machined reel to put on some of my light weight rods. I have a Sage SPL and LL, and this reel matches the weight perfectly. With the line and some backing, the rods do not feel like there's a counterweight behind my hand. I don't feel the reel. All I feel is the action of the rod, which one should feel.

4-19-2013: SWFL Flatsman from Cape Coral Florida Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Anglers Accessories Leader Straightnener With Snap "Great Reel/Spool for the money!" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Durable,Lightweight,Easy To Use

Cons: "none"

Best Uses: Fly Fishing,Freshwater Fishing,Saltwater Fishing

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This tool works well for its designed purpose. The only improvement that I would make would be to make the attachment clip's width thinner so other tools with small attachment eyelets could be attached to it as well. As it's made right now, I can't attach my smaller tools to its clip for the purpose of reducing clutter in my gear bag. Otherwise, it's a handy little tool!

Service: Fast receipt of tool in perfect, brand new condition. 

4-12-2013: Darrel from Yelm, Washington Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Fishpond Gore Range Tech Pack   5 Out Of 5 Stars

Pros: Lightweight,Breathable,Lots of Storage

Best Uses: Fly Fishing,Freshwater Fishing

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Sizing: Feels true to size

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Vest is very user friendly, fits over anything I want to put on under it. More than enough hooks, eyelets, pockets for everything and then some.

Service: Great service and handling by AvidMax, have tabbed their site for future shopping/research.

4-5-2013: Mark from Roanoke, VA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap  "Ingenious Little Item" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Does not Chafe,Comfortable,Adjustable,Strong Construction,"Easy to use","Very Handy"

Best Uses: Comfort,"Shooting On The Go"

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I use it for shooting portraits and street photography. It allows me to easily move from shooting to adjusting lights or models and back again. Distributes the weight of the camera comfortably across the body instead of around the neck. Allows the camera to glide easily from a resting position at your side to a shooting position quickly. I can't imagine a better design.

3-29-2013: Jodi From Glen Falls, NY Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Exchange Messenger "Nice lightweight bag at low price" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Lightweight,Compact

Cons: Not Enough Pocket Room,"Zipper Pocket Too Small"

Best Uses: Travel

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I'm planning on using the bag when I travel overseas next month. The size of the bag is perfect and I like that it doesn't scream "This is where I keep my expensive camera!". The bag seems to be very well made with the strap attached quite securely. I would have liked the front zipper pocket a bit larger to hold my Kindle, but I can carry it in the inner part of the bag along with my camera. The bag would also benefit from a bit more stability in the bottom, but I can work with it. Overall, a very good lightweight bag that seems quite secure. I look forward to using it in my travels!

Service: Delivery was very prompt and product arrived in excellent condition.

3-22-2013: Douglas From Eastern Long Island, NY Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Canon Shoot Great Video 2nd Edition "Very informative for ALL users" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: "Explains Other Equiptment","Multiple Levels","Easy to understand"

Best Uses: "Quick Cram Course"

Describe Yourself: Hobbyist

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: This video opens your eyes to the possibilities that you can do. It explains, and gives you a peek into the other equiptment you might want to explore, and how to use for a better result

3-15-2013: Dave From Southern California Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Palix River Boot Sticky Rubber "Excellent Value" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Lightweight,Good Grip,Comfortable,Durable,"Perfect Fit"

Best Uses: Fly Fishing

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to width

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: These boots are a great value for the money. They fit true to your shoe size - I wear a size 9 shoe and these boots in a size 9 are sized large enough to fit over my wader booties with no problem. A size up would be way too big. Boots are light and comfortable, and have excellent traction on mossy river rocks. They drain well and seem to be very durable. I would highly recommend.

3-8-2013: Rob From Southern Indiana Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW  "1 Pack for all....." 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner 

Pros: Strong Construction,Comfortable,Adjustable Harness,Easily Accessible Equipment,Roomy

Cons: Nothing

Best Uses: Transporting Gear,Protecting Gear,Storing Gear

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: You can put your DSLR Camera with carry strap, lens, battery charger, extra batteries, USB cord and flash in the bottom with plenty of room...the top can store a light jacket and some other personal items...ther are also side pockets for a water bottle and small tripod.....lots of room in a small managable pack....very comfortable and accomadating.

Service: Shipping was very fast....excellent service with the buying backing of Ebay.

3-1-2013: Jesse From S.E. Louisiana Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Uv Buff Rooster Fish  "Great Protection at a Great Price" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner 

Pros: Lightweight,"Great protection","Stylish"

Cons: Nothing

Best Uses: "Hiking","Sun Protection","Cycling","Fishing","Kayaking"

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Upon receiving my Buff Headwear, I immediately put it to the ultimate test. The next morning I was up at the crack of dawn in my kayak fishing a tournament in sub 30 degree temperatures in 15 mph winds. The Buff Headwear was a tremendous asset in such harsh conditions, Its seamless construction and super soft fabric kept my face comfortable and protected from the saltwater spray, wind, and sun all day. I have already ordered another for my older brother who desperately needed his own Buff on the water that day! Overall the Buff was a great investment.

Service: Avid max outfitters impressed me with how quickly my order was delivered, it was one full day ahead of the projected delivery date. I was extremely pleased that it came early, because the very next day I used my Buff Headwear while fishing a tournament in sub 30 degree weather and howling winds.

