Razorback Stalker Rifle Carrier
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- Last updated: 14/12/2016
To quote Napier head honcho Steve Rowe: “When deciding on a range of these bags we Razorback’d our most popular designs.” By that he means the Standard rifle, carbine, shotgun and Stalker Rifle cases if purchased in the Razorback design have all the features that make the newly launched luggage so unique. When I tested the Carbine version a while back, I mentioned I was keen to test the Stalker, because I was interested to see how they’d upgrade the ‘rucksack’ type carrying harness. It’s primarily aimed for the stalker who wants to carry his gun hands-free, so should suit many of us.
Measuring 50x12” the Stalker features the waterproof and abrasion resistant ‘LAMTEC’ canvas outer, which also includes the 4-function layers, of an extra waterproof membrane, high density 10mm foam, EVA tough shell and a soft Syn-fleece lining to cosset the rifle once inside.
There’s also an internal butt end ‘protector retainer’ pouch and strap. The EVA lateral spine is the source of the bag’s main strength while the outer panels of ARMOUR FLEX positioned at the front rear and middle give extra padding including scuff protection. The ‘slot in’ GRIP LOCK ABS carry handle provides a comfortable hold and the non-slip, adjustable, shoulder strap in colour co-ordinated rot proof, heavy duty Polyester offers even more comfort thanks to a sliding rubber shoulder pad.
On Your Back
Now we come to the major feature that sets the Stalker apart from the others – its rucksack- style carry harness. In-keeping with the ‘single’ shoulder strap on the spine it’s manufactured from the same materials and the main harness has the same, comfortable sliding rubber shoulder pads.
It’s fully adjustable and detachable and combined with a sternum strap makes this one of the most comfortable carry harnesses I have used with a gun bag. A clever addition here - so people don’t feel too constricted - is that you have not two but four ‘buckles’ attached to the lower part of the bag. This makes it wider and more comfortable to wear.
This time around even those clever heavy duty rubberised grip tag zip fasteners are protected by a unique Weather Shield Guard so the self healing zip is covered from scuffs, knocks, mud and rain.
A generous 13.5 X 6”, zipped outer pocket offers exterior stowage and as ever the Razorback Stalker comes with a sachet of Napier’s VP90 corrosion inhibitor and a 5-year Warranty.
Again in a choice of three colours - green, charcoal grey and terracotta Napier show design innovation can translate over to a product that is both practical as it is hi-tech.
For: Tough, practical and stylish design
Against: Maybe a camo option given the intended use?
Verdict: Napier does it again with another great product