Video Product Review: Sitka Gear Mountain Hauler 6200 Pack
Sitka Gear has been building hard-core gear for the hard-core hunter for nearly fifteen years now. When they release a new product, you can rest assured that it has been through years of testing and numerous prototypes to make sure the end product will hold up to the rigors of the extreme hunter.
The Mountain Hauler 6200 pack is one such product that has been well thought out by hard-core hunters for hard-core hunters. The frame is constructed of 6061-T6 Aircraft grade aluminum, which gives you an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio. The entire pack tips the scales at only 6.4-pounds and is rated to comfortably carry up to 150 lbs. The load bearing components are secured directly to the frame to maximize efficient energy transfer, which enables the hunter to carry more weight while walking and with less strain and fatigue.
The primary bag compartment is 4000 cubic inches, which gives you plenty of room for everything you will need for a week-long trip into the backcountry. You can also expand the main compartment from 4,000 cubic inches out to 5,000 cubic inches, allowing you to put a full elk hind quarter into the pack on the load hauling shelf. The antler straps allow plenty of anchors to secure that trophy of a lifetime to the outside of the pack as well.
Sitka uses 3-layer multi-density hydrophobic foam pads in the hip and shoulders to provide cushioning that won’t chafe under a fully loaded pack. It has adjustable suspension and comes in both medium and large sizes. The hip belt and shoulder yoke provide a good custom fit. Fully extended pack, pockets and lid provide a total capacity of 6200 cubic inches. There is a Velcro bear spray/holster hip belt. This pack comes in both Optifade Open Country as well as the new forested pattern, Subalpine. The manufacturer suggested retail on this pack is $595.
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