January 08, 2015
To be invisible means you have to stay invisible. For any bowhunter who's serious about staying safe and hidden, the 2015 lineup of new treestands, blinds and safety accessories is looking better than ever.
When it comes right down to it, there's no excuse for not staying safe — and comfortable — when you're up a tree. Thankfully, manufacturers are hunters, too, and they continue to push the envelope to develop products that exceed even the most demanding hunter's needs.
Check out all the latest treestands, blinds and safety accessories straight from the 2015 ATA Show.
Ameristep | Carnivore 2 Ground Blind
new Carnivore 2 Ground Blind
is as tough as they come, thanks to its Durashell Ruggedshield HD fabric. A 360-degree magnetic window curtain operates silently while providing maximum viewing and shooting. A built-in ground skirt keeps light out and scent in for maximum concealment.
Realtree Xtra camouflage blends with natural surroundings, and patented, three-dimensional Edge ReLeaf breaks up hard edges for even more stealth.
Ameristep | Under Armour Storm Gear Blind
The new Under Armour Storm Gear Blind from Ameristep
is a high-quality, lightweight blind made of durable ripstop fabric featuring a DWR (durable water repellency) finish and taped seams for ultimate weather protection during wet days in the field.
Realtree Xtra camo and three-dimension Edge ReLeaf help you blend into natural surroundings, and a silent-slide window system allows you to quickly and quietly take advantage of shooting opportunities.
Advanced Treestand Technologies | Smackdown
The 18.5-pound Smackdown
cast aluminum hang-on from Advanced Treestand Technologies
features an innovative 'take-down ' design that makes hanging stands safer and easier. Simply attach the stand stem to the tree using the two straps and built-in ratchet rods and crank them tight. Then, the seat and platform simply snap into place — a system that eliminates the bulky, cumbersome effort of hanging traditional stands.
Other highlights of the Smackdown include a 300-pound weight rating, 32x22-inch foot platform, built-in sound killers that prevent metal-to-metal contact, seat and platform leveling adjustments and a patent-pending inverse leaf pattern that provides more camouflage than the linear slats on other stands.
275 (charcoal) and $
Barronett Blinds | Big Cat 350
They say three's a crowd, but not in the new Big Cat 350 from Barronett Blinds
. Measuring a generous 90 inches square between the hubs and 80 inches tall, the Big Cat is large enough for three people. The 19-pound blind is constructed from waterproof, 150-denier polyester fabric that features exclusive Bloodtrail Backwoods camouflage on the exterior and a black interior to conceal movement.
Sealed roof seams keep you dry in inclement weather, and interior gear storage pockets keep essentials at the ready. Low-profile windows feature silent, zipperless operation and can be customized for bow or gun use. Comes with backpack-style carry pack, 12 ground stakes and four tie-off ropes.
Bass Pro | BlackOut X300
The spacious new BlackOut X300
ground blind from Bass Pro
offers a 300-degree viewing/shooting window to take advantage of every opportunity. In addition to excellent visibility, the BlackOut X300 measures a generous 90 inches wide
between the hubs and stands 64 inches tall, offering more than enough room for two bowhunters. The blind also has a large door with quick-release system that makes it an ideal choice for mobility-impaired hunters.
The blind is constructed of durable, 600-denier fabric that features Realtree Xtra camouflage on the exterior and a black interior for maximum
concealment. Exterior brush straps make it easy to add native vegetation to your setup, and a built-in ground skirt holds scent in and keeps weather out. Comes with carry case, eight ground stakes and four guide lines.
Cabela's Zonz 360 Ground Blind
The new Cabela's Zonz 360 Ground Blind
is constructed of NS3 MicroTech fabric that has a carbon-enhanced, scent-blocking interior, plus a black coating that eliminates shadows to keep you hidden. A dual-window system incorporates vertical technology on the corners to increase downward visibility when hunting from elevated positions, while the 180-degree split window has a magnetic curtain for silent adjustment.
Replaceable, shoot-through mesh windows have gun ports. Heavy-duty Spider Hub technology makes setup and takedown quick and easy. The Zonz Woodlands camouflage exterior has a UV-protectant coating and dull fleece finish. Includes ground skirt to keep out the elements, and brush pockets for a more realistic, natural look. The blind measures 82 inches wide and 72 inches high and weighs 18 pounds.
