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These are Super Slick! [Slick Trick Broadheads Review]

In this review, I test a classic… It’s a broadhead that hunted with many years ago, many, many times. I’ve taken quite a few animals with it.

But, I realized I had never done an official test on it, and that is the Slick Trick Standard.

So, let’s dig on into it and I’ll show you all the features and then we’ll test it!

Slick Trick Standard 125-grain Broadhead

Let’s take an up close look at the Slick Trick Standard 125 grain head…

slick trick standard profile

slick trick standard short profile

slick trick standard blade sharpness

Man, the Slick Trick Standard 125-grain head is just a no-nonsense design. Typically, these fly very well, penetrate very well, and hold up really well in durability. But I was eager to put this to the test and see how it performed…

Slick Trick 125 Flight Test

In this test I shot 1 field point and one broadhead from 30 yards, using a Killer Instinct SWAT X1 Crossbow and 375 gr Bishop Bolt at 300 fps):  

slick trick standard flight test field point
slick trick standard flight test broadhead

Initial Sharpness Test

In this sharpness test, I check to see how many grams of force it takes to cut a copolymer wire.

slick trick standard sharpness test 1

Penetration Test 1 – (2/3″ rubber foam mat, 1/2″ MDF, FBI Gel):   

slick trick standard ballistic gel mdf test

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Edge Test 2, Edge Retention (sharpness after Penetration Test 1):

slick trick standard sharpness test 2

Penetration Test 2, (layered cardboard):

slick trick standard layered cardboard test

Durability Test 1, (3 shots 1/2″ MDF):

slick trick standard 3 shots into mdf

Durability Test 2 – (2 shots 22 gauge steel plate):

slick trick standard after steel plate test

Durability Test 3 – (1 shot into cinder block):

slick trick standard after concrete block test

Final Thoughts on Slick Trick 125 grain Broadhead

So, what do you think of the Slick Trick 125-grain broadheads?

Man, these are awesome heads!

slick trick standard lusk scorecard

I mean, no wonder I used it for so many years out in the field. It just performed extremely well in every area and it got one of the highest scores of any head I’ve tested, and close to the the highest of any fixed blade head. Really, really impressive!

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Lone Wolf Custom Gear Crossover Climber Review [Crazy Light!]

Have you ever been lugging a heavy tree climbing stand through the woods and wondered, “is all this sweat and being out of breath really worth it?”

If you’re like me, you’re often wanting to know, “what’s the lightest climbing stand I can get?”

Thankfully, in the mid-2000s, I discovered the Lone Wolf Hand Climber and my days of struggling through the woods with a heavy (and loud) stand on my back were over.

But then, in late 2023, Lone Wolf Custom Gear announced the new Crossover Climber and I just had to find out how they possibly could have improved on what I felt was likely the best and most innovating climbing stand ever for deer hunting.

Lone Wolf Custom Gear’s Crossover Climber (The Details)

Talk about light!

The Crossover Climber from Lone Wolf Custom Gear weighs in at only 11.5 pounds, which is really amazing for a climbing stand. In addition, has a packed profile thickness of only 1-7/8 inches!

Lone wolf Crossover Climber unboxing
Crossover Climber logo built into platform

Key Features

So, let’s take a look at some of the features of this Lone Wolf Custom Gear Crossover Climber…

Crossover Climber packed profile

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Razor Sharp Teeth (WOW!)

Crossover Cimber cover for teeth

I made the above cover for the teeth because a couple of different times over the years, using the old Lone Wolf Hand Climber, I fell down in the woods while walking with the stand on my back. And, if I didn’t have those shoulder straps cinched all the way tight down on my shoulders, when I fell, that stand slid up my back and those teeth hit me in the back of the head. With the pad, if I were to fall, I wouldn’t be injured by those sharp teeth!

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Lone Wolf Custom Gear Crossover Climber packed thickness

The Seat

Crossover Climber Crescent shaped seat
Crossover Climber locking knob

Lone Wolf crossover climber locking key

Now, when I am approaching my stand location or where I’m going to climb, I’m always trying to get there as quietly as possible. So, I will mention that the key sometimes it gets stuck and when you pull the two pieces apart, it can make a little bit of noise. I don’t love that. But, I think that’s something that will probably get better as I get used to using it more.

