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ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Review

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ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Review


For a long hunting expedition, there’s so much that you can and should carry. The gear can never be enough. Who knows what would transpire out there so you’d rather have it and not need it than require it and not have it, right?

It’s quite frustrating to be out there in the woods, far from civilization and realize you’ve failed to carry an essential item. Such an oversight could be the difference between a successful and a failed hunting expedition.

In that case, you need a hunting backpack that’s large enough to bear all the necessary and not so necessary gear. You want one that will be easy to carry when full. You want one that’s tough and rugged, able to handle the punishment that nature is wont to dishing out. What you want is the Alps OutdoorZ Commander Backpack.

And you want this backpack because it comes paired with a handy freighter frame. This combination of pack and frame makes for a perfect hunting backpack ensemble. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame pack review.


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Features of ALPS OutdoorZ Commander

Size and Weight

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander ReviewThe Outdoor Z, from a distance, looks large enough to fit in a full deer and more. It’s the perfect backpack for carrying gear to last a long hunting trip.

With overall dimensions of 6.7 inches by 2.4 inches along the lengths and widths, it leaves a large enough footprint but not too big to lay on your back. And with a depth of a whopping 15.4 inches, you’re assured of more than enough room for your gear inside it.

You certainly will get more than enough room as it has a total carrying capacity of a staggering 5250 cubic inches. Still, the backpack itself doesn’t bear much weight as it only weighs in at 7.3 pounds.

Nylon Ripstop Fabric

The outdoors is a very unpredictable place. You can’t predict what the weather would be like. You can’t predict the outcome of your hunting expedition. What you can predict is the state of your items; your gear.

And with a hard wearing backpack, you’ll be sure of protection for your gear and durability from the pack itself. Okay, you can breathe easy people, the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander backpack checks the right boxes in this category. It’s made of the durable ripstop nylon material.

This is a highly resilient material to use, and it transfers this quality onto the backpack. The Outdoor Z will face punishment from your outdoor lifestyle but will still emerge unscathed; keeping whatever is inside it protected from the elements.

Hydration Port and Pocket

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander didn’t forget about your hydration needs. They know you need a continuous supply of water while on the move. They also know that you need a convenient way of having that water without interrupting your hike.

That’s why built into the OutdoorZ backpack is a hydration pocket in which you can insert a reservoir. Holding water inside the pocket, the reservoir will ensure you have enough water for your trip.

Then, to keep you supplied constantly, attach a bladder to it, run it out of the pocket via the hydration port and let it sit at a convenient position near your hands. When in need of refreshment, just reach for the bladder and take a sip of the water while on the move.

Rifle Pocket

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander ReviewWhat’s a hunting expedition without a weapon? It’s probably just a simple hike, right? The perfect best hunting daypack takes its hunting pedigree into consideration and provides you an easy and convenient system to lug around your weapon.

The ALPS outdoorz commander has this kind of system. To its right side at the lower end, there’s a drop down rifle holder pocket. This pocket lets the butt of the rifle snugly sit in it as the barrel neatly runs upwards, sticking out of the top of the pack.

This configuration allows for an easy draw when you need the rifle in an instant. Still, when not in need of the rifle, the pocket securely holds it allowing you to move freely and easily.

Freighter Frame With Lashing Straps

We know that such a big backpack is bound to get quite heavy. Perhaps you’re worried about how you’ll be able to carry it with ease and still trek for miles, looking for a game to hunt. Well, don’t worry.

The OutdoorZ has attached to it a strongly built frame. This frame allows the weight to evenly distribute on your back, relieving the strain and stress from your shoulders. It will then comfortably deliver this load to your waist and hips giving you an upright gait and making it all mush easier to carry.

You’ll be surprised how effortless you’ll haul the entire load. Still, the backpack can detach from the frame so that it doubles as a standalone freighter frame. The lashing straps on it will allow you to strap on extra weight, perhaps even the meat on your way back.


  • The ALPS OutdoorZ Commander backpack has a generous carrying capacity of 5250 cubic inches.
  • It is made of a durable Ripstop nylon fabric which also presents a waterproof quality.
  • With a rifle holder, the backpack conveniently holds your firearm allowing for easy reach when in need of it.
  • The numerous pockets and compartments provide secure storage of your gear.
  • This backpack has a hydration pocket in which you can insert a reservoir to supply you with water while on the move.
  • The OutdoorZ is attached to a frame which eases the carrying of a heavy load.
  • This frame can be detached to act as a standalone freighter frame.
  • With more than enough webbing loops on the face of the pack, extra gear can be attached to the outside of the backpack.


  • The shoulder straps seem to be poorly made. They fail to control weight properly as the bottom doesn’t attach to the frame.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is this backpack waterproof?

A: Yes, it is. The ripstop nylon fabric does a good job at warding off the water.

Q: Will this backpack be able to carry a sleeping bag?

A: The bag can be tied to the bottom of the frame.

Q: What is the range of adjustment for the torso?

A: It can be adjusted within a range of 17 to 23 inches.

Q: What are the dimensions of the spotting scope pocket?

A: 16 inches by 6 inches by 2.5 inches.

Q: What is the weight of the backpack alone?

A: It weighs just 7 pounds.

Final Verdict

It’s unanimous; the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander backpack is an amazing best bow hunting pack with excellent features.

This spectacular creation has the capacity to carry enough gear for more than a week’s hunting expedition and allows you to haul the meat back using the freighter frame easily.

The ripstop nylon keeps it in good condition while protecting your gear inside. There aren’t many backpacks that get everything right, but the OutdoorZ does. On that note, we give this backpack two thumbs up.


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