• Jerud Earnest

    Wow that was boring!

    • SoleAdventure

      I did some editing, but I’m not a miracle worker.

  • Al Quackenbush

    (YAWN!) When do we get pictures? LOL. I kid! Great way to share the good and bad of your gear. Sounds like you did some serious thinking about everything. You think this is boring? Wait until I share my issues. Yowza. What about your tent?

    • Jerud Earnest

      Mark packed the tent and should be doing a follow up review. From my stand point it was light weight and packed down well. I barely even noticed it.

      • Al Quackenbush

        Cool. I am asking about the whole tent experience. Weight, packing, and protection from wind and cold. I am definitely interested in hearing about it. How are those elk steaks my friend?

        • SoleAdventure

          Weight and size are great, Al. I’m not typically a fan of front-entry tents where the vestibule is also in the front, but having the side vestibules on the Lightning worked out MUCH better. Loved being able to quickly access the vestibules from inside or outside the tent. The hubbed-pole design and quick-attach clips are great…setup was a breeze. It’s stable enough as a freestanding tent that you can pick it up and move it around before you stake it down (that came in especially handy when we were forced to move our camp across a large meadow). It was roomy for a lightweight 2-man tent. We did have some condensation build up at the foot end (single wall), but that was to be expected given the conditions that we were using it in. Dropping the door vent would have surely helped, I’m sure.

        • Jerud Earnest

          Filet mignon! The steaks that is. We carried the tent pitched with sleeping bags and pads in it about 150 yards.

  • Jerry Orloski

    Glad your gear worked well…same here on my hunt. On the other hand I should have brought more coffee and candy bars. In the interest of weight I dropped my beloved snickers from my food list. Never again!

    • SoleAdventure

      Lesson learned. LOL! I gotta’ have my nightly candy bar.

  • Brian Seals

    Mark, what spine of Victory VAP arrows are you using?

    • SoleAdventure

      Hey, Brian. I’ll have Jerud comment on his VAPs. I typically run a 300 spine for my elk hunting arrows (30″ draw, 70ish lbs, and 125g head), but this year I shot Injexions in 330. I had to shoot 100g heads and drop a little weight to make the weaker spine tune well.

    • Jerud Earnest

      I shoot the 350 spine with the vaps. Just make sure you chose the spine that matches your setup. I’m 29.5″ draw, 50 grain insert, 125 grain head and 70 lb limbs, so I right on the line for 350 – 300 spine.

  • Tucker

    Did I read correctly? You and Jerud packed out a bull elk on one trip? I remember seeing all the meat from your previous post.

    • Jerud Earnest

      Yes. Yes, we did. Still questioning this decision, but we made it.

    • SoleAdventure

      That story is coming. You can get a laugh at our expense.

  • Dusty Alexander

    “– it’s long, and probably not a very “entertaining” read –”
    I beg to differ amigo. For a fellow ‘gearhead’ such as myself this one was dang near as riveting as the ‘Jubilation’ post. :)

    • SoleAdventure

      Well, I did know that there would some gear nuts to appreciate it. ;-)

  • JR

    did you ever use the decoy? would you pack it again?

    • Jerud Earnest

      We did set the decoy up a few times. Where we ended up finding the bulls was in the thick dark timber. The bulls were coming in close because visibility was really limited and no one had pressured them yet. So, the decoy wasn’t needed there. Had we found the bulls down around the meadows or more open area we probably would have used it more.
      I would keep it on the pack list as you need a variety of tricks depending on the situation you encounter.

    • SoleAdventure

      What Jerud said. We used it, but didn’t “need it” for the terrain/conditions that we were hunting in. I will still consider bringing it for future trips.

  • Doug Graver

    Great reviews! I already picked up the Game bags! Been thinking about a solar recharger for a while but am still on the fence. The new gen lithium AA batteries last a long time but cost a fortune. This is my second year using the In-Reach system. I pair mine with the Delorme PN60 gps unit. So my phone stay put away and off… the way I like it. :)