By Eric Christensen
ALPS Outdoorz designs some of the preeminent backpacks on the market and are constantly taking feedback from their customers to deliver the best pack on the mountain. The Crossfire X Pack is a very dynamic and versatile day pack. With 2325 cubic inches to securely carry your gear, its features offer more than enough room for a day filled with adventure. The tubular, lightweight frame design won’t wear you down with extra burden and still gives you a solid core to carry the load you strap on or in the pack. Adjustable side straps and mesh webbing pouches on each side of the pack let you carry a tripod or fishing rod case without interfering with access to your main compartments.
One of the most versatile features I really like about the pack is the drop-down rifle or bow pocket. It stores effortlessly inside the pack and you can move the accessory pocket to the front shoulder straps of the pack to store gear for quick access. The accessory pack goes even further and comes with a cross body strap that you can take by itself if needed. I really like this innovation if you have to drop the heavy part of the pack to gain ground in a hurry, but still carry some necessary gear. The interior of the pack has a mesh barrier to store a hydration bladder and ports out over the shoulder strap for easy access. The tubular frame is arched in the back of the frame to allow air flow and avoid uncomfortable swamp back.
The Crossfire X comes fully equipped with a rain cover in blaze orange. This option is great for enjoying the success of a harvested animal strapped to your back and warns other hunters from mistaking you for their prize. Having a blaze orange rain cover also can provide stranded hikers with a lifesaving symbol for rescue crews to locate you. The rain cover is also a great addition to keep the moisture off your pack to keep your needed equipment dry. The belt can accommodate a belt clip style holster so you can bring a handgun with you on your trip. The Crossfire X weighs in at just over 3 ½ lbs. I’ve used this pack on numerous trips and it rides very comfortably. The padded shoulder straps can adjust very effortlessly for a tighter or softer shoulder ride. The waist belt can simply adjust by pulling on the nylon straps, so users can take some weight and strain off of their shoulders at any time. You can be sure the Crossfire X Pack will be in my arsenal this fall for chasing and filming critters.