Finding the perfect hunting pack, if such a thing actually exists, is a challenging task. And pack selection becomes increasingly difficult when you factor in a variety of needs for different types of hunts.
For example, when it comes to the way that I have chosen to plan my elk hunt, I have three distinct pack needs – 1) A large-capacity pack that will allow me to haul a week’s worth of living supplies into the backcountry, 2) A lightweight day pack that will allow me to hunt “fast and light” and cover a lot of ground, while still carrying the essentials for a day’s hunt, and 3) An incredibly strong load-hauling frame that will allow me to pack multiple loads of meat out of the backcountry.
There are packs that excel at each of these three functions, but few packs that can serve all three needs well. The need for a strong, lightweight, modular pack system, led me to the Tenzing CF13.
As you can see from the video above, the Tenzing CF13 is a module pack platform that can serve pretty much any need. Can it carry a week’s worth of camp and living supplies into the backcountry?…Check! Can it transform into a stripped-down, “fast and light” daypack, with room for the essentials?…Check! Can the frame haul pretty much any load you throw at it?…Check!
So Far, So Good
I have been testing the CF13 for about a month now. The first thing I did when I received it was take it apart and put it back together….about 1,000 times. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but the modularity of this pack is really quite simple. Each of the “pieces” and attachments fit together very intuitively, and the frame/webbing/clip system couldn’t be easier to work with.
I’ve been hiking with this pack, working out with this pack, and even catching some funny looks from the neighbors by cutting grass with this pack. In this photo (right) I am cutting grass with a 60lb sandbag secured in the pack. I must say, I’m impressed with the way that this pack keeps loads secure and tight to the body. I can feel a slight amount of flex in the frame so that the load moves with my body, but there is no perceived “give” in the frame that I feel like the load is instable or being pulled away from me. (To get a closer look at the carbon fiber frame, check out this video that I shot at the ATA Show.)
I haven’t found any issues with the build quality of this pack – all of the stitching, webbing, and materials are top-notch. I have a lot of testing and training to do the rest of this summer, and I’ll have the Tenzing CF13 with me for two elk hunts this fall. I’ll be sure to write a detailed follow-up review that dives into my experiences with the pack. As always, let me know if you have any questions!