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Commander X Best Hunting Packs and Hunter Reactivation
Commander X Best Hunting Packs and Hunter Reactivation

Commander X Reviews

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Review 1

Over the years I have seen more and more companies jumping into the market of hunting packs. They are all over the place and designs are really pushing the envelope for the different companies to compete. However, one brand stands out in design, fit, functionality and price. ALPS Outdoorz has moved into the lead of the pack industry. With their extreme line of packs launched last year, these packs have taken the hunting world by storm.

But what makes ALPS so outstanding is the versatility of packs they offer. From small fanny packs to full size expedition packs. Day packs, and modular packs. All for every occasion are the top of the line in the industry.

Their commander external frame is ideal for big game hunting. With its ability to be removed from the frame, the frame can then haul all of your meat out of the back country. 

Review 2

Backpacks are vital gear for all backcountry hunting. Whether you are setting up spike camps or long day hunts, a quality backpack is one piece of gear that can make your hunt as comfortable as possible. ALPS Outrdoorz has been creating packs for a variety of purposes. Their Extreme line is one of the toughest and best designed pack on the market. If you are in need of a bigger framed pack then the Commander X is a great long trip pack. 

Review 3

ALPS Outdoorz makes one of the most comfortable packs I have used to date. The Extreme Commander X pack is a full size pack to cover almost any need while hunting. With up to 4000 cubic inches, you have plenty of room for your gear and also room for your meat and cape after a successful walk-about. You can detach the main compartment from the frame for an exclusive frame pack or expand it out to haul your cape or meat between the main pack and the frame. The top-loading, main section of the pack is separate from the bottom and really helps the load carry steady while hiking. This feature helps to keep your heavy gear from swinging to the bottom of the pack and increasing the weight on your shoulders. It also has horizontal compression straps to keep the load from swaying. The spotter pocket accepts my 80 mm spotting scope easily and is fleece lined to help nestle and protect my valuable equipment. The Extreme Commander X pack easily adjusts to your torso. It rides very well for a large pack and has a gun pocket to hold your firearm while hiking. It also has a rain cover in a small pocket to keep your gear dry in downpours. I really like this pack for comfort, size, storage and versatility.

Review 4

Big-game hunters, if you’re in the market for a new backpack, you might want to consider this colossus from ALPS. First, a few notable features: brutally strong nylon; a fleece-lined pocket for a spotting scope; a dropdown pocket for either a rifle or bow; a hydration pocket; an internal divider for your sleeping bag; and plenty of other impressive stuff. What’s most innovative about this pack, though, is how the pack attaches to the frame. You can remove the pack entirely in order to fasten and pack out an elk. Or, if you’re capable of packing out a truly monster load, you loosen the pack from the frame to create enough space to fit an elk quarter between the pack and the frame. This is a big-time pack for big-gamers. —C.K.

Review 5

For a few years I have been in the market for a hunting pack capable of long trips into the wild. But, like numerous types of hunting gear these days, the choices were somewhat overwhelming.

My criteria didn’t seem too stringent; I was looking for something that would be easy on the wallet, hold enough gear for a week in the wilderness, easily secure either gun or bow, comfortably carry lots of weight and durable enough to last me a few seasons. So, after checking out several brands and models, I decided to try the new ALPS OutdoorZ Commander X frame and pack.

I’ll be honest; I was skeptical at first due to the weight of the pack. It was on the heavier end, at least in comparison with others in its class, weighing in at just over nine pounds. But, I liked the space it offered – 4,000 cubic inches – and decided to give it a test for a backcountry archery hunt for turkey and elk in Colorado.

After a combined eight days of hunting, hiking and backpacking in San Juan National Forest’s Weminuche Wilderness Area and public land near Trinidad, Colorado, I was more than impressed. Here’s why:

  • Solid construction – The pack’s greater weight was because it was well made using durable materials. The pack easily held up while hiking through scrub oak, and the often painful New Mexico locust found near Trinidad. The design also was extremely comfortable when hiking, even loaded to greater than 65 pounds of gear.
  • Lots of space and customization options – This is a must for a backcountry hunt. An adjustable top pocket makes filling the pack to the extreme an easy chore, and could be easily removed and converted to a fanny pack. In addition, the front bag could be used as a stalking pack. I used it for storing extra calls, knife, tags, etc., for easy grab-and-go hunt situations. And finally, the pack easily unzips and detaches from the frame for easy transportation of deboned meat or full quarters.
  • Bow and gun carrying pocket – My Bowtech Boss, a tall 36-inch axle-to-axle bow, was quickly and safely secured to the pack using the rifle and bow cam pocket – a feature that is easily tucked away into the bottom of the pack when not in use – and the compression straps that help secure the pack to the frame.
  • Optics storage – The spotting-scope pocket kept my optics safely tucked away and well-guarded against accidental damage. The side panel access also made retrieval of the scope quite easy for quick glassing of hillsides and canyons.
  • Protection from the elements – The pack cover tucked into a hidden compartment on the bottom of the backpack, and was easily adjusted to fit the pack regardless of how full it was loaded. While in the high country of the Weminuche, the cover was frequently used to shield my pack against light flurries, morning frost and regular afternoon thunderstorms.

