The Sportsman’s News team has been using the Alps line of packs for several years now. They have proven themselves time and time again to be extremely dependable, well designed and very affordable.
The new Extreme series of packs has taken this brand to the next level. It is a 2900 cubic inch pack which weighs in at a hair over six pounds. It comes with molded foam suspension and extra wide Lycra shoulder straps which provide added comfort when carrying a heavy load.
The heavy duty waist belt as well as the load lifters make it easy to adjust your load perfectly and will allow you to be comfortable from the beginning of the day until the end. The 1680D nylon ballistic fabric is used throughout the pack, providing unmatched strength and Hypalon is used at stress points to insure years of service. It has multiple compression straps as well as lower bedding straps. The long side pockets will accommodate most spotting scopes and allows quick access when needed. These side pockets are fleece lined which provides added protection for those high end optics. Inside the wing pockets are additional pockets to help hold your tripod or shooting sticks. The front organizer pocket is ideal for holding your calls or other items used most often. There are also pockets on the waist belt which are good for your radio, GPS or extra ammo.
The waist belt is designed to accommodate a clip style holster, giving you quick access to your handgun. If you like strapping your bow or rifle to your pack, the drop down pocket on the X Pack is a great feature. It allows a solid base for your weapon to rest and the wing pockets second a securing mechanism to insure it doesn’t move. This pack is hydration compatible and has a port to accommodate the largest of valves. The X Pack comes with its own rain cover, another of its valuable features. The built-in stow away meat shelf is a great asset when you are successful on your hunt. The pack comes in two separate color configurations. For those who love camo, the Brushed Realtree Xtra HD and the Coyote Brown will get the job done.