My old hunting pack had seen better days and I was in the market for something new. As I considered the shortcomings of my old pack I determined the desired characteristics of the new. One of the things I hated about my old pack was that it was cavernous. By that I mean there were several really big compartments along with a few small zippered pockets. What this meant is that all of my gear was thrown together into the hole and it was a pain to find a specific item when needed – always searching through the dang thing and pulling out one item after another until I got to the bottom and found what I was looking for. Requirement number one became, “individual compartments purpose-built to hold specific items.” The Tenzing Tactical Shooters Pack TT SP14 in Kryptek Typhon was the answer.
Tenzing TT SP14
What I like best about the Tenzing TT SP14 is that I can easily have gear categorized by type and then assign a specific location for said gear. So in my new pack, all of my illumination (flashlights, spare batteries, headlamp, etc.) are found in the upper left compartment. Knives and such are in the top right. Bottom left is a small gunsmith set. Bottom right is binoculars. I know exactly where every item is located and can quickly find the right gear at the right time even in the dark.
The interior of the main compartments is a bit tight due to the loss of space from the center channel (which is used to carry a rifle or crossbow, more on that in a moment). That is fine with me, this is not a multi-day trek bag, it is for day use. There is a pocket for a water bladder along with a port for the hose. Plenty enough room for lunch, gloves, hats, etc.
The really unique feature about the Tenzing TT SP14 is the center channel that can be used to carry a rifle or crossbow. I haven’t really had the occasion to use in the wild that but have tested it out and it is a neat idea. What I have done a number of times is to use the pack as my rifle rest when hunting. Throw the bag up on a rock or tree stump, nestle your rifle into the padded channel and you are comfortably in position for hours.
Within the Tenzing Outdoors website, you will find two similar packs. The TT SP14 ($290) is found under the Tactical menu while the TC SP14 ($269) is found under Whitetail Hunting Packs. The main difference is that the Tactical pack includes the cool feature below.
The only thing I don’t particularly like about the Tenzing TC SP14 is that it is a bit heavy at almost 4.5 pounds empty. Doesn’t bother me too much in my current use but a lighter hunting backpack would be appreciated climbing up and down mountains.
You can find complete specifications at Tenzing Outdoors.
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