Blog 2017-03-07T11:09:00Z Planning an Outdoor Event with the Weather in Mind The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p> <p><img src="" width="380" height="237" alt="" title=""/></p> <p><p>How many of us have planned an exciting adventure outdoors, only to be caught short when the weather decides to take a turn for the worse? At The Outdoors Man, we’re no strangers to bad weather; in fact our team have been caught in some of the most severe storms to have graced our green earth!</p><p><p>Over time, we’ve realised just how important it can be to have access to apps, devices, and gadgets that can help us to tell the difference between a hot spot and one that could leave us out in the cold. Rory was recently caught in a storm whilst traversing the Mediterranean, and unfortunately for him he was helpless. If he’d have had a <a href="">lightning monitoring system</a>, he might have been able to avoid the afflicted region entirely.</p><p><p>If we think about it, knowing where lightning is planning on striking in real time could actually be a great way to keep on top of our fishing trips, and that’s why we’re always on the lookout for the best <a href="">lightning strike map real time</a> out there. It’s not all about lightning though is it? Sometimes there’s a lot that can be said for weather in general.</p><p><p>Safeguarding your outdoor event from the elements</p><p><p>There are several <a href="">weather alert systems</a> out there, but there’s only one that we trust personally and use often – a great little tool from Earth Networks. They might specialise in providing up to date information for professional purposes, but as avid outdoors men, we’ve definitely found a way to put their solutions to good uses.</p><p><p>What better way to stay warm and dry than by knowing where a storm might strike next? We’ll be planning our ventures and explorations in advance from now on, so you won’t be likely to see much rain gear featured on our website in the future!</p><p><p><p> </content:encoded> 2017-03-07T11:00:00Z 2017-03-07T11:09:00Z Merry Christmas! The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p><img src="" width="380" height="237" alt="" title=""/></p> </content:encoded> 2016-12-19T19:14:00Z 2016-12-19T19:14:00Z Merry Christmas from The Outdoors Man! The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p><img src="" width="380" height="253" alt="" title=""/></p> </content:encoded> 2016-12-13T06:00:00Z 2016-12-13T06:00:00Z Seasons Greetings from The Outdoors Man Team The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>Dear viewers and visitors,</p><p><p>we can't believe just how quickly 2016 has flown by. So much has happened, some good, plenty bad - but if there's one thing that we all have to look forward to, it's a brand new year ahead of us.</p><p><p>Whether you're an avid fisherman, a hunter, or an outdoor sports person - we have plenty planned for the year ahead, including a few new partnerships, dozens of brand new reviews of some of the best outdoors gear due to be released, and even a couple of new team members that we'll be welcoming to The Outdoors Man.</p><p><p>At this time of year, we think that it's a great opportunity to spread the joy and happiness, whoever you are and whatever you enjoy doing.</p><p><p>So from our team, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and all the best for 2017!</p><p><p>The Outdoors Man Team</p> </content:encoded> 2016-12-13T05:56:00Z 2016-12-13T05:56:00Z How to Get Started with Off Road Motorcycle Riding The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>For most bike riders, the pavement is where you spend most of your time. Even if you like to feel the open air, you probably do so while tearing down the interstate rather than bombing around the forest or desert. Perhaps you’ve thought about going off-roading before, but you weren’t sure where to begin. If you are interested, here are some things to consider to get your off-roading career into high gear. It will involve more than just buying Honda dirt bike parts or an <a href="">Arai full face helmet</a>, so be sure that this is something that you really want to do first. </p><p><p>Re-Learn How to Ride</p><p><p>The mechanics of riding a motorcycle on the streets is vastly different than taking on rough terrain. What that means is that you have to not only learn how to maintain balance, but also how to manage your clutch, brakes, and all the other systems that you may take for granted during your daily commute. </p><p><p>Off-road riding can involve a lot of split-second decisions, which means that you need to stay on top of your game. A <a href="">motorcycle jacket</a> may help you in a spin out on the asphalt, but if you’re riding around rocks, you won’t be so lucky. Practice on smoother terrain first and then work your way up. </p><p><p>Plan Ahead</p><p><p>Going out into the woods or the desert means that you won’t be near anything, should something happen. If you get hurt or need fuel, you won’t have the luxury of being able to swing by the nearest convenience store. Thus, you’ll need to pack everything: water, gas, first aid, etc. The more you plan ahead, the better your experience will be, even if something unfortunate happens. </p><p><p>Get the Right Gear</p><p><p>We hope that none of you will try to go off-roading with your street bike, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this has crossed your mind. The thing is, off-roading is all about having the right equipment, from new <a href="">Honda dirt bike parts</a> to better safety equipment like an <a href="">Arai helmet</a>. Without prepping and outfitting yourself correctly, you won’t have a good time.</p><p><p> </content:encoded> 2016-12-02T12:10:00Z 2016-12-02T12:10:00Z How the Weather Impacts Your Lawn The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>A well-maintained green lawn is a sign of an opulent home. The amount of care that your lawn requires will depend on the plants that you have, however, even the simplest lawn is still dependent on your local weather. For this reason, you want to have the best <a href="">weather app</a> on your phone to make sure that you are properly caring for your lawn. </p><p><p> Watering Schedules: One of the most weather dependent aspects of your lawn is the watering schedule. If you are getting plenty of rain or snow, you want to save your lawn from overwatering and save yourself some money too. If on the other hand you’re in a drought, you may need to water more frequently, while still being mindful of local water usage guidelines. The good news is that high tech weather apps can let you know how much rain to expect with a ten-day forecast, so you’re never caught unprepared. </p><p><p> Growing season: While we think of spring as prime time for new plant growth, certain lawn grasses should be planted and allowed to start growth during the fall season. New