To my regret, I never got to test the fully loaded frame by itself. I had missed opportunities on turkeys and elk, and the few blue grouse I arrowed certainly did not warrant a separation of the pack from the frame.

That being said, there is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be toting the durable, spacious and comfortable Commander X into the backcountry for years to come.

 

 

Commander X Video Reviews

Traverse X Best Hunting Packs and Western Big Game Hunting
Traverse X Best Hunting Packs and Western Big Game Hunting

Traverse X Reviews

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When introduced to ALPS Outdoorz packs three years ago, I was a bit skeptical. A pack is a pack, I thought to myself. It holds stuff that I have to carry. I could not have been more wrong. After a week of carrying packs all over Grand Mesa Colorado in search of an archery elk, I learned the real value of a comfortable, well-designed pack. ALPS packs have constantly impressed me with their design, materials, comfort and the thought that goes into making a pack for a specific occasion. Their Traverse has a pocket designed specifically for a spotting scope and tripod. The Traverse also has a compartment specifically designed to haul meat and allow air flow on the meat while keeping secure.

Review 2

Every hunter loves a good challenge.  And so does ALPS OutdoorZ.  When it was time to design and manufacture the best packs on the market, ALPS didn’t take the challenge lightly. By using premium materials and components, extremely adjustable and comfortable suspension systems, and design features that support your hunting activities, you could say that ALPS has hit the bull’s-eye with this new pack line. The packs have been tested, used and abused, modified, and put back to the test again to bring consumers a pack that is reliable, durable, and practical.

The Traverse X is a larger 2900 cubic inch internal frame pack with a stow-away meat shelf, fleece-lined side wing pockets for optics, and carry systems for a bow, rifle, and handgun.

Review 3

ALPS Outdoorz Extreme Traverse X pack and Commander + Pack system is well suited for this task. These packs enable hunters to carry plenty of water for long days afield. The ability to store a half gallon of water in a bladder and storage for several other bottles if needed make these great choices for backcountry hunters.

Review 4

Over the years I have seen more and more companies jumping into the market of hunting packs. They are all over the place and designs are really pushing the envelope for the different companies to compete. However, one brand stands out in design, fit, functionality and price. ALPS Outdoorz has moved into the lead of the pack industry. With their extreme line of packs launched last year, these packs have taken the hunting world by storm. And for good reason, their Traverse extreme is considered by many to be the finest back country pack available today and was chosen as the Editors Choice by Peterson’s Hunting.

But what makes ALPS so outstanding is the versatility of packs they offer. From small fanny packs to full size expedition packs. Day packs, and modular packs. All for every occasion are the top of the line in the industry.

Review 5

The toughest part of selecting a backcountry pack is finding one that’s not too bulky for a day in the field while providing enough room to haul a load of meat back to the trailhead. The 2,900 cubic-inch Travers X covers both duties in a smart pack deigned by hunters. Built of bullhide-tough 1,680-denier nylon with Hypalon accents at all stress points, it won’t fail under heavy loads, Wing pockets are fleece lines to protect optics and feature mesh pouches to secure tripods and shooting sticks. Once a hunter’s hands are bloody, a meat shelf pulls out of the bottom of the pack to secure a quarter of a meat bag for the pack out.

Traverse X Video Reviews

Monarch X Best Hunting Packs and Outdoor Backpack Brands
Monarch X Best Hunting Packs and Outdoor Backpack Brands

Monarch X Reviews

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Review 1

The Monarch X is designed for the female physique, with slimmer more contoured shoulder straps, and a thinner designed waist belt. The torso length is shorter to fit a shorter stature or petite frame. The Monarch X is the perfect solution for women hunters looking for a larger pack that offers the features of the Traverse X.

