These 2018 Hunting Packs Deliver The Goods [New]

Roving western backcountry hunters. Dedicated treestanders. The latest hunting packs cater to these specialized pursuits and more, with smart tweaks all hunters should see.

by Mark Melotik

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Roving western backcountry hunters. Dedicated treestanders. The latest hunting packs cater to these specialized pursuits and more, with smart tweaks all hunters should see.

PursuitX-Wideland-900ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit X Wideland. ALPS OutdoorZ partnered with Veil Camo to bring cutting edge, scientifically engineered concealment to their signature brand of quality pack designs including the new Pursuit X Wideland ($90). Designed by a team of midwestern deer hunters, the Pursuit X carries smart features like a molded foam suspension and back panel, Lycra shoulder straps with load

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lifters for added comfort tough, durable 1680D ballistic nylon fabric and Hypalon to add strength to stress points, and extra lashing points. There is a front organizational pocket to keep your gear readily available, a drop-down pocket to carry your gun or bow securely, a waist belt to accommodate clip-style holsters, a D-ring for hanging the pack while on stand and a unique bungee and cord lock design for quiver attachment.SitkaMountainHauler 900Sitka Mountain Hauler 6200. As its name implies, the spacious Mountain Hauler 6200 ($595) is designed for the serious backcountry hunter who wants to haul in a lot and haul out even more. Weighing a mere 6.4 pounds but rated to comfortably carry 150, it features an easily accessible external stash pocket for easy access and Velcro bear spray/holster hip-belt for quick access to more

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urgent needs. Outside its durable water repellent finish protects contents and 3-layer multi-density hydrophobic foam pads in the hip and shoulders provide cushioning comfort that won’t chafe even under a full load. After a successful hunt, the primary bag expands from 4,000 to 5,000 cubic inches allowing ample space for an elk quarter on the internal load-hauling shelf, and internal gear storage below in the Mountain Hauler Dry Bag. And components used during a successful hunt are Sitka orange, to assist hunters who may be experiencing fatigue or stress while packing out an animal.TenzingTZ2220 900Tenzing TZ 2220. Tenzing has redesigned its venerable TZ 2220 daypack ($230), the most popular and versatile model in the TZ lineup for 2018. This version offers 2,400 cubic inches of usable space featuring 19 total compartments and pockets for secure storage and organization and multiple access points to its generous main compartment. The streamlined design also features a large lid

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compartment for immediate access to key gear. Comfort is key and the upgraded design features a new padded air mesh on the suspension, back panel and waist belt for enhanced breathability, reduced weight and diminished fatigue. The waistbelt and its paired hip pockets are removable; another upgrade in all high-stress and high-abrasion areas is Robic rip-stop fabric, purportedly up to 50 percent stronger with 2.5 times the tear strength of traditional nylon fabrics. You’ll also find a foldout rain cover, drop-down bow or gun-carrying boot and full compatibility with Tenzing’s reversible 2-liter hydration bladders. Available in Realtree Edge, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and Kryptek Highlander.MysteryRanchTREEHOUSE 900Mystery Ranch Treehouse. As its name implies, the Treehouse ($250) is a hanging gear-quiver designed specifically for deer hunters and other treestand users. A top haul loop allows for hanging from a hook and two fiberglass rods allow the face panel to open to 45 degrees, securing its content from falling out while providing easy access to gear. Multiple interior sleeves and pockets are incorporated for organizing calls, rangefinders and other essentials you may need in the heat of the

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moment. When it’s time to leave, front compression straps provide a secure attachment for a bow or lightweight treestand. Side water bottle pockets and compression securely fit tripods, bow hangers, and other treestand items and a telescoping yoke provides for custom torso fit. There’s also a front stretch-woven stash pocket for gloves, jacket or other quick items and two internal, zippered pockets and three internal sleeves, all featuring a quiet 640D Cotna liner (nylon/cotton blend) interior. Exterior is quiet but rugged 500D Cordura fabric.PackRabbit 900Pack Rabbit Elite Turkey Hunter Set. The smart three-part E.T.H. Set ($260) that is also well suited for waterfowl and predator hunting begins with a chest-mounted “vest” for calls and other essentials. Its three main pockets are divided for organizing your calls while two additional pockets allow quick access to shotgun shells and other important items. Part Two is a 3,400-cu-in. backpack with gusseted sides and six compression straps to ensure your game and decoys are quickly and easily secured for transport. Part Three, integrated within the backpack’s frame, is a low-profile flip-down seat that ensures you remain camouflaged while keeping you off the wet, muddy ground. It is rapidly accessed without unpacking any gear and provides comfortable padding on the seat and back support. The E.T.H. Set is offered in Long Leaf Camo’s Karma and BlindSpot patterns.

InsightsPack 900Insights Vision. For 2018 Insights Hunting redesigned both their logo and their entire product lineup, adding more functionality and innovation, as well as a new, clean and simple color scheme combined with all-new Realtree Edge camo. A revamp of their flagship MWP Bow Pack, the Vision ($170) offers a wider main weapon compartment to fit even the longest parallel limb bows and features Insight’s newest featured technology: the TS3 treestand shelf and gear basket, which allows bowhunters to access their gear in three convenient modes: storage, shelf and basket. Available in Realtree Edge and an all-new Insights Open Country solid color scheme. SitkaASCENTvest900Sitka Gear Ascent Vest. Sleek, low profile and functional, the Ascent Vest ($139) provides quick access to essential gear on your next run-and-gun adventure. Pockets for game calls, rangefinder, GPS, spare release and bear spray keep you prepared for your next encounter. Made from the same lightweight brushed nylon fabric as Sitka’s proven Ascent Pant, the Vest features 4-way stretch, anti-stink Polygiene and a mesh backer for ultimate breathability and range of motion. Four zippered pockets for essentials and four external stash pockets provide room for everything you might need…and more.CamelbakTrophy900CamelBak Trophy S. Here’s a great new medium-volume pack (2,000 cubic inches) that offers supreme versatility: Pack it with turkey gear in spring, then use it for chasing elk in August and September and whitetails the remainder of the fall. Cool features include bow and gun mounts, and integrated meat shelf/rain cover, as well as an air suspension back panel, removable call/gear organizer, and mil-spec hydration reservoir. Available in Realtree Edge and True Timber Kanati camo.MysteryRanchMULE 900Mystery Ranch Mule Pack. The latest addition to the company’s Wilderness Series of hunting packs, the Mule ($375) provides an incredible unity of carrying power in a relatively small package. Whether packing in or packing out, the compact-but-spacious Mule (23L/1,404 cubic inches) is a versatile load sling for hauling your mule deer or elk gear, an overnight camp kit, or retrieving meat. The pack has been designed primarily for the western mountain hunter but is also an excellent fit for turkey hunts, and whitetail treestand hunting. It’s available in four colors: Foliage, Desolve Bare, Coyote, and Optifade Subalpine (shown).



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