Alps Outdoorz has been delivering top quality packs at an extremely affordable price for quite some time now. New for the fall of 2013 in the Traverse EPS which stands for ‘Expandable Pack Section’. The original Traverse was already a great pack, but the added changes with the EPS make it truly a hard core backcountry and trophy hunters pack.
The base pack has a 3,300 cubic inch main compartment with pockets, which is ideal for not just a full day hunt, but enough room to allow you to coyote out for a few days at a time without having to take on a full size pack. Once you are able to tag out on a big buck, you can unzip the main compartment away from the frame, expanding the pack out an additional 1200 cubic inches. This additional pocket is vented on the sides to accommodate your harvest and allow it to cool as you make your way to the trailhead. Having this pocket nearest to your body allows you to fully load it down with as much meat as you can carry, but still being able to manage the load because the weight is close to your torso. The cinch straps on the sides allow you to get all the sway out of the pack with the added weight.
The unique “H” frame design is instrumental in allowing the user to pack this bag down with extremely heavy loads. This pack allows you to adjust the torso to fit nearly any size body (16” to 21”), which is extremely important when you need to get that heavy load down onto your hips instead of your shoulders. The waist belt is rigid, but heavily padded and similar to belts you would find on extremely high dollar mountaineering type packs. The 2.5” wide shoulder straps, combined with load lifters, makes this one of the best day pack heavy haulers on the market. It is fully hydration compatible and will easily hold a 100 ounce bladder.
The pack comes with a lined spotting scope pocket which will house most major brand large spotting scopes. The tripod pocket tucks nicely behind the spotting scope pocket, allowing for easy access at all times. Two outer wing pockets are a great place to store items used on a regular basis. These wing pockets are part of the weapon securing system which works great for a rifle or a bow. A mesh water bottle pocket is a great place for additional water or camera. The front of the pack has built-in padding to help protect your valuable gear inside. Top it off with a blaze orange rain cover that tucks out of the way when not in use at the bottom of the pack — And all of this comes in a pack that is 6 lbs 14 ounces and at a price that won’t break the bank.