I came from the world of fly-fishing. Growing up in Utah and being around people who hunted and fished, I knew that Badlands Hunting Gear and William Joseph Fly Fishing Gear were related but I never imagined I would end up working there. I began fly fishing in my early teens with my father and older brother and quickly became very passionate about the sport. That passion continues now as I enter my 30s. It wasn’t until I began working for Badlands and William Joseph that I discovered just how passionate and dedicated hunters are about their sport.
Hunting is very much a sport that seems to be passed on from father to son or other close relationships. My father never really hunted therefore I was never exposed to the sport. We have spent I don’t know how many hundreds or thousands of hours together in rivers across the country but we’ve never logged time together hunting.
I noticed two things when I started working for Vortex Outdoors (Badlands Packs and William Joseph) in the Summer of 2013.
- Hunters are as passionate about their sport as anything I have ever encountered
- Badlands fans are as passionate about their gear as anything I’ve ever seen
Immediately after starting my new position I was exposed to and encompassed in a world that I knew existed but had never experienced. My first phone call not 5 minutes into my first day was from a young ambitious man from Iowa who lives to hunt whitetail deer and capture the excitement on film. I could literally feel his passion coming through the phone receiver. He talked about hunting whitetail like a man would talk about his passion for his own family. It wasn’t long before I had encountered people from all over the state of Utah and all over the country that shared the same passion as the Iowan whitetail hunter. No matter what kind of hunting the person was passionate about, it was obvious that they lived for the sport and they depended on their gear to help them get the job done.
Since working here I’ve learned a lot about the hunting and pack industry. I’ve learned which packs are ideal for all different types of hunting and all different situations. I’ve learned what a “meat-shelf” is and watched videos on how to field dress and pack out an animal. I’ve learned that there are 1,000 different camo patterns and they all claim to be the best. I’ve learned that quality, innovation and peace of mind are tops in what hunters are looking for in their gear. I’ve seen people come in and literally spend hours trying on packs attempting to get the exact fit that will keep them going out in the field when things get tough. I’ve heard countless stories of how one piece of gear was all the difference in a successful hunt versus a disastrous one. I can’t explain how rewarding it is to help someone find a piece of gear that will literally last them a lifetime and perform under the greatest of pressures.
Another funny thing has happened in the few months that I’ve been with Badlands Hunting Gear…I’ve caught a bug. A good portion of Badlands fans are into archery. I get this question more than any other, “How do I attach my bow to the Badlands packs?” The archery crowd is obviously crazy about what they do. I have attended 3D shoots and seen first hand just how seriously archers take their craft and trust me, it is a craft. I suppose archery has really started appealing to me because of the gear (I am a gear junky afterall), the precision, the practice required and the nerves and resolve it must take to get out there and get so close to what you are hunting that you can see the whites of their eyes before the shot. I see the parallels that drew me into fly fishing and the bug is only getting deeper and deeper into my brain. I now have a bow (something I never would have thought would happen 2 years ago), I own some camouflage (another thing I didn’t think would happen) and I can’t wait to start shooting and get consistent enough to take it to the next level.
How can you not love an industry that is so passionate about what they do? I get to see, day in and day out, the level of committment that goes into producing the best products possible because Badlands understands how much love hunters have for what they do. I look forward to getting to a point where I can call myself part of the hunting crowd. I know it takes time and it takes committment. I’m willing to work to become part of the club as I know it must take years of practice an dedication to reach the level of skill I see as I interact with people everyday. Until that day however, I will keep plugging along, learning more about the sport, fine-tuning my shot and just enjoying the wild and crazy crowd of hunters that I’m growing to love more and more each day.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Badlands Ion Pants –New from the Biothermic Apparel Line
Six pocket pants are a dime a dozen, and rightfully so, as they are extremely well suited for a hunter’s needs. So how do you go about making them even better? Seven Pockets? Hey, not a bad idea; however, we have a few more ideas just in case. How about articulated knees, for ease of movement? Non-wear Hypalon cuffs? Welded water proof zips? The list goes on.
As mentioned above, the Ion Pants have articulated Knees for a wider range of motion- designed to enhance your body’s natural range of movement. Better then that, each seam is tailored and articulated to perfection. This system guarantees absolute comfort for allBadlandsgarments.
Made with Hex-Lit fleece, you will be warm throughout your entire hunt. Hex-Lit™ fleece liner looks like a honeycomb design and with this proprietary fleece, heat is increased by trapping warm air into a multitude of interlinking channels. This pattern is not only efficient at retaining heat, but actually reduces the garments bulk at the same time.
Need something for the rainy times of year? The outer layer of the Ion Pant is made using Dupont Teflon- simply the highest quality water repellent material money can buy. The zippers are also re-enforced and covered with the same style waterproofing system as on theBadlandspacks.
If you aren’t convinced yet, how about we tell you about the nylon re-enforced belt loops, six easy access pockets, hypalon cuffs for increased durability and Badlands SRS stystem.
The SRS system is the ultimate antimicrobial treatment. It is impregnated deep into the fabric’s fiber, allowing it to kill odor causing microbes in the most effective way possible. SRS is so effective it will last up to 50 wash cycles.
Emerging 18 years ago,Badlandshas built and held a respected reputation for exceptional quality, unmatched performance and the industries only unconditional lifetime warranty.
For further information or questions regarding this award, our product or other company news, please contact Isaac Aleman at ixa@vortexoutdoors.
Salt Lake City,UT Badlandsdesigns the newest pack on the market made just for women. Introducing the Kali Fanny, women now have more options when it comes to hunting gear. Inspired by the Kali day pack, the Kali Fanny was specially designed to fit a woman’s body while holding a woman’s needs.
The fanny only weighs 1 lb. 8 oz, has dual water bottle holders, five pockets and two compartments. The angle of the waist belt on the Kali Fanny has been modified and adjusted to better fit the hips of a woman. Complete with Air Track Suspension, ventilation will be provided to all the areas that come in contact with this pack. The Kali Fanny provides two color options: Ap and Max-1.
“Every now and then the Badlands design department gets to do something different such as design a pack for women. It’s a challenge to make sure we don’t just design a men’s pack and splash some pink on the outside. We wanted to make sure the Kali Fanny was ergonomically designed to fit a woman comfortably yet maintain functionality.” States Badlands Head Designer, Chris Lambert.
Emerging 18 years ago,Badlands has built and held a respected reputation for exceptional quality, unmatched performance and the industries only unconditional lifetime warranty.
For further information or questions regarding our product or other company news, please contact Isaac Aleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.