Outdoorsmans Long Range Hunter Pack (redesigned for 2016)
The Outdoorsmans 5500-c.i. Long Range Hunter pack is one of the most respected expedition-style, heavy-hauling packs on the market. That’s not new, nor a secret. With ample room, great pocket organization, superior materials, a flex poly frame, and more, it’s as dependable as sunrise.
However, a redesign for the 2016 season should raise your eyebrows. Here are a few new features:
- The weight has been trimmed to a sleek 7.11 lbs. – not bad for a pack that won’t cut corners on rugged, necessary materials.
- It also now includes a padded optics pocket to protect your precious optics.
- The new Tripod Mounting System allows for quick and easy tripod access.
- More pockets!
All those selling points are great and welcomed, but there’s one new feature that easily trumps the rest. This pack has now been reconfigured to allow the bag to be separated from the frame, giving you the ability to strap ultra-heavy meat loads directly to the frame and closer to your back for optimal weight distribution and better efficiency. This is a critical tool for elk hunters hauling quarters and all expedition-style hunters hauling both meat and camp.
No matter your preferences or opinions, this pack should be on every western hunter’s short list. Plus, it’s made in the USA.
Camo: True Timber, MultiCam, Coyote Brown.
Cost: $529, but $489 for a limited time when you pre-order online or on the phone. Contact: www.outdoorsmans.com or 1-800-291-8065.