SEVR Broadhead Review

2019 is the first year that mechanical broadheads are legal in my home state of Oregon. Naturally, I am curious to explore the realm of mechanical broadheads, especially as someone who obsesses over accuracy with my compound equipment. The SEVR broadhead was the first mechanical I purchased after the 2018 season, and after having them since January, I'm quite happy with the purchase.

There is a bit of background to why I became interested in a mechanical broadhead in the first place. At one point in time, I swore I wouldn't shoot them even if they were someday legalized. However, after seeing close friends around the country have great success with them, and then also identifying the short comings of fixed blade broadheads in some major ways, my mind has opened up to the use of them a bit. This is by no way me making a claim for mechanical broadheads over fixed blades, in fact Ill be the first to admit that I haven't even hunted with the SEVR yet. I do however think they hold a lot of potential as a broadhead.

No broadhead is perfect in all scenarios. If you hit shoulder, and you'll want a strong fixed blade head. If you hit too far back toward the stomach, you might wish you had a mechanical. Steep downhill angles with bad footing... the mechanical will win again, where as a close range frontal shot is probably better with a fixed blade. Either way, they both have merit, but this post is about the SEVR specifically, and I will defer the broadhead debate until a later day.

SEVR Broadhead attached to Easton arrow

SEVR Deep 6 100 Grain on Easton Arrow


Right out the package, the broadheads feel stout, especially for a mechanical. The titanium ferrule is strong and stiff, and the blades feel as durable as and fixed blade that has replaceable blades. Consistency is also very good across the 7 that I have.


Mine all weigh in within 3/10ths of a grain of each other on a powder scale, which is quite accurate. I tested my field points for a reference, and they weighed in at 100.0 exactly. My SEVR heads weigh in between 98.6 and 98.9 grains right out of the box. The machining tolerances appear to be very tight, and it appears that the .3 difference in weight variation may actually be coming from the O-rings supplied to hold the blades. I haven't tested that quite enough though to say so definitively. It is important to note for reference that I have the 100 grain Deep-six model.

SEVR Broadhead on scale

SEVR Deep 6 Broadhead Weight of 98.6 Grains

Easton Field TIp on scale

Easton Deep 6 100 Grain Field Point

Spin Testing

From the package it doesn't seem to matter which arrow and broadhead I screw together, they all spin like a dream. I have long been a stickler for making sure my arrows are prepped and squared properly when I build them, but either way these heads spin as well as anything I have bought before. I have not found any issues whatsoever in regards to straightness or run out in the set I have.


Sharpness is probably the largest downfall I've seen to the SEVR broadhead so far. While the heads aren't miserably dull, they just don't feel hair popping sharp either. The grind on the blades is fairly rough, and isn't honed to a fine edge like I'd like. It's definitely possible to hone the blades upon receiving them, which is what I will most likely do, but it'd be nice to need to.


Blade Angle

SEVR Broadhead open showing blade angle

SEVR Broadhead Open

Blade angle I suppose is a lot of the give and take relationship of a mechanical head. While the 2.1" cutting diameter does punch a big hole, it does so by a fairly aggressive blade angle, which doesn't do penetration any favors. For me, this is less of an issue as I shoot an 80# bow, and a relatively heavy at arrow. Even with the blade angle and loss of energy to open the head, my bow should easily drive this setup through anything up through elk, as long as the arrow hits where I want it to and doesn't encounter any significant bone.

The blade angle though, like I had mentioned, is a give and take. By having a more aggressive angle, the blades and ferrule are reduced in overall length, which helps increase durability and straightness.

Pivoting Blades

SEVR makes a pretty big deal about this feature, as did the Ulmer edge. Personally I don't think its a bad thing. I like how the blades lock into the open position, but still fold forward some so that the broadhead isn't considered barbed. I suppose in just the right scenario the pivoting blades could help as the head grazes by a bone and narrowly avoids it, but I doubt this scenario is really all that much of an issue most of the time. From what I have seen with major bone contact, the entire arrow is dead centered into bone when problems occur.

Practice Mode

The ability to practice with the exact broadhead is a huge selling point for me on the SEVR broadhead. A set screw and a couple extra O-rings are provided with each broadhead. By placing the set screw into the ferrule, the blades are locked shut, and can be shot without opening. This provides exact testing specific to each arrow-broadhead combination before heading to the field with it in your quiver. Two things sold me on the SEVR broadhead and this was one of them. Shooting them this way has lived up exactly how I expected it to.


For me this was it. Accuracy was the very first and primary reason that I bought some SEVR broadheads to try. I can happily say that they have lived up to every bit of my expectations in this department.

Fixed blade broadheads, no matter how well they're tuned, always have an issue when it comes to very steep shots at severe angles, and especially when bad footing is present. Anyone who is honest with themselves and knows enough about technical archery knows that your bow is effectively detuned when your shooting position and form are compromised. Unfortunately for those of us that hunt in the mountains, that is quite often on every shot.

This is the first broadhead I have ever been able to shoot on a bare shaft without fletches. To me, this is an incredible feat. Every mechanical broadhead I've ever tried this with (out of a compound) end up planning off in some direction, and typically snaps the arrow in half as the broadhead buries into the ground at a poor angle. The SEVR has repeatedly shot right with fletched field tip arrows out to 60 yards with no difference in group size. It flies incredibly well.

A large part of this with the SEVR is its design that leaves almost no blade surface exposed when folded up. This makes it incredibly arrow dynamic, and combined with its tight tolerances, makes it a dream to shoot.

