Backpacks have become a standard piece of hunting equipment as hunters bring more and more gear afield with them each season. From binoculars and rangefinders to game calls and extra clothing, there’s always a need for a pack. The problem is that each hunter has different needs when it comes to selecting one.
At this year’s ATA Trade Show a new player entered the backpack game: Tenzing.
Tenzing offers a new line of high-tech, high performance packs engineered to enable hunters to go farther, stay longer, carry incredible loads in and even bigger ones back out.
Looking through their product offering at the ATA Trade Show it was obvious that Tenzing put a lot of time and energy towards designing these packs and they focused on the details before releasing their packs to the hunting community.
The Tenzing product lineup features 10 models including full-sized backpacks, lumbar packs, single-sling archer’s pack, lightweight daypacks, waist-belt camera bag, fanny pack and the women’s-fitted pack.
Each pack is constructed from high quality materials including Dyneema, which is said to be the world’s strongest fiber. The packs are designed to be lightweight and rugged and feature several pockets to keep your gear organized. To top it off, the packs are fully adjustable to get the perfect fit for any hunter.
All Tenzing packs incorporate an innovative and expandable storage compartment somewhere in their designs. Another Tenzing family trait is that the main compartment always incorporates yellow zipper pulls and teeth for instant identification and access into it.
Model TZ 6000 is the largest pack in the Tenzing family, and the strongest and lightest of its kind. It weighs just under 7 pounds and has a capacity of 4,400 cubic inches that is expandable to 6,013 cubic inches. Especially noteworthy is the pack’s expandable, breathable mesh meat pocket that can carry a giant load off the mountain tight against the back in the first trip out, without having to move gear to make room for it.
The women’s model TZ 1215W features 1,215 cubic inches of storage space in a streamlined and feather-light 2 pounds, 6 ounces pack that has been specially designed to fit a woman’s physique. The pack has nine compartments, including six specialized zip pockets, an H2O reservoir pocket, and a special boot that folds out for hands-free carrying of a gun or bow.
The TZ 1140 is a single-sling archer’s shoulder pack that weighs in at just over 2 pounds and offers 1,144 cubic inches of storage space. Its sling adapts to fit over either shoulder, meaning it gives right or left-handed shooters an unrestricted draw. The pack has a quick access quiver mount on the right side to hold today’s modern one-piece bow quivers. A side-mounted clip on the left side carries the bow.
Tenzing made sure to optimize each pack to make the most of the available space. Most models incorporate an H2O compartment with hydration port for a 2-liter reservoir, while the smaller packs have expandable pockets for carrying water bottles.
All Tenzing packs are available in Realtree Max-1 camo patterns, and some also offer Realtree AP as an option. The models range in price from the fanny pack TZ 720 that sells for around $99.99, up to the spacious TZ 6000 backpack that retails for about $399.99.