All the extra little things to make detecting better. Just started this section, more to come soon!
Honest Company Baby Wipes $11
Don’t laugh, I clean my detector gear with baby wipes like these from Honest. They are like pre-wet paper towels. You want the ones without Aloe or chemicals. Works great!
'STORM' SUP Leash 10' COILED by Bullet Proof Surf $20
A surfboard leash like this one from Bullet Proof Surf is useful in keeping your waterproof metal detector from getting away from you in rough surf.
Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness $129
The Minelab Pro-Swing 45 is a harness that you wear and attach your metal detector to, which greatly reduces the weight of the detector.
Extra Long Review
I ordered this harness with more than a little trepidation. I have a somewhat bad back and I decided to try to do something to extend my hunting time for metal detecting to more than a couple of hours. On receiving the well packed harness, I assembled the unit and went out for my first expedition. To say it was an experience in completely re-learning all my moves was an understatement. I had to adjust everything and come up with a completely new set of movements for digging targets. And the harness did require some adjustment throughout the dig to accommodate my personal comfort.
So… I ended the first hunt with the jury still out on my hunting with this harness. The next day, I went out and tried again and had a much more comfortable hunt. The harness really does work well and my Minelab Explorer SE Pro detector “floats” above the ground and is much nicer to hunt with. The secret is in adjusting the plastic weight-bearing rods to match your body height and it pays to watch the Minelab video that covers all the adjustments. What I really liked was the ability to put my finds bag on the lower belt and to be able to put my large Pistol Probe pinpointer on the other side for easy grabbing (something I had never found a good way to do before!) – The harness makes adding accessories easy and I’m sold on it – I’ll never hunt without it again!
Suggestions for new users – Get used to clipping the detector on and off when digging a target. At first it was hard to do, but I have it down now to a routine and it works well. And take your time fitting the harness to your body needs – work on comfort first and consider your first hunt as a “get to know the harness” exercise over and above being a serious hunt!
A couple of suggestions for the good folks at Minelab: 1. For the lower-belt, consider some sort of clipping system for holding finds bags or other unwieldy accessories in one place. I’m going to come up with my own solution of this sort, but it is somewhat maddening to have to keep it from sliding around – a clip or two to hold a bag tight to the belt would be really helpful. 2. The other suggestion is to add more Velcro EVERYWHERE possible so more accessories can be hung off of the harness.
One final suggestion for users – The rod arrangement for the load-bearing part of the harness comes in two pieces that assemble either for right or left handed users. The issue I ran into early on was that the rods can come apart once you are taking the harness on or off. I use a short length of electrical tape to hold the rods together and it works just fine.
These two rods plug together with a really neat marking system that is pretty intuitive, but I do wish that the Left and Right indicators were painted to allow 50+ year-old eyes to better see the rod connections so it is simpler to get the plugins right.
Another item I’m going to try adding is a hydration system for the back – seems like a natural for desert and hot-weather hunting.
Final point for the folks at Minelab – I own a Excalibur 2 model for water hunting – How about you guys come up with an aquatic version of this to help with water hunts? I’d love to try this in water, but I think the materials need to be changed to be more tolerant of fresh and salt water.
Bottom line: This is the best tool I ever run into for getting my accessories managed and extending my hunt time dramatically. I’m very impressed! A very worthwhile purchase and it is now part of my regular hunting regimen. – John Almada
Dupli-Color TR250 Truck Bed Coating Aerosol $11.45
Truck Bedliner Spray is used by many detectorists to coat the bottom of their coils. Yes they make coil covers, but you have to take them off and clean them to avoid getting debris, especially metal bits in between the cover and coil. Spray the coil with bedliner is more permanent but the coil won’t show scratches from wear.
Plasti Dip $13.50
Plasti Dip is a liquid that puts a soft plastic coating on your pinpointer tip. This is a great alternative to a cover-all case, that for the most part is only available for Garrett pinpointers. It comes in several colors besides clear.
I dip the tip of my leather and fitted garden gloves in this plastic and my gloves are lasting much longer. Only thing I use it for. – Missy
XP Deus WS4 Wireless Headphone Adapter $29.95
The XP Deus WS4 Wireless Headphone Adapter is a great accessory that lets you attach your WS4 module and then any headphones you want. Just tuck this in a shirt pocket and though not as completely wireless as using the WS4, you’re still not tethered to your detector.
If you want to use ear buds with your Deus on a hot summer day this is the way to go. – Damian, admin MDGear.com
Garrett Metal Detectors AT Pro Headphone Adapter $36.60
The Garrett AT Pro Headphone Adapter isn’t cheap, but it lets you plug in any pair of headphones into your AT Pro, which has a Garrett-specific plug type. This is not waterproof so do not get it wet.
The headphones that came with my AT-Pro lacked the quality of continuous use. I really have enjoyed this adapter as it has allowed me to go with a much lighter (and cooler) headphones. The larger ones were pretty hot here in Texas. – TexasHiker
Ultra Bright LED Headlamp $25
The Ultra Bright LED Headlamp is a great light if you prefer to hunt at night when it’s cooler.
I bought this head torch a few weeks ago and it has proved to be good value for money. I was looking for a versatile light, and it has been very functional in a number of different use cases.
I have taken it on icy/snowy pre-dawn runs in the mountains, cross-country skiing around the local park, for close-up detail work and for bedtime reading. As someone who likes to let my eyes adjust and use as little light in addition to the available ambient light, I particularly like the dimmer feature. The range of light that the torch emits has been plenty in all cases and I see no reason why it wouldn’t work well for more serious ski-touring and easier mountaineering in the dark. And, as an early bird who normally goes to bed a lot earlier than me, my wife appreciates the fact that the lowest lumens setting provides plenty of light for my night-time reading, thereby minimizing the disruption to her sleep.
The headband has a wide range of adjustment – my 7-year-old, who is always wanting to illuminate our lives, has successful adjusted the band for her comfort and the largest setting would accommodate a ski or climbing helmet.
I only have one minor gripe about the torch – it was difficult to figure out the single-button functionality and initially we didn’t realize there were instructions attached to the headband. Those instructions were on the small side for my aging eyesight. Apparently, these issues have been resolved on the later models that are now available.
All in all, I have been very satisfied with the overall functionality and value-for-money, and have happily just invested in another lamp for all the other uses that the rest of my family will undoubtedly find for it. – Shaun