The Sportsman’s News team has been a big fan of the Alps packs for many years. They have proven to be extremely durable, well designed and best of all, affordable. The new Crossfire pack and the redesigned Pursuit are proving worthy of your consideration in a pack for the upcoming season.
The Crossfire is a 2325 cubic inch pack that has a large main pocket, large organizational pocket and a detachable front pocket. The detachable front pocket has webbing and buckles that allow hunters to wear the pocket across their chest to keep calls and other essential items close and ready. This also allows hunters the option to leave the main part of the pack at the blind or starting point and just keep the detachable pocket with them. The detachable pocket can also be attached to the harness and waist belt via included buckles, so if hunters want to keep the pack on, but still want to have their calls in front and easily accessible, there are multiple options. The Crossfire also features a vented back to keep hunters cool while they’re conquering rugged terrain. It features a lightweight X-frame, that when combined with the padded shoulder straps and padded waist belt, makes for a very comfortable haul. There are large zippered pockets on the waist belt and two mesh pockets to keep water bottles easily accessible as well.
The Pursuit Pack is a 2700 cubic inch pack that weighs in at four pounds. It is perfect for keeping your bow or rifle secure and stowed away when you’re trekking through fields and rugged terrain. The lashing straps, along with the expandable pocket, make a great combination to securely keep your weapon in place. There is a large main pocket, large front pocket and lower side mesh pockets to keep your gear organized. The addition of the shelf to the organizer pocket is a great feature for those of you that like to know where everything is at all times. This is a great pack for the tree stand hunter. The D-ring allows you to hang the pack and provides great access to this large organizer pocket and shelf. It comes with a blaze orange rain cover which is a great asset when wet weather rolls through. The waist belt is padded so when you’re carrying a little bit of extra weight, the comfort level is still going to be top of the line.