The Monarch X weighs five pounds, two ounces unpacked and both are fabricated and designed to carry multiple times their weight in gear. The ALPS Outdoorz® Extreme™ line of premium packs are backed by the ALPS Outdoorz® limited lifetime warranty and will bring any hunter the perfect solution in the field on many hunting adventures for years to come.

Review 2

ALPS has addressed the issue most women have when sizing a men’s pack to fit their frame. It never fits! Now the same quality, comfort, and design is available in a pack designed for a woman on the hunt. Details specific to you huntresses out there include a smaller waist belt with anti-sway straps, contoured shoulder straps, built-in stowaway meat shelf, rifle or bow drop-down pocket, roomy front organizational pocket, and hydration port, all designed using 1680D Nylon Ballistic Fabric. In Coyote Brown and weighing in at just over five lbs (until you add your prize).

Review 3

Last, but certainly not least, on our tour of ALPS gear is this Monarch X meat pack for women. Built with all the same features as the Traverse X, the new for 2017 Monarch X is just slightly smaller and designed to fit a woman’s frame with contoured shoulder stamps, a shorter torso length, and a more appropriately placed chest strap. 

The new Monarch X women’s meat pack is the first of its kind we’ve seen on the market. The fit and comfort is spot on, and we can’t wait to get this one out in the field this Fall. 

Review 4

While women make do with men’s hunting clothing when they must, a pack is one gear item that should fit seamlessly. Hauling meat and gear is work enough—trying to do it with an ill-fitting pack is a nightmare. Enter the Monarch X from ALPS: a women’s daypack/meat-hauler hybrid.

Part of the company’s Extreme line, the 46-liter pack is full of thoughtful features

Monarch X Video Reviews

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Huntress Outdoor Backpack Brands and Hunter Reactivation

Huntress Reviews

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In 2015 ALPS Outdoorz introduced their all-new Huntress pack.  The name says it all and obviously this pack isn’t your run-of-the-mill rebranded pack. This pack was actually designed with women in mind and features shoulder straps, a waist belt, and frame to accommodate a woman’s figure.

Not only is the Huntress pack anatomically correct, but also features a vented back, to keep you cool when trekking through the backcountry in pursuit of your next animal. It features a drop-down weapon pocket that will securely carry most compound bow or rifle. And if the pocket isn’t needed, it conveniently stows away.

When the hunt finally comes together and it’s time to pack out your game, the Huntress pack provides a dual purpose blaze orange rain cover. This additional features makes staying dry and staying safe as easy as unfolding and attaching the cover.

The front pocket is designed as an organizational pocket, which can keep all calls and accessories easily accessible and organized. The mesh pockets on each side of the pack are great for keeping water bottles handy, meaning you can stay hydrated. And the Huntress is hydration compatible if you prefer to bring along a reservoir.

The ALPS Outdoorz Huntress pack will be offered in a brushed Realtree Xtra fabric making it both quiet and concealed in the woods or dark timber.

Review 2

During last fall’s archery deer season, the ALPS OutdoorZ Huntress pack became my regular hunting companion—both in the various treestands on our property and on treks to them, including one stand that’s accessible only by canoe. Lightweight and durable, the Huntress features a slim and trim frame that’s made for a woman’s build, and yet the pack holds plenty for a day’s hunt. There are also compression straps on the outside to lash on additional gear, such as an extra outer jacket should you get cold mid-hunt. The front pockets on the padded waist belt were perfect for holding my release as I hiked in or climbed up to my stand. Once there, I kept the pack handy on a nearby hook.

Hits

This bag has the essential feature that every woman looks for in gear made for us: It fits. It’s not bulky like most backpacks that are geared toward a stockier male frame. It’s perfect for a daylong hunt or hike. The organization sleeve in the front pocket keeps your hunting license, pen, flashlight, and other small items all in one, easy-to-access place.

Misses

The drop-down Weapon Pocket, while useful in theory if you have a long hike in, is clearly designed to hold a gun, not a bow. I’m also much more inclined to use a separate water bottle than the hydration pocket and port, but that’s a personal preference.

The Bottom Line

The Huntress is one of the few packs I’ve seen that puts it all together—compact, functional, and made to fit a woman’s body. It’s become a favorite piece of gear in my hunting arsenal.

Huntress Video Reviews

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Pursuit X Reviews

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Their Pursuit Extreme is durable, soft, and designed with hunters in mind. It holds everything you need for a day hunt or even for a two or three day spike camp. From the biggest to the smaller day pack Alps Outdoorz offers the best choices in packs available.

