Looking at the Danner Reckoning Boots from the 2018 SHOT Show

Looking at the Danner Reckoning Boots from the 2018 SHOT Show

We talked with Pam Lo from Danner about their Reckoning boots.

The Danner Reckoning

Danner Reckoning Boots

Danner Reckoning Sole

 

FULL-GRAIN LEATHER & TEXTILE UPPER

For a highly abrasion resistant upper, we combine our premium full-grain leather with durable water repellent (DWR) treated nylon panels.

POLISHABLE TOE

The polishable synthetic leather on the toe area meets uniform requirements.

AIR MESH LINING

Breathable, moisture-wicking air mesh lining and ventilation technology for comfort in hot weather.

HARDWARE

Double rivet speed lacer for secure heel lock with lace-to-toe upper design for adjustable fit.

REMOVABLE OPEN CELL POLYURETHANE FOOTBED

Our polyurethane footbed provides superior shock absorption with an additional layer of open cell construction for improved air circulation.

DANNER® VIBRAM® ALL-TERRAIN (DAT) PLATFORM

This streamlined, lightweight platform features both Vibram midsole and outsole material compounds that were calibrated for shock absorption and comfort. The rubber outsole was engineered for high mileage durability. An omni-directional pentagonal outsole lug pattern gives superior traction from all different angles, double-bevel tread prevents debris from compacting in the outsole and the Arch Tech grip design provides traction and grip used for roping and climbing.

HOW IT FITS

The 851 last is an update to our popular 850 last. This last fits true to size with an athletic and supportive fit while providing ample room in the toe. Offering a specific heel shape that locks the heel in place for better fit and comfort on the back end of the boot, this supportive fit is ideal for those needing high mileage performance from their gear.

Bates Raide Boots at the 2018 SHOT Show

Bates Raide Boots at the 2018 SHOT Show

With our 2nd interview with Eric, we discussed the new Bates Raide boots:

 

Bates E05143 Raide Mid (Olive Mojave)

Bates E05143 Raide Mid Mojave Boots

  • Oil, Stain and Abrasion Resistant Wolverine Warrior Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • Stabilizing Molded TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates E05146 Raide Mid Black

Bates E05146 Raide Mid Black Boots

  • Durable Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • Stabilizing Modled TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates E05148 Raide Waterproof Side Zip Black Boots

Bates Raide Waterproof Boots

  • Waterproof Full Grain Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Waterproof Membrane
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • YKK Side Zipper
  • Stabilizing Molded TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates E05150 Raide Hot Weather Side Zip Boots

Bates E05150 Raide Hot Weather Side Zip Boots

  • Durable Leather and Performance Nylon Upper
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • X40 Ortholite Removable Cushioned Insert
  • YKK Side Zipper
  • Stabilizing Molded TPU Heel Cup
  • Lightweight Cushioned IMEVA Midsole
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • Strobel/Cement Construction

Bates Raide Sole

 

The New Danner Striker Bolt at the 2018 SHOT Show

The New Danner Striker Bolt at the 2018 SHOT Show

Today we did an interview with Pam Lo from Danner about their new Striker Bolt boots.

New for Fall 2018, the Striker® Bolt takes everything the original Striker boot offered and combines it with an unrivaled comfort package featuring a Vibram® SPE midsole and the all-new Terra Force® NEXT™ platform. Also featuring a durable, polishable leather and nylon upper with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® lining, the new Striker Bolt combines technical features with ultimate comfort for long hours of wear.

Danner Striker Bolt Features:
• Durable, polishable leather and nylon upper
• GORE-TEX® lining for complete waterproof protection
• TERRA FORCE NEXT platform combines an internal and extermal shank system which helps
to provide arch support and torsion control
• Vibram® SPE midsole increases rebound and comfort without added weight
• Vibram® Striker Bolt outsole is slip-resistant and offers maximum surface contact and grip
on and off pavement
• Available in 4.5”, 6” and 8” heights
• Available in both men and women’s sizing
• MSRP: $179.95 – $219.95

Danner Striker Bolt

Danner Striker Bolt Outsole

 

 

Streamlight’s TLR-7 and TLR-8 Weaponlights at the 2018 SHOT Show

Streamlight’s TLR-7 and TLR-8 Weaponlights at the 2018 SHOT Show

We met with Streamlight today and took a look at their new TLR-7 and TLR-8 weaponslights.  High 500 lumen output with a single CR123A battery.  It is incredible to have this much light thrown from a single battery.   The low profile design minimizes space taken up on the rail.   The controls on the TLR-7 and TLR-8 are even easier than with previous models.  There is also a good chance that with the smaller design it should fit holsters from previous TLR designs.

Here is an interview we did with Mike Nelson from Streamlight earlier today:

Streamlight TLR-7 Weaponslight
Streamlight TLR-7 Weaponslight

 

Streamlight TLR-8 Weaponslight
Streamlight TLR-8 Weaponslight
Shooting the Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show

Shooting the Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show

We had a chance to talk with Glock today about their new Gen 5 19X and take a couple of shots with it at the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range.

