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Purpose

We are passionate backcountry hunters that build pack systems for backcountry hunters.

Our mission is to build the best mountain hunting packs available, provide the best service possible, and to do it all right here in the USA.

We build and ship our packs directly from Boise, Idaho. Because we build our products here, and not in some over-seas factory, we have a hands-on approach to the design, development, testing, and manufacturing processes.

Our direct-to-consumer sales model allows us to focus on the product, not on creating profit margins for the “middle man”. This model allows us to build an extremely high-quality pack that is made in the USA, but keep the costs well below what it would otherwise be if we sold through normal retail channels.

This direct-to-consumer model also allows us to provide the best support possible — both before and after a sale. If you have questions about a product, you don't have to talk to a "salesman" — you speak directly with us.

Philosophy

We believe that the best designs are not complicated; they are simple and efficient. We design our packs from a lightweight minimalist perspective, while still making functionality a priority. We put just enough pockets in our packs to keep your gear organized, while not adding too much weight or complexity.

Coming from a lightweight backcountry hunting perspective, we developed the following list of design priorities for our products...

DURABILITY

First and foremost, a pack has to be durable. As backcountry hunters, we can’t have issues with our gear when we are miles from the road. Every stitch, piece of fabric, zipper, buckle, webbing, and other components of our packs have been chosen and tested for ultimate durability and reliability.

COMFORT

We demand that our pack is comfortable — whether you’re carrying a light load of just the day’s essentials, or a 100+ pounds of meat out of the backcountry. Our revolutionary K3 frame is central to all of our pack systems and provides excellent performance and comfort.

LIGHTWEIGHT

We strive to keep our pack systems as light as possible, without sacrificing durability, comfort, or functionality. Ounces add up when you spend long days covering ground in the mountains, and we want our pack to be the foundation of your lightweight gear loadout.

MEAT HAULING

We hunt to kill, and we kill to bring home meat. As backcountry hunters, we need to be able to get meat packed-out quickly and easily. Our design provides a load shelf to carry your meat between the bag and frame, instead of having to carry meat in the main bag with the rest of your gear. Our load shelf also keeps the meat secured directly to the frame to provide the best balance and weight distribution.

FUNCTIONALITY

The small things matter. How easy is it to get things in and out of the pack? Can you securely attach your weapon? Does the layout make sense? Are there pockets that provide access to items without removing the pack from your back? Is the process of detaching the bag to load meat in the load-shelf as easy as possible? Can you easily swap different bags on the same frame? We have designed our systems with all of these questions (and dozens more) in mind. Every aspect of our design is made with consideration for function.