GhostBlind | Predator
The four mirrored panels of the GhostBlind Predator
allow you to perfectly mimic any hunting terrain. The built-in angle of the reflective panels eliminates glare and keeps game animals from seeing their own reflection. Constructed of durable, weatherproof polypropylene, the Predator weighs just 12 pounds and is ideal for use with both vertical bows and crossbows.
The Predator measures 102 inches wide and 46 inches high when deployed and 25.5 inches wide by 46 inches high when folded.
HAWK | Helium Kickback
HAWK's new Helium Kickback
hang-on is an aluminum version of the original Kickback, and at just 14 pounds, it's 35 percent lighter. The Kickback is designed to be the most spacious, comfortable hang-on stand available.
The Helium Kickback has a 300-pound weight capacity and features a 24x30-inch mesh foot platform, along with the Ultimate Kickback Footrest and MeshComfort Textiline seat with contoured backrest. HAWK uses self-lubricating Dupont Teflon bushings/washers and welds every point of the foot platform so you can hunt noise free.
HAWK | Tactical Duo Tree Hook
No matter what kind of treestand you prefer, one thing you always need is a place to put your bow and other gear. HAWK's new Tactical Duo Tree Hook
makes organizing your 'stand stuff ' easy and offers quality that goes far beyond your run-of-the-mill tree hook. Featuring an Oversized
SilentGrip finish€„€‰€‰and Ultra-Sharp AugerTip threads, the Tactical Duo Tree Hook is easy to screw into even tough trees and lets you hang your bow, pack and other items without unwanted noise.
The included Thread Protector with carabiner makes it easy to carry the hook into the woods and keeps the threads from damaging your pack or clothes in transit.
Hunter Safety System | Hybrid Flex Harness
Hunter Safety System
has incorporated its Flex Technology into the top portion of its new Hybrid Flex harness
, which combines extreme comfort and freedom of movement with the convenience of multiple pockets to keep essential gear at the ready. The Hybrid Flex features 1.25-inch upper-body webbing, tether and waist buckle. The upper portion of the 2.5-pound harness features a series of individually padded hexagons for comfort and breathability.
The lower portion of the harness is made of soft, quiet, water-resistant tricot 'smart ' fabrics and features two zippered security pockets, two hand-warmer pockets and two deep-well pockets that provide plenty of storage space. The Hybrid Flex also has a new mesh interior pocket that's just the right size to keep a smart phone handy. Removable binocular straps allow you to keep binoculars, rangefinder, calls or other key items at your fingertips.
The Hybrid Flex is finished in Realtree Xtra camo and comes with a lineman's climbing strap, tree strap and suspension-relief strap.
Hunter Safety System | Lifeline
Hunter Safety System
has reinvented its popular and practical Lifeline
for 2015 by incorporating a reflective strip woven into the rope and adding a sound-dampening carabiner cover for added stealth while climbing. The Lifeline attaches to the tree where your stand is located and has a prussic knot that slides up and down the rope with you. Simply clip your safety harness to the prussic knot when you arrive and you're protected from a fall from the moment you leave the ground until the moment you return.
Statistics prove that 86 percent of treestand accidents occur while climbing in and out of the stand. The new reflective strip makes finding stands in the dark easy, and the silicone Cow Bell Cover housing the Recon Carabiner prevents metal-on-metal contact as you scale your stand. The Lifeline is designed for treestands up to 30 feet high.
Millennium | M7 Microlite
Mobile bowhunters searching for an incredibly lightweight hang-on stand will appreciate the new, 8.5-pound Millennium M7 Microlite
. The M7 has a capacity of 300 pounds, with platform dimensions of 11x20 inches. Constructed with strong, lightweight aluminum, the M7 is a breeze to carry and install.
The stand has a fold-flat design for backpacking and storage. The exclusive, patented ComfortMAX sling seat folds up for standing shots. A Camlock Ratchet Strap Receiver is included.