The design changes are welcomed.  It feels as though they reworked the trigger to allow for a smoother and quicker reset which results in a great all-around feel.  The backstrap change-out is a breeze and the incorporation of the tool to assist with the take-down of the 19X is a great addition.

Here are some more photos we shot of the Glock 19X today at the range:

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (1)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (2)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (3)

Glock 19X at the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day (4)

GATORZ New Magnum Z Ballistic Rated Eyewear from the 2018 SHOT Show

GATORZ New Magnum Z Ballistic Rated Eyewear from the 2018 SHOT Show

GATORZ Magnum Z Sunglasses

When you say “Made in the USA”, naturally you get our attention.  This was the case when I received one of several media blasts from the 2018 SHOT Show that showcased Gatorz Eyewear.  Intrigued, I followed up and requested additional information.  The response was swift, even allowing for an opportunity to interview Gatorz Eyewear Brand Manager Andrew Fontes, whom has been with Gatorz for 10 years, having previously served as their outside sales rep, regional manager and global sales and marketing manager.

In the days leading up to the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, I did my due diligence and began to research Gatorz.  I quickly found out that they are no stranger to the scene; in fact, they have been around since 1989.  Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, GATORZ Eyewear is the preferred eyewear of U.S. Military Elite Special Force Groups, law enforcement personnel, skydivers, functional fitness athletes, action sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.  This first of its kind, American made aluminum sunglass has become a staple of the communities it serves, with its lightweight, durable frames and superior optics.  It all started with an idea to develop the best sunglasses on the planet by using military grade 7075 aluminum. They are then molded around 2.0 mm polycarbonate lenses that offer 100% UV protection.

On this date, Gatorz made the announcement that they are ready to release the new Magnum Z, which is the first sunglass in their line to meet the vaunted ANSI Z87+ rating.  Using the very same T-6 grade aircraft aluminum that the US Government uses in their military aircraft Gatorz created a frame which passed the ANSI Z87.1-2010 Impact Resistance Test.  Gatorz then paired that frame with a very unique tension mounted lens that not only blocks 100% of the UV rays and is distortion free, it also is capable of withstanding the impact of 12 gauge buckshot fired from a distance of 45 feet!  The finishing touch is a nosepiece made out of silicone, so it will not yellow after repeated exposure to the sun.  It also contains a thin metal insert, which allows it to be adjusted to fit any nose.

We were afforded an opportunity to spend the day with a set of Gatorz, and boy, did we ever.  We anxiously donned our new specs and after the initial awe about how lightweight and how remarkably low-profile they were, we set off to do what we came to do:  shoot guns, and lots of them.  Now, when I say lightweight, I mean so light that you forget you were wearing them!  It was when we arrived at the first of several stops along our route and prepared to head to the line that I realized I had already forgotten they were on.  When I wear “eyes” at the range, I usually either have to adjust my shooting glasses around my muffs, or not wear the muffs at all, having to opt for those foam ear plugs that just don’t work as good as my earmuffs.  I was pleasantly surprised when I donned the muffs and there was absolutely no adjusting needed!  They fit perfectly fine over the Gatorz, allowing for trouble free prep prior to stepping up to the line.  Thankfully, we didn’t have to try out the impact resistance, but after a full day’s use, I can confidently say that I could truly trust those Magnums to protect my eyes.  That’s probably the best part of this whole story; knowing that we finally have a domestically made line of eyewear that is known and trusted in our industries and that continues to up their game.  Did I mention they were made in the USA?

GATORZ Magnum Z

GATORZ Magnum Z 2GATORZ Magnum Z

GATORZ 2018 SHOT Show Booth
GATORZ 2018 SHOT Show Range Day Booth

GATORZ Magnum Z Sunglasses 2

Here is the release from GATORZ:

January 22, 2018 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Today, GATORZ Eyewear is proud to announce the release of its Magnum Z, an American made aluminum sunglass meeting the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87+ rating. GATORZ, the preferred eyewear of U.S. Military Elite Special Force Groups, Law Enforcement personnel, Skydivers, functional fitness athletes, action sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts, underwent intensive testing with the Magnum Z that offers superior optics coupled with high-velocity impact lenses.

“We are excited to have met the Z87+ standard for our Magnum Z sunglasses and providing consumers with the safety and security guaranteed to support an action-packed lifestyle,” said Andrew Fontes, Brand Manager at GATORZ Eyewear. “It all started with the idea of developing the best sunglasses on the planet for military and law enforcement personnel, first-responders and action sports enthusiasts by using the highest-grade materials available. They’ve become a staple the elite seek out for their lightweight and durable frames, superior optics and we are confident in knowing they’ll get the value they searched to find.”