As the founder, chief designer and former owner of Mountainsmith, one of the worlds best known manufacturers of technical backpacks, I spend about 200 days a year camped out testing designs. On almost every one of those trips, I carry a rifle and live off the land as much as the law and luck will allow. Ive also hunted big game in Africa, Alaska, Canada, and most of the western United States.
For the last twenty years, Ive carried internal frame packs of my own design on virtually all my hunting expeditions. Experience taught me that, while they were great for mountaineering, climbing and carrying heavy loads long distances, they were far from perfect for hunting. Specifically they
I looked at a market loaded with poorly designed hunting pack designs made of materials which didnt really work for hunters. These included frameless rucksacks which put all the weight uncomfortably on your shoulders, bulky, noisy, uncomfortable packs with external aluminum frames which break at the welds and wont let you carry a rifle easily; packs made of tough and weatherproof (but noisy) nylon or fragile (but quiet) fleece.
I started adapting serious internal frame technical mountaineering packs to the needs of hunters. I invented the patented new GunBearer System which carries any long gun securely and safely while hiking - yet keeps it handy for instant action. By combining fabrics, Ive created packs that are absolutely silent, yet amazingly tough and weatherproof. As an added bonus the interchangeable, removable camouflage panels let you choose concealment or high visibility, and remove for travelling or other outdoor sports.
Take a hard look at Kifaru hunting packs. Theyre made in America entirely of American-made materials, they carry an absolute, iron-clad, no questions asked lifetime guarantee. And, best of all, they are built by hunters, for hunters, to give you a complete system to carry your gear and game anywhere in the field under any conditions.
P.S. - we sell only directly to our fellow hunters, so you won't find this innovative gear in stores!