So, if I had to just mention one little con of the key, that would probably be it. But again, it’s not something I can’t work around. And so, as I use this more, I’ll figure out a way to be better at that.

Using The Crossover Climber

Once you separate your platform using the knob and key, you will loosen the knobs on the platforms and raise the arms to their furthest point and tighten the knobs back. And to break it back down, you loosen your knobs, flatten it back down and tighten your knobs.

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Then, take one side of the cable out (you want to be sure that you don’t go past the orange warning markings on the cables). Wrap the cable around the tree and insert the other end into the other tube and lock down the lever.

Once the stand is secured by the cables to the tree, you’re ready to start climbing. Insert your feet into the openings in the foot platform.

crossover climber straps

Be sure to connect the straps to the knobs on the seat portion of the stand. You can loosen them to give you the proper slack so that you can climb. Once you reach your desired height on the tree, tighten those straps down. It will cinch the two parts of the stand down very snugly against the tree and you’ll feel very secure up there.

climbing in the crossover climber

You will slowly advance up the tree using the hand and foot portions of the stand. Remember, the object is not to get to your desired height there super fast. The object is to get there safely!

When you reach your desired height, snug down the straps. You can then fold the climbing bar under the seat if desired. You can then sit down (you can sit on the strap seat or you can sit on the seat pad. Or, you can flip the pad up and use it as pad to lean against the tree.

crossover climber sitting down

When you’re ready to climb down, loosen the straps, flip the bar back up and start your descent in the same way you climbed.

Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed our review of the Lone Wolf Custom Gear Crossover Climber. Best of luck in your hunting adventures!

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Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead review

Let It Flow! | The Bloodflow 1.5 Broadheads Review

I’ve got a really cool broadhead test to recap in this article! It’s the Bloodflow 1.5.

I’ve been wanting to test this head for quite a while, but the introduction and rollout of this broadhead is really bittersweet. Let me give you the backstory.

A Bittersweet Broadhead Release

I had been talking to the designer of this head, John Smith, for quite a while. He owned and had been running the family business of Dead X Bowhunting for quite a while.

In the industry, you come across some really special people, and John was definitely one of those. He had such a passion for broadheads, for archery, and for coming up with all kinds of cool stuff over the years, but he was also just a really good guy, family man, and man of faith, so we bonded at that level as well.

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead first look

But I’d been talking to him about this Bloodflow 1.5 design. He had already done the Big Game 3 and Big Game 2. They both tested well and are incredible broadheads. I’ve used them in the field as well.

But, he was working on one with a bit of a smaller cut and less weight. It was going to be more practical for everybody. And, we had been talking about the design. He was giving me updates every step of the way. And, then he told me he was just about done and he was going to send me some to test.

When the date I was supposed to receive the heads to test rolled around, I still didn’t have them, so I followed up.

I sent him a text, but he didn’t send anything back, which was unlike John.

And, then I sent him another text. He didn’t respond to that either. I was wondering what was going on.

And, then his son reached out to me and told me that John had just been tragically killed in a car accident.

I was devastated to hear that news. The industry lost a great man. Society loses a great man. Missouri loses a great man.

I loved this guy. I loved the family-owned business. And, everything was done right there in-house and in their own machine shop.

The sweet part about it is that this broadhead was his pride and joy. And so, it’s more than just a really cool-looking broadhead. It’s really like a tribute

It’s called the Bloodflow. And man, this broadhead is going to make some blood flow!

So, As I tested I was thinking about John and thinking about all that he poured into the design. So, I really felt honored to be the first one to test this broadhead and to introduce it to the market!

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The BloodFlow 1.5 Up Close

Let’s zoom in and go through some of the design features and specifications of the Bloodflow broadhead… And this is one beast of a broadhead right here!

I had been looking forward to testing the Bloodflow 1.5 for awhile. Man, it just looks so cool!

