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The Hunters Element Vertical Pack

Kerry Adams
Kerry Adamshttps://thebloke.co.nz
A constant learner with an inquisitive mind, Kerry created The Bloke as a way to share what he was learning from the community of experts he found himself surrounded by. Precision Shooter and GunSafe soon followed. Somewhere along the line, he picked up one or two things himself. But don't call him an expert.

Strapped onto the back of the Stone Glacier Sky Talus 6900 (way overkill, but I wanted to take it for a walk) pack, I grabbed the Hunters Element Vertical Pack for a couple of reasons – firstly, I only wanted a 15l pack.

The intent was for a small pack to simply hold some food, a jacket and some other small kit. I already had the Bushbuck BinoBro on my front, so small and light was the go. Additionally, I was after something in a solid colour.

Less Camo

This has been an intentional choice recently – as I want to be able to use my gear for things other than hunting (seeing as I don’t get out as much as I might like) and I don’t need camo in my life most of the time. Sure, it’s a look, but it actually isn’t my look.

I was actually looking for a pack without a waist harness – I don’t really see the point of one on a pack this small – and – I had a solid belt on with the PracMed IFAS and a water bottle holder on it – so I wasn’t planning on using it regardless. However – as it turned out – I wanted it before the trip – and most people only carry camo versions of things these days – so this was my option!

If I get out more and can justify some dedicated camo/hunting gear – then sure – back to a pattern – however, the OCD in me doesn’t like mixing patterns – so having things in a block colour also lets me mix and match as well.

In short – it worked well. Was slim enough that it didn’t restrict movement, it didn’t catch on anything, it held just what I needed.

Hunters Element Vertical Pack, The Hunters Element Vertical Pack

Less straps though, please.

As previously noted, I would happily have had it without the waist belt. In addition, the ‘compression straps’ on the side seemed to bunch the pack up, so I just left them loose, and, the webbing on the back seems to be totally unneeded. I don’t think many people would be tying much to the back of this pack – it just seemed to be something else that things could get hooked into (though nothing did).

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