It’s still a bit of whirlwind when we think back on our week in Las Vegas at the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show. Britney Starr and I ran ourselves ragged in our efforts to find products for women. We compiled a list of a some of our favorites. There will be more throughout the year, as we actually test the products in the field and at the range.
Próis Hunting Apparel Leather Accessories
Próis Hunting Apparel makes hunting and shooting apparel for real women hunters. Designed by an athlete and a registered nurse, as well as an avid huntress, the camo fits the form and function of a woman hunter. Available in either AP or Max-1, the camo works and some might say that’s as important as any other gear for the perfect hunt.
As most women would agree, the perfect outfit needs accessories. Enter Próis’s new line of leather accessories, crafted in Canada.
Available in March, the trio of luscious chocolate brown leather includes a rifle sling, a one-and-one-half-inch-wide belt with light accent stitching and a retro pouch that rides where it is placed and holds 12 rifle cartridges.
The belt and sling retail at $79.99 and the pouch costs $59.99. ~Barbara
Winchester TrAAcker™ shotgun ammunition
I had the opportunity to shoot the TrAAcker™ shells during Media Day and during the Bird Hunter Battle of the Sexes. I was blown away by the technology. This shell is the first of it’s kind and uses an innovative wad design that captures 1/8-ounce of shot, allowing the wad to be tracked with the shot string.
The TrAAcker is available for 12-gauge in both orange for overcast or dark backgrounds, and black for clear skies. The Winchester representative at Media Day told me the TrAAcker cost roughly $1 more than a “regular” box of Winchester shotgun shells. ~Britney
LOWA’s Yukon ice boot
I “heart” LOWA boots. In fact, I wore a pair of black Renegade GTX boots during the show. No sore feet at the end of the day and I was still zipping around at 5 p.m. while others were sitting and rubbing their barking dogs. I also wore LOWA’s brown Renegades for turkey and whitetail hunting on rocky terrain in the Ozarks.
I stopped by the booth and visited with Ingrid Niehaus, who does marketing for LOWA and she showed me the newest member of the lineup –Yukon Ice GTX®. The Yukon Ice is a modern lightweight trekking boot for fall and winter use, built on the same last as LOWA’s popular Focus series. Constructed with a full grain leather upper and inside, GORE-TEX® Partalana insulating wool/polyester blend fleece lining, this boot will be rugged and warm. LOWA’s new slip-resistant G+ outsole features gripping fibers embedded throughout the sole’s rubber for tenacious traction on snow and ice.to keep the boot warm, waterproof, abrasion resistant and comfortable. The women’s version is built on a women’s-specific last.
I’ll be wearing a pair of these next fall, for cold weather hunting. They will be available in September, and the great thing about LOWA is that they do not bust down a man’s boot and expect women to love them. Nope. LOWA respects women’s feet and designs their boots for our size and shape. MSRP: $240. ~Barbara
Smith & Wesson’s line of concealed carry clothing for women by Wild Things Gear
The fleece pictured is part of the not yet released products in the Smith & Wesson/Wild Things Gear line of concealed carry clothing for women. Its comfort factor, paired with the functionality of concealed carry specific pockets, grabbed our attention right away. We will anxiously await the release of new products in August, but until then, check out the other fantastic pieces in the Wild Things Gear line. ~Britney
Cyclops Ener-Pak for recharging electronic devices
How many times have you been on a hunt, or camping and been watching the battery life on your phone diminish quickly? If you take a Cyclops Ener-Pak USB Charger, you can recharge that phone five times, or hey, you can even recharge your iPad or other tablets. It has two USB ports. You may even charge two devices at the same time.
It weighs four ounces and retails on sale for about $60. ~Barbara
Smith & Wesson M&P9 Pro Series C.O.R.E.
What we absolutely love about Media Day is the opportunity to shoot new guns. This year, Smith & Wesson introduced its M&P9 Pro Series C.O.R.E. (Competition Optic Ready Equipment). How quickly the trigger returned for another round and wow, these Textured Palmswell grips (the gun comes with three interchangeable grips) fit our hands well in the 9mm model. The C.O.R.E. series is available for around $725, and comes engineered to accept six popular styles of competition optics — Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, Jpoint, Doctor, C-More STS, Insight MRDS.~Barbara
Otis Technology Tactical Pink cleaning system
Otis made this Tactical Pink cleaning system with the female shooter and huntress in mind. It holds similar cleaning components to the Tactical cleaning system, with subtle pink accents to lend a feminine touch. Proper gun cleaning is essential, and we thank Otis for making a kit for the ladies. We also appreciate that all Otis products are made in the USA. MSRP: $59.99 ~Britney
Charging stations in the Press Room during SHOT Show
Seriously. … While on the subject of getting a phone charged, I wouldn’t have made it through a single day without the charging stations provided for us in the Press Room. Live tweeting can really run your battery down! A huge “thank you” to SHOT Show and the NSSF for their attention to detail and this little perk for the press. ~Britney
Sabre Personal Alarm
Sometimes it’s the little things with the loud sounds that can save your life. There are those of us who are not comfortable with the idea, or who cannot legally carry a firearm. And there are those of us who do carry concealed, who still want other options – such as the newly introduced Sabre Personal Alarm. Attach this device to your key chain and you’ll be ready to throw out 300 feet of siren sound should you need it. In red. $9.95. ~Barbara
Walther PPQ M2
I shot the PPQ M2 in 9mm for the first time at Media day, and instantly fell in love with it. Equipped with an ambidextrous slide stop and the new ambidextrous magazine release button, the PPQ M2 is a perfect fit for this southpaw. At 5.6 lbs., the trigger pull is like buddha. Furthermore, the interchangeable blackstrap allows for easy customization, which is great for lady shooters with small hands. Retails for $699.~Britney
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications, including NRA, NSSF and Field & Stream. View all posts by Barbara Baird