Updated: Feb 8
Could a New Stealth Hunting Boot Be The Next Big Thing?
New Hunting Boot with UV and Stealth technology developed by GTD Corp for High Beam Shoes, could help hunters find animal territory markings and track injured or lost game.
We all know how important your Outdoor Gear is. From trail cameras to a good Hunting Bow, you take care of them because they take care of you. Just as important as the hunting gear, your Hunting boot needs to be built for long hours, tough terrain and all weather conditions so features like comfort, fit, warmth and waterproof tech are what your gonna need. And it ain't cheap.
Every year they are coming out with new and improved hunting technology and survival gear, the selections are endless (they don't call it gear junkie for nothin), but have you ever given any thought of how your boot can give your Hunting game an extra edge?
Everyone knows that the small things can make or break your trip, and be the difference between a Venison chili party and staring at an empty freezer this year. I’m talking about Stealth. Seems like every year it gets harder and harder to come home a winner. You gotta get Crafty, in a stealthy kinda way.
"When walking to your stand, stay low and bend at the waist so your back line is more horizontal. At a glance, deer will pass you off as another deer as you ease on through the brush."
For any kind of Hunter stealth is paramount and for that, there are golden rules you should follow to be successful.
3 types of stealth for hunting:
1. Visual Stealth
2. Audible Stealth
3. Olfactory Stealth
1. Visual Stealth
Have you seen that car that the paint is like a mirror? Basically the car can cloak itself in camouflage that duplicates his surroundings exactly. It can be right in front of you and you still won't see it. For hunters, maybe that kind of camouflage technology will exist in another few hundred years. But today we’re stuck with that awesome, leafy looking printed fabric.
Still, camo that matches the surroundings will give you a stealthy advantage, and when you use it in tandem with the right accessories, you might earn some bragging rights.
Visual stealth in the Buck woods is critical. S-l-o-w -m-o is the rule. When you walk, reach for your call, raise your weapon or anything else, avoid quick movements. Deer are hyper-caffeinated and can pick up even the slightest twitch of movement. The parts of your body that you move the most like your hands need to have the skin covered or camouflaged as well as your face.
When walking to your stand, stay low and bend at the waist so your backline is more horizontal. At a glance, deer will pass you off as another deer as you ease on through the brush.
2. Olfactory Stealth
Deer hunters are always concerned about eliminating human scent. But as important as it is to be scent-free when you get to your stand, to be successful it’s also critical to not leave a massive scent trail through the woods while making your way to the stand. Most trappers wear boots with 100% rubber bottoms, which is the best scent-free boot material. On the trek to your stand, If you happen to come across a pile of droppings, don't step over it, step in it and mash it into the sole of your boot. Now you smell like you were born here!
Other tips include; scent-eliminating detergent, scent-eliminating spray, scent-eliminating hats, and face-masks. Remember you are there to hunt, not to watch the squirrels fight.
3. Audible Stealth
When you’re hunting anything or fishing for that matter, there are only two things you want to sound like: Nothing or Something that lives there.
In the woods, it’s almost impossible to be completely silent. But there are things you can do to help you stay stealthy. When you're scoping out your spot to set up, clear away leaves and brush from the path to your stand. Avoid clothing that makes that Swoosh sound when the material rubs together or on trees and brush. Not only is it annoying, it sounds like your snow skiing, not hunting.
While walking in the woods, don't be rhythmic in your steps. Walk a few steps then stop for a moment, before taking a few more. If you notice, that's how the animals move. They walk a little, then look around and listen. Animals rarely, if ever, walk at a consistent pace and neither should you.
Those are the basics, now let's move onto the gear that can make your trip easier, but can also help you put some antlers on the wall.
boots of stealth
GTD Corp is a Tech company that develops a host of proprietary footwear technology ranging from Health monitoring footwear to First responders and Military. Utilizing some of that tech, High Beam Shoes (HB), has created a New Hunting Boot with UV and Stealth technology.
"The smarts for the new HB Hunting Boot comes from a Stealth Combat Boot GTD Corp is developing for Military use. The boot is designed specifically for stealth and the 3 types of stealth needed for hunting anything. Beyond the stealth rules, these boots are packed with some pretty cool tech."
