Wisport Forester 28 litre Rucksack
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- Last updated: 25/05/2021
The range of backpacks produced by Wisport is constantly growing, with plenty of interesting features and consistently high quality as standard. The Wisport Forester (on test) is a mid-sized 28-litre pack with many of the usual features plus a very useful and practical facility to haul your rifle.
The large main compartment features a double-zip opening with a generous storm-flap and an elasticated pocket on the inside, so plenty of room for larger items like clothing. A zippered pocket on the front of the pack will hold a set of binoculars and an additional outer pocket on the front of that is ideal for smaller items like phones and keys. On either side of the pack, there are elasticated pockets to hold drinks, gloves or other items.
Running through the middle of the Forester is Wisport’s ‘uniquely engineered rifle mounting pocket’. This is designed to allow the user to insert a full-sized firearm into the top, through the pack, and then to sit the butt into an elasticated pocket that projects from the bottom. There is strapping to support the rifle and a leather panel to protect it from rubbing, ensuring a safe and secure hold so the wearer can carry the rifle and keep their hands free. The mounting system does struggle to accommodate a gun with a large scope fitted, so you need to check your own rifle will fit. However, for an opensighted rifle or one with quick release scope mounts, the pocket is a great fit and it holds the gun very well.
The shoulder straps and the back of the pack are well designed and padded to give a comfortable carry, while compression straps and numerous attachment points ensure that the essential kit can be carried securely. The level of comfort and the amount of adjustment possible on the strapping offered by Wisport is always great, and the Forester is another great example of this. Whatever your build, or the amount of clothing you are wearing, you can get the backpack to fit really well, so you can carry a full load all day.
Specifically aimed at the stalker, this bag is large enough to carry everything they might need. It shows a simple layout, without loads of small pockets, so gear can be found quickly, easily and quietly. The build quality is great, the gun sits low enough to avoid most overhead branches and it can be deployed hastily using the quick release straps. This is another great backpack from Wisport, excellent quality and well designed for a specific user.