Stalker Field Pack
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- Last updated: 14/12/2016
Tony’s Camo & Airgun Centre is a fast growing megastore close to Chester in North Wales. But it’s not the upwardly mobile gunshop I’m here to champion but rather feature the aptly named Stalker Pack. A pack that holds many useful and in my opinion well thought out field accessories, all wrapped up in a Mil-Com, multi pocket belt. In actual fact there are two versions available; one being the more basic ‘Hunter ’ the other I have on test here, which in my opinion is the one to get excited about.
Ready to Hand
Most hunters know the importance of having certain gear in the field but might be unsure what to buy and often how to carry them easy to hand. Tony’s obviously thought of this so has sourced a Mil Com pouch belt for storage. This is the base on which the other kit can be carried and here’s why and how. The kit is best described as a camo ‘bum bag’ measuring 9 x 7 x 3” and will fit up to 60” waist. It offers one large zipped main pocket, but has on the outer a mesh pocket with water bottle included and next to this another external 6 x 4 x 1” pouch.
Here’s where it gets better; included are the following products – Gerber’s Suspension multi-tool, Powerframe folding lock knife with 3” long clip point blade, ceramic sharpener and Bone Crusher secateurs, plus a Brunton Echo 7 X 18 monocular and AA Mini-Maglite. The Hunter Pack does not include the multi-tool or bone crusher and costs half as much.
The Gerber Suspension is as many know a good design, which measures a compact 3.75” closed and once open you’ve got a good set of spring-loaded, needle-nose pliers along with 13 useful tool functions that fold out from the handles. These include a 2”, straight edge knife, a 2” long serrated edge blade, bottle opener, can opener, small and medium size flat head screwdrivers, cross point screwdriver, saw, lanyard hole and super sharp Fiskars™ scissors.
The Bone Crusher is equally at home ‘cutting through small game bone as it is ¾” wood for hide building. This is the biggest tool measuring 8” long but like the Suspension comes with its own nylon sheath. These are carried on the 1 ½” wide adjustable belt. The sharpener is handy for field use and the pocket scope impressed not only due to its compact size and due to the fact it has a carry pouch with belt loop but the bright clear sight picture it offers. Along with the now almost legendary Mini-Maglite it could be stored in the pockets of the bum-bag itself or its pouch slipped on the belt.
I can hardly believe the amount and quality of kit you get for the price and considering there’s extra space for pellets or cartridges, rangefinder and the like, I feel the Stalker Pack is an absolute bargain.
For: Well thought out and comprehensive package
Against: You could do it yourself…
Verdict: Clever idea and pretty much on the money