New Gear, Daypack, Deer Hunting, ALPs Huntress, Kristen Schmitt

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During last fall’s archery deer season, the ALPS OutdoorZ Huntress pack became my regular hunting companion—both in the various treestands on our property and on treks to them, including one stand that’s accessible only by canoe. Lightweight and durable, the Huntress features a slim and trim frame that’s made for a woman’s build, and yet the pack holds plenty for a day’s hunt. There are also compression straps on the outside to lash on additional gear, such as an extra outer jacket should you get cold mid-hunt. The front pockets on the padded waist belt were perfect for holding my release as I hiked in or climbed up to my stand. Once there, I kept the pack handy on a nearby hook.

Capacity: 2200 in³ / 36L
Weight: 2 lb. 14 oz.
Vented back for air flow
Padded waist belt with two pockets
Bottom and side compression straps


This bag has the essential feature that every woman looks for in gear made for us: It fits. It’s not bulky like most backpacks that are geared toward a stockier male frame. It’s perfect for a daylong hunt or hike. The organization sleeve in the front pocket keeps your hunting license, pen, flashlight, and other small items all in one, easy-to-access place.

New Gear, Daypack, Deer Hunting, ALPs Huntress, Kristen Schmitt


The drop-down Weapon Pocket, while useful in theory if you have a long hike in, is clearly designed to hold a gun, not a bow. I’m also much more inclined to use a separate water bottle than the hydration pocket and port, but that’s a personal preference.

The Bottom Line

The Huntress is one of the few packs I’ve seen that puts it all together—compact, functional, and made to fit a woman’s body. It’s become a favorite piece of gear in my hunting arsenal.