Review 2

One brand stands out in design, fit, functionality and price. ALPS Outdoorz has moved into the lead of the pack industry. With their extreme line of packs launched last year, these packs have taken the hunting world by storm, Their Extreme Pursuit pack is one of the best designs I have personally seen for all day expeditions. Whether you are in the back country, or tree stand, the Pursuit can get all of your gear into and out of the woods safely and comfortably.

Pursuit X Video Reviews

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Big Bear X Reviews

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Craftsmanship & Design

The concept of the Big Bear X pack is fairly simple in my opinion. A huge lumbar pack that can turn itself into a day pack if needed. The design incorporates a very well thought out harness system that allows a person to comfortably and quickly change between the two configurations. The one thing that I love about this pack is there are very minimal pockets. Sometimes, it’s best just to have everything in one place and not have to fuss through a million pockets in the dark for your calls,lenses, headlamp, etc. In terms of craftsmanship, the pack feel solids, rugged, and hefty when picked up. The waist belt is comfortable and easily adjustable. The buckle is wide and can be comfortably snapped on with gloves…no one likes those small wimpy ones that you have to pinch with two fingers! I certainly love the design and its ability for simplicity and versatility to perform in any situation.

Score: 4.5/5

Performance & Durability

In the field, this pack pretty much handled anything and everything that I tried to throw at it, into it, and on it. In the back of my truck, hanging from a treestand, and sitting on the grounds of wet and muddy blinds.The two pack system really works out for a hunter, as one can pack the essentials into the lower lumbar pack and layers into the upper pack. Once you’ve worked your butt off to get to your hunting spot, simply pull out all the layers, put them on, and fold the upper pack away to reach your hunting essentials. The one thing that I have always been impressed with ALPS is that all their packs are extremely durable. I’ve had many ALPS packs in my lifetime, hunting and mountaineering ones, all of which I still have and love to use. Small game, deer hunts, waterfowl, photo assignments, you name it and it will perform for you. There was only ONE thing that really peeved me about the pack…and that was the bow holder. Everywhere I went, it seemed like the hook would get caught to absolutely EVERYTHING. Eventually, I just took it off and was back to being an extremely happy camper.

Score: 5/5

Fit & Sizing

Look, I’m a small guy – so I won’t be going around complaining about things not fitting me – the market isn’t going to change for just one person. However, what this pack did that I loved so much, was that it had options to fit according to whatever size and shape you may be. The harness, waist belt, and everything else can be adjusted to size. It sits comfortably on your body and does a good job of staying tight and close. The worse thing a pack can do is flip-flop around while you walk to your hunting spot in the morning.

Score: 4/5

Pricing & Affordability

The price for this extremely versatile pack is GREAT. In one season, you will definitely see it’s worth in not only hunting situations, but day-to-day things as well. The ability to change,shift, and adapt to pretty much anything you throw at it can quickly justify the value of the pack. In the grand scheme of things, this pack is priced fairly well around its competitors and could potentially out-perform and out-value them. In my opinion, you’re actually getting two packs! A  huge lumbar pack and a small day pack if needed.

Score: 4/5
Overall

We really put this pack through the wringer this year and we always are extremely critical of gear we test and review. This pack truly shined for me and it became a game this year to see what I could potentially stuff in it so I wouldn’t have to carry an extra bag around. It followed me on pretty much 8/10 hunts that I went on. Truck, canoe, on top of the roof rack in the snow – it performed in every single environment that I was in and it thrived. It holds the versatility to be quick and adapt easily to what you want it to hold and do for you. Towards the end of the season, it actually became a camera bag too! Once I figured out that the lumbar portion was large enough to hold my foam liners from my camera bags – it quickly became my go-to for outdoor assignments!

I truly think that this bag upholds much of its value through its abilities to mold into anything you want it to (within reason) and should definitely find itself into your gear list next year or even this summer while scouting and doing pre-season activities!

I truly enjoyed this pack and I would recommend it to anyone in the market for a great lumbar and day pack.

Overall Score: 17.5/20

87.5% / 100.0%

Big Bear X Video Reviews

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Little-Bear-Edge-2018

Little Bear Reviews

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Don’t let the name fool you: While this little pack can be adjusted to fit smaller frames, we guarantee you’ll want to use it when “light loads” are the name of the game. Until then, let your kid feel like she’s carrying her weight.

