New Slik Tripods for 2019

2019 Tripods from Slik for Backcountry Hunting

Out with the old Slik tripods, and in with the new? Well sort of. We have been carrying our 2 favorite Slik tripods for years. Actually for 8 years!  Even when Slik decided to drop them in 2014, we reached out and asked if they would continue…

Black Gold Pro Review

Black Gold Pro

Black Gold Pro
Weight Matters

This time of year most manufacturers are releasing new products for the upcoming year. Every year we find something exciting to talk about, and for 2019…

Garmin Instinct

Garmin Instinct Review. Tough AND smart.

The Garmin Instinct
Who says tough can’t be smart?

Hey, I’ll admit it. I’m one of “those guys”… I have to have the latest greatest techy gear no matter what the cost. And that is why I currently have a Garmin Fenix 5x plus on my wrist… Um..Well, ok… I USED to be one of…

Carbon Backcountry trekking poles

S&S Archery CL Backcountry Trekking Poles

A note from the owner on why we developed our own backcountry trekking poles-

At S&S Archery we have been using trekking poles for probably the last 5 years or so…

Swarovski SLC’s or EL’s Which are the Best Hunting Binoculars?

Which are the Best Hunting Binoculars?

Get a group of dedicated hunters together for more than a few minutes and invariably the best hunting binoculars will become the topic of conversation. And yet, with so much focus on this topic, very few agree on what is the best make and model for our application. Many would agree…

2018 Optics Demo and Binocular Shootout

2018 S&S Archery Optics Demo

Our 2018 Optics Demo at the NW Mountain Challenge 3D Shoot turned out awesome!  The weather was great in Tamarack Idaho.  And the setting was high mountain timber, perfect for testing out some high end spotting scopes and binoculars from Vortex, Kowa, and …

2018 Tightspot Quiver

2018 Tightspot Quiver

What’s new for the 2018 Tightspot Quiver? The most trusted, tightest fitting, and most adjustable quiver on the market just keeps getting better and better. When you make…

2018 Spot Hogg Updates

2018 Spot Hogg Updates


2018 Spot Hogg Sights and Releases

What is new in 2018 for the toughest line of bow sights on the market?

Hogg Mob Double Pointer

New for 2018 …

The Perfect Western Hunting Bow Sight, made Perfecter…

S&S Built Black Gold Verdict Bow Sight

We are constantly trying to find outstanding backcountry gear that offers value and performance. While that may sound easy enough, throw in durability, excellent customer service, and of course lightweight. Now you have a pretty tall task.  Fortunately the Black Gold Verdict falls right in line…

2018 ATA Show Highlights

The Best of the 2018 ATA Show

The ATA show is the annual archery trade show usually held back east.  Its one of our favorite events where we get to see our friends in the industry, talk to potential vendors and check out all the new gear.  We’ve picked out our favorite gear highlights of the…

2017 gear Quivalizer with molded hood

New Quivalizer with a Molded Hood

Updated lighter weight Quivalizer with molded hood

I have been using the original Option Archery Quivalizer for a couple years now.  Not only for target and 3d shooting but also for hunting. If you read my original review from 2016 HERE, you’ll find that not only did it improve…

First Lite Layering

First Lite Layering System

Layering First Lite Merino Wool

So, what’s all the hype about “layering systems” and merino wool?  After all, plenty of animals have been killed by guys wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt.  It wasn’t until I finally had the chance to experience quality technical hunting gear that I became a believer….

2017 Optics Shootout Results

2017 Optics Shootout

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could get binoculars and spotting scopes from Leica, Swarovski, Kowa and Vortex. Line them up and have a whole bunch of folks compare them head to head? Who do you think would come out on top?  We were curious, so we…

Kowa 55mm vs Razor 65mm

Kowa TSN-550 55mm Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope Review

This scope is so important to us that we gathered a few well respected opinions outside of our typical review. First is our review, followed by some well respected hunter’s opinions.

Rob’s review:

Kowa TSN-553 55mm…

Kowa TSN-550 Prominar 55mm Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope preview

Its finally here!

We are very excited to be one of the very first to have our hands on the new, highly anticipated Kowa TSN-553 (angled) and TSN-554 Prominar spotting scope with a pure fluorite crystal 55mm objective lens. As backcountry backpack hunters we are constantly on the lookout for high end…

tightspot 7 arrow hunting quiver

TighSpot 7 Arrow Quiver

2017 TightSpot 7 Arrow Quiver


I know what you’re saying.. “Why would I need 7 arrows?”  My answer is you don’t, unless you’re a western hunter.

Adjust it!

First Lite Sawtooth Hybrid Jacket

New 2017 First Lite Gear

Every year First Lite raises the bar with new high tech clothing designed with hunters in mind. 2017 is no different. First Lite has expanded their very popular Aerowool line, added key outerwear gear designed for women, and even threw in a couple surprises no one saw coming!  Lets get right into it, starting with…

S&S Archery Backcountry Approved Gear

Backcountry Approved Gear from S&S Archery


S&S Archery is always testing new products in search of the best possible gear for the Backcountry Hunter. We recommend and use all of the products in our online store,…


SLC vs Razor

Swarovski SLC vs Vortex Razor HD


SLC vs Razor

Is it worth spending the extra money for the Swarovski SLC binoculars over the Vortex Razors HD’s?  I’ve wondered this myself….

Kowa 77mm Spotting Scope Comparison and Review

Kowa TSN-773 77mm Spotting Scope

How did we come to comparing the Kowa 77mm spotting scope against the rest of the high end 65mm spotters? Well, about a year ago I made the…