plants need extra care, and you need to ensure the appropriate rain and humidity to avoid compacting soil and strangling sapling roots. The best weather app will keep you well-informed of precipitation and humidity levels to ensure that your lawn can thrive. </p><p><p> New Plants: Temperatures can also affect your ability to add new plants on your lawn. If you are planning to add to your lawn you should find and download the best gardening weather app. This will allow you to schedule your lawn work and ensure that any new plants survive and thrive. </p><p><p>A beautiful lawn takes some work, but it is not terribly difficult to maintain if you have the <a href="">best weather app</a> and determination. </p><p><p> </content:encoded> 2016-11-18T16:52:00Z 2016-11-18T16:52:00Z The Difference That Climates Can Make To Fishing The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>Whether you fish in the UK, the US or somewhere else around the globe; you'll no doubt have a firm grasp of the types of fish species that exist. At The Outdoors Man, every single member of our team loves fishing - so much so that many of us travel the globe to enjoy exotic catches. Rory loves the Canadian fishing scene, Phil prefers the quieter waters within Northern England, and Michael loves a bit of sea fishing in the Mediterranean. Over the past few months, we realized just how varied the fish species are between locations, and we've found that the the reason for this is the climate.</p><p><p>Colder Climates</p><p><p>It's a dog eat dog, or fish eat fish world out there. It's no secret that colder climates demand much more of the native species than many other climates, and so it's not uncommon to see huge game fish in these locations. Canada and Alaska are proof of this, and their coasts and lakes often play host to some of the largest bass, carp and catfish on the planet. You'll also probably have noticed that there aren't many sharks, or other large predatory fish, and the reason for this is the temperature. These large predators need warm water to hunt and survive, and so it stands to good reason that the smaller types of fish can grow to much large sizes in colder regions without the threat from top-tier predators.</p><p><p>Moderate Climates</p><p><p>Moderate climates like the United Kingdom have their fair share of cold and warm weather. It's in these locations where the types of fish vary most, in fact there are no less than 1100 unique species of fish within the UK alone. One of the main reasons why moderate climates are so suitable for fish-life is that the different species can come and go as they please. Warmer months will see thousands of carp and salmon, whereas colder months will see a climb in bass and catfish numbers. During excessively hot periods, there have even been reports of great white sharks around the Cornwall area!</p><p><p>Hotter Climates</p><p><p>Warm and hot climates are where the big boys really play - particularly on the line of the equator and around the Mediterranean. Sharks, marlin, whales and dolphins frequent these locations to hunt and reproduce, and some of the biggest catches on record have been found in these regions. The heat from the sun provides plenty of vitamin D for all organisms, so it's no surprise that this type of heat breeds some of the biggest underwater predators on the planet. As the world increases in temperature with global warming, these species are intermingling, and the next few decades look promising for fishermen indeed.</p><p> </content:encoded> 2015-05-31T17:06:00Z 2015-05-31T17:06:00Z Protecting Yourself from Poisonous Animals in the Heat The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>On a recent mediterranean trip, our avid outdoors man Michael stumbled across a very poisonous viper. This viper is native to the Med, as well as further afield in the Middle East, and the entire experience really shook him up. Fortunately, he received extensive training in his earlier years regarding snakes and spiders, and he was able to walk away from this encounter unscathed. But we wanted to put together a list of things that you can do to avoid a bite, or at least stand the best chances of survival if the worst was to happen to you.</p><p><p>Protective Gear</p><p><p>If there's one thing that the Mediterranean is known for in the summer, it's the scorching heat. The heat makes it very tempting to wear short sleeved shirts and a pair of shorts. The truth is that just a simple protective layer of clothing is often more than enough to deter sharp fangs - but the thicker the better. Consider wearing boots with metal toe-caps, as well as combats or at least jeans. They can be loose if you prefer, in fact looser may be better - especially if a snake decides to strike as the extra wrinkles can take the bite and stop the snakes' fangs from breaking your skin.</p><p><p>Avoid Low Trees</p><p><p>In the heat, it's not uncommon for poisonous snakes and spiders to nest around the base of low trees. The low tree provides enough cover from the direct sunlight, as well as protection from predatory birds that use taller trees as vantage points. If you need to find shade, be sure to check the ground area properly using a stick rather than your hands. Between May and June, most spiders and snakes will be mating - and some may even have laid their eggs by this point. If you go anywhere near these locations; you'll be greeted by an incredibly aggressive animal, so steer clear at all costs.</p><p><p>Move Slowly</p><p><p>If there's one thing that's guaranteed to trigger a response in snakes and spiders - it's fast movement. If you happen to come across a nesting parent, or a snake on its' travels, then be sure to stand entirely still. Don't shout, stamp or make any fast movements. Take a deep breath, gauge the situation and then retreat slowly. If possible, allow the snake to continue its journey as you remain in place. Snakes need direct sunlight for energy, so they'll often sit atop rocky outcrops, or within fields with stones. Just make sure to watch your step and listen for hissing from a few yards away to avoid the risk.</p><p> </content:encoded> 2015-05-26T07:28:00Z 2015-05-26T07:29:00Z Fishing on a Budget The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>We've all seen those shows where famous fishermen are followed around by a film crew (like River Monsters and Extreme Fishing). They're typically off in a stunningly remote part of the world, getting to know the locals and casting their line using some of the most expensive looking fishing gear on the planet. You're not alone in your rod-envy (for want of a better term!), and unless you have several thousands sitting spare, then the chances are that you're like us and have to settle for sub-par or standard fishing gear.