Little Bear Video Reviews

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Crossfire X

Crossfire X Reviews

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ALPS Outdoorz designs some of the preeminent backpacks on the market and are constantly taking feedback from their customers to deliver the best pack on the mountain. The Crossfire X Pack is a very dynamic and versatile day pack. With 2325 cubic inches to securely carry your gear, its features offer more than enough room for a day filled with adventure. The tubular, lightweight frame design won’t wear you down with extra burden and still gives you a solid core to carry the load you strap on or in the pack. Adjustable side straps and mesh webbing pouches on each side of the pack let you carry a tripod or fishing rod case without interfering with access to your main compartments.

One of the most versatile features I really like about the pack is the drop-down rifle or bow pocket. It stores effortlessly inside the pack and you can move the accessory pocket to the front shoulder straps of the pack to store gear for quick access. The accessory pack goes even further and comes with a cross body strap that you can take by itself if needed. I really like this innovation if you have to drop the heavy part of the pack to gain ground in a hurry, but still carry some necessary gear. The interior of the pack has a mesh barrier to store a hydration bladder and ports out over the shoulder strap for easy access. The tubular frame is arched in the back of the frame to allow air flow and avoid uncomfortable swamp back.

The Crossfire X comes fully equipped with a rain cover in blaze orange. This option is great for enjoying the success of a harvested animal strapped to your back and warns other hunters from mistaking you for their prize. Having a blaze orange rain cover also can provide stranded hikers with a lifesaving symbol for rescue crews to locate you. The rain cover is also a great addition to keep the moisture off your pack to keep your needed equipment dry. The belt can accommodate a belt clip style holster so you can bring a handgun with you on your trip. The Crossfire X weighs in at just over 3 ½ lbs. I’ve used this pack on numerous trips and it rides very comfortably. The padded shoulder straps can adjust very effortlessly for a tighter or softer shoulder ride. The waist belt can simply adjust by pulling on the nylon straps, so users can take some weight and strain off of their shoulders at any time.  You can be sure the Crossfire X Pack will be in my arsenal this fall for chasing and filming critters.

Crossfire X Video Reviews

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Crusader-X-2017

Crusader X Reviews

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This new duffel, available in two sizes, combines the best of a waterproof "dry bag" with a travel bag for clothes and gear. It's made of 1680-denier thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU, for short) with welded seams. Key features include a roll-top closure with protective lid; adjustable, padded, removable backpack straps; a padded handle wrap; grab handles at each end; and dual top compression straps. It's ideal for hauling gear in a boat or the open bed of a pickup.

Review 2

The combination of 1680D TPU material, welded seams and a roll-top closure with protective lid all work together to make the Crusader X a strong, durable and completely waterproof duffle. Adjustable and removable backpack straps make carrying the Crusader X hands-free and comfortable. The Crusader X is available in two sizes: standard and large. The standard size option offers 46 liters of storage and the large offers 82 liters. Its hands-free hauling capability, large storage capacity and waterproof design make the Crusader X perfect for hauling gear in and out of the field or packing for a trip, all while protecting your most essential gear from the harshest of elements.

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Trophy-X-2018

Trophy X Reviews

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If you’re looking for an external frame pack for your next elk hunt, the new ALPS OutdoorZ Trophy X frame pack from the company’s Extreme Packs line will certainly “meat” your needs.

Touted as a meat hauling external frame “freighter” pack, the Trophy X features a strong, powder-coated steel frame with a simple, yet well-designed shelf and roll-out lashing system made of heavy duty Nylon. Its shoulder straps and waist belt are adjustable in just about every way imaginable, and padded so you won’t destroy your shoulders on the long hauls out of the back country.

The waist belt also features a few pockets, ideal for game bags, skinning gloves, knives and sharpeners. The 5 lbs. 6 oz. Trophy X is a serious meat hauling pack for hunters who go the distance.

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Hybrid-X-2018

Hybrid X Reviews

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The newest member of the ALPS Extreme pack line is the Hybrid X, and it’s a winner. It’s a multipurpose pack that will work as well for the adventurous whitetail hunter as it will for those who chase bugling bulls in the Rockies.

This is a quality meat-hauler and a spacious pack all in one. For the whitetail hunter, the space between the pack and the hauler system can easily facilitate a stand. Total weight with the pack attached to the frame is 6 pounds, 3 ounces.

A top-loading pack with a bow drop-down pocket, the Hybrid X has an included rain cover, hydration pocket with port and Lycra shoulder straps. Other features that jumped out at me were the spacious front pocket, which provides immediate access to the pack’s main compartment, and the dual-pocket waist belt.

