Video Product Review: ALPS OutdoorZ Big Bear X Lumbar Pack
Designed with the archery hunter in mind, the Big Bear X Lumbar pack from ALPS OutdoorZ provides a lightweight gear management solution for those chasing game to minimize weight and maximize storage.
With 2,700 cubic inches (44L) of total storage, the Big Bear X has plenty of cargo capability, but in a small and adjustable package. With a roomy 800 CI (13L) lumbar compartment that rides higher on your lower back and less on your waist, the pack raises the weight and creates less fatigue on your torso. The wide waist belt with molded foam for comfort and air flow also helps distribute the weight over a larger surface area. A load-bearing harness featuring Lycra shoulder straps and a vented backplate share the load from your waist to your shoulders and redirect the weight from backwards to a more vertical orientation. All of this combined make the load nearly imperceptible over long distances. The harness can be removed completely, leaving just a waist pack for even lighter and faster movement through heavy woods.
Inside the zippered lid of the lumbar compartment is a rolled up integral day pack that attaches to the shoulder harness, adding an additional 1,900 CI (31L) of carrying space.
While this isn’t a pack designed for carrying meat, it is roomy enough to allow the archery hunter to move quickly and carry along essential equipment. A pocket on the side of the pack is the perfect size for a rangefinder. A roomy zipper pocket on each side of the belt, give you rapid access to oft-used items like windicators or scents. Thick nylon webbing on either side accommodate pistol holsters or knife sheaths.
A bow holder hook on the side of the belt lets you rest your bow for glassing without laying it on the ground. It is reversible, so it will work on either side or it can be completely removed when not needed.
It is constructed of a soft brushed Realtree Edge camo material and 1680D Nylon Ballistic Fabric for rugged dependability. Hypalon reinforcements and Nylon PALS attachment points let you increase your loadout by hanging gear from the attachment points. A front pocket and internal mesh organizers let you easily keep your gear arranged for easy and quick access. Heavy duty zippers with wide rubberized finger loops are simple to get into, even when wearing bulky gloves.
At just 3 pounds 10 ounces unloaded, for rapid stalks or scouting far afield where weight is a factor, the ALPS OutdoorZ big Bear X is a great way to keep your gear organized, accessible, and help lighten the load and prevent fatigue over a heavier pack. Watch the video to see the ALPS Big Bear X in action or check it out at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse.
My name is Dan Kidder, I am Managing Editor of Sportsman's News Magazine. I am a former Marine who served with the Fleet Anti Terrorism Security Team Company during Operation Desert Storm. Prior to moving to Utah, I served as communications director for Georgia Congressman Mac Collins in his Washington, DC office. I am the President and CEO of On Target Defensive Training, offering firearms and unarmed combat courses to civilians and law enforcement. My students have included federal agents of the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Border Patrol, ICE, local and state law enforcement, national celebrities, and the general public. My beat at Sportsman's News includes tactical firearms, personal protection, survival, first aid, camping, and hiking.