</p><p><p>The truth is that just because they use expensive fishing equipment; they're not any more likely to catch fish than we are. All that it takes is a bit of intuitiveness, a keen eye and some hands-on experience, and you could easily craft a fishing kit capable of reeling bass after bass. So what can you do if you're on a budget and love fishing more than you can handle? Well that's where nature comes in very handy. We'll assume that you have access to string, and instead we'll discuss the different types of materials that can create a very reliable fishing rod.</p><p><p>Bamboo</p><p><p>It's one of nature's most durable woods, and when allowed to grow for a couple of years, the knuckles of bamboo form in much the same way as factory-made resin rods are created. The bottom of the bamboo will possess the thickest knuckles, and these knuckles will get thinner as they climb. When cutting bamboo, try not to split the pole, and aim to cut where the knuckles are present using a saw. Check out our 'How to Make a Bamboo Fishing Rod' page for more info.</p><p><p>Branches</p><p><p>Branches are often considered way too weak to provide an opportunity for fishing, but there's no limit on how many branches can be used. By twining together three or four inch-thick branches, you've suddenly got an object that can support the weight of most adult men. The rod may now be a little heavier than other rods, but it's a little known fact that the weight of the rod has no effect on its potential to catch fish whatsoever. In fact a fishing rod could be made of solid concrete - if you were strong enough to hold it. As long as the line can be fitted to the branches (preferably using eyelets or similar screw-in pins), you'll find that each branch will contribute to the overall strength of the rod, and this strength can keep it going for years without damage.</p><p> </content:encoded> 2015-05-18T08:36:00Z 2015-05-18T08:36:00Z Making the Most of Nature for Arrow Fletching The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>Archery is one of the most primitive activities on the planet, and there's no denying that strange feeling that often overwhelms many traditional archers. What many people don't know is that it's entirely possible to shoot an arrow without flecthing - and as long as the arrow heads are properly weighted; they will typically reach their target. But there's a reason that even our most ancient ancestors used fletching for their arrows, and that's because it encourages velocity, allows straighter arrow flight and as a result; more precise releases.</p><p><p>Another little known fact is the type of materials that are suitable for creating traditional arrow fletching. Most modern arrows make use of durable factory-made vanes, whereas others are better suited to real feathers plucked fresh from a game bird. We've decided to test the effectiveness of a range of arrow fletching, and the results below were our most effective by far. Making your own arrow fletching can be a fun activity, and as long as you have the right tools, there's no reason why you couldn't use either of the following materials for arrow fletching.</p><p><p>Traditional Feathers</p><p><p>Bird feathers have been used for thousands of years due to their light weight and ability to control air flow. The best way to use them when in the wild is straight from a deceased bird. Simply grab the base of the feather and gently tug at it until it comes free. Multiple feathers will be required (at least two per arrow, but three or four are preferred). Using a sharp tool, you can easily cut the feathers to shape and then stick them to your arrow using adhesive (a little finger-work required if no jig is available). Alternatively, they can be wrapped using a thin piece of organic material (stripping grass blades or pulling the 'string' from tree bark is a good option.</p><p><p>Tree Leaves</p><p><p>Now here's a technique that we were shocked to see the results of. Tree leaves are actually a lightweight, relatively durable material that more than suit a role as arrow fletching. They are easier to cut than feathers, and it's not difficult to find a whole collection of similarly sized leaves. Simply cut down the central vane of the leaf until it's been halved. Then shape the exterior of the leaf and apply it using an adhesive. It's also possible to sew the leaves in place using a needle and thread - just pierce them at a low position and wrap them until they are firmly in place. The fresher the better - although it's worth bearing in mind that they aren't as long-lived as feathers, so replacements may be necessary.</p><p> </content:encoded> 2015-05-18T08:29:00Z 2015-05-18T08:29:00Z The Benefits of Full Tang Knives and Blades The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>We've all heard about full tang blades before, but what is it about them that makes them so much more reliable than other knives and swords? For those of you that may be inexperienced with what a tang is and how it affects a blade, you might be surprised to hear that a blade that doesn't possess a full tang has a huge chance of separating from the handle, especially if it's a poorly made knife. The tang refers to the construction of the blade, with full tangs running the length of the handle whereas other tangs (half, quarter, etc) only run along a certain length of the handle, if at all. This means that full tang blades make good use of a single-piece construction whereas half and quarter tangs will often have two to three components that can sometimes come apart.</p><p><p>There are several types of knives available on the market and it's important to choose the right one for your requirement. If you're using a knife to cut through meat for example, the last thing that you'll want is for the handle to buckle and leave the blade in a dangerous position. That's where a full tang blade comes in handy as it runs through the handle and stays in one piece. What this means is that unless the blade snaps under immense pressure or because of damage, you can rest assured that the blade's edge won't separate from the handle whether you're cutting, stabbing or hacking.</p><p><p>This isn't always the case with half tang blades as they can often become dislodged when used and can separate from their handles. Fortunately, knife makers have a great way of reducing the chances of these types of incidents and they do so with a process called pinning. Even full tang blades can benefit from being pinned and the process involves at least one hole being drilled through both the handle and metal blade before placing a pin to connect the two components.</p><p><p>This means that the handle will stay in place during use, as well as reinforcing the tang of the blade. There are a couple of very reliable blades on the market that boast a full tang construction as well as a wide range of uses. One of our favorites has to be the <a href="">Winchester Bowie Knife</a> which is ideal for hunting, survival, camping and plenty more. There are other models available but the Winchester Bowie Knife is one of the most affordable and reliable in our experience, so don't hesitate to pick up one of your own for <a href="">under $30</a>!