WHAT KIND OF BAG SHOULD YOU GET?
Your INCH bag should be a backpack. Not a duffel, not a sling, not a
suitcase. The reason for choosing a backpack over a different type bag is
obvious, you need to have your hands free. Imagine you're on the way to
your BOL in your BOV and you are forced to stop. You may be forced to go
on with only what you can carry. If you have no large backpack to put all
your criticals in, you are screwed. How far do you think you can hump that
wheeled tool carrier going up a rocky trail? Not too far. Makes good sense
to go ahead and put all your critical gear in 1 backpack, and call that pack
your INCH bag. If you do plan to bug out with all your stuff in your BOV go
ahead and prioritize your bags so in a jam you can grab the most important
gear bags and go.
INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL FRAME?
A good external frame backpack will carry more than an internal frame pack. However this added cargo
space comes at a cost as externals are more bulky. That said, you'll be hard pressed to fit all of your
INCH gear in an internal pack. The lashing capabilities and superior balance of an external frame
backpack outweigh the conforming properties of the internals. If you can fit your INCH gear in your
internal and feel comfortable in it, go with that. Be prepared to make repairs and modifications to your
pack as necessary.
When you get ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Pack Bag, you’
re getting the Commander Freighter Frame PLUS a 5250
cubic inch Pack Bag. The Pack Bag is great for getting all
your gear to your base camp. The Pack Bag includes a
front pocket, spotting scope pocket, rifle holder, and two
side accessory hinged pockets, in addition to the main
compartment. Once you empty out your Pack Bag, it can
be easily detached so the Commander can be used as a
Freighter Frame also. The Commander Freighter Frame
allows you to haul your meat from one place to the next.
The Commander comes equipped with a unique lashing
system to secure your meat. With as much weight as you’
ll be carrying, padded waist belt and shoulder straps are
a must. There are pockets for your flash light and knife,
as well as a holder for your shooting stix on the lashing
straps. With the Commander Pack Bag, you really get two
products in one, a Pack Bag AND a Freighter Frame!
Alps Commander Freighter
The Cache Hauler is designed to carry big
loads comfortably. The frame and the packbag
are both included and can be used together or
separated for individual use.
Frame & Packbag Features:
•Lash straps stow jacket or gear quickly and
•Pull-out, blaze-orange rain cover offers easy
and convenient visibility in the field or in camp
•Sleeping bag compartment
•Large front pocket
•Zippered side pockets
•Load compression strap
•Bottom compression lash straps
•Spin drift collar
•Packbag has shoulder straps and can be worn
•Wicking back panel
•Padded waist belt
•Padded shoulder straps
•Sternum strap with whistle
•Scherer Cinch™ (US Pat #5,465,886)
•Weight: 9 lb. 2 oz. / 4.1 kg
•Length: 28.5 in / 72 cm
•Width: 22 in / 56 cm
•Height: 14 in / 36 cm
•Volume: 3450 in3 / 56.6 l
Torso Fit Range:
•16 - 22 in / 41 - 56 cm
Kelty Cache Hauler Pack
This is a serious backpack for those serious about survival. It's a little weighty at just over 9
pounds but it's built to withstand anything you may encounter. If it does not fit in the pack
just strap it on the pack. It's a dual-purpose pack with load hauling capabilities well in excess
of 100 pounds. Absent are the bells and whistles so prevalent in a poserpack. This backpack
is extra heavy-duty and will not let you down.
•Lashing system with three lashing straps for securing meat
•Freighter shelf support heavy loads
•Adjustable, padded shoulder harness
•Mesh back band for ventilation
•Flashlight and knife pockets.
•Waistbelt: Adjusts to 64"
•Fits torsos: 17-23"
•Dimensions (HxWxD): 39x15-1/2x14"
•Weight: 5 lb. 2 oz.
•Material: Aluminum frame, aluminum clevis pins, nylon ripstop
Kelty Cache Hauler 3400
Alps Commander Freighter