Rifle slings are one of those pieces of hunting equipment that often get overlooked. However an inadequate sling becomes readily apparent within just a few hours of packing around. Fortunately there are many options for outfitting a rifle with a new sling and this year LimbSaver added its new Kodiak sling series to the mix.
Like most LimbSaver products, the company has introduced a few new twists with releasing the Kodiak sling. First the sling has a rubberized "NAVCOM" grip that appears to be made of the same soft pliable material that their other firearms and archery products are made of. The grip and the siding of the sling are soft and conform well to the shoulder and hand while holding the sling. The NAVCOM grip also serves as a good "control point" to always have a hold on the rifle while packing on unstable terrain.
The NAVCOM grip is soft and takes some of the edge off packing a rifle for hours.
It's customary that most rifle slings on the market require purchasing or supplying a set of sling swivels separately. LimbSaver includes the sling swivels with the purchase and the swivels are a bit different than is typically seen on the market. The swivels are dubbed "3-D" because the top swivel can rotate 360 degrees around the sling stud, allowing the sling to be flipped over without twisting up the rest of the shoulder strap too much. This makes for an easy way to secure the sling and also allows a bit of flexibility in the top strap that gives the sling a better ability to conform to the contour of your shoulder.
The top swivel is able to rotate 360 degrees allowing the strap to better bend to the shape of your shoulder.
Overall the sling is constructed of a leather body that is plush and the edges are contoured with NAVCOM material making for a soft sling. The raised edging digs in just enough to get traction to prevent or slowdown the side slipping that causes the rifle to slip off your shoulder while walking. The rest of the sling is constructed of nylon webbing making for an overall sturdy but yet soft construction.
The sides of the sling are lined with NAVCOM material that prevents
digging into the shoulder but also prevents side slipping of the firearm.
The interior of sling is made of leather and the NAVCOM material is stitched in.
The Kodiak is priced at roughly $35 per sling which puts it toward the higher end of most hunting slings. However sling swivels, which are not included with most rifle slings, tend to run $9-$10 per set, so factoring in the cost of the swivels the Kodiak is only slightly more expensive than competing slings.
The Kodiak sling is worth checking out if your current sling digs into your shoulder on a long hike or if you're looking for an easier way to grip your sling while moving. The new rotating top swivel head is a nice addition to the sling and should attach to any standard swivel studs on the market today.
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