</p><p><p> <p><img src="" width="380" height="186" alt="" title=""/></p> <p> </content:encoded> 2014-12-19T08:01:00Z 2014-12-19T08:01:00Z Getting to Know the Woodman's Pal The Outdoors Man's-Pal/9127681 <content:encoded><p><img src="" width="380" height="258" alt="" title=""/></p> <p>When it comes to a fantastic outdoors tool that handles the responsibilty of both axe and machete, there's really nothing better than the Woodman's Pal. Take it from us, we've tried, tested and exploited more than a dozen machetes over the past few years and when it comes to edge retention, full tang construction and outdoors potential, nothing even comes close to the Woodman's Pal!</p><p><p>You'll find a variety of Woodman's Pal models via the <a href="">company's website</a> and we recommend each and every one of them. From the Military Premium which features a reinforced knuckle guard and leather handle, all the way to the Original model featuring hardwood handle and utility loop; every single Woodman's Pal is checked for quality and performance with a 100% guarantee, while being entirely affordable! If you catch the holiday deals, you'll also benefit from a discount and still get an awesome product that's both a tool and a weapon.</p><p><p>So what makes the Woodman's Pal so special when compared to the competition? Let's take a look at its features now.</p><p><p>The length of the Woodman's Pal measures 16.5 inches, with a 5 inch blade. Depending on your model, you can expect a leather wrapped handle or a hardwood equivalent, but both handles are full tang and fully pinned, meaning that they won't fly apart like cheaper products.</p><p><p>The blade itself is made from high-carbon steel and hardened to Rockwell C47 to guarantee durability, resilience and edge retention. The blade's thickness is 1/8" and measures 10.5" in length which provides a great cutting length that can hack, slash and slice to suit your requirements. The blade is more than capable of cutting through 1" branches in a single swing too, so it also makes an awesome gardening tool.</p><p><p>The entire tool weighs just 25 ounces so it's lightweight and portable, especially if you opt for a sheath with built in loop for belt attachment. One of the biggest issues with machetes is that they can't get in to those hard to reach corners and angles to cut away at irritating brushes and branches. That's where the handy hook design comes in handy as it's honed edge can cut away at even the most stubborn object.</p><p><p>Overall, the Woodman's Pal is a fantastic outdoors tool that we won't go anywhere without. Whether you're a collector, outdoorsman or require that added punch while on duty, this blade will serve you well for years to come and is highly recommended by us at</p><p><p>It's the perfect holiday gift for sportsmen, hunters, campers, gardeners, foresters, surveyors, landowners, farmers, law enforcement officers, golf course superintendents, fire &amp; rescue teams, military servicemen, survivalists, ATV Travelers, hikers, highway crews, collectors and many more.</p><p><p>To purchase your very own Woodman's Pal for yourself or your loved one, call toll-free on 1-800-708-5191 or visit</p> </content:encoded> 2014-12-04T10:23:00Z 2014-12-04T16:32:00Z Inflatable Raft Vs Hard Body Kayak The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>Whether you're a rafting amateur hoping to take to the waves and improve your skills or a seasoned veteran with more rapids under your belt than hot dinners, getting the most out of your whitewater kayak or one man raft is massively important. If you're more inclined to go for inflatable rafts that can be assembled and taken down quickly or if you prefer the more rugged hard-bodied versions that so many kayakers have come to know and love, it's important to get to grips with the functions and features of your specific vessel.</p><p><p>Inflatabable Kayaks</p><p><p>These types of water vessels are ideal if you don't have the vehicle space to get from one location to another as they can be packed up and transported to your destination. Most decent brands will construct their rafts with reinforced vinyl to maximize life span and durability, but there are cheaper alternatives if you aren't too fussed about performance. It's important to note that not all inflatable rafts are suitable for white water rafting, especially if they are made from softer materials. We recommend that you go for vinyl constructions at the very minimum because there's nothing worse than puncturing your flanks and being left to swim to the shoreline! </p><p><p>Beyond their portability, inflatable kayaks and rafts are pretty fairly balanced and depending on the size and shape of your vessel, you could fit anywhere between a single person to an entire team. Most models will also come with safety nets and comfortable seats so they're ideal if you're planning a family expedition on a lake or river.</p><p><p>Hard Body Kayaks and Rafts</p><p><p>Although the shapes of hard body kayaks and rafts are similar to their inflatable cousins they are considered much more heavy duty and rugged. In fact, these types of kayaks can withstand even the most intensive impacts and they will often carry on like nothing happened. Where inflatable rafts are often limited when it comes to design and appearance, hard body kayaks can be customized and altered to suit your preference.</p><p><p>They also typically come with safety nets that are much more heavy duty than inflatable rafts as the netting can be fastened to the sturdy material without fear of tearing. They are also very versatile and can be corrected easily if you ever capsize. Several specific brands also offer great value for money such as the <a href="">Perception Impulse 10.0</a> which we've used dozens of times before and it easily outperforms many of the leading brands on the market for a fraction of the cost!</p><p><p>Whichever model of kayak you prefer, just remember to equip yourself properly with a safety jacket, helmet and survival gear. The intense motion of whitewater rafting can leave even the most experienced rafter gasping for air, so choose a kayak or raft that is right for you and pay attention to your balance, weight distribution and maneuverability.</p> </content:encoded> 2014-11-25T07:27:00Z 2014-11-25T07:27:00Z Learning About Different Bivy Sack Materials The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>We've all been there; covered in condensation as we wake up in the morning and inadvertantly knock the tent that we've been sleeping in. It's not exactly the most pleasant way to wake up and most people think that it's unavoidable but that really isn't the case. If you're not keen on leaving your doorway open all night, or in using a <a href="">portable dehumidifier</a>, then it's probably a good idea to find a bivy sack or tent with materials that remain breathable throughout the night.</p><p><p>So what sort of materials should you avoid at all costs? Well there are several that really hold in the hydrogen as you breathe and these include polyester, cotton and rubber. Although you might not find many rubber bivy sacks, certain brands use rubber to secure their seams and this makes it easy for hydrogen (water) to gather around edges and corners. As the above materials are relatively cheap to make, you'll find them in cheaper brands that care less about comfort and more about sales. Another reason why these materials are so common is that they are also fairly resilient to damage and wear and tear. When finding the right bivy sack, you'll want to make sure that it's comfortable, reliable AND resilient, so don't just focus on the strength of the material while leaving the rest to chance.</p><p><p>So what sort of materials should you look out for without jeapordizing the durability and resiliance of your tent or bivy sack? Well one of the most suitable types of material is nylon. It can come in a range of textures, flexibilities and styles, but it's recommended that your tent or bivy sack be at least 30D on the exterior, although 40D is a much better option, as well as a minimum of 50D on the floor, but you can find affordable alternatives with much longer lifespans at 70D to really stay strong.</p><p><p>Although it isn't a problem if your bivy sack or tent contains a certain percentage of polyester, cotton or rubber, it's never a good idea to go for a model that comprises these materials entirely. Nylon is your best bet as it's soft, durable and completely waterproof and when combined with a high-quality mesh window or door system, as is the case with models like this <a href="">Rab Ridge Master Nestor Bivy Sack</a>, things work much better and you can be guaranteed to stay completely free of condensation all through the night and well in to the morning.</p><p><p> <p><img src="" width="380" height="380" alt="" title=""/></p> <p> </content:encoded> 2014-11-19T10:57:00Z 2014-11-19T10:57:00Z Things to Look for in your Fishing Lures The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>When it comes to baiting a predatory fish, nothing quite says come and eat me like an easy meal. Of course baits go a long way in attracting a fish to your hook, especially if you're using the right combination of scents and flavors, but the bottom line is that a predator will want to hunt and eat a target that gives off the correct scent, as well as having the right look.</p><p><p>That's where using the right type of active lure can come in handy. As most come with built in hooks, you can get the best of both worlds and include an effective bait to target your specific fish. Where baiting just makes use of bait on the tip of a hook, you are really broadening your horizons by using both lure and bait systems. Shy fish will be drawn to the bait in specific, while predators will feel an instinctive urge to hunt when they sense the bait and see the lure together.</p><p><p>The best types of lures have to be versatile and affordable. It's not always a good idea to invest in hugely expensive lures because the bottom line is that they can disappear from the end of your line if the target fish puts up a fight. It's not always an option to purchase floating lures either because they are at their most effective when they sink and act naturally underwater. You'll want to find a lure that includes at least one of the following features for maximum effectiveness underwater:</p><p><p>- A rattle technique to create a vibration underwater and catch a predatory fishes' attention.</p><p>- A great color scheme that mimics real life patterns while grabbing interest.</p><p>- A durable construction to keep it in action.</p><p>- A life-like movement pattern.</p><p>- Some form of shimmer component to maximize effectiveness.</p><p><p>You'll find several great brands on the market but our personal favorite has to be the <a href="">STORM WildEye Spin Shad</a>, featuring a glimmering holographic component as well as an over hook, we've hooked more pike with this bad boy that any other fish. It's also currently under special offer from BassPro Shops at just $7.29 for 3 of them.</p><p> <p><img src="" width="380" height="272" alt="" title=""/></p> <p> </content:encoded> 2014-11-14T08:10:00Z 2014-11-14T08:42:00Z Avoiding Detection with Woodland Camouflage The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>How many times have we had that potential trophy buck dart for cover with no explanation at all? It might be because you trod on an unseen twig, or maybe it's because deers are actually supersensitive to color sequences. Deers of all species can see blues really well, while red tones aren't that easy to distinguish between and although greens and yellows are clearly noticeable to deers, they can't tell the difference in the shades like we can.</p> <p><img src="" width="191" height="143" alt="" title=""/></p> <p>This is where many hunters make their most common mistake; expecting their camo to conceal their frame properly. This has never been truer than with traditional camo that consists of greens, yellows and browns. The camouflage might conceal you when you're perfectly still, but as soon as you move a limb within the deer's line of sight, the first thing that it will think is that branch is way too large to be moving like that.</p> <p><img src="" width="191" height="143" alt="" title=""/></p> <p><p>So what sort of camouflage can you really rely on to give you the best chance at avoiding detection? Well one of our personal favorites has to be <a href="">woodland camouflage</a> patterns. These aren't your typical patterns and they make great use of realistic looking objects and scenery to help you to blend in. As they feature an advanced camo pattern like nothing else around except actual scenery, they'll provide you with a much better base of movement while you're in a deer's line of sight.</p> <p><img src="" width="190" height="183" alt="" title=""/></p> <p><p>This is why many military forces have made the switch between traditional camo and more active patterns, such as digital and woodland. The more broken up the colors, the harder it is for something to spot you so although regular camouflage patterns may work in some scenarios, they offer a much higher visibility threshold than their more modern equivalents which makes them much less effective.