Horn Hunter is part of the Sportsmans Outdoor Products group based in Sandy, Utah. They have a broad lineup of hunting gear under a few different name brands.
It never fails when doing a large review like this that you get a product that pleasantly surprises you, and the Full Curl System is just such a product. While there is some “fat” that could be trimmed, the versatility of the system shouldn’t be overlooked.
The general theory with this system is to make it a one-stop shop for all your hunting situations, and for most purposes, it does just that. The frame is beefy and capable of packing heavy loads. You can then add a 1400-c.i. day pack that attaches directly to the frame. For longer trips, you can attach a 3000-c.i. main bag and then piggyback the day pack on it. You can also put in a large meat bag against the frame, which has attached buckles for piggybacking the other bags off of it.
Frame/suspension: The base frame is a tubular aluminum much like a traditional external frame, but with a sheath over the top that integrates with the big bag to slide over the top.
The meat hauling system comes with a cloth load sling/meat shelf and two large vertical wings that work with compression straps to firmly secure large and heavy loads. Each wing sports a unique dropdown storage pocket for items as large as a spotting scope. There is also a dropdown water bladder pocket.
The molded foam suspension has ample padding for heavy loads, and in addition to the three pockets we already mentioned, there are six additional pockets on the hip belt. The hip belt adjustment is a pull-forward design – a superior design for tighter fit.
It’s a deluxe system for any meat hauler. Overall, the frame pack itself provides 600 c.i. of pockets.
Big bag: The majority of material is a brushed Ripstop Boss/Polyester mix and micro denier. It accounts for 3000 c.i. and includes an expandable shroud. Access is gained from top and both sides. It’s divided into a large main compartment and lower sleeping bag compartment. One more pocket in the attached lid results in three total storage compartments.
Daypack: This pack has its own shoulder straps and is designed specifically to drop the frame and other items and go light in a hurry. It has seven total pockets and a dropdown gun scabbard, as well as an additional hydration compartment for when leaving the frame behind. This bag is 1400 c.i., and when used only with the frame, totals 2000.
Meat bag: This bag snaps right into the top and sides of the frame and is surrounded by the shelf and wings. It’s equipped with two additional buckles on top to buckle in the daypack, piggyback style. It’s washable and doubles as a gear storage bag.
Color/camo options: Realtree APG, Max 1, Mossy Oak Infinity.
Best qualities: It’s a significant number of options and tools for the price; a Swiss Army knife of packs; independent frame for packing meat; bags interchange easily; lots of compartments for organization.
Could be better: No real separation for ventilation between your back and the suspension/frame; also not a very ergonomic fit on the hips or back; really nice system, but materials could easily have been trimmed to knock a pound or better off of the total weight.
Cost: $345. Contact: www.gohornhunter.com.
Recommended accessories: Hydro Shell rainfly – $26; Full Curl Duffle (2600 c.i.) – $30; Meat Bag (2000 c.i.) – $25.99; Hydration Bladder – $18.
Similar Horn Hunter options to consider: With the Full Curl system, you can order parts individually or as a package. You can get the Full Curl Combo (frame and daypack) for $267, Full Curl Big Bag only for $82.50, Full Curl Day Pack for $68, Full Curl Frame for $201, or entire Full Curl System (frame, big bag, and day pack) for $345.