2-22-2013: Bill From Huntington Beach, CA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Umpqua Ultimate Boat Box  "One of the best investments I've made" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Easy To Use,Durable,Easy To Maintain,Functional,"More Layout Efficient","Larger Than The Beast","An Exterior Fly Pad Too"

Cons: "Hard To Find Any More","Black May Absorb Heat"

Best Uses: Fresh Water,Salt Water,Traveling,"Flats Flies Home - All"

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I needed a 'home' to store my saltwater flats flies for trips to Belize, the Yucatan & the Florida Keys - a single box I could grab, knowing I was covered for everything needed for a Grand Slam. These flies are often large, many with weed guards, requiring a roomy, safe storage method that won't crush the materials nor hang up the weed guards. The Umpqua Ultimate Boat Box fills the bill on that score & more. It's really satisfying to find a product that makes fly storage & removal so straightforward and one which has been quite thoroughly thought out in it's design. Elegant, practical, a true value for the money - the boat box that ended my search for "the real deal!"

2-15-2013: Bryan From Raymond, NH Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Umpqua U-Series Fly Tying Hooks U101 "Excellent Value" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner 

Pros: Strong,"Consistent"

Cons:  Barbed

Best Uses:  Fly fishing

Describe Yourself: Professional

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: The Umpqua "U-Series" hooks are a great option for serious fly tiers when quality and value are top priorities. These are going to be my first-line choice when it's time to restock my nymph patterns. I can trust the quality of these hooks and the price is great. If I'm tying flies for show, I may opt for the Competition Series. However, for day-in and day-out fishing, the U-Series hooks strike the perfect balance between performance and price.. I can be aggressive with weight because I'm not worried about losing expensive hooks to rocks and snags. That's a competitive edge that anyone would take.

2-8-2013: Laurie From Washington, ME Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Original Buff Indore Red "Long hair has met its match!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Lightweight,Comfortable Strap,Durable,Compact

Best Uses: Versatile Hair Control

Describe Yourself: Casual Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: As a very active person with long hair, I have always been challenged with "hair control." Whether running, cycling or riding horseback, the buff has risen to the challenge. The versatility of it is so handy. Can be worn as a hair band or scrunchy and in just seconds, a mask. Love it!!!!

2-1-2013: Rob From Michigan Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Scientific Anglers Mastery Atlantic Salmon Spey Fly Line "A fantastic spey line from SA" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Durable,Easy To Use,"Supple Running Line"

Best Uses: Fresh Water,"Great Lakes Steelhead"

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I am new to spey casting and this line has made it super easy to learn. It's a scandi style line, so it makes the touch and go style of casting easy to pick up. I will buy another spool with the sink tip when I get my spare spool. thanks!

Service: Fantastic service-delivered in record time! 

1-25-2013: Mike From New Orleans, LA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Delkin Camera Armor Skin for Nikon D800 "Adds the protection I was looking for" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Non-Scratch,Blocks Moisture,Good Protection

Cons: "Labels Hard To Read"

Best Uses: Cameras

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Fits pretty tightly, openings and buttons line up well. The button labels are just engraved without color so the lack of contrast is hard for me to read unless there is good light. I may try to fill with some light color to make them stand out.

01-22-13 "Heron At Sunset"

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1-18-2013: Christopher From Rochester, NY Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Clark Fork Fishing Vest "Everything and more" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Pros: Lightweight,Lots of Storage,Durable,Breathable,"Fits great","Comfortable"

Cons: "None"

Best Uses :Fly Fishing,Freshwater Fishing

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: Having worn through, torn, or just plain hated many fishing vests, I have been nothing but happy with the Redington Clark Fork mesh vest. Where many vests billow out like Superman's cape under your arms and interfere with casting, this vest fits comfortably snug without sacrificing storage. There are enough pockets for everything you need, including that candy bar for break time. The sizing information is spot on and the vest is comfortable enough to wear around town, if the wife will allow it.

1-11-2013: "Randy" from Concord, California won $20 for this product review:

Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW "Where you been all my life" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Contest winner

Pros: Roomy,Strong Construction,Comfortable,Easily Accessible Equipment,Adjustable Harness,"Convenient Access"

Best Uses :Storing Gear,Transporting Gear,Protecting Gear

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: I now use the Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW to carry around my Camera and lenses and a few other necessary camera items. I have easy access to all my equipment in just this one bag. The best part is when I am in need of my camera I just pull the bag in front of me pull out the camera and push the bag to my back side without ever sitting down the bag. My old bag I would have to take it off my back and sit it on the ground then unzip and pull out what I need then pick up the bag and slip it back on. Now all I have to do is just pull forward and grab my camera just as easy as that.

1-11-2013 "Best place to be on a spring morning"

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1-4-2013: "Tom" from New Jersey for this product review:

Anglers Accessories 4-Way Lead Selection "I would buy this product again & again" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Pros: Easy Crimp No Snag

Cons: "None"

Best Uses :Daily Fishing

Was this a gift?: No

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments: The larger split shots are good for general fishing. I like the small slit shots in conjunction with slip weight for bottom fishing. Small split shots like these are hard to find at your local stores.

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