Hunters Element Boundary Pack: Pushing the Boundary
JAMES MORRIS: My old Hunters Element Peak pack is a solid day-pack and I’ve certainly given it a thrashing; I’ve had it for six years and carried it to a multitude of places.
I’ve tied the back legs of stags to the side of it, and even fitted an entire bull tahr skin in it – and anyone who’s carried a bull tahr’s wet skin for any distance will be well aware that they aren’t the lightest of trophies! Six years on the pack is still in service, but now I have the new Hunters Elements Boundary pack, I’ve passed the Peak pack on to my good mate Gareth to see if he can get a few more solid hunts out of it.
The Boundary pack is a simple top-opening backpack. It has a 35 litre capacity, which is plenty big enough to use as a day bag in the Alps or even on a light overnight trip. It’s been designed to be robust by using a double skin system to spread the seam loads. Hunters Element use YKK zips, which you’ll find on all sorts of quality products by any number of well-known and trusted brands because they’re so reliable. There’s a built-in pocket for your hydration pack and a blaze orange waterproof cover stored in the bottom of it. The ice axe attachments are very useful too; I certainly used the one on my Peak pack in the winter time.
I’m a fan of the accessory pocket designs. I keep an Ultralite jacket and a torch in the top pocket and in the big opening front pocket I keep my rangefinder, PLB, knife, spare ammo etc. In the vertically-zipped front pocket, I put my map and a copy of my DOC permit. This leaves the main section of the pack uncluttered and with plenty of room to put some meat, wrapped in mutton cloth, in the bottom of it.
So far, I don’t have much I could complain about. It’s comfortable with plenty of padding, and a good solid waist band to take the weight off your shoulders. There’s a clip between the two shoulder straps at chest height too, something I always look for as it improves carry comfort no end when you have a big load on your back.
I’ve had the pack since last November. The first trip I carried it on was a harvesting mission, for meat to feed to my wedding guests. My mate Jonesy and I smoked over 6 nanny tahr out of a mob of more than 40 ... and that entailed a fair old carry of quite a pile of tahr meat out of the mountains and back to the truck! After the wedding, I had an eventful but utterly disastrous bow-hunting trip up a rocky West Coast creek, but I did discover that a compound bow can be strapped to the outside of the pack with ease when I utilised the compression straps. It has also lugged plenty of tucker and water up and down valleys and ridges all around Canterbury, and has even been strapped around a spiker I carried down a creek in Arthurs Pass. So far, other than a bit of blood-staining…it isn’t yet showing any wear.
I’ll bet, like my Peak pack, my Boundary pack will still be going strong in six years’ time.
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