I'm back in from a successful SHOT Show in beautiful and well-lit Las Vegas. The show itself was the third most attended event in its history with 57,390 industry and media members attending. I was there and trust me; it looked like 57,000 people were crammed into the large event center.
Here are a couple of things to look for in 2011. First, if you like to dress casually, yet find the best fit in your camouflage attire, you now have another choice. I've worn Under Armour clothing for years and love the comfort, feel and performance of the garments. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get that same feel in work clothing. Those days are gone now that UA has introduced an entire lineup of work wear. Hoodies, pants, vests, jackets and gloves are all in the lineup. If you want quality footwear check out UA as well for their Always Lethal lineup of boots and functional footwear.
A couple years back Nikon introduced the EDG binocular and it has been reintroduced for 2011 with major changes to the lineup. Look for a sharper image and a new body style to boost your glassing opportunities during a hunt. I especially like the configuration of the 10x32 version with its sleek and lightweight form.
For fans of the Thompson Center lineup, especially handguns, take a look at the Larry Weishuhn signature series Pro Hunter. Besides being a well traveled hunter, Larry only puts his name alongside products that match his reputable history. Now you can own a limited edition Pro Hunter in either .308 Winchester or .460 S&W Magnum. The signature is scrolled in gold and the handgun comes in a classy presentation case for display.
You may have seen this next item out there already, but it's getting a big push for 2011. It's the I-Kam Xtreme from Hunter's Specialties. The I-Kam is a set of glasses equipped with a video camera so you can film your own adventure. They are lightweight, have a long battery life and provide great quality footage. Who needs a video photographer along when you have the I-Kam?
Finally, if you don't mind toting a little extra weight to get the best shot possible, check out Caldwell Shooting Supplies and their new DeadShot Fieldpod. It's simply a shooting rest mounted on a sturdy tripod to give you a benchrest everywhere and anywhere you need it.
That's a brief view of what I saw in Vegas besides the lights, glitz and glamour. Oh yes, I did see Elvis. He pulled up beside me in a van advertising karaoke. I didn't realize he was gold, but this guy had enough gold paint on him to grant him access to Fort Knox.
I forgot to tell you. I bought the I-Kam eyeglass video camera apparatus. You're fired.