First Look: Alps OutdoorZ Elite Backcountry Backpack System

Alps OutdoorZ has announced a new frame and pack system developed for backcountry hunters. The ultralight, modular Elite frame and cargo bags meet the needs of hunters who require a lightweight system that can reliably and comfortably transport meat and gear through the harshest terrain and weather conditions.

Elite suspension system

The Elite System centers around the all-new Elite frame, which improves structural integrity by approximately 30 percent, providing a lighter, stronger pack frame. Additionally, this new frame reaches higher performance and ergonomic benchmarks thanks to an adjustable torso length, fully adjustable load risers, contoured lumbar support, anti-sway belt, and a quiet, breathable 3D air mesh suspension with non-slip lumbar support. . pad.

Open Elite

The Elite system is designed so that the frame can be used as a stand-alone solution for transporting meat and wraps. A large front cargo panel and two side panels feature buckled compression straps that allow the hunter to properly balance and secure heavy loads without moving. Additionally, the loaded Elite frame can accommodate one of two Elite Pack bags, which use compression straps to secure the frame over the top of the meat load. This allows the hunter the option to pack their game and gear in one trip.

elite front

For short trips or ultralight bivouacs, there’s the Elite 1800 backpack, which weighs in at 1 pound, 12 ounces, with the included rain cover and drop-down gun pocket. For multi-day backcountry trips, the Elite 3800 backpack is the optimal choice. This pack has a capacity of 3,800 cubic inches, weighs 2lbs, 7oz with the rain cover, drop down pocket, and spotting scope pocket on the outside of the pack bag.

elite bag

Both the Elite 1800 and Elite 3800 backpacks are intelligently designed to meet the specific needs of backcountry hunters. The main compartment, for example, features zippers along both sides of the pack so the compartment can be fully exposed to access items anywhere in the pack without having to “reach” and pull out gear (unlike typical top-loading bags). Inside the main compartment are five mesh pockets to keep smaller items organized and within reach. Additionally, the bags feature a zippered top compartment for storing quick-access items and three exterior stretch-fabric pockets with buckle adjustment straps to secure larger, more cumbersome items. Integrated into the bottom of the backpack bags is a quick-deploy waterproof cover and drop-down pocket that allows the hunter to secure their bow or rifle for hands-free hiking and climbing.

The Elite frame and cargo bags credit their “adventure-ready” lightness and strength to 500D Cordura fabric. This lightweight material is strong and abrasion resistant, and is PU coated for high water resistance and quick drying.

The Elite system is available in the following configurations:

  • elite frame MSRP: $299.99
  • Elite 1800 Pack Bag MSRP: $149.99
  • Elite 3800 Pack Bag MSRP: $199.99
  • Elite Frame + Bag Pack 1800 MSRP: $499.99
  • Elite Frame + Bag Pack 3800 MSRP: $499.99

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