Alps Outdoorz may be one of the most underrated companies in the industry. While many backcountry hunters know them well for their hardcore meat haulers and backpacks, they actually cater to a much larger audience of hunters and outdoorspeople. We had the chance to spend some time with the fine folks from Alps at a recent Mossy Oak event and we learned firsthand that while they are a leader in innovative pack designs, Alps Brands is also the parent company for Delta Waterfowl Gear and Browning Camping. In addition, they design and create gear for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Here are some products we think not only hunters, but outdoorspeople will like as much as we did.
Zach and Sarah from Alpz Brands show off their NWTF vests, blinds and seats for turkey hunters. Here, Sarah demonstrates the comfort of the Grand Slam vest, built with a removable kickstand frame, adjustable legs, a foldaway padded seat, rear game bag and plenty of storage for calls. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Built specifically for blind hunters who seek all-day comfort on those long sits, Alps has improved their Stealth Hunter chair. Fully adjustable for both height and uneven terrain, able to swivel 360 degrees, the chair is heavy duty while being easily transportable with the included shoulder and compression straps. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Sarah from Alps Outdoorz shows off the new-for-2017 Long Spur turkey vest. Built for the hunter who prefers to hunt on the move, this is lightweight already at 3 pounds, but all its components are modular. The shoulder harness, rear game bag, padded waist belt and call pockets are all removable allowing hunters to customize their vest. Best of all, the large lumbar pack zips off for those run-and-gun hunters who really want to travel light. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Alps Outdoorz is much more than hunting gear. They showed off a full line of Browning Camping items, from various tents to camp chairs and accessories. This Ridge Creek tent sleeps up to five, though it looks like a couple hunters with all their gear could work out of this model on a hunting trip. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Delta Waterfowl is one of Alps brands, and they make gear for the serious goose and duck hunters. Shown here is their new Dog Stand. Its solid yet portable build is designed to keep your furry hunting companion out of the cold water and muck. The height is fully adjustable and the entire unit packs flat and is easy to carry with the integral shoulder strap. Partner that with Delta’s new floating blind bag, and hunters are ready to hit the water. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
One of our favorite products in the Delta line is this Zero Gravity Layout Blind. Not only is it lighter and easier to pack in than most layouts on the market, it’s also one of the most comfortable we’ve tried. As the name implies, the seat is essentially a zero gravity lounge chair, which keeps the shooter off the ground for greater comfort and easy of quick shots. The flared slidewalls taper further out from the blind, allowing a more natural melding into the surroundings. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Closeup of the Zero Gravity blind’s comfort seating. It’s just like sitting in a lounger, but with all the features goose hunters desire. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
One of the most popular of Alps packs is this Traverse X. Not only is it a capable backcountry rig with molded foam suspension, there’s also a bow/gun dropdown pocket, shooting stick/tripod holder, hydration pocket, and a rain cover, but the pack doubles as a meat hauler. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Here we see the built-in, stowaway meat shelf which pulls out from the bottom of the pack. Hunters can easily tuck several quarters of big game behind this shelf, while the pack’s side wings flare out to lash down the load. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Last, but certainly not least, on our tour of Alps gear is this Monarch X meat pack for women. Built with all the same features as the Traverse X, the new for 2017 Monarch X is just slightly smaller and designed to fit a woman’s frame with contoured shoulder stamps, a shorter torso length, and a more appropriately placed chest strap. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
The new Monarch X women’s meat pack is the first of its kind we’ve seen on the market. The fit and comfort is spot on, and we can’t wait to get this one out in the field this Fall. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Keep an eye on Guns.com as we put some Alps products to the ultimate test this fall, hunting the western landscapes with their packs and getting their waterfowl gear down and dirty.