Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow Review

Barnett Wildcat C5

What’s in the Box?
The Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow
Three (3) 20-inch arrows with included field points
Quiver with mount
A foot stirrup
String wax
Three (3) dot scope
Owner’s manual
Warranty card
Assembly hardware including all the bolts and hex keys needed

Considered to be the best compound crossbow created by Barnett, the WIldcat C5 is perfect for target practice and hunting, capable of bringing down any small game to deers, elks, moose, and even bears (with the proper strategy and some luck).
A fast crossbow, the Wildcat C5 can fire arrows at the speed of 320 feet per seconds and has a draw weight of 150lbs, one downside of the Wildcat C5 barnett bcx is that it doesn’t include a rope cocking device so you may need to purchase one separately, although you can get away with not using one, having a rope cocking device makes it easier for you to use your crossbow with ease.
Also, make sure you set the safety on after you have cocked the WIldcat C5 as to avoid injuring yourself and others.
The Power of the Wildcat C5
Although the Wildcat C5 was initially designed for hunting, you may also use it for target practice for tournaments and the like.
The WIldcat C5 is a compound crossbow and unlike recurve crossbows, compounds tend to be quieter, well it’s not definitely a whisper but it’s quiet enough for you not to use anything to dampen the noise.

The Wildcat C5 is more balanced than other crossbows, it’s not too heavy or it’s not too lightweight, you won’t be in pain by carrying it around with you all day long; the WIldcat C5 is definitely worth your money and time.
SInce the Wildcat C5 is a balanced crossbow, accuracy and power isn’t compromised, this crossbow has both in fact

On to the flaw of the Wildcat C5, although you can use the scope to sight, it isn’t very consistent, meaning you have to keep re-adjusting the windage and elevation to maintain its accuracy, you may want to change to a better scope such as the Barnett 4x32mm scope or anything similar as long as it’s compatible with the Wildcat C5.
The three 20-inch arrows included in the package work well for hunting and target practice, you may opt to use 22-inch for hunting if you have any but remember to check your owner’s manual or call up your manufacturer to make sure the arrows your plan to use are compatible with your crossbow.

The Barnett Wildcat C5 crossbow has a good build, it was designed with safety and comfort in mind, it’s durable and very comfortable to use, the trigger doesn’t require much pressure to be used and you the shot is pretty quiet; making your game surprised when it gets hit.
And since it was manufactured using GAM (gas assisted moulding) and made by a brand with more than 50 years of experience in the industry, you’ll be assured of the quality of your crossbow.


Best water adventure you deserve

Roc Gear’s Mad Water Waterproof Action Sports Pack is an adventure racing hydration pack with a lot of great features–not least of which is being waterproof.
I recently learning about the Waterproof Action Sport Pack from a Checkpoint Tracker tweet. But after searching the web for more information on it, I couldn’t find a single review or buyer comment. The company’s product page for The Action Sports Waterproof Hydration Pack (note the naming inconsistency when searching for this pack) contains some information, but is light on details and doesn’t actually show the pack being worn.
This waterproof adventure racing hydration pack continues to grow on me, with over 200 training miles logged with it thus far. I thought that it was going to be a bit ridged, but has proven to be a great fit and very versatile. The pack has a low profile that hugs your back really well, with very lightly padded shoulder straps and backing. The profile of the pack has been noticeably more streamlined than my other packs with very little wind drag. I didn’t really identify this as an issue with other bags, but realize the value now that I feel the difference.

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With a 10 liter payload capacity and 2 liter water bladder, I think this pack will be large enough for 24hr adventure races and possibly a bit longer. Being streamlines and fairly light weight at 1.7lbs with the water bladder, I’m going to use it for shorter races in the 12hr range as well. While 1.7 pounds is hardly the lightest 10 liter adventure racing pack on the market, it won’t gain the weight that other fabric packs will when saturated with water. Personally, I find my packs to always be soaked from either kayaking, swimming, sweating or rain.
The Waterproof Action Sports Hydration Pack (staying consistent with the inconsistent naming) lacks a few features that I had on my mandatory checklist, including water adventure bottle holders and waist pocket, but I’ve addressed the void with a Nathan Velocity Hydration Pack. I initially ordered the Waterproof Waist Pack by Roc Gear, designed to couple with this backpack, but found it to be a bit too large for me. It also did not contain sufficiently large enough side pockets to store nutrition bars and such. Nathan’s Velocity Hydration Pack, with a horizontal cradle for a 22oz bottle, fits perfectly below the pack.
The mouth off the bag is a vertical opening sealed with Roc Gear’s own plastic slide zipper. It’s very simple to open and close and provides easy access to the vertical length of the bag.
The shoulder straps have a number of attachment points, including hydration hose clips on both straps that swivel and offer more mounting angles than a fixed position clip. This is my first pack with this feature and I really like it.
Two spring-loaded metal clips are permanently sewed into each strap for attaching an adventure racing map case. I’m suspect of these hooks however and expect them to rust and foul up long before the pack wears out. I would rather they were detachable.
There are also some other attachment points on the straps, including some plastic D-rings and some buckle clips, designed to fit a separate chest pack attachment. This attachment from the manufacturer looks to be much too bulky for adventure racing–in my opinion–similar to the waterproof waist pack.
All in all, I give the bag a great rating. It’s the best adventure racing bag that I’ve used thus far and look forward to see how it performs on race day.


Myofascial Pain and Myofascial

Myofascial (mi-o-fah-shell) pain is a term used to describe pain and dysfunction of skeletal muscles and their covering, called fascia. It is one of the most common causes of acute and chronic pain. Because there are over 500 separate skeletal muscles in the human body and, together with their fascia (covering tissue), muscles comprise co codamol the single largest organ system of the body, nearly everyone suffers from myofascial pain to some extent from time to time. Myofascial pain is one of the most treatable pain-producing conditions and may account for up to 75% of all physician office visits, but unfortunately it is a condition that few medical doctors are trained to properly diagnose or treat adequately.

