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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. 

02-20-2015: Free2Fish from Canyon City, TX Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

William Joseph Current Chest Pack "Great Product!!!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

William Joseph Chest Pack

Pros:  Lightweight,Well Constructed

Best Uses:  Fly fishing

Describe Yourself: Enthusiast

Was this a gift? No

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

Comments: I had tried a lanyard and an expensive Simms fanny pack but the WJ Current is way better, and the complete answer, for my fly fishing needs. Great design!!!

02-06-2015: Rubicon from Oregon Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash  4 Out Of 5 Stars

Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash

Sizing:   Feels true to size

Pros:  Good Length,Attractive,Comfortable,Good Grip,Easy To Attach 

Cons: Wears Easily, Looses Elasticity

Best Uses:   Smaller Pets,Running,Everyday,"Hiking","Walking" 

Describe Yourself: Long-time Pet Owner

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

Comments: I use this leash with the ruffwear 2 dog coupler system. I don't think the elasticity was designed for two dogs cause it lost a lot of its elasticity. I also own the roamer leash from ruffwear. I wish this leash was made out of the same thickness material as the roamer.

01-23-2015: Nancy from Iowa Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Joby Smartphone Grip Tight Mount "Smartphone Mount Works Well" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Joby Grip Tight Smartphone Stand

Pros:   Easy To Use,Reliable,Durable,Lightweight

Best Uses:   Home,Landscape Photography,Traveling,Macro Photography,Portraits

Describe Yourself: Casual User

Was this a gift? No

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

Comments: Took this on a recent trip to CO and used it for a couple of family portraits, but even better on a snow shoe trip. Stuck it in my pocket, wrapped it around a t-post and also a downed tree for some great photos!

01-09-2015: Jim G. from Seligman, AZ Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Ruffwear Bark 'n Boots Polar Trex "Seem to work if your dog will wear them!" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Ruffwear Bark'n Boots Polar Trex

Sizing: Feels half size too big

Pros:   Washes Well,Good Quality

Best Uses:   Harsh Weather,Outdoors

Describe Yourself: Single Dog Owner

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

Comments: Appears to be made very well although we have not gotten a lot of use from them. They are a challenge to put on and you have to tighten them up more than you will probably be comfortable doing. We measured per online instructions but have to tighten up very tight for them to stay on. You may want to order a little smaller. In all fairness, they are not a natural thing for a dog so it will be challenging to put on if your dog does not cooperate. Once we had them on and realized they need to be extremely tight, they stayed on for most of the walk/run. We live off grid so no sidewalks here! After a bit of time for our dog to get used to them, she started to walk normal and even ran around. This was right after a snow storm but we also want to use them when muddy to keep her feet clean. The boots are easy to clean. We are not giving up on them yet!

12-26-2014: Nicky from Minneapolis, MN Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Olympus OM-D E-M10 QuickPro Camera Guide "Good Overview" 4 Out Of 5 Stars

Quickpro Om-D Training DVD

Pros:   Reliable Research,Good Resource,Easy To Understand

Cons: Limited Information

Best Uses:   Occasional Refresher

Describe Yourself: Intermediate

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

Comments: This CD gives a very good overview of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera. It's easy to understand and helps you get acquainted with the camera.

12-12-2014: Iceman from Spokane, WA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Korkers Original Ice Cleat 12 Studs "Finally - a MAN-sized ice cleat!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Ice Cleat

Pros:   Great Value,Durable,Lightweight,Well Constructed,"Xx-large"

Best Uses:   Outdoors,Fitness

Describe Yourself: Enthusiast

Was this a gift? No

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

Comments: I've been looking for the XXL size in this cleat for years. I wear size 14 boots, and these cleats slip on and off a LOT easier than the more common XL size. I walk a lot on ice - these things have saved me from falls a thousand times. I don't go out without them.

11-28-2014: 5fishermen from Newaygo, MI Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Rising Work Pliers "You will fall in love with them" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Rising Work Pliers

Pros:   Easy To Maintain,Durable,Easy To Use,Functional,"Simple to use","Everything You Want"

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

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? No

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

Comments: All I can say is you just need to use a pair and you will fall in love with them. I had borrowed my sons on the river one day and just had to have a pair. They are just awesome. One thing I really like about them is the ease of hook removal from a fish. These make it quick and easy where with a pair of regular hemostats it they slip off or you bend them trying to get a hook release. This little tool is awesome.

11-14-2014: PiperRenee from Franklin, PA Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Buff Original Conquer "Perfect for running on cold days" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Conquer Buff Original

Pros:   Breathable,Washes Easily,Versatile

Best Uses:   Cold weather

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Enthusiast

Was this a gift? No

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

Comments: I like that it is large enough so I can fold it over to make multiple layers over my nose & mouth when running on the really cold days

Service: Everything was perfect!

10-31-2014: That Fisher from Minneapolis, MN Won A $20 Gift Code For This Product Review:

Redington Blackfoot River Fly Fishing Vest "Wonderful! Can't ask for more!" 5 Out Of 5 Stars

BlackFoot Fishing Vest

Pros:   Durable,Breathable,Lots of Storage,Lightweight

Best Uses:   Fly Fishing,Freshwater Fishing,Saltwater Fishing

Sizing: Feels true to size

Describe Yourself: Avid Fisher

Was this a gift? Yes

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

Comments: It's prefect! It was a gift to my brother, but now that I see it I want it for myself! It's nice, durable and lightweight. The only thing that might be a little off about it, is it's kind of short... BUT overall it's wonderful!

Service: The shipping was super fast! Came before estimated date! The packing was well done! Arrive in prefect condition!

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

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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.

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