Bloodflow 1.5 Materials

Let’s first go through all the materials…

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead ferrule

The blades are 1095 high carbon steel. They are brought to a Rockwell hardness of 55 and they are 0.062″ thick (really stout, thick blades). And, you notice they’re single bevel sharpened with a bevel angle of 37 degrees. That’s to maximize rotation and maximize edge durability, and to reduce edge chatter that can occur.

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead short profile

When you go below and angle of 30 degrees, you’re probably going to get some edge chatter, because there’s just so much pressure as it rotates on that leaning edge. But, this is a nice 37-degree angle. The overall super-short profile maximizes penetration as well as flight, because there’s less exposed blade.

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead scoops that increase cutting diameter

The fluted tip on the Bloodflow 1.5 gives you an edge that just goes up into the cutting diameter of 1.5″, but then you’re getting another little edge in between. And so, each little edge is between the other two blades. That’s giving you an extra 2/10 of an inch cut. So, if you multiply that times 3, you are getting an extra 0.6″ of cut between the blades total (and, all that in this short package!)

And, the total weight is 200 grains, so it’s also going to increase your FOC and it’s going to increase your momentum tremendously there.

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Now, another thing about these broadheads is that the owners are machinists themselves, and they have extremely tight tolerances. So, when you slide the blades in place, they actually slide and hold snugly in place without even a little O-ring holding it at the bottom. That’s so nice without that washer.

Normally with broadheads like this, you slide the blade in then you rotate around and it falls out. That doesn’t happen so readily with this one because of those nice, tight tolerances. But, also because of that, if you initially install the blades in the broadhead, screw it on to your arrow and spin it, it’s probably not going to spin very well and you’re going to think, “What’s wrong with it?”

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You have to keep loosening it and tightening it, loosening it, tightening it about 20 times or so, 20, 25 times. And you want to use the broadhead wrench that it comes with it. After you do that about 20, 25 times, then man, it spins like a charm! Just a perfectly balanced broadhead.

So, I was really impressed with the look and feel and specs of this head, which made me super eager to put it to the test and see how it performed!

Flight Forgiveness Test  

Bloodflow 1.5 flight test

Initial Sharpness Test

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead initial sharpness test

Penetration Test 1   

Edge Retention Test (sharpness after Penetration Test 1):

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead sharpness test after gel mdf test

Rotation Test

I shot the head into a block of ballistic gel. It rotated 40 degrees and penetrated 10-1/2″.

Penetration Test 2 (layered cardboard)

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead rotation in gel

Angled Shot Test (1/4″ MDF Carpet)

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead angled mdf test

Durability Test (1/2″ MDF max 3 shots)

Bloodflow 1.5 after 3 shots into mdf

Durability Test (22 gauge steel plate: Max 2 shots)

And here it is after the two shots through the steel plate, and it’s in great condition. The blades look fantastic.

Bloodflow 1.5 steel plate test

The tip got a little bit blunted as you can see there in the picture. And those holes, man, those holes! What incredible holes! You can even see the S-cut, the curvature of the single bevel through those holes. That’s going to be a wound channel that is really difficult to close up.

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Concrete Test

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead after concrete block test

Final Thoughts On the Bloodflow 1.5 Broadheads

So, what do you think of the Bloodflow?

Man, I’ll tell you what… if you’re going to have a tribute broadhead, this is a good one to have. John would be super proud that his life’s work culminates in his best masterpiece ever. I mean, this thing performed really well.

It actually got one of the highest scores of any broadhead I’ve tested. It has the second highest score of any fixed blade I’ve tested to this point. The highest was the Trifecta Fixed. And, this was just 6/100 of a point behind it.

So, great work Dead X Bowhunting. And, great work, John. I really appreciate all the passion and creativity you put into this.

Another cool thing about this head is that it has interchangeable blades. They have 1-1/2″ of cutting diameter. You can even swap them out for a 1-1/4″ cutting diameter blade to give you better penetration.

So, here’s to you, John. Great work! I look forward to using your broadhead in the field.

Bloodflow 1.5 broadhead scorecard

And, to the rest of you, I really want to encourage you to check out Dead X Bowhunting. Go to their website and especially check out this Bloodflow broadhead. And, if you know the family, reach out to them and thank them for all they’ve done for the industry over the years.

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