Archive for the ‘Packs’ Category

Mystery Ranch Partners with Sea to Summit For Australian Distribution

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Bozeman, Mont. (May 25, 2021) – MYSTERY RANCH, the industry-leading pack company built on a heritage of comfortable load carriage, function and durability for people who have a mission to accomplish, is thrilled to announce its partnership with Sea to Summit as a new distributor in Australia. With new partnerships across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, MYSTERY RANCH expands its reach to fulfill the growing demand for its products in the South Pacific.

“We are really looking forward to working with the Sea to Summit team,” said MYSTERY RANCH VP of Sales and Marketing Alex Kutches. “They have a great team, excellent resources, and coverage across the whole of Australia. Their reputation as a brand precedes them as being fabulous to work with and their coverage of the Australian market is tremendous in specialty Outdoor Retail in addition to Hunting, Fire, and Military. With teams across the nation, ecommerce solutions and distribution centers, Sea to Summit is uniquely able to serve both the consumer as well as the Military and Fire users currently seeking the brand.”

“We are delighted to be working with Mystery Ranch as their exclusive distribution partner for Australia,” said Terry Anderson, the Group General Manager for Sea to Summit. “They have a strong quality and design ethos that aligns with our brand and company DNA. The diverse product assortment on offer from Mystery Ranch is the perfect fit within our business across outdoor, defense, fire and other related commercial channels.”

“The expertise that Sea to Summit brings is second to none,” said Patrick Odenbeck, International Sales Manager for the Ranch. “They understand our brand, our diverse customer base and they have the connections that all but guarantees success in the Australian market.”

Nunatak – Liten 35

Monday, May 17th, 2021

The Liten 35 from Nunatak is a lightweight pack offering 35 liters of total carrying space with a 27L main compartment. There are also external mesh pockets as well as long rear pockets and a roll top opening integrated with side compression system. The hip belt is optional.

Materials are 210D Gridstop main pack body, waterproof Xpac VX21 bottom area, and 330D classically Cordura for the back panel and straps.

Offered in Black with 16″, 17″ or 18″ Frame length. At the bottom, you can carry quite a few different items such as a sleep system, shelter, or foam pad.

These are made by allmansright which is a Bronx-based apartment sized ultralight gear lab founded by Livio and Jen.

There are a limited number available and they generally has a long waiting period for production.

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Mountainsmith x The Real Hiking Viking – 2021 Zerk 40 Backpack

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

I purchased the Zerk 40 when it was first introduced a few years ago on Indiegogo. Co-designed with The Real Hiking Viking, a renowned thru-hiker with thousands of hiking miles under his belt, it offers 40 L of lightweight load carriage.

Overall, the 2021 version is functionally the same. The biggest change from that first model is new materials. They’ve switched to 210D Extrema nylon and 100D nylon x span 840D stretch mesh.

It features a roll-top closure with SR buckles for security with a single strap over the top to help control the load. That strap is also long enough to stow a bear canister. Inside, a removable laser cut frame sheet (EVA Atilon) allows for rigidity and airflow.

The outside features five mesh pockets, dual pockets on either side for water bottles or snacks, and a large rear pocket. Bag size adjustments can be made at either side via a diagonal strapping system as well as via the bungee cord at the rear.

The harness is very comfortable with wide padded straps which almost form a vest front. There are two mesh pockets on either strap as well as a sternum strap with integrated whistle. The removable waist strap is just that, a strap, rather than a full hip belt normally found in packs, but the pack is intended for lightweight through hiking.

You can see the full features here:

I have configured the Zerk 40 as my “get home” bag and it accompanied me on every road trip. The colors are subdued enough to not stick out but also not look like a walking surplus store.

Sitka Arrowhead Equipment – Accessories & Load Carriage

Friday, May 7th, 2021

In addition to the new garments we’ve showcased over this week, Sitka Arrowhead Equipment is also offering a few accessories and load carriage which fans of the hunting side will be familiar with. By load carriage, we’re not talking assault vests, but rather day packs and duffels.

The Gunner Glove incorporates Gore-Tex Windstopper technology paired with Leather and a Stretch Woven Trigger Finger. Coyote in color.

The Gunner Glove is made in Vietnam so it is not TAA compliant for those of you who take that into consideration in buying decisions.

For load carriage, there’s the Drifter Travel Pack and Duffel.

The Pack and Duffel are made from TPU coated ripstop. The 25L Travel Pack is available in Lead and Coyote. The Duffels are offered in 50L, 75L and 110L sizes but only in Lead color.

The load carriage items are all TAA compliant, having been manufactured in the Philippines.

There is also some cool logo wear like T-shirts and Hats.

Find a Sitka Arrowhead Equipment dealer here.

Don’t forget, during their simulcast FB and IG Live segments at 2:30 PM today, US Elite will be wrapping up their week-long intro to SITKA Arrowhead’s products. They’ll be answering any last-minute questions you may have, but also announcing the grand-prize winner. One lucky individual will be receiving the whole layering system which includes: t-shirt, hat, one fleece, one mid-weight jacket, WWP jacket and pants in a duffle bag.

The Assault Pack has Evolved – The Agilite AMAP III

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Agilite has revealed the long-awaited AMAP III Assault Pack which they are calling “The Assault Pack Revolutionized,” and the most versatile and universal assault pack ever made.