</p> </content:encoded> 2014-11-10T10:37:00Z 2014-11-10T10:38:00Z Distributing Weight While Rafting The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>If you've been on white water then you'll already know how important it is to distribute your weight when your raft is on the move. Seeing a raft capsize because of poor weight distribution isn't always fun to watch, let alone experience so how can you be sure that you do everything in your power to keep your raft upright at all times? Well although a lot of people think that one man rafts should be treated different to two-person plus vessels; the bottom line is that balance is balance, however you look at it.</p><p><p>The centre of your boat will be responsible for spreading an equal amount of balance to the rest of the raft. Too much focus on the front and you'll find that you'll end up plunging in to the water head first. A little too much weight on the back can result in the same thing, only you'll be heading in backwards.</p><p><p>The first thing that you'll need to do is calculate the weight of everyone and everything on board. If you're solo kayaking, then you'll need to know your own weight and combine that weight with an equipment that you might be bringing with you. If you're with one or more people, then just distribute the weight as evenly as possible. Heavier people should always go in the middle of the raft, with the lightest at the back. This is because you'll be travelling forwards most of the time so you'll want a medium to heavy person sitting at the front to help keep the raft close to the surface of the water.</p><p><p>You should never exceed a raft's carry weight as this will often result in sinking or capsizing. Even a few pounds of extra weight can tip the balance, so aim to fill a raft with a minus 10lb threshold. If the raft can hold 200lb, then don't fill it anymore than 190lb. The extra 10lb will go a long way in helping stability while on water, so keep it free wherever you can.</p><p><p>On the other side of the token, don't underfill a raft either. You'll find that you'll be tossed around like a tin can if you're 150lb and the raft can hold 400lb. Just remember to distribute weight evenly so that the front, middle and rear of the raft remain as even as possible.</p> </content:encoded> 2014-11-06T11:29:00Z 2014-11-06T11:29:00Z Customizing a Compound Bow The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>When it comes to customizing a bow, one of the most important aspects to bear in mind is functionality. The last thing that you'll want to do is customize your compound bow in a way that detracts from its potential, especially if that means adding heavy objects that make it slow and cumbersome. The whole point of bow shooting and bow hunting is to avoid the restriction typically associated with a rifle. Bows are supposed to be lightweight and portable, but that doesn't mean that they have to lose out on any customization potential. Let's take a look at a few of the best customization options that won't negatively impact the performance of your bow.</p><p><p>Silencers</p> <p><img src="" width="175" height="168" alt="" title=""/></p> <p>These types of accessories come in a range of styles and attach directly to the 2nd and 4th point of your bow string to help you to shoot more quietly. The <a href="">bow silencers</a> absorb the vibration of the bow string once you release it to fire, meaning that there's much less sound while shooting. This is particularly useful when hunting more than one animal in an area, as you can often shoot, ready another arrow and then shoot again with much less chance of being noticed.</p><p><p>Camouflage</p> <p><img src="" width="190" height="190" alt="" title=""/></p> <p>There are several ways to add a bit of camo to your bow, from painting and coating, all the way to wrapping your bow's limbs with a lightweight <a href="">camouflage tape</a>. The main reason behind customizing your bow in this way is that it will enable you to blend in to your environment, especially if you decide to pair your bow with a <a href="">ghillie suit </a>or full body camouflage.</p><p><p>Bow Wrist Sling Mounts</p> <p><img src="" width="155" height="190" alt="" title=""/></p> <p>One of the greatest ways to guarantee that your bow stays close to hand, without having to store it over your shoulder is with a bow wrist sling mount. These are often custom made and provide a great way to transport your bow while on the move, without detracting from the aesthetic of your bow. There are several companies that provide similar services and products, but our favorite has to be <a href=""></a> personally designed by Scott Geddes. All sling mounts come with a paracord for extra durability, as well as an awesome design that connects directly to the riser area of your compound bow.</p><p><p>So there you have it, several different ways to customize your compound bow without affecting its performance. If anything, these options can make your bow much more versatile and effective on the field, so don't hesitate to use the ideas for your own bow.</p><p> </content:encoded> 2014-11-01T07:52:00Z 2014-11-01T07:53:00Z The Benefits of Choosing the Right Fishing Lure The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>Whether you're brand new to fishing or if you're an experienced veteran; you'll know just how important your lure system is to your catch ratio. Fishing lures come in a great range of sizes, styles and textures and being sure to find a suitable one for the type of fish that you're hoping to catch can be the difference between success and failure. With so many lures to choose from, how can you be sure that you're using the right one for your requirements? Let's get to know a few different types and how they vary.</p><p><p><a href="">Soft Bait Lures</a></p><p><p>This type of lure applies to any that are soft, rubberized and bendable. The main purpose of these types of lures is to attract fish with realistic movement and a convincing fish-like appearance. Most soft bait lures will come with built-in hooks ready to be loaded with your winning bait recipe, but they are soft enough to be pierced by hooks just in case they are hook-free. Soft lures are considered the most effective type of lure as they mimic movement, as well as being suitable for bait which can attract even the most wary of fish.</p><p><p>Hard Lures</p><p><p>These types of lures are typically used to hunt specific predatory fish. They'll include all sorts of patterns and designs to entice a predatory fish and capture its attention, but because they're hard it can often be difficult to mimic a realistic movement pattern. One of the main benefits of hard bait lures is that they can often trigger a predatory fish into hunting mode, especially if you cast the lure and then slowly real it in to mimic the appearance of a small fish swimming.