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Gear & Gadgets: Abu Garcia showcases performance hooded sun shirt, and much more

The Abu Garcia performance hooded sun shirt is lightweight and soft, while the built-in sun protection ensures you’re shielded from harmful rays. (Photo courtesy of Abu Garcia)

Engineered to perform on and off the water, the Abu Garcia performance hooded sun shirt is a game-changer. Crafted with a focus on quality construction and purposefully designed fabric, it surpasses the standards of a typical tee.

Its lightweight and soft composition provide unmatched comfort, while the built-in sun protection ensures you’re shielded from harmful rays.


• 100% Microfiber Polyester Jersey

• UPF 50+ Sun Protection Rating

• Moisture Wicking

• Classic Fit

For more information, visit Abu Garcia’s website at


Bushnell ®, an industry leader in performance optics, announces the introduction of its Vault ® Bino Harness System. The new Vault offers hunters and shooters effective and convenient protection for their optics in a compact design that doesn’t restrict movement in the field.

Packed with the features serious outdoorsmen and women need most in the field, the Vault has a compact, modular design that makes protecting and accessing your optics easy. A quiet magnetic closure gives you fast, one-handed access to your glass. The top closure completely covers the top of the caddy, protecting your binoculars from dust and moisture, plus it opens towards the front so the closure doesn’t get in the way while retrieving your glass.

Inside, the bino caddy features a water-resistant, soft lining that cuts down on noise and protects your objective lenses. The caddy fits up to 12×50 roof prism binoculars and can be adapted to fit smaller binos with an included riser that sits in the bottom of the pouch. Mesh pockets on the sides of the caddy are a handy place to stash mouth calls or wind checker bottles, while a zippered pocket on the back of the caddy can hold a smartphone or your tag. MOLLE webbing on the bottom of the caddy allows users to attach a handgun or bear spray holster.

Overall, the caddy is designed to be low-profile and compact so it doesn’t interfere with movement. To learn more about these products or to see the full lineup of Bushnell optics and gear, check out


Building upon the popularity and dependability of their M-24 Manual Inflatable Belt Pack Life Jacket, Onyx ® recently introduced a new, even more slender inflatable belt pack – the M-16.

The easy-to-use M-16 packs U.S. Coast Guard approved performance into a comfortable, ultra-sleek belt pack that’s ideal for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, fly-fishing, hunting, and recreational boating. When not in use, it stows conveniently and compactly, even in a tackle box.

Onyx constantly refines technology to minimize bulk and weight, without sacrificing flotation performance or reliability. The M-16 inflatable belt pack will certainly match up to these product benefits. The M-16 belt pack inflates manually and instantly when needed.

The wearer simply pulls the inflation activation handle. After use, the life jacket rearms easily with the M-16 Rearming Kit (sold separately). The form-fitting belt pack has a one-inch buckle and body belt as well as an attached D-ring for affixing accessories. The Onyx M-16 Inflatable Belt Pack is available in Grey and Realtree Max-5 ® camouflage.

For more information about the M-16, dealers, and other products for boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddling, visit


True to its name, the CrushCity™ Freeloader by Rapala has moved into Jacob Wheeler’s tackle box and won’t move out.

Before the lure was even released to the public, Wheeler used it as part of his winning strategy at a Bass Pro Tour event on Alabama’s heavily pressured Lake Guntersville.

That same week, Minnesota angler Adam Rasmussen employed it to win a Bassmaster Open on nearby Wheeler Lake. This “Freeloader” quickly earned its keep. Collaborating with Jacob Wheeler, the product engineers at Rapala sought to create the ultimate chatterbait/spinnerbait trailer bait. It can be used as a vibrating jig trailer, alone as a swimbait, or for countless other traditional and novel soft plastic presentations.

The body features miniature ribs for added action, water movement and a realistic texture, but the unsung hero of this product is the tail, which tapers to a point, albeit one with a ball at the end. That creates a kicking action which is subtly realistic.

The Freeloader is available in 17 custom colors tweaked specifically to Wheeler’s preferences, which allows anglers to match local baitfish. By contrasting the color of the soft plastic to the color of his vibrating jig, he can completely change the overall look of the bait, and this enables him to travel lean, with a smaller selection of jigs.

For more information, please visit Rapala’s website at


Dependable power for your saltwater exploits, at an affordable price. The PENN® Fierce® IV Labrax Combo is a perfectly matched seabass setup designed to give you the upper hand in any situation.

The PENN Fierce IV Spinning Reel features a rugged Full Metal body and sideplates, Techno-Balanced™ rotor to ensure smooth performance in all conditions, a heavy-duty aluminum bail wire, and a braid-ready spool with line capacity rings.

The 4+1 system boasts durable sealed stainless steel ball bearings and Instant Anti-Reverse, backed by the head-turning power of Penn’s premium HT-100™ carbon fiber drag. PENN has matched this reel to a quality rod built for maximum strength, with a fast action and lightweight carbon blank that provides just the right combination of power and sensitivity.

This blank is fitted with premium saltwater proof K-type guides that prevents wind knots. Sturdy, non-slip WINN-Style grips offer a secure hold in all conditions.

For more information, please visit PENN Fishing’s website at

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