The new Long Range Hunter Pack from The Outdoorsmans builds on the original Optics Hunter Pack with more capacity and useful refinements. Note the trekking pole sticking out the top of the right side long pocket but a full size tripod with pan head is fully contained in the left one.
The Outdoorsmans has been working on a new pack called the Long Range Hunter and though it isn’t quite yet available for purchase they are finally letting me show you the prototype. It builds on their successful Optics Hunter Pack by using the proven external frame and basic bag layout but it has one big new feature in addition to a number of evolutionary improvements that make the Long Range Hunter Pack an outstanding choice for the hardcore backpack hunter.
The Long Range Hunter offers flexibility and increased volume when you need it. Converting the pack to XL size is simple and takes just a couple of minutes. Unzipping the main bag extension and adjusting the lid straps adds approximately 1500 cubic inches and brings the total cargo hauling capacity to about 7500ci.
When extended and fully loaded the the pack is about 8 inches taller but vertical and horizontal compression straps keep even oversize loads tight and under control. Popular features like the lid binocular pocket and gun slash bow carrier remain.
Upgraded harness and belt set make the Long Hunter even more comfortable and capable for long distances and big loads. The pack is in its 6000ci or regular configuration in this picture.
This is the best pack yet from The Outdoorsmans. The Coyote Brown color works in any environment and with all camouflage patterns. The new materials and design of the harness and hip belt are higher quality and perform better than previous models. The 1000 denier Cordura fabric puts it in the overkill classification which is exactly what I want in a pack that is going to be put to extreme use in remote locations.
I know that there is a trend towards whispy backpacks but do you really want a blowout 15 miles from the truck with an elk quarter or Coues deer and all your gear on your back? No you don’t so spend your weight savings efforts somewhere else dear reader. Trust me on this, don’t go all modern sensitive man on your full size backpack. Go heavy duty or stay close to the truck with the other campers.
My major contribution to the design of this model are the enlarged side pockets that allow better access to the tripod and other long items when the pack is fully loaded. I would still like to see four of the pockets on this pack eliminated but that is nit picky personal preference stuff and my brother likes them so I guess they are gonna stay for the time being. Over all the design works very well for its intended purpose which comes as no surprise to me. This pack, like all The Outdoorsmans products, are designed by hunters for hunting which is why they are so good. The Long Range Hunter continues that legacy by being the most versatile hunting pack on the market and one that you absolutely have to consider for big game backpack hunts.
I will update this post with progress reports from the field.
UPDATE – This pack will also come in Multicam 500 denier and True Timber camouflage patterns. Call Cody at 1-800-291-8065 for availability.