</p><p><p>Vibrating and Decorative Lures</p><p><p>These types of lures use an advanced technique that captivates the attention of predatory fish by using glitter, reflective components and vibrations. When underwater, these features can be hugely affective, especially if fitted with the right type of bait. The combination of scent and stimulation is often enough to trigger a response in many predatory fish, whether you're lake, river or sea fishing. </p><p><p> </content:encoded> 2014-10-27T16:37:00Z 2014-10-27T16:38:00Z 3 Key Benefits of Using a Bivy Sack The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>If you haven't tried a bivy sack before, then it's probably a good idea to get to know just how effective they can really be for camping trips, not to mention how much more beneficial than traditional tents they can be. For a start, they take the hassle of having to find room for a tent, poles, hooks and ropes out of the equation and so much more, but let's get to know the real benefits of using <a href="">bivy sacks</a>.</p><p><p>Versatility</p><p><p>Whether you're on a 1 person camping expedition, or if you're camping with a group of friends or family, the bottom line is that you'll need somewhere to sleep comfortably. Bivy sacks are hugely versatile as they'll often come in a one size fits all construction, which means that a couple of children can sleep securely inside, while also being very suitable for sleeping solo adults and equipment.</p><p><p>Unlike with most tents, a bivy sack won't need securing to the ground as drastically as tents require; they are constructed in a streamlined way that deflects wind and rain easily. Consider a bivy sack like a sleeping bag with a roof - they are lower down on the ground than tents, provide a large area to sleep the occupant and often come with a range of features like mesh windows, breathable material and zippable entry.</p><p><p>Durability</p><p><p>As bivy sacks are made from resilient and waterproof materials, this makes them more than capable of dealing with even the strongest weather conditions. They won't protect you from a tornado, but they will deflect wind, rain, snow and cold weather easily. The unique materials that comprise bivy sacks do 2 things; the first is to withstand water and keep the internal element of the sack dry, with the second being ideal for sleeping over the course of the night by keeping the warm air in and the cold air out.</p><p><p>The material is lightweight and breathable so the sack doesn't suffer with condensation like many tents do, which means that if water does touch the construction; not a drop will be able to get through. Pair these elements with the fact that the material is also flexible enough to roll in to a tiny size and then packed without having to take much room at all and you have yourself a tent equivalent, with none of the negatives and half a dozen more benefits.</p><p><p>Portabilility</p><p><p>One of the most useful features of using bivy sacks for camping is that they are so portable. They'll typically comprise 2 elements; the durable yet lightweight material that is the bivy sack itself and the connective rods that form a pole, which acts as the support for the sack. When put together, these components will provide an area large enough to sleep a fully grown man, but when taken apart and compacted for transport, the pieces take up as little room as possible.</p><p><p>So there you have it; 3 key benefits of using bivy sacks for your camping trips. We often use them for expeditions and trips in to the wilderness and Rory prefers them hugely to taking tents. His kids love having their own space and <a href="">larger bivy sacks</a> are more than capable of sleeping 2 adults comfortably. So what about you? Are you still a tent user, or have you made the switch to bivy sacks?</p> </content:encoded> 2014-10-19T11:47:00Z 2014-10-19T12:47:00Z 2 DIY Fish Bait Recipes that Cause a Feeding Frenzy The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>Our resident fisherman Rory wasn't always a fishing fanatic - he actually studied at Harvard and has more qualifications in chemistry than you could shake a rod at. Several years ago, he put together over a dozen fish bait recipes using different chemical components from natural foods and since then, his recipes have driven bass and other large fish in to a frenzy. We use a combination of Rory's recipes for most of our trips... but be warned that 1 of them creates such a stir under water that it's not allowed to be used at several international fishing tournaments. No harm in using them for private fishing trips though! Here's a look at 2 of his DIY fish bait recipes now. They are environmentally safe fish baits and are very easy to put together.</p><p><p>The Carp Catalyst - A Very Effective Carp Fishing Bait</p><p><p>This one will involve a trip down to the grocery store, but the results for the effort are astounding. Here's what you'll need:</p><p><p>- 50g <a href="">whey protein</a> (chocolate)</p><p>- 25g fried red onion</p><p>- 10g egg yolk (raw)</p><p>- 100g mince meat (lamb - raw)</p><p><p>Press your ingredients together until you have enough to fill a 150g pot or tub. Keep your bait air tight and feel free to freeze it for use at a later date; just be sure to properly defrost it before use.</p><p><p>TIP - if the bait feels too sticky or wet, add more whey protein at 10g intervals.</p><p><p>The Bass Breaker - A Great Bass Fishing Formula</p><p><p>Every fisherman has, or will try to catch a trophy bass. Rory worked out a formula that triggers both the prey drive and reproductive instincts of bass that will have them swarming around your bait:</p><p><p>- 70g crushed celery</p><p>- 15g <a href="">iron nutrient powder</a></p><p>- 8 to 10g crushed green olives without pips</p><p>- 90g fresh flour</p><p><p>The celery and olive components emulate the scent of a female bass' reproductive hormones, while the iron powder trails the current with the scent of blood. Once pressed together, place your bait inside of a plastic container with a lid to keep it fresh. Store at temperatures of 0 to 7 degrees centigrade.</p><p><p>TIP - if the bait feels too wet, add a little more flour in intervals of 5 to 10g until your formula reaches a good consistency.</p><p><p>Rory will be releasing his very own eBook soon detailing these 2 and many more fish bait formulas. Stay tuned for a release date and for the opportunity to download your own copy free of charge for a limited time only.</p> </content:encoded> 2014-10-15T12:50:00Z 2014-10-15T12:50:00Z How to Waterproof your Shoes and Boots The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p>We've all been in this situation at least once - taking part in a fishing, camping, hiking or hunting trip and either stepping in water, or being caught in the rain. Most of the time you'll have a waterproof jacket or combats, but waterproof shoes aren't always high on the agenda of things to pack. So what can you do to waterproof your shoes easily and within a few hours? Well that's where natural waxes come in handy - namely beeswax.