ALPS OutdoorZ is known for making reliable and well-made products for the outdoorsman and woman. Their newest offering is a hybrid between a pack with a seat and storage, and a vest. The real kicker for this product is the inclusion of a folding kickstand that supports your back during long sessions of sitting and waiting.
Designed for the predator and varmint hunter, the Enforcer provides an 800 cubic inch (13L) main compartment with wide zipper access and a hydration pocket for your favorite water bladder. It doesn’t come with a bladder, but we recommend the ALPS Reservoir 3.0.
The vest/pack has a fold-down memory foam seat that is 2.5 inches thick for extra comfort on those long days waiting for the song dogs to come into the call. It has a tough textured vinyl bottom to stand up to even the rockiest ground and thorny plants. Two magnets on the bottom mate up with magnets on the pack to prevent it from flopping around and nylon straps buckle it in place for storage. It is easy to deploy without taking the vest off.
The Kickstand frame gives the pack rigidity, but it also deploys when you sit to prop you upright. Two clamps on the legs allow you to easily adjust it to the preferred angle. Shock cord inside allows the legs to auto retract when the clamps are loosened so it can be easily stowed away. The entire Kickstand and frame can be quickly removed for those days when you are running and gunning and don’t have time to sit. The frame does have a small depression right under your neck and head and this allows you to rest your head back in the seat. The biggest downside to this is that it is easy to nod off and take a little snooze and that might cost a you a nice pelt.
The back of the vest portion is deeply padded for exceptional comfort, even when fully loaded and worn for hours. A deep depression on the upper back allows air to circulate to keep you cool. Wide shoulder straps and waist belt spread out the load to avoid fatigue.
In addition to the 13-liter main compartment, there are two removable pockets on the belt. These pockets contain additional storage netting pouches, as well as one with elastic webbing for cartridges and the other with wider spaces for shotgun shells. Small, frequently accessed items are going to be right where you need them in these pockets.
With the Enforcer pack, you will be able to stay afield longer and in more comfort, as well as access all of your gear. It is roomy enough for even bigger electronic predator calls and essential gear, but small and light enough to be minimal. The exterior is made of quiet soft Tricot fabric in Realtree Edge camo and features four-way stretch coyote brown pockets on the front. The material has a DWR water resistant treatment to keep your gear dry from a quick downpour.