Best Gifts for Bowhunters

Best Gifts for Bowhunters

It’s hard to buy a bow for a bowhunter because there are so many variables — you need to know your bowhunter’s draw length and draw weight preferences, but also how they might want to use their bow. A tree stand or blind-using hunter might prefer a short bow while a western hunter might prefer a longer bow to help with stability with longer shots. Still, there is a lot of great bowhunting gear and bow hunting gear upgrades that make it reasonably easy to shop for a bowhunter. To see a list of 25 great gifts for bowhunters, check out the full bowhunting gift guide at Man Makes...
REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket Review: Waterproof Excellence

REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket Review: Waterproof Excellence

The REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket is more coat or parka-like than lightweight jacket. It’s super warm, but it also includes well-designed features like pit zips that let you dump excess heat when you’re working hard outside in the cold. The high-quality 850 fill power down is excellent, but what makes the Stormhenge stand out is its waterproof shell. When snow turns to sleet, you don’t have to run back to your cabin, lodge or vehicle. Read the full Stormhenge review at Man Makes Fire or see it listed in the Man Makes Fire guide to the best down...
The Best Camping Gifts for Camping Enthusiasts

The Best Camping Gifts for Camping Enthusiasts

There are very few people we know who a) don’t like camping, and b) who we like to hang out with anyway. There is something special about the great outdoors, and something special about what spending time outside does for kids, adults — and dogs. If you have a camping enthusiast on your gift giving list, check out the 35 Best Camping Gifts Gear Guide at Man Makes...
To Get Off the Beaten Path, Try a Backpack for Fishing

To Get Off the Beaten Path, Try a Backpack for Fishing

The best fishing backpacks are built for specific kinds of fishing, but most are made primarily for fly fishing. I particularly like fishing backpacks that are waterproof because I occasionally fall down. Fishing backpacks that aren’t waterproof, though, have far more pockets and accessory attachment points, so if you don’t wade deep, fall down or fish in the rain, they’re the best buy fishing backpacks. In any event, if you want a bag that will swallow all your gear, go with a fishing backpack. Here’s my guide to the best fishing backpacks at Man Makes...
Best Fishing Waders for the Money

Best Fishing Waders for the Money

Aside from a fly rod and reel, fishing waders offer a fly fisher one of the best add-on gear purchases you can make. Why? Waders let you get into the water with the fish, which is far more fun. Better yet, they let you get close enough to cast to fish. Consequently, waders have the potential really amp up your fishing abilities and let you fish in more places, more times of the year. To learn more, check out 10 Best Fly Fishing Waders for the Money at Man Makes Fire — you’ll learn a bit more about the best waders for fly fishing as well as figure out which set of waders is worth your...
The Best Water Shoes Can Extend Your Ability to Play

The Best Water Shoes Can Extend Your Ability to Play

A great water shoe can really change how you play in the water. A good water shoe will let you scramble all over rocky rocky river banks, and even if you’re just heading to a sandy beach, a water shoe will let you cross hot sand with a heavy cooler and not worry about the college kid party that left bottle caps every where. In short, a water shoe can extend your ability to play in all sorts of water — they can even make carrying a paddle board down to the water’s edge a lot easier. Oh, one more thing about water shoes — because of all the airy mesh or sandal-like holes, they get great breathability on the hot days of summer. Learn more: 10 Best Water Shoes at Man Makes...