It was designed for Israeli SMUs and it has numerous unique features and capabilities that no other assault pack has. They include placard compatibility, direct, instant connection to both Agilite and non-Agilite plate carriers and complete EDC crossover.

It can change its volume, shape and carry directions in seconds and adapts instantly to completely different loads.

You can see all its unique features here at the Agilite website and it’s available already in Multicam, Ranger Green & Black

Vertx Expands Its Offering with 2021 Bag & Pack Line

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Cincinnati, Ohio – Vertx®, a leading manufacturer of concealed carry bag and packs, announces the release of 11 of its most popular bags in an array of 10 new colors and 15 modern color combinations for everyday carry. New colors are now available for purchase at and through distributors. Customers can find their nearest dealer using the Vertx® store locator at New colors are limited edition and only available while stock lasts. Full color offering is listed below. 

VTX5085 Tourist Sling: Colonial Blue/Tumbleweed, Canopy Green, Mojave Sun/Cinderblock

VTX5031 Essential 2.0 Sling: Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, OD Green/Reef

VTX5008 Dead Letter Sling: Colonial Blue/Tumbleweed, Heather OD, Heather Tarmac/Galaxy Black

VTX5041 Transit 2.0 Sling: Canopy Green, Heather Reef/Colonial Blue, Ranger Green/Shock Cord, Tumbleweed/Smoke Grey

VTX5011 Commuter 2.0 Sling: Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, Heather OD/Smoke Grey, Heather Reef/Mojave Sun, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5076 Commuter XL 2.0 Sling: Reef/Mojave Sun

VTX5080 Last Call Pack: Heather Tarmac/Galaxy Black, Reef/Colonial Blue, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5036 Ready Pack 2.0: Heather Reef/Colonial Blue, OD Green/Smoke Grey, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5016 Gamut 2.0: Canopy Green, Heather Reef/Colonial Blue, Heather Tarmac/Mustard Grass, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5018 Gamut Checkpoint: Heather OD/Galaxy Black, Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, OD Green/Smoke Grey, Reef/Colonial Blue

VTX5022 Gamut Overland: Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

“Building on our expansion into outdoor colorways in 2020, this year our goal was bring more color and texture into the line,” said Denny Bogard, GM/VP of Vertx. “Adding variety in both color and fabrics gives our end users even more options for blending in in the field.”

Vertx packs and bags answer the call with current, globally inspired stealthy styling and multiple color and silhouette options. Ingrained in the Vertx® D.N.A., customers can expect lightweight durability, concealed carry ready features and low-profile styling in every pack in the Vertx® line. From Rapid Access pull tabs for lightning-quick deployment of critical tools to smooth mesh pockets that give you a snag-free view of your kit, every aspect of these designs has been requested, vetted and proven by real-world end users. Quiet zipper pulls eliminate annoying jangling while tenacious VELCRO® Brand loop panels ensure your gear will be exactly where you expect it. Adjustable padded shoulder straps conform to your size and changing clothing layers and semi-rigid load stabilizers and impact-absorbent closed cell foam panels provide support and print-proof protection from prying eyes. With loads of pockets to accommodate everything from admin tools to IFAKs, water and other gear, you’ll find a place for everything needed for a successful excursion, and a few surprises you’re sure to appreciate.

Granite Gear – Perimeter 50

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Granite Gear’s Perimeter 50 is a unisex pack, designed to fit a wide variety of body types.

Although the pack is offered in Regular Torso (18″ – 21″) and Long Torso (21″-24″) versions, suspension Shoulder Width Adjustments with regular and wide settings along with Vertical adjustments are possible via the daisy-chained webbing at the frame.

Even more interesting is that Granite Gear will replace the standard size Re-Fit waist belt with a larger model (36″ – 52″) simply by asking customer service. Both waist belts integrate zippered pockets.

Speaking of pockets, the are side and front stretch pockets on the pack body. The top features a cinch-and-roll closure with crossing webbing straps to compress and secure the pack’s contents as well as a removable lid flap. At the bottom end of this 50 liter pack is a flap for sleeping pad storage which also incorporates a zippered pocket for storing a rainfly.

The Perimeter Suspension systems consists of a Spring Steel rod outline with PE sheet core to give the pack a 40 lbs load rating.

One way overall pack weight is kept under control is the use of Robic high tenacity nylon (100D and custom 210D).

What’s more, SSD readers should like the Green and Brown colorway.

FirstSpear Friday Focus— Comm Pack

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Based off of the popular Exigent Circumstance Pack, the Comm Pack offers a distinctly urban style. The zippered main compartment offers ample storage for a wide variety of communications devices or other equipment and the cable access ports are discreetly located. Inside, there’s a padded laptop sleeve and zippered mesh pocket.

• Discrete backpack
• Distinct urban feel
• Internal laptop sleeve
• 2 Sizes: 980 cu in or 1800 cu in

The pack incorporates padded shoulder straps with QR buckles as well as a low profile, padded haul loop handle at the top of the pack. The mesh, padded back of the pack offers the distinctive FirstSpear logo stitched design. Each side of the pack features a mesh pocket for water bottles or other items. There is also an exterior, beavertail-style flap with dual zippered compartments for quick storage. Additionally, there is a flat zippered pocket at the front of the pack under the flap.

The Comm Pack is available in Black, Blue/Silver, Ranger Green/Coyote and the Ripstop Light Grey.

Check out the Comm Pack at