Ardent’s new Apex Flipping Reek was designed for the technique of “flipping” – short distance casting for trophy bass.
It was designed by Bassmaster Classic Champion Denny Bauer at 5.9 ounces to maximize efficiency while reducing hand, arm and shoulder fatigue. The design improves flipping accuracy and the aluminum frame and carbon fiber handle provide strength when setting a hook.
The reel has 11l pounds of drag, 10 plus 1 ball bearings and 6.5:1 gearing to deliver strong and smooth retrieves. The reel was on display in July at the 2017 ICAST show in Orlando FL.
Go online to ardentreels.com. Ardent, of St. Louis and Macon, MO, designs, manufactures and markets freshwater fishing tackle.
Droptine Spirits, maker of Droptine Premium Vodka, is adding Droptine Persimmon Moonshine, made using corn, persimmon and apples.
It took three years to perfect the recipe, but now they call it “Fall Harvest in a Bottle” and say it is “made for outdoorsmen by outdoorsmen.”
Droptine’s Premium Vodka is a corn vodka distilled six times and filtered through carbon-activated filters. The new Persimmon Moonshine is bottled at 50 proof and is described as corn whiskey infused with organic persimmon and apples, delicious on the rocks or warm.
For more information, go online to droptine.com.
Outdoor Edge introduces the new, illuminating Grill-Beam Tongs and Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula combo to light up your next outdoor barbeque.
The Grill-Beam tools integrate 22-lumen AA LED flashlights in their spring-loaded tong pivots to put the spotlight on your grilling.
They have sliding shafts that telescope and lock for the option of a shorter, more controllable 14-5/8 inch tool, or expand to a full 17 inches to safely work a flaming grill or campfire. They don’t forget the built-in bottle opener.
Made of stainless steel with heat-resistant handles, Grill-Beam tools are built strong enough to lift a heavy roast. A clip mounted at the end of each Grill-Beam makes them easy to close and store away. They are also lightweight, weighing only 16.6 ounces.
Grill-Beam Tongs and the Grill-Beam Tong/Spatula have suggested retail prices of $35.95 and $39.95, respectively. They are available at retailers nationwide or online at outdooredge.com.
The Photo-Pro Kit from LensPen includes everything photographers and outdoor enthusiasts need to keep their lenses clean and images sharp – an Original LensPen for cleaning DSLR camera, four-thirds camera and binocular lenses, and a MiniPro for the lenses on GoPro and other action cameras.
A MicroKlear microfiber cloth for is also included, as well as a handy nylon zipper bag that can be carried on a belt or backpack.
The LensPen and MiniPro clean in two simple steps. First, use the retractable natural brush to remove any loose dust. If fingerprints remain, twist the cap off the other end and use the carbon-impregnated cleaning tip. The twist-action cap recharges the carbon compound on the cleaning tip and ensures that the cap won’t pop off in a pocket or bag.
For information, go to lenspen.com or look for LensPen on youtube.com.
For more than 25 years, photographers have counted on LensPen to keep their optics clean and images sharp. That same carbon-cleaning technology is now ideal for cleaning lenses and other optics on drones.
LensPen products clean lenses, filters and screens on drones and other unmanned aircraft systems, removing dust and grease. Original LensPen, MiniPro and MicroPro are designed to clean lenses; use FilterKlear to clean filters and DigiKlear for LCD displays.
LensPen products clean in two steps. Use the natural brush to remove loose dust. For grease or fingerprints, twist the cap off on the other end and use the carbon-infused cleaning tip. Sprays, tissues and cloths are not needed.
Lenspen is environmentally friendly, effective in desert heat and arctic cold, and has no expiration date.
For more information, go to lenspen.com or look for LensPen on YouTube.
Abbey Bike Tools introduces the Team Issue Titanium Hammer, designed to shed weight from the toolbox while adding a bit of class to everything it strikes.
Designed at a customer’s request, this hammer was engineered for the traveling mechanic. At about 265 grams, it’s a big weight savings over more traditional hammers.
The soft face is replaceable with commonly available 1” threaded faces. At 12” long, it’s compact but still long enough to remove those stubborn bearings. It’s finished with a custom silicone grip from ESI to give a bit of cushion from the all-metal construction.
The hammer was designed and manufactured in USA. It lists for $180 at abbeybiketools.com.
Hobie’s new Fold and Stow Cart saves time and effort in getting Hobie kayaks to and from vehicles.
The cart can handle up to 175 lbs., and it breaks down in seconds to tuck inside Hobie kayaks equipped with a large, front cargo hatch.
At the end of the day, the cart re-assembles just as quickly for the return trip.
The Fold and Stow Cart lists for $179. Go online to hobiefishing.com/accessories/carts.
The newest member of Hobie’s family of accessories is the H-Crate Jr., which incorporates the features of the original H-Crate into a reduced 14” x 14” footprint.
The H-Crate Jr. attaches to the deck of Hobie watercraft via four heavy-duty straps and keeps a slew of gear organized. Integrated rod holders with shock-cord retainers at each corner provide built-in storage for four rods.
One feature is that it fits in the cargo area of many Hobie kayaks along with a plug-in cart inserted upside down in the scuppers. This helps people transporting kayaks a long way to reach their launch location by eliminating extra trips back to the vehicle to store their wheels.
Hobie H-Crate Jr. lists for $129.
After the success of Flock A Flickers for duck season, Mojo Outdoors is adding the Dove A Flickers for the new dove season.
The Flickers are a more realistic presentation of the spinning wing concept, which revolutionized duck, dove and other bird hunting in the early ‘90s.
Designed for dry fields, it simulates a flock of birds by using multiple units with small wings and random timers that spread small intermittent flashes throughout a decoy spread.
Dove A Flickers is designed to lure doves, pigeons and similar birds by indicating a safe place to land, using an all-new look.
The package includes four units pre-programmed with random on/off timers and operates about 20 hours on three AA batteries.
Dove A Flickers lists for $49.95. Go online to mojhooutdoors.com.
Sometimes the best way to get out into the wild is to first finish your chores at home, and Black & Decker has a new product, the 3-in-1 VacPack, to help you do that.
The VacPack is a 12-amp outdoor tool that can be used as a blower, vacuum or a mulcher. The leaf collection bag is worn as a comfortable backpack and is designed for optimal comfort while in use. The bag’s zipper-free opening prevents leaves from getting stuck as it is being emptied.
The VacPack is to be available in August with a list price of $79.99. For more information, go online to blackanddecker.com.