More reports from the floor of the 2007
ATA Archery Trade Show. We visit Eastman Outfitters and Gorilla
Treestands and see their latest new products for bowhunters.
Eastman Outfitters At
Eastman Outfitters we found the LazyLounger™ Turkey Chair System, the
UnderCover™ Pro 360° hunting blind, and the Undertaker portable blind.
LazyLounger™ Turkey Chair System Made For Hunters On The Move
LazyLounger™ is designed to enhance a hunter’s effectiveness in the
field. It combines the functionality of a turkey vest with the
cushioned support of a ground-level hunting chair.
LazyLounger is designed for run and gun type hunting.
turkey hunters sit on the ground and rest their back against a tree for
support. Often a tree isn’t in the right location or is difficult
to lean against, but the LazyLounger™ solves that dilemma. This
100% self-supporting chair features an ultra-comfort mesh backrest and
dual-density padded seat for unmatched versatility and support.
LazyLounger Turkey Chair & Turkey Gear Carrier
hunting is run-and-gun and requires quick reaction. This system offers
faster set-up, better comfort and organization for more effective
hunting,” says Scott Lee, Product Manager for Eastman
Outfitters™. Hunters carry the turkey chair like a backpack, with
a quick-adjust strap system over their shoulders and waist.
LazyLounger™ features removable zippered storage pouches specifically
designed to organize and hold all calls in one place – including
multiple box calls, slate calls, strikers, chalk, locator calls, shells
and more. Quick-detach organizers, coupled with extra storage
pockets on the chair, give turkey hunters quick accessibility to gear
without compromising their position in the field.
Lazy Lounger and its Accessory Pouch for turkey calls and gear.
the LazyLounger™ Deluxe and standard LazyLounger™ turkey chair systems
are available at leading retailers and hunting specialty stores. For
more information visit www.eastmanoutfitters.com or call customer service at 810-733-6360.
2007's UnderCover Pro 360° Blind Serious Concealment For Serious Hunters
Pro 360° hunting blind has 360-degree viewing without open
windows. The 2007 model features improved hubs and
ultra-realistic leafy concealment to put the hunter right in the heart
of the experience.
360-degree viewing and shooting without open windows.
Outfitters™ patent pending UnderCover™ system utilizes LeafCover™ 3-D
leaves over the entire blind to let the hunter see out while preventing
game from seeing in. Realistic leaves are sewn to pop out of the
blind, adding movement and dimension.
Leafy Cover: (L) Outside view (R) Inside view
The UnderCover™ Series also features an improved hub system that is more durable, less binding and easier to operate.
UnderCover 360 Pro hunting blind with LeafCover
saw an opportunity to make the hubs perform better and last longer,”
says Scott Lee, Product Manager for Eastman Outfitters™. “We put
our engineers to the test and they really responded.”
Broadheads shoot through the UnderCover hunting blind's mesh and LeafCover.
360° blinds are renowned for their durable 600D polyester fabric,
no-shine finish, patented Carbon ExScent™ scent eliminator and
ShadowBlocker™ interior that hides silhouettes and movement.
Silent hook and loop windows and a deluxe backpack complete the
UnderCover 360° concealment package.
UnderCover 360° are available at leading retailers and hunting specialty stores. For more information visit www.eastmanoutfitters.com or call customer service at 810-733-6360.
Undertaker™ Portable Ground Blind Adapt Your Blind To Your Hunting Style
is the first portable ground blind to provide total concealment for the
legs and body. It is lightweight, quick-set camouflage cover.
UnderTaker portable blind
Undertaker™ features a low profile, ultra-compact design that easily
adjusts 18” to 38” high and 45” to 90” wide. A center hub front
panel with adjustable side supports gives hunters the option to hunt
through windows or use the blind to conceal their legs and body.
Such versatility makes the Undertaker™ highly effective for ground
hunting, stool hunting, stalking and more.
UnderTaker Camera and Shooting Ports
Illuzion™ camo and integrated, realistic LeafCover™ 3-D leaves blend
the blind right into the environment. A lightweight, rigid hub
framework makes set up and take down fast and easy. The
Undertaker™ comfortably accommodates two hunters and is excellent for
young hunters. Two quick draw viewing / shooting windows
and a built-in shooting stick port enhance its functionality.
“There’s nothing else like this on the market,”
says Scott Lee, Product Manager for Eastman Outfitters™. “The
possible configurations and uses of this blind are endless. It’s
a ‘must have’ for any hunting arsenal.”
The Undertaker is an
Eastman Outfitters™ exclusive, designed to give serious hunters a
significant advantage by putting them in the environment with superior
For more information about Eastman Outfitters™ products visit your local retailer or visit eastmanoutfitters.com or call customer service at 800-241-4833.
