By: By Dr. Jim and Mary Clary
Anyone who ever gone hiking or hunting in the mountains is aware of the benefits of a "walking" stick. And all shooters know that a monopod or bipod shooting stick is invaluable when the opportunity for that trophy animal arises. There have been multiple attempts over the years to combine the two concepts. Most of them have failed miserably. They are either too bulky or too flimsy. Finally, the folks at Bog-Pod got it right.
The Q-Stik is just what the "doctor ordered." It consists of a three-section, very high-strength, yet lightweight aluminum leg. Ok, we know that there are a lot of aluminum shooting sticks out there.... however, there is aluminum and then there is aluminum. Quality and hardness are the "operative words" here. We have tested several shooting monopods over the years and rejected them because of the poor quality aluminum. They were unstable at best and wobbly beyond compare at worst.
The three-section leg on the Q-Stik is adjustable with rapid twist locks. There are inch markers on the middle leg section to assist in rapidly setting up the correct height. Adjustment ranges are from 29.5" to 68", not including any accessory or the shooting rest.
The ergonomically designed hand grip provides positive and comfortable control of the Q-Stick. The Universal Shooting Rest swivels a full 360o and is rubber covered to prevent damage to gun stocks.
As an extra added bonus, the Q-Stik includes a foam-covered binocular rest to make glassing in the field a lot easier. There is also a camera adaptor which is designed to fit just about every compact camera on the market today. And, to make sure that one stays "on track" in the field, there is a compass top. And it is not a cheapie, it is precise and well protected should you trip and fall in the field.
The entire Q-Stik package includes a carrying bag for the accessories that are not being used as well as the Q-Stik itself. The entire setup weighs only 15 ounces. And to let you know that the designers of this handy device thought of everything... the rubber foot unscrews to expose a carbide tip for better grip on ice or packed snow.
All in all, this is a quality and well-designed piece of equipment and well worth the $119.99 MSRP. You can spend less or you can spend more, but you won't get the value of the Bog-Pod Q-Stik. It is now a part of our regular hunting gear.