Alex Broad – A pack for every task

March 06, 2012

Hunters Element has an extensive range of packs suitable for most hunting situations.

Our packs range from simple small pouches for your belt right up to a 45l fully adjustable pack suitable for fly camping or carrying out a bit of meat.

All these packs have been designed for different purposes and different styles of hunting in mind.  In this blog post I will go through our packs and their features to try and help you choose the right pack for you.

Something we should all keep in mind when choosing a pack is size.  Is this pack going to be big enough for all my gear? Or is this pack too big? Will I just end up filling it up with extra stuff Im not going to use?  In every hunting party there is always one guy who brings the small pack, I’m not sure if these people do it on purpose, but I often end up carrying my mate’s food, jacket etc.  Time for a smaller pack.

On the other hand a pack that is too small can be a right pain in the backside, often you over fill the smaller packs, causing them to bulge and become less comfortable as well as become less streamlined, catching up on bush etc, you place undue strain on zips and stitching, and worst of all you may have to leave some precious meat behind because you can’t fit it in.

The smallest gear carrying system we offer are our Edge Belt pouches.  These come in 2 sizes and are designed to be worn on your hunting belt with your knife and perhaps a packable raincoat.  Both size options have divided storage space and bullet loops.  Big enough for your GPS, Epirb, a bit of food, compass, ammo, camera and basically all the small extra stuff you usually carry.

The next size option up is our Topo Belt bag.  This streamlined compact bum bag has 2 pockets for gear organisation.  A large main pocket with internal pockets and bullet loops and a smaller external pocket for small items like your keys etc.  The small pocket also has a fold out blaze orange patch for safety when in the bush.  The Topo bum bag has a comfortable air mesh padded section to keep your lower back cool and comfortable.  The waist straps are fully adjustable on both sides and we have included compression straps to help secure and stabilise your load.

From here we start to venture into backpack territory.  The smallest backpack in our range is the Vertical.  With 15l of capacity this pack is perfect for day hunts when you’d rather carry out your quarry whole.  A foam flow harness design keeps your back comfortable and cool with plenty of adjustment to fit a wide range of body sizes.  The Vertical pack has 2 compartments, a large main compartment for your big items and a smaller front compartment for those extra little things.  The smaller front compartment has mesh pockets inside to further organise all your bits and pieces so you know exactly where everything is.  The Vertical pack includes a water bladder compartment and a blaze orange rain cover, making the pack very water resistant and keeping you visible in the bush.

The next pack in the range is our Saddle.  This is a convertible back pack that lets the user decide whether they would like a bumbag or a 25l day pack.  These are really popular with guys who don’t carry a whole lot of gear, but like to have the option of extending their pack to carry a bit of meat out when they get lucky.  This pack has the capability of carrying a water bladder, also has our blaze orange rain cover and a fully adjustable waist belt, shoulder straps and chest strap.

The Terrace is a basic 25l day pack with our foam flow harness system.  The foam flow harness keeps your back cool and comfortable while not adding a whole lot of bulk and weight.  The Terrace has been cleverly designed with a large opening into the main compartment so you can find what you want when you need it.  It also includes a small top pocket for important bits that you like to get at quickly.  There is a small front slash pocket, ideal spot for your damp raincoat and 2 side organiser pockets both of which have a variety of different sized mesh pockets inside to further organise all your important smaller gear items.  Like all our packs the Terrace includes water bladder capability and a blaze orange rain cover.

Our Contour pack has had a recent overhaul.  Based around the Terrace design but scaled up in terms of durability, comfort and features.  Still at 25l we have added a rifle holder, a small spotting scope / bino padded pocket, a bow / extra gear carrying system and our Air flow rigid harness.  The Air flow harness pushes your pack away from your back giving you a generous air gap to keep your back cool, but also stabilises your load and enables you to carry more weight comfortably.  The rifle holder can be used without taking your pack on and off, we have made a video showing this, check it out here:  Of course this pack also has our standard blaze rain cover and water bladder compartment.

Next we jump up in size and offer the Elevation and Peak packs.  These are essentially the same pack but in 2 size offerings.  The Elevation is a 35l pack while the Peak adds an extra 10l of capacity at 45l.  These are a tall slim style pack ideal for pushing through that tight sub alpine scrub.  Both packs are a simple top loading design, with a top hood on the pack which includes 2 smaller pockets for your important gear.  We have included our slash pocket on the front, an ice axe holder, a rifle scabbard and gear straps on the bottom of the pack.  These packs have been designed with the alpine hunter in mind, but are also suitable for fly campers on quick over night hunts.  The blaze rain cover and water bladder compartment are also included in these packs.  The biggest innovation in these packs is our fully adjustable harness.  This harness is an improved version of our air flow harness.  The length is adjustable for a variety of back sizes and the hip belt is also adjustable to fit a variety of different hip shapes.  This harness also holds your load off your back, but keeps it stable and secure at the same time.

As you can see Hunters Element has an extensive range of packs covering a wide variety of hunting situations.  All Hunters Element Packs are lined with a blue nylon fabric, not only does this extra layer increase the strength of our packs but also makes finding things inside your pack really easy, it makes the interior of the packs much lighter and easier to see dark items.

Hopefully you can now choose a pack that is right for you, if any of you have any questions or just want to have a chat about any of our products give us a ring (04) 238 2823 or flick us an email: alex@evolveoutdoors.co.nz


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Size Chart

CHEST SIZE

Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size.

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53

 

TROUSER SIZE

WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your trousers would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 

INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85

 

OUTER LAYER TROUSER SIZE

Our outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the outer layer trousers.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

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