Just like the Military Boots, the HB Hunting lines are designed to provide a combination of grip, ankle stability, and foot protection suitable for a rugged environment, comfortable like a hiking shoe, but tough like a pair of military boots, but with all the bells and whistles.
HB is the new kid on the block when it comes to footwear, but the tech and utility that their partners are working to perfect, are spot on.
HB has basically created their own niche across multiple footwear categories, and now they are taking aim at the outdoor sector, not just hiking boots, HB wants to make the mother of all Hunting boots.
The smarts for the new HB Hunting boot comes from a Stealth Combat Boot GTD Corp is developing for Military use. The boot is designed specifically for stealth and the 3 types of stealth needed for hunting anything. Beyond the stealth rules, these boots are packed with some pretty cool tech.
HB is the new kid on the block when it comes to footwear, but the tech and utility that their partners are working to perfect, are spot on. They have basically created their own niche across multiple footwear categories, and now they are taking aim at the outdoor sector, not just hiking boots, HB wants to make the mother of all Hunting boots.
The hunting boot features a 100% rubber sole and It is constructed using state of the art rubber vulcanizing for high durability. Removable heavy cushioned insole for comfort and maintenance. Maintaining rugged military-grade durability, but using materials and manufacturing processes applicable to environments that call for a lightweight, high performing boot. In other words, this boot is lightweight, waterproof with nice pad and the soles are 100% Rubber.
The upper materials produce no reflection of any kind and are made to absorb light, enhancing moisture-free warmth, but engineered so that foot movement dissipates heat and channels it out of the top of the boot while the moisture-wicking materials pull the sweat from your foot.
A pretty complex way of saying that your feet stay warm and dry.
"The UV System is comprised of high output and hyper- focused UV. Specific frequencies, spread, focal angle and wavelength, and put out an ultra-powerful beam that is not visible to the human eye and nonvisual for animals as well".
HB6000 Headlight System
Now for the technology. As I said before, these boots aren't for the novice hunter. The quality and the tech comes with a price, but on the bright side, also lifetime guarantee, replacement.
The new boot comes standard with the H6000 Illumination System.
The HB6000 Illumination System includes 4 built-in diode headlights (per foot), that are so intense that you could mistake it for a car. The Low Beam lights shine 30 feet to the front and have an immediate path radius of 180 degrees. The High Beam function angles the high beam up, giving you visuals of what's 20 feet up in the tree while the Low Beam maintains its position on the path ahead. The combined power gives you over 60 feet of light.
The UV System is comprised of high output and hyper-focused UV. Specific frequencies, spread, focal angle and wavelength, and put out an ultra-powerful beam that is not visible to the human eye and non-visual for animals as well. We're not talking about black lights here. This UV System makes animal territory markings, urine and Feces 50 feet away glow brightly. Making it easier to find that perfect spot to set up your stand or track game.
Built-in Red and Green lights that are designed to give a broad radius to give hands-free lighting for setting up, maps or going pee. The color and spread is designed to illuminate the path directly in front of you, and do not interfere with night vision while maintaining near-invisibility to any potential game.
Of course, to drive all this tech they are going to need a hefty battery and comes equipped with a rechargeable battery in a watertight compartment that can handle the entire system for up to 6 hrs on a single charge. The boots even have a Magnetic Quick Charge port for charging your phone while you are hanging around up in your stand. When it's time to charge your boots up, just place them on the charging mat (included). You can buy extra batteries and larger capacity batteries and swap em out on the fly when needed or get the backpack with a built-in charging mat and enough juice to run your laptop.
The boots are phone app controlled or remote and Upgradable options include:
Animal Calls, expandable Memory, Heavy Duty Remote control, Batteries, and large capacity batteries.
High Beams are the next generation of footwear and far from just shoes with lights company. The team at HB is creating smart footwear in ways that mainstream shoe companies have yet to tackle. They are creating footwear that is truly a utility, and utilizing new technology that is and opens the door to other areas of application like Survival Gear, Forensics, First Responders, Medical, Search and rescue, gas and chemical detection.
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