Packs are the only feasible way to haul gear and accessories to and from the field, and they’ve advanced greatly over the past decade. Here are some of the latest options to get you—and your gear—where you’re going.
The Rogue backpack features padded shoulder straps and lumbar hip pads with buckle closures for a comfortable hike. The 2,285 cubic inches of storage provide plenty of space for all your bowhunting essentials. A clip-on LED light provides excellent visibility in low light, and mesh side pockets use elastic to hold water bottles or scent eliminators securely. For more information, visit scentlok.com.
Tenzing TZ PP15 Predator Pack
Tenzing’s new TZ PP15 Predator Pack enters the scene with all the features to make your predator hunt a great experience. The Predator Pack features spring-loaded legs and a padded foldout seat so you can set-up practically anywhere. With 23 customizable pockets and a detachable electronics bag, the Predator Pack offers 2,200 cubic inches of storage. For more information, visit tenzingoutdoors.com.
ALPS OutdoorZ Traverse EPS
Alps OutdoorZ offers packs for every hunting style, and the Traverse EPS makes a great fit for the back-country bowhunter. An extendable pack section is great for packing-out meat or storing extra gear. The unique H-Frame design allows you to carry heavier loads with minimal effort. The padded shoulder harness includes load lifters, and a waist belt has two easy-access pockets with anti-sway straps to keep the load secure. A hydration pocket and port rounds out the Traverse EPS. For more information, visit alpsoutdoorz.com.
Easton Outfitters Whitetail 1500
Easton Outfitters makes the Whitetail 1500 a go-to pack for treestand and ground-blind hunters chasing whitetails and turkeys. Hidden bow-carry compression straps securely hold your bow for transportation in the field. The pack is loaded with features, including a digital device pocket that’s easily accessible—no more digging through one big compartment to find your phone. The pack even includes an accessible headphone port. The Whitetail 1500 offers 1,500 cubic inches of storage, providing plenty of room for a full day’s worth of essentials, and it is hydration compatible. For more information, visit eastonoutfitters.com.
GamePlan Gear Double Drop Fanny
The Double Drop Fanny offers the same great versatility as the Full Rut in a fanny pack perfect for day outings into the whitetail woods. This top-loading fanny pack features rattling-antler straps to keep antlers quiet while walking to and from your stand. The shoulder-strap yoke delivers superior comfort, and the straps are fully adjustable to fit most hunters. The Double Drop is available in brushed, silent-tricot fabric featuring Mossy Oak Infinity or Realtree Max-1 patterns. For more information, visit gameplangear.com.
Badlands now offers the Superday pack in Lost Camo. The Superday features a state-of-the-art suspension system to offset rigorous terrain bumps, and has straps to carry a bow or gun for advanced versatility. A 1,950-cubic-inch storage capacity offers room for all sorts of gear. The pack also accommodates a 95-ounce hydration bladder. For more information, visit badlandspacks.com.
Sitka Gear Ascent 12
The Ascent 12 is a trim pack designed to keep the hunter mobile. This panel-loading pack offers a 1,200-cubic-inch main compartment, and includes a hydration-bladder sleeve and suspension hook. The Ascent 12 offers three zippered mesh pockets inside the front panel to keep your accessories organized. A lightweight toggle bow-suspension system secures your weapon while hiking through varied terrain. For more information, visit sitkagear.com.