</p><p><p><a href="">Beeswax</a> is literally what it says on the tin - wax made by bees. It has a wide range of uses, from polishing and lubricating, all the way to sealing gaps in pipes and more. The great thing about natural beeswax is that it's so versatile. Whether your shoes are made of nylon, canvas or meshing - applying a layer or 2 of beeswax can make all the difference to those wet expeditions. So how can you waterproof your shoes? Well here's a quick method on how to waterproof your shoes and boots with beeswax.</p><p><p>1 - Pick up a tube, pot or tub of beeswax from your local department store or <a href="">online</a>. You'll want the natural stuff as versions that contain other chemicals aren't as reliable for sealing.</p><p><p>2 - Grab your shoes or boots and scoop/ squeeze out roughly 0.7 fl oz/ 20ml of beeswax in to a plastic container (a plastic plate or bowl will do too).</p><p><p>3 - Using a sponge or soft cloth, gently start to massage the beeswax in to the material parts of your shoes/ boots in circular motions. Focus on the edges and corners as these spots will retain water much more than smooth, flat areas of your foot wear.</p><p><p>4 - As you massage the beeswax, make sure to do it evenly. Beeswax, like all waxes can build up solidify if allowed to, so make sure that you've applied it in thin, even layers to maintain the dexterity and flexibility of your foot wear.</p><p><p>5 - Allow to dry over night, or for at least 6 hours. Once dry, you'll be able to use your footwear just like usual; the main difference will be that they now have a protective layer of natural wax that will repel water and keep your feet dry when you're outdoors.</p> </content:encoded> 2014-10-14T12:31:00Z 2014-10-14T18:12:00Z What To Do if You're Lost Outdoors The Outdoors Man're-Lost-Outdoors/8911054 <content:encoded><p>Using the Sun to Tell the Time</p><p><p>The sun rises in the East and sets in the West and when it's in the center of the sky, it's usually about 12 noon. So anywhere on the left will be between 6am and 12 noon, with the sun being between 12 noon and 6pm on the right. Although the direct angles of East and West may vary depending on the time of year, season, weather clarity and so on - the sun will always rise on the Eastern side of the planet and then set on the Western side. It's important to note that you should never look directly at the sun as it can cause damage to your retinas.</p><p><p>Finding your Direction Outside</p><p><p>If you're outdoors without a <a href="">compass</a>, look for moss on trees and rocks. Moss grows facing North in the Northern Hemisphere (North of the equator) and South in the Southern Hemisphere (South of the equator). If you ever struggle to find lichen or moss outdoors, then try looking for areas where damp or rain may be present more so than drier areas. The wilderness is constantly changing as the months progress, so search under any loose rocks that may have fallen, or clumps of leaves that might have concealed moss and lichen. Even old moss will clearly demonstrate the direction of the sun, so leave no stone unturned.</p><p><p>The Stick Technique</p><p><p>If you find that the sun isn't as easy to locate (perhaps the weather conditions aren't ideal), then it's worth using the stick technique. Place a stick firmly in to the ground pointing directly upwards and then stand back. You'll see a shadow running in the opposite direction to the sun's rays. This shadow can tell you what time of day it is and the formula works in the following way:</p><p><p>- Mark the current tip of the shadow using a small stone or other marker as the sun rises.</p><p>- Wait for the sun to reach its height and then mark the tip of the shadow again (this will represent roughly 12 noon).</p><p>- Allow the sun to almost set and then place a final stone at the tip of the stick to represent the Eastward direction.</p><p><p>This method is very useful if you're outdoors for more than 24 hours as you will have a visual compass to refer to. If you find that you need to keep moving and can't rely on a static stick to help with your direction, then look to the distance and try to identify a feature in the direction of your Western marker. As long as you can spot this feature as you travel, you'll have a permanent reference for direction.</p><p> </content:encoded> 2014-10-13T12:08:00Z 2014-10-13T12:22:00Z Bivy Sack or Tent - Which Should You Choose? The Outdoors Man <content:encoded><p><p>In the battle for reliable and portable sleeping equipment, there's nothing quite like the ongoing war between bivy sack vs tent for camping trips. Tents have become the staple camping accessory for individuals and groups alike, but what do we really know about bivy sacks (also referred to ask bivvy sacks) and their usefulness?</p><p><p>Well for a start, bivy sacks are actually one man tents. The main reason that they were developed was to provide a solo camper with the option to set up their sleeping equipment in a confined space, without having to worry about things like wind speed, positioning and angle to get a good nights sleep (something that most tent set-ups have to consider).</p><p><p>Tents and bivy sacks aren't that different in purpose; they are there to provide campers with a secure place to sleep while outdoors, but it's the way that they work that really dictates how suitable they are for camping trips. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of bivy sacks and tents now.</p><p><p>Tents</p><p><p>Pros - They are relatively easy to set up if instructions are followed. Tents are waterproof or at least water-resistant and they come in a range of sizes.</p><p><p>Cons - They need a flat surface to be set up on, as well as being prone to the 'parachute' effect if the wind speed picks up. They can also suffer from condensation and a lack of ventilation when used overnight.</p><p><p>Bivy Sacks</p><p><p>Pros - Bivy sacks are portable, lightweight and easy to set up. They often boast a wider range of features than tents as standard, including built-in window meshing, waterproof material construction and a hugely reduced tendency to suffer from wind and weather effects. They are also the equivalent of sleeping bags in size, shape and functionality, so most campers can simply slip in to their bivy sack and sleep as they usually would.</p><p><p>Cons - Campers are usually restricted to one person per bivy sack. This is only a negative for group camping trips, but if the whole group take bivy sacks then the concern is negated.</p><p><p>So there you have it. A rough break down on the battle between bivy sacks and tents. Where camping tents are traditional pieces of camping gear, bivy sacks provide all of the same features and functionality, but with a much improved method of performance. If you're interested in a great model of bivy sack that we've tried and tested at the Outdoors Man ourselves, then why not check out our review on the <a href="">Aqua-Quest Hoopla Bivy Sack</a>.</p><p><p><p> </content:encoded> 2014-10-12T06:28:00Z 2014-10-12T06:57:00Z