Outdoors With Craig Robbins
True innovation is rare. Even in today’s world of hyper-technology, advancements are typically applied to improve existing products. Only rarely is technology used to invent entirely new products based on fresh ideas.
A couple years ago I received a new backpack. While that may not be earth-shaking news to some, but to me this back pack has changed the way I hunt and improved my comfort level when I’m in the woods.
The Tenzing TCSP14 Shooter Pack may be the most unique hunting pack on the planet. Aside from sharing the brand-defining smart technology and practical functionality built into every Tenzing pack, the TC SP14 invents its own product category with two critical breakthrough innovations. It is the only available pack on the market designed to hold a crossbow, and the pack itself is engineered and built as a self-contained shooting rest.
For me I carry a bunch of stuff while hunting, from scents to camera equipment to tree pods. I need a backpack that is going to stand up to the test of time and still be lightweight.
That’s right, this one-of-a-kind pack carries a scoped rifle in a carefully designed channel on the pack’s face, allowing hunters to rest, take aim and fire without ever removing their gun from the pack. Hey, the TC SP14 is the only hunting pack available designed to carry a crossbow.
Crossbows are gaining rapid and widespread popularity, especially here in New York due in large part because of their particular advantages over compound bows with respect to aiming ease and ultimate accuracy. But crossbows have their disadvantages. They tend to be bulkier and more cumbersome than compounds, which can make them more challenging to use in the field, especially when attempting to hunt or transport them through heavy cover.
The unique design of the TC SP14 cradles the stock of any crossbow within its deep center channel, while optimizing the position of the limbs to minimize snagging on brush or branch.
The TC SP14 is one of very few hunting products that transcends its primary role and purpose. Simply put, there’s nothing else like it. A standout hunting pack on its own merits, the Shooter Pack delivers additional practicality to hunters through its radical, yet user-friendly, design as an on-board shooting rest.
Tenzing addressed many issues with the TC SP14, which keeps the firearm accessible and functional when fully secured to the pack, allowing hunters to go from stalking to shooting in just seconds. Instead of scrambling to remove the firearm from the pack, the pack and firearm quickly come off the hunter’s back as one unit, while the pack becomes a steady and functional rest.
Crossover features aside, hunters will appreciate the TC SP 14’s primary capabilities as a pack, which feature a roomy 1,600 cubic inches of space inside nine total compartments and pockets. Practical side pockets and useful face and side mounted compression straps help ensure that wearers will be able to pack out more than they pack in.
Whether toting crossbow, firearm or equipment, the TC SP14’s specialized design offers even more benefits, especially when hauling gear up to a stand.
In the TC Series, Tenzing engineers to apply a soft and silent TRICO fabric covering over the TC SP14?s DYNEEMA strength panels as a sound deadening measure, a feature which comes in handy when placing or taking items in or out of the pack.
Like all Tenzing packs, the TC SP14 is a dream to wear, courtesy of its padded hip panels and breathable mesh back pad. They feature a new Comfort Stretch Waistbelt System, employing concealed elastic straps that automatically adjust for a perfect fit, no matter how many layers of clothing the hunter happens to be wearing.
When you are going to pick out any new equipment, it is important to know and understand all specs. Here are just a few: carries gun or crossbow, breathable mesh back pad, padded hip panels, H2O compatible (2-liter), nine compartments and pockets, one internal fluted aluminum frame, foldout rain cover and comfort stretch waist belt system (minimum 30 inches, maximum 54 inches).
With 1,600 total cubic inches or storage space and empty weight at 4-pounds, 6 ounces., the TC SP14 is worth a look when you are in the market for a new backpack.