Muddy | Cobalt
Muddy's new Cobalt
climbing stand is made from Alumi-Lite aluminum, resulting in a total stand weight of just 20 pounds. Fortified with a hybrid cable chain and non-slip slats on the foot platform, this climber offers a great combination of safety and comfort.
The stand has a weight rating of 300 pounds and features 20.5-inch wide by 29.5-inch deep foot platform, 17-inch wide by 11-inch deep by 2-inch thick seat cushion and 11-inch wide by 17-inch tall by 2-inch thick removable back cushion. Stand folds flat for transport and comes with adjustable, padded, backpack straps and an accessory bag.
Muddy | Prestige
Muddy's new Prestige
two-person ladder stand offers the stability and comfort hunters need during long hours in the tree. The foot platform measures a generous 50 inches wide by 30 inches deep, while the seat measures 34 inches wide, 15 inches deep and has 3 inches of padding. There's also a padded backrest and padded, flip-back arm rests.
The Prestige measures 16 feet tall and features solid steel construction, an adjustable shooting rail and Flex-Tek Zero-Gravity Seat. The Prestige weighs 86 pounds and has a weight capacity rating of 500 pounds.
Primos | Double Bull Deluxe
says its new Double Bull Deluxe
is the Cadillac of ground blinds. The zipperless door allows you to enter and exit in silence. The silent-slide window adjustments let you customize the openings for any bowhunting scenario. A new-and-improved hub system makes setup and takedown a snap.
New Truth camouflage helps you blend with your surroundings and durable, weatherproof fabric will provide years of service. The Deluxe measures 60 inches square at the base, 77 inches square at the hubs, 70 inches tall; weighs 27 pounds.
Redneck Outdoor Products | Sportsman Bale Blind
The Sportsman Bale Blind from Redneck Outdoor Products
is a great option for pursuing game in open areas where treestands aren't an option. The Bale Blind's natural straw exterior and round shape is quickly accepted by animals, even in areas where large hay bales are not common. Although the Bale Blind's sturdy metal frame and weatherproof fabric cover are designed to withstand heavy winds and high snow loads, it weighs just 75 pounds and takes just 75 minutes to set up.
The Bale Blind measures 64 inches long, is 72 inches wide in the center and 70 inches high. Five shooting windows — two in the front, one in the back and one on each side — feature silent slide covers for stealthy operation. There are also four more corner windows (two on each side) with removable covers. The Bale Blind easily accommodates two hunters.
Third Kind Blinds | Close Encounters
The new Close Encounters
ground blind from Third Kind Blinds
is the first permanent ground blind with a portable structure. Designed to be erected and left in place on a long-term (permanent) basis, the Close Encounters blind also can be quickly disassembled and folded flat for easy transportation to an alternate location. And tear-down and transport can be accomplished without the use of any tools.
The Close Encounters blind offers an 84-inch shooting diameter and a full 360-degrees of shooting angles. The Outer Limits camouflage pattern is truly a chameleon that blends and takes on the colors of the surrounding background. Overlapping ABS panels keep rain out and scent in, while the solid black interior and silent, fold-down windows conceal movement.
Tree Spider | Venom Harness
Tree Spider's new lightweight Venom Harness
features a minimal design for freedom of movement yet still has padding where needed most for all-day comfort. The Venom incorporates Tree Spider's exclusive ShockBlocker Technology that lessens stress on your body in the event of a fall. Other highlights include easy-adjust leg, shoulder and back straps for a perfect fit, quick-connect buckles, vertical climbing loops and a 300-pound weight capacity. The Venom comes with a carabiner, tree strap and suspension-relief strap.
X-Stand Treestands | X-1
Weighing a mere 11 pounds, the X-1 from
is the world's lightest climber, yet still capable of carrying loads up to 300 pounds. The secret is Pro-Lite 6061 T6 Aircraft Aluminum construction, along with patented Pro-Flex fiberglass cable arms that provide an extremely sure grip on the tree but automatically flex out of the way while climbing.
The X-1 features a 21x31-inch foot platform and 19x10-inch seat with 3-inch padding. Folds flat for easy transport via the included backpack straps, which double as tethers that connect stand sections in the tree.