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Pathfinder-Edge-2018

Pathfinder Reviews

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The Pathfinder is one of those pieces of gear where the more you use it, the more you find yourself appreciating it. While loading the pack out for this trip, I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail and how well thought out the pack is in terms of places to store gear. The outside of the pack is just as capable, with a number of straps and attachment points that will allow you to carry large or heavy things. The removable harness is well thought out and the straps adjust to fit well—at least to my anatomy.

During my trip, the pack traveled over 160 miles of dirt roads, collecting enough silt to turn the pack a solid color tan, but my binos and all of my camera lenses stayed spotlessly dust free on the inside. I can’t say the same of other packs that I’ve taken on dirt road excursions in the past. I was able to pack everything I wanted with me for a day in the field, as 44L is more than enough space for an overnight adventure.

Now that I’ve gotten a bit of use out of the pack, I’m eager to see what I can really do with it. The folks over at ALPS OutdoorZ clearly put some time into the design of the Pathfinder, and it shows in the multi-role functionality of the pack. I’m looking forward to seeing how it does carrying a proper load of meat, and likewise, how well it works on some preseason scouting missions. I’ll probably even take it bird hunting just to mix it up. This pack can fill a variety of roles with ease, and I’m expecting nothing other than continued enjoyment from here on out. The Pathfinder is a great ‘quiver of one’ pack, and based on my experience with it this far, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

Pathfinder Video Reviews

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Grand Slam Turkey West and Hunter Reactivation with Hunting Gear
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Grand Slam Turkey Vest Reviews

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If you think that one of the things that doesn’t work perfectly for you is your turkey vest, or if your vest is “okay” but getting old, right now is a great time to upgrade to the new ALPS Outdoorz Grand Slam turkey vest. The vest is a new design by a company with a long track record of making superior products for hunters – and for supporting conservation organizations like the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The people who work at ALPS are turkey hunters and realized they could use their practical experience in the field and experience with cutting-edge hunting pack design to make a vest that works better than any other on the market. After years of research, development and testing, they brought the best design together with the best technology in the Grand Slam vest.

The vest features a “sit anywhere” removable kickstand frame. It makes for a fast set-up and is comfortable enough for a long sit. Experienced turkey hunters know how tough it is to hold absolutely still when they are in an uncomfortable position. With the Grand Slam’s kickstand frame, you can set up anywhere without needing to find something to lean against, and anywhere you set up is comfortable. And the more comfortable you are, the easier it is to hold still. And the less you move, the more turkeys you kill.

The legs are adjustable and feature fast locking technology to ensure you can set up quickly when the need arises. A thick padded fold away seat is integrated into the design, and detachable shoulder straps ensure maximum comfort and range of motion for when it’s time to take the shot.

If your style tends toward the run-and-gun end of the spectrum, though, you can detach the kickstand frame for a vest that’s comfortable at the base of any pine tree, thanks to an ergonomically designed padding in the back of the vest that doesn’t just protect the center of your back, but your shoulder blades too.

The comfort of the Grand Slam comes in an extremely lightweight package as well, as you would expect of a run-and-gun vest. Of course, if you decide you want a heavier vest – say, about 22 pounds heavier – the Grand Slam also comes with game pocket large enough for a tom turkey.

The vest boasts numerous call pockets, including a removable protective diaphragm call pocket, two slate call pockets, a striker pocket (which holds up to 3 strikers and 1 large locator call), a locator call pocket, and a protective and silent box call pocket. For anyone who carries a box call in the woods, the box call pocket itself is worth the new vest. Box call pockets on many vests are one of the things that often don’t work perfectly. This one does. You’ll never again find yourself in the turkey woods without the call you need, and until you pull the call out, it will be silent and securely stored.

The Grand Slam turkey vest is H2O compatible, and also includes two side water bottle pockets. Two mesh zippered pockets inside of the vest are perfect for stowing valuables, like truck keys and pocket knives, and the included smartphone sleeve allows you to use your phone while it’s securely in the pocket. Five shell loops give you fast access to extra ammo, and the side compression straps guarantee a perfect fit no matter your body type.

This is a vest designed for turkey hunters by turkey hunters and reflects ALPS OutdoorZ commitment to hunting and excellent design. If you want a new turkey vest this season, you owe it to yourself to put your hands on ALPS Grand Slam and see for yourself.

Review 2

Perhaps no piece of gear is as important in the spring than a quality turkey vest. Being able to carry everything you need without digging around in a separate bag saves time and reduces the opportunity for unintended noises to spook that wary gobbler. The NWTF Grand Slam Turkey Vest from ALPS Outdoorz has been designed to be the most effective turkey vest on the market. It’s tough to say that they thought of everything, but if they missed something, we don’t know what it is.