Myofascial pain is generally localized or regional pain, usually appearing in one area of the body and involving only one or a few muscle groups. It is characterized by the finding of trigger points (TrPs) in the affected muscles. Trigger points are spots of hyperirritability usually found within a taut band of skeletal muscle or in the muscle’s fascia that are exquisitely painful when pressed and may cause local or referred pain in a pattern that is characteristic of the muscle in which they are found. TrPs may be latent or active. An active TrP is always tender, prevents full lengthening of the muscle, weakens the muscle, usually refers pain on direct compression, mediates a local twitch response of the muscle fibers when adequately stimulated, and often produces specific referred autonomic phenomena, generally in its pain reference zone. A latent TrP does not cause pain during normal activities, but is tender when touched and can become activated when the muscle it is in is strained or overly fatigued or raumatized. Most muscles of the body have specific locations were TrPs may be found on physical examination and every TrP has a characteristic pattern of pain referral. Myofascial pain is rarely completely symmetrical on both sides of the body.

The referred pain of myofascial TrPs is usually dull and aching, often deep, with intensity varying from low-grade discomfort to severe and incapacitating torture. Myofascial pain may occur at rest or only in motion. The referred pain can usually be elicited or increased in intensity by digital pressure on the associated TrP or by penetrating the TrP precisely with a needle. Generally, the more hyperirritable the TrP, the more intense and constant is the referred pain, and the more extensive its distribution. The severity and extent of the referred pain depends on the degree of hyperirritability of the TrP, not on the size of the muscle. TrPs in very small and obscure muscles can be just as painful as those in large muscles.

TrPs can also cause symptoms other than pain. Autonomic symptoms in the pain referral zone caused by TrPs may include localized vasoconstriction, sweating, lacrimation (tears), coryza (nasal discharge), salivation, and pilomotor activity (goose bumps). Proprioceptive disturbances caused by TrPs may include imbalance, dizziness, tinnitus, and distorted perception of the weight of objects lifted in the hands.

TrPs are activated directly by acute overload, overwork fatigue, direct trauma, and by chilling. They can be indirectly activated by visceral disease, arthritic joints, and emotional distress.

Some other terms that are frequently used as synonyms for myofascial pain are “myalgia” and “myoitis” or “fasciitis” or “myofasciitis.” Myalgia simply means muscle aching and is used more correctly to indicate diffusely aching muscles due to systemic disease or viral infection. Myoitis, fasciitis, and myofasciitis all refer to inflammation in the muscle, its fascia, or both, respectively. Although these terms are frequently tossed around as synonyms for myofascial pain, they are technically different. Of particular concern are the “itis” terms, because they all suggest that the patient’s pain is the result of some type of inflammatory process and, therefore, should respond to treatment with antiinflammatories. But most myofascial pain is pain without inflammation and will not be alleviated by antiinflammatory medications such as NSAIDs or corticosteroids, which can have serious adverse effects when used inappropriately for a long period or in large doses. Myofascial pain is also different from fibromyalgia and myofascial TrPs are also different from the tender points associated with fibromyalgia — but more on that later.

NOTE: The most comprehensive books on myofascial pain, trigger point locations and referral patterns, and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes are: Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vols. 1 & 2 by Drs. J. Travell and D. Simons and published by Wilkins & Wilkins, New York, NY.
It is frequently difficult to determine the exact cause of myofascial pain, but it can be the result of a traumatic injury to the muscle resulting from a motor vehicle accident, or over exertion of the muscle during recreational sports or physical activities, or repetitive strain from sports or work activities. Common sites of myofascial pain include muscles of the head (especially around the jaw joints), neck, shoulders, and back. A patient with symptoms of myofascial pain should be screened by a physician who specializes in treating musculoskeletal pain problems (frequently physiatrists or orthopods) so that he can be appropriately referred for treatment — usually to a qualified physical therapist who has experience in treating myofascial pain, not just joint and mobility problems.

The key to treating myofascial pain is to (1) properly identify active and latent TrPs and determine the perpetuating factors — frequently poor posture or movement dysfunctions; (2) de-activate the active TrPs and carefully stretch tight and shortened muscle; and (3) correct or remediate the underlying postural and movement dysfunctions. Because stress-related activation of the sympathetic nervous system and muscle bracing frequently play a significant role in maintaining active TrPs and myofascial pain syndromes, training in physiological relaxation and stress reduction techniques can play a critical role in treatment.

A very powerful technique in examining the functioning of groups of muscles together in movement is multiple-channel surface electromyography (sEMG), [GOTO: sEMG-assisted neuromuscular retraining] which measures the electrical activity generated by muscle movement with small electrodes taped to the skin over the muscle being examined. With a multiple-channel sEMG system, it is possible to examine a number of muscles that normally work together to accomplish a particular movement (i.e., a myotactic unit). A common finding in myofascial pain patients is that painful movements are characterized by muscles that are not functioning properly and fatigue rapidly. Often the particular muscle that should be the primary mover within a particular myotactic unit is underactive as a result of an active TrP and other muscles in the unit now are forced to do more work to compensate and, because they are not designed to carry the primary load, they become easily fatigued and painful. Frequently as these secondary muscles are forced to do more and more of the work for that particular myotactic unit, they become traumatized and develop their own “satellite” TrPs. Since a muscle that is a helper in one myotactic unit may be a primary mover in another, the development of satellite TrPs can rapidly spread the pain from a simple localized injury into a more complex regional myofascial pain syndrome affecting may different movements and activiities. sEMG is a very useful tool in sorting this type of pain problem out.