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Pathfinder
Expandable day pack with meat-hauling capabilities
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Big GameWhitetail
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Realtree Edge
Realtree MAX-1 XT
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Hauling decoys, gear and extra rain gear? Carrying a bow? Need a fanny pack? How about a daypack, too? Oh, and you want to haul away your meat? Nobody wants to buy 5 different packs for all your different needs, which is why ALPS OutdoorZ has brought you a pack that can accommodate all your hunting needs -- in one pack! Let us introduce you to our most versatile pack yet, the Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was designed BY hunters FOR hunters.

When you're scouting or going to your stand, the fanny pack mode is great to haul along the essentials. There is a nice padded waist belt and shoulder harness system that makes carrying the Pathfinder a comfortable fit and helps distribute the weight. When more room is necessary, you simply unroll the daypack mode out from the fanny pack and you have an additional 1100 cubic inches of space. Once the daypack mode is set, you have the option to use the Pathfinder in a hauling mode or bow-carrying mode. The hauling mode has extra fabric and straps that work together to create additional space to either carry out meat or extra gear. Last but not least, there's a bow pocket that fits a wide variety of compound bows, and once strapped in by the lash straps, your bow will be secure and your hands will be free!

Another great feature of this pack is that it's compatible with the accessory pockets (binocular pocket and turkey call pockets) so you can attach the pockets to the front of the harness and have your most important gear in front and accessible when you need it. The accessory pockets are also compatible with the Little Bear and Big Bear.
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Features
  • Universal design that fits a wide variety of compound bows
  • Drop-down pocket to carry your gun securely
  • Carrying system designed for packing out meat
  • Designed to secure and comfortably carry heavy loads
  • Extension lashing straps included for extra large loads
  • Fanny pack expands into day pack
  • Hydration pocket and port inside of day pack section
  • Adjustable shoulder harness
  • Compatible with Accessory Binocular Pocket and Accessory Call Pockets (Sold separately)
  • Padded waist belt with easy access pockets
  • Pockets: two side, front and main, day pack pocket
  • 800 in³ / 13L – fanny pack capacity
  • 1900 in³ / 31L – day pack capacity
  • 2700 in³ / 44L – total capacity
Specs
  • Fanny Pack Capacity: 800 in³
  • Day Pack Capacity: 1900 in³
  • Total Capacity: 2700 in³
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Product Number
ItemProduct Number
Pathfinder Edge9411199
Pathfinder MAX-1 XT9411193
Customer Reviews
The Pathfinder has been rated 198 times.
4.6 out of 5 stars
Great innovation of a pack!

I like all the concepts and options this pack has to offer. Although it has come apart on me like others have said in their reviews, I gave it four stars. It would earn that fifth star in the material was a little tougher.

Pros and cons

This pack gets a ton of 4-5 star reviews but my own experience with it was only so so. It has a number of design issues that make it clumsy to use. First, the side compression straps that help the rear-most pocket sit straight go right across the side pockets. If you have a water bottle in the mesh pocket (which seems to be its intended purpose...) it's pretty easy to get out but almost impossible to get back in the same way. The waist belt on the pack also sits oddly for me. It's as if the belt straps are "canted" or angled inward in some way. No matter what I do to adjust it, it always seems to rub me on the top or the bottom.

Finally, the belt design is odd to begin with. The side pouches aren't subdivided, so if you use them for what I do (pocketknife/multi-tool, chapstick, windicator, etc) it all gets jumbled in there and it's hard to get stuff out without dumping things on the ground. And their placement is awkward as well. They're too far back to reach with good view of what's inside and yet not quite far back enough to fit an accessory pouch in front of it. And yet they DO seem to be far enough back to get in the way of a shoulder-carried firearm such as a shotgun! Honestly, I wish they had just stuck a molle panel on each side and focused on the pack itself. No joke, I have seriously considered ripping the stitches on the side pouches so I can sew one on!

The redeeming feature is that this is a very versatile pack for half the price of other less functional competitors. I do hope the Alps team listens to feedback because this thing could be amazing with some tweaks!

The surprise hidden hunting backpack inside.

This is a very well thought out design. No other hunting pack can compete. The fold away backpack was a big surprise to me. Didn't understand from display pictures that a hunting pack was folded up inside. I tried out pack with all scenarios in mind for hunting season. Yes I was fully dressed in my house head to feet with my crossbow attached. I bought front pocket attachments that were suggested very well thought out accessory to be considered. Front attachment accessory comes with decent size game bag large enough to get 2-3 rabbit's or 2 pheasants. Plenty of adjustable straps. I folded away hunting pack and tried my big game packs for carrying meat with waist adjustments done. Perfect amount of room to have outer frame or interior frame big game pack on. You're still good with front accessory attachment even with extra game pack on. Adding straps to my game packs for securing my crossbow & compound bow. Crossbow or rifle can be be still secure if you have big packs with straps.

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