Review 3

You’re planning to gear up for spring turkey season, so fittingly we’re starting this gear guide with the new Grand Slam Turkey Vest from ALPS OutdoorZ. It was designed by turkey hunters and faced rigorous testing before the final prototype was approved. This top-of-the-line vest is bursting with features to please the most hardcore collectors of beards and spurs. The list of features goes on. And it’s especially important to note: The NWTF logo on the vest means a portion of Grand Slam proceeds go directly to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation.

Grand Slam Turkey Vest Video Reviews

Long Spur Vest and Best Hunting Chair and New Hunting Gear
Long Spur Vest and Best Hunting Chair and New Hunting Gear

Long Spur Vest Reviews

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Most of us play the important things pretty close to our chest. The ALPS Outdoorz NWTF Long Spur Vest does just that with a plastic holster on the shoulder for mouth calls, slate and ceramic call pockets as well as a pocket for your box call to be within easy reach. Every pocket on this pack is designed to keep noise to an absolute minimum with a combination of cinches and padding in all of the places where rattles could cost you a longbeard.

One doesn’t often describe a turkey vest or pack as modular, but this 3lb 3oz offering from ALPS wears that title with pride. The lumbar pocket is fully removable from the padded belt for those situations where run and gun is the name of the game. The shoulder harness is also removable making this a straight forward lumbar pack when the occasion calls for it.

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Impact Vest Reviews

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I do keep a fully stocked turkey vest in my truck all spring—but I’m constantly rifling through the pockets to grab a few mouth calls and shells (or my rangefinder and release when I’m bowhunting) to stash in a fanny pack. If I can get away with it, I much prefer to travel light in the turkey woods. That’s why this vest made such a good first impression on me. It’s a simple, lightweight setup (the whole thing weighs less than 4 pounds) with fold-out stadium-style seating. But the selling point for me is that the front calls and accessories pockets detach with the snap of a couple buckles and can be thrown over the shoulder as one hip-sized unit with an included carrying strap. You can take the essentials and leave the vest behind—either in your truck or on the edge of the woods when you need to creep across a pasture after a strutter. 

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Upland Game Vest Reviews

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I have always steered clear of men’s or unisex hunting apparel and gear because they’ve never seemed to work well for me. I am tiny and petite and would probably fit better in children’s hunting apparel than I would most women’s apparel. However, the Upland Game Vest X by ALPS Outdoorz has changed my opinion on men’s and unisex items. After wearing it this year on my annual pheasant and quail hunt at Heritage 1865, I was impressed and was left wondering why I ever tried any other upland vest in the first place.

Size and Fit

This pack would technically be considered a “one size fits all”, but it is adjustable via the straps in the front and around the waist. As I mentioned before I am pretty petite, (5’3”, 110 pounds to be more specific) and I was able to tighten up the straps to where the vest fit me perfectly. It actually fit me better than my Eddie Bauer upland vest that is designed specifically for women. I was comfortable walking the fields all day, no digging from it being too tight, and no bouncing from it being too large. It was just right.

I know a lot of women are probably going to be concerned about the horizontal strap across the front, due to a woman’s anatomy. I admit I was a little concerned about this myself before I tried this vest, but honestly while I was out hunting I was comfortable and didn’t give it another thought. These straps are high enough up on your chest that they shouldn't cause any issues. Someone bigger chested than me could possibly have an issue with comfort here, but it I doubt it. My advice would be to at least try it out, because the size is adjustable here too. I really don’t foresee it being an issue for most women.

Functionality and Features

The shoulder straps are ultra-thin. I was able to shoulder my shotgun quickly and comfortably without it hanging on the straps. This was another issue that I admit I was afraid I was going to have with this pack, but it exceeded my expectations in this area as well.

Two front shell pockets are large enough to accommodate an entire box of shells each. This was extremely handy in the field and is a feature that none of my other upland vests had. It was a nice change and yet another reason I don’t want to use any other upland vest or pack in the future.

Two flip down gun rests are included, as well as a lightweight vented back and waist belt construction. The flip down gun rests helped quite a bit with gun fatigue  throughout the hunt. The vented back worked well to keep me from getting too sweaty or hot while hunting in the afternoons when it was warmer.

The game pocket on the pack is large enough to fit a limit of birds, if not more, and unzips for easy cleaning. I also brought some extra water bottles along and put them in this pocket, along with the limit of birds that were shot and had plenty of room.

