TENZING TZ 2220 Pack.
The purchase & initial impressions
We had decided we needed new packs. Life has changed for us, the terrain, the seasons – everything! We are also aware that here in Canada you can be literally miles away from mobile telephone (cell) service, so there is greater importance on hauling the gear with you to get you back in one piece. It’s very much about personal responsibility………. life saving, even!
So, I had in mind packs (for each of us) that covers most activities we do, comfortable even for long distances, capable & reliable and suitable for hunting/wildlife watching/photography. I was thinking 35+litres and slightly less for herself. For Katie, it was important to get one cut for the female shape – lady specific.
Straight away I thought of the Badlands range, the “Superday” looked just the ticket……. I am a fan of their gear & have a few bits such as the Nano & the quiver, its awesome gear.
Then during my research I came across these: http://www.tenzingoutdoors.com. Specifically the “TZ 2220” Day Hunting Pack (http://www.tenzingoutdoors.com/tz_2220.php) which looked good and a few clicks online seemed like it was capable of doing the business and I wanted to see one in the flesh……..oooh, decisions!
Then after a trip up to Wholesale Sports in Kamloops to get some archery field points we took some time to check out the packs instore (nb. trips there ALWAYS end up costing FAR more than we EVER intend!!). So, none of the Badlands I had fancied were in stock, but no worries – no rush. Then as we were heading out, I saw that they were showcasing the “new” Tenzing stuff, a couple of “fanny packs” (bumbags to us Brits!) and stuffed and sat on a dummy was the TZ 2220…….it looked tidy! Well made, a good size, useful pocket numbers & distribution, “boot” for a bow/rifle, nice looking in Max 1 Camo flavour. I tried it on in store and straight away it was comfortable and the absolute deal clincher was the price tag…$159 ($80 cheaper than usual). So in case you didn’t guess it got bought!
First impressions are that is everything I have been looking for, I would have prefered it in advantage camo but not really bothered, the box it comes in is a bit ridiculous……its HUGE and glossy and expensive looking! But that’s hardly a gripe!
I have loaded it right up, bought and stuck in a 2 litre Platypus bladder and happy I have got it fit to my (ample!) frame. I am looking forward to getting out this weekend for a thorough test, hopefully above the snowline to get it through some pace at least and I will report back. So far though on first impressions, I cannot really fault it……very promising!
Herself I feel has made a wise move and has ordered the Badlands “Kali” which is due any day now from Skyview Outdoors in Vancouver, it will be interesting to compare the two side by side.
Here’s a gallery of photographs of the new pack (no pics of the inside as yet as it was stuffed full already!)…