by Jason J. Brown - Thursday, September 1, 2016
Whether you’re packing for the hunting expedition of the year, or simply tossing a laptop and lunch in a bag for your daily commute, a sturdy, reliable backpack is a necessity in making sure your gear gets where it’s going. It’s even better when your sturdy satchel is made right here at home in the U.S.A.
With so many high-end options on the market, we’ve chosen seven homegrown haversacks to help you pick the right bag for your lifestyle.
KUIU’s Ultra Pack system is a modular pack system featuring advanced suspension, bag and KUIU’s patented carbon fiber frame, together minimizing weight and providing maximum performance in a flexible package. The company claims the Ultra 6000 can carry enough food and gear for 10 days in the field, and using the 2,500 cubic inch load sling capacity, can ruck more than 80 pounds of game meat back to camp after a hunt.
Colfax Design Works’ 21-liter Standard Issue Daypack is made to adapt and withstand any environment you take it into. The base unit back can be modified to meet the owner’s demands by way of the Advanced Modular Cargo System, or AMCS, attachments. Weather-proof Cordura fabric, mil-spec webbing and YKK Weather-Guard zippers keep your gear dry inside while remaining lightweight and easy to haul throughout the day.
The Triple Aught FAST Pack Litespeed is strategically engineer to unify comfort and utility in a modular, adaptable package. The 1,350-cubic inch pack may be built for minimalist everyday carry, but boasts multiple anchor points to allow attachments to quickly be added, including PALS and MOLLE pouches, Tek-Lok sheaths and holsters, and the Transport Tail, which can lug odd-shaped gear such as helmets and even rifles.
Designed as a lightweight daily carry bag, the DSPTCH Daypack is packed with features while maintaining a commitment to the essentials. This Daypack features a dedicated laptop and tablet compartment, internal water bottle pockets, and integrated cable-management. On the outside, the Daypack boasts water-repelling 1680D ballistic nylon paired with soft 410D nylon pack cloth and closed cell foam padding for bump protection on the inside.
This durable bag lives up to the company’s name – Make It Simple. The signature MIS Backpack is built on the same machines that manufacture gear for military contracts, using mil-spec fabric, zippers, thread and webbing. A true no-nonsense utility bag, the MIS Backpack is akin to a stripped-down, yet still rugged version of the rucksack issued to military personnel. Simple and sturdy, it’s the right backpack whether heading to work or camp.
GORUCK’s original and most versatile rucksack, the GR1 is a minimalist ruck suited for cities, austere environments, and everything in between. The GR1 is perfect for rucking, including all GORUCK challenges, and is the company’s most popular offering. Using special forces-grade materials including YKK zippers and Cordurra fabric, the GR1 is U.S.-built with high-stress points tested at more than 400 pounds, making the GR1 capable of carrying more weight than anyone should ruck with. The GR1 comes in two sizes: the 21L for those 6 feet tall and shorter, and the 26L for those taller than 6 feet.
Inspired by the rucksacks worn into battle by American paratroopers in World War II, Red Oxx’x Airborne Carry-on Ruck Sack features all the durability and ergonomics of the classic throwback pack, without the added weight and bulk of an internal frame. The “C-Ruck” is a do-it-all airline carry-on legal rucksack featuring Volara foam padding on the back of the main compartment to cushion and mold to your back, UniSuede articulating shoulder straps, plenty of daisy-chain loops for attached accouterments, ample storage space and much more -- all proudly hand-made in Billings, Montana.
On the next new episode of NRA All Access, airing Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel, Jason Hairston, founder of outdoor gear company KUIU, shares his love for the outdoors and how he risked it all to follow his dreams. So we’ve teamed up with KUIU to giveaway a KUIU ICON Pro 3200 Mountain Hunting Backpack!
The ICON Pro 3200 is a full-featured pack that will carry your gear for up to three days in the field. Designed with durability and functionality in mind, this pack offers everything you need for shorter trips or gear intensive day hunts.
Enter for your chance to win using the form below by Sept. 8 at noon ET. And be sure to catch new episodes of NRA All Access Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel!