The Cabela’s Elite Scout Pack is lightweight, not like a frame pack. Weighing in at only three-pounds, it is a good solution for spot and stalk hunters or those looking to minimize the amount of weight they are carrying on their shoulders. The straps are padded, breathable, and curved which allows them to sit better on your shoulders. Those curves cut inward toward the center of your body where they can be secured together with a snap closure that keeps them from drifting off the shoulder. By keeping your straps securely in place, the weight in your pack stays evenly distributed on both shoulders and you don’t have to constantly readjust your pack as you cover ground.
In addition to the straps securing in the front, the Elite Scout Pack also features a hip belt with a clip closure. This belt is also padded and breathable and has bungie like toggles and webbing to attach different pieces of gear, like your quiver. The belt also has a removable zippered storage compartment that is the right size to carry things like your phone, GSP, range finder, extra ammunition, or anything else of compact size that you want to keep at your fingertips. The other side of the hip belt has a built-in strap that functions as your actual belt would in its ability to secure your firearm, knife or other belt carried accessories.
On the back of the pack, two vertical, breathable, padding strips run the length to create a cushion between you and your pack. However, this also forms an open-air channel between the two padding strips that allow air to flow and help you avoid that sweaty back issue that comes when you’re walking for miles.
At the very bottom of the pack, a zipper pouch conceals an included rain fly that can be deployed quickly and easily in inclement weather. Another great integrated feature is the blaze orange flag that is stowed between the main compartments of the pack. The flag is substantial, measuring about 16 inches long and 8 inches wide and is secured to the bottom of the pack using Velcro.
Stretch netting covers the outside, bottom half of the pack and is great for keeping items you want in easy reach while walking, without having to stop and take off your pack to reach inside a compartment.
Now the meat and potatoes of this pack – the pockets. There are essentially 4 pockets. The outward most compartment on the front of the pack measures about 8-inches x 6-inches. Behind this pocket is an open-air cavity/compartment/pocket that is secured not with a zipper, but rather clip closures. Behind that is a small zip pocket positioned at the top of the pack for smaller items. Directly behind that is the main compartment. This large pocket is spacious and would be plenty large enough to stow all your regular hunting gear plus any clothing you are layering, optics not in use and much more.
This pack makes it easy to organize my gear. Instead of throwing everything into an endless main compartment, everything has its place making gear quick and easy to find. The straps and hip belt that secure in front also add all day comfort to this pack. You won’t be fighting to keep straps on your shoulders, holding onto your pack to keep it centered if you’re crawling, holding onto your pack to keep it quiet while you stalk within close distance of the game you pursue – the closure points on the Cabela’s Elite Scout Pack make it completely hands free and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
What do you look for in a pack? What are the staples you take along with you on any hunt? Check out what I load my pack with here and then head on over to Cabela’s to get a closer look at the Elite Scout Pack!
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