GORILLA TREESTANDS Gorilla
Treestands showed us the new Field Edge Pod, GreyBack Elite climber,
Pro-Series Kong hang on stand and the Kong MX2 ladder stand. KONG MX2™ A Premium Ladder Stand
Treestands™ introduced the Kong MX2™, a premium ladder stand engineered
for comfort and quiet. With its light, compact profile, this 16’
ladderstand promises to be a top favorite with hunters.
Kong MX2™ features an all-new zero-G™ seat for “weightless comfort”
during long-duration hunts and Timberscape2™, which blends the seamless
shades of original Timberscape™ with an ultra-realistic bark
texture. A removable, adjustable shooting rail accommodates bow
or gun hunters. The Kong MX2™ also has the largest platform of
any Gorilla mid-range, one-man ladder stand at 19.5” x 20”. It is
lighter and easier to set up, even with added features.
Gorilla Treestands KONG MX2
engineering department worked hard this year to streamline this new
ladder,” says Bud Gardner, Senior Product Manager for Gorilla
Treestands™. “We wanted to keep the comfort and stealth features,
but remove any unnecessary bulk. The final design is a luxury
Gorilla ladder stands are easy to assemble and
secure. Criss-crossing straps, a top seat ratchet strap, and a
cam buckle stabilizing strap connect the stand to the tree at several
points. Each ladder has an Anti-Sink Tamping™ Bar and pinned post
and socket connections that hold firm with the weight of the hunter.
Kong is a powerful performer designed for quiet comfort and optimal
concealment. With its super- realistic camo finish and advanced
comfort seating, Gorilla has taken its best-selling stand and made it
A new camo finish, Timberscape2™, blends the
seamless color of the original Timberscape™ with a realistic bark
texture. This ensures the Pro-Series Kong will be virtually
undetectable hanging on a tree.
An all-new zero G™ seat
is innovatively designed for “weightless comfort”. This flexible,
padded sling seat system completely eliminates pressure points to
facilitate long-duration hunts.
Gorilla Treestands PS KONG
we first came out with the zero-G™ seat we intended it for climbers”,
says Bud Gardner, Senior Product Manager for Gorilla Treestands™.
“With inspired engineering, we were able to incorporate it into ladders
and hang-ons, too. Now hunters can be comfortable no matter what
their treestand preference is.”
These exciting 2007
upgrades extend to the Pro-Series King Kong. The King Kong
incorporates the same classic, durable construction as Kong in a larger
NEW GREYBACK™ ELITE Engineered For Wide-Open Spots
Treestands™ also introducec the Greyback™ Elite open front
climber. New sling style climbing seat provides ample room for
Gorilla Treestands GRAYBACK ELITE
received a lot of feedback from bowhunters who felt the climbing bar on
most stands was in the way”, explains Bud Gardner, Senior Product
Manager for Gorilla Treestands™. “We decided to keep the same
secure Greyback™ framework and engineer it for climbing another
way. This allowed us to remove the bar completely for a wide open
The Greyback™ Elite features the all-new zero-G™ seat,
Gorilla’s most advanced comfort offering, and new Timberscape2™, which
blends the seamless shades of the original Timberscape™ with an
ultra-realistic bark texture. Flexible stirrups make the
Greyback™ Elite easier to use and offer greater platform control while
climbing. Two detachable gear bags and adjustable backpack straps
enhance its convenience.
climber features the extra security of Gorilla Grip™ Pivoting Arms
which automatically adjust to trees 8” to 20” in diameter for steady
climbing and descent. For 2007, Gorilla Grip™ gets added bite
with teeth for stronger hold on the tree.
New Field Edge™ Pod Stand, a big benefit for hunters who seek quiet
comfort and lasting strength in a small size. At a compact 9’ to
the shooting rail, the Field Edge™ is easy to carry and conceal in a
variety of hunting situations.
“This stand is ideal for
tree line placement,” explains Bud Gardner, Senior Product Manager for
Gorilla Treestands™. “It is much easier to conceal in the brush
and grass than a taller stand. The smaller size also makes it
easier to transport and set up.”
The Field Edge™
features a hi-back seat that rotates 360 degrees with a removable,
dual-density camo cushion. An adjustable, flip-back shooting rail
makes this pod ideal for bow or gun hunting.
Gorilla Treestands FIELD EDGE POD
all Gorilla pod stands, the Field Edge™ is sturdy and easy to assemble,
constructed of all-welded steel. Timberscape™ concealment finish
breaks up the outline with subtle variations of colors and
The Field Edge™ pod joins the 16’ Quad Pod stand in the Gorilla line.