Overall

This vest exceeded my expectations and has changed my opinion on purchasing hunting items that aren’t made specifically for women. It was comfortable, lightweight, easy to shoulder my gun in and had all the bells and whistles, (plus some), that you would expect out of an upland pack. My favorite feature is probably the shell pockets. I love that the entire box of shells fits in each pocket, making it easier to stay organized and for me to re-load.

Ladies, if you’re like me and like to bring a lot of extra items along on the hunt, I highly recommend this vest. Not only do all of the pockets make it easier to organize everything you bring along, the shoulder and waste straps on this pack make it easier to carry a heavy load than with a normal upland vest.

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Deception Blind Reviews

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Although not a blind for multiple hunters, ALPS OutdoorZ has created the perfect blind, specifically designed with the turkey hunter in mind. The uniquely-designed NWTF Deception blind is the only hub-style blind of its kind on the market. Featuring a low-profile of only 46 inches, I was skeptical as to how effective it would be. However, once I actually got the blind set up, I fell in love with the compact design, as I realized how concealed a turkey hunter will be inside. The Deception blind is lightweight and perfectly suited for a low-profile chair that would provide an exceptional vantage point.

The smaller, unique 4-hub design makes for simple, quiet setups that don’t have to be done prior to the hunt. The aluminum hubs are constructed with engineered tips and pins, and the frame uses strong, flexible fiberglass poles. Durable polyester fabric with blacked-out backing helps to keep the hunter concealed. The Deception also features a 270 degree Silent-Trac window system for limitless window positions, and an extra-large door opening for easy access while carrying gear. An oversized number 10 zipper on the door ensures smooth and hassle-free operation. Two interior gear pockets keep things organized and ready for action. It includes stakes and tie downs to secure a position, and a convenient shoulder strap carry bag makes for easy transport and storage. The Deception comes in Mossy Oak Obsession, making it perfect for spring turkey hunting anywhere in the country

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Vanish Chair Best Hunting Gear and Outdoor Backpack Brands
Vanish Chair Best Hunting Gear and Outdoor Backpack Brands

Vanish Chair Reviews

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I’ve found this handy little chair from ALPS Outdoorz to be the perfect solution for comfortable seating whether you’re hunting turkeys, deer, predators, or sitting around the campfire. It’s one of the few chairs with a low-profile that’ll still allow you to draw your bow from a seated position. It’s super comfy, easy to pack and will quickly become your favorite hunting or camp chair.

Other features include a folding design, arm rests for comfort, powder-coated steel frame, carry bag and padded carry strap. 

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Delta Zero Gravity Layout Blind Hunter Reactivation and Best Hunting Gear
Delta Zero Gravity Layout Blind Hunter Reactivation and Best Hunting Gear

Delta Zero Gravity Layout Blind Reviews

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With this assembly-free layout blind, say goodbye to fumbling around in the dark on cold, early morning. The uniquely designed chair keeps you off the found while maintaining a low profile, and the flared sides provide room to hide away blind bags and other fear. And since there’s no floor, the blind is light and easy to clean up. The Zero-Gravity zippered flag doors are integrated , and the backpack-style straps allow for hands-free carrying.

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Horizon 360 Stool New Hunting Gear and Best Hunting Chair

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A successful coyote hunt requires many skills but one of the most important is the ability to hold still. It’s easier to be still with a comfortable seat, and it’s a lot easier to see what’s coming if your seat is capable of moving. Enter the ALPS Outdoorz Horizon Hunting Stool.

The Horizon has a 360-degree swivel seat—a seat that’s thickly padded, a rather important detail since coyote hunting involves quite a bit of sitting and waiting. At 21-inch tall this stool has enough height to boost you and your line of sight above overgrown grass and shrubs while keeping you somewhat low to the ground. The powder-coated steel frame is dark so it will not reflect sunlight and give you away, and it’s sturdy enough to give the stool a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. If you, like many hunters, use binoculars, a thermal monocular, or other assorted smaller pieces of gear, there’s a place to set them in this stool: the Horizon has a storage bag underneath its circular seat.

The one caveat is the stool’s total weight of 10.5 pounds; although it isn’t incredibly heavy it is rather sizeable. There is good news, though, because the team at ALPS Outdoorz planned for this by designing the stool to be packable. The Horizon quickly folds flat and can then be carried using the attached padded shoulder strap. If you want a solid hunting stool this type of a design is a good option due to its ability to rotate 360 degrees, the four-sided storage area, and its durability. 

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