SEVR Broadhead in individual package.

SEVR Broadhead in Package


So far I'll give this broadhead an 8.5/10. Its a really solid broadhead, and its only downside to me is the lack of sharpness, and possibly the blade angle. I think a 1.75" version of similar size with an improved angle (and sharper blades) would make this broadhead perfect in my eyes. That being said, I'm not sure if you could find one that's more accurate to shoot. At the end of the day, an arrow flying straight and hitting the right spot will have all the penetration it needs.


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Hilleberg Akto Review

The Hilleberg Akto was intoruduced in 1995, and has since become one of the most renowned single person shelters. After more than two decades of use, it has stood the test of time for good reason.


Brilliant would sum up my opinion of it. By utilizing a tunnel tent design, the Hilleberg Akto needs only one pole to achieve its great strength. This one pole combined with its six guylines and four additional staking points makes the tent feel as stout as bunker when correctly pitched.

By also utilizing the built in square framing on the ends, this tent achieves a great two layer design, with full separation between the layers of fabric. Doing so provides for great ventilation and air movement when the 3 vents on the tent are utilized.

With the additional internal vestibule, and side entry, getting in and out of this tent is simple and easy.

The vestibule provides ample space for an entire kit of solo backpacking gear. It also makes a dry area to get your boots on and off without dragging them into the tent, or leaving them out in the weather.


After all, it is a Hilleberg. Not much more needs to be said than that alone.

The Kerlon 1200 fabric and 9mm DAC aluminum pole are fantastic. Combine this with quality craftsman ship, and this tent will easily last for decades of use outdoors.


This is my favorite part of the Hilleberg Akto. It’s incredibly robust in all conditions. Wind, snow, rain... none of them seem to phase it in my experience.

With true four season capabilities, the Hilleberg Akto has suited me very well in all seasons of mountain hunting over the past 7 years. When I purchased it originally, I was more attracted by how lightweight it was, but over time its strength has impressed me.

The Akto falls into Hilleberg’s Red Label line of tents, which provide four season strength at the lightest possible weight.

Several times I’ve had this tent in sustained winds over 50 mph, and it’s come out the other side without a sign of wear. I have enjoyed many comfortable nights, despite horrendous storms in this tent.


There are lighter tents around, but most of them would be stretching the imagination to even classify as three season capable.

Mine packed with a full set of titanium stakes and Dyneema guyline weighs in right at three lbs. Heavier than some lighter duty tents, but for a true four season shelter, I haven’t found a design that can match it.

For fair weather trips I often lean towards a hilleberg tarp, but when the weather is questionable to poor, I always reach for the Akto. Knowing that this small three pound package has my back no matter what is a nice peace of mind.

Ease of Use

As someone who moves camp most days while hunting, I like a tent that is easy and fast to setup and take down.

I can easily set up or take down this tent in just a couple of minutes by myself. With the single pole design, there isn’t much more to do than remove the stakes and fold the pole. An oversized stuff bag helps for quick take down as well, and within minutes I can have camp broken down and be on my way.

I have found this speed and ease of set-up/tear-down to be very important for me while hunting. It makes for less wasted time and energy each morning when I need to get on my way before daylight.


From sea level, to mountaineering trips, to backcountry hunting, I have carried the Akto all over the NW United States. While it’s one downside could be that it’s not a freestanding design, I have always found a way to get the tent pitched in every situation.

While it is strong enough for late season snow storms, it has also proved to have adequate ventilation for spring and summer use.

The Akto is easily my favorite shelter of the 5 or so that I own. Sure there are times where I cut some weight and take a good tarp, but nothing feels as much like home as this tent. The Hilleberg Hotel is always a welcomed sight at the end of the day.

9 Pieces of Gear For Less Than $10 That Can Make or Break A Hunt

These 9 items fall into that category for me that get put off and often forgot about. You could purchase this entire list for $70, and yet it could have more impact on your hunts this fall than almost any other gear if the situation arises. I have found all of these items incredibly useful in the past, and I hope that you find this list helpful as we head into the fall hunting seasons.

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Kifaru Sheep Tarp Review- & 2 Great Ways To Pitch It

A few posts ago I shared some thoughts as to why a tarp is my favorite shelter for backpacking and back pack hunting. If you missed it you can read that here. In that article I mentioned that I primarily use two tarp sizes, a 10x12 and a 9x5. This is about my 9x5 tarp, which is my go to option for solo backpacking and hunting.The Kifaru sheep tarp is a product I picked up over the last winter after having my old 9x5 tarp (Jimmy Tarps) rip apart on me last fall. Since that time, and after going through the spring hunting seasons with it, I have really come to enjoy the Sheep Tarp, and like it quite a bit better than the cheaper competitor that I had before.


I don't think I need to explain what 9'x5' looks like, you get the idea. However, if you're new to using a tarp, or new to this size, the important takeaway here is that it's small. A 9x5 tarp provides about the minimal amount of space necessary for one person to hunker down with his/her gear at either the foot or head end of the laying position. When pitched I some sort of a-frame, there is only about 3.5' or some of width underneath the tarp. This provides just enough room for a nights sleep for one person.I will be the first to admit that this isn't the most luxurious size of tarp, but what you gain for giving up some room is pack space, The stuff sack that is sewn to this tarp lends it to look about like a Nalgene bottle in stature when stored. However, if you cram it into a tight spot in your pack its more like an average to slightly large apple in size. That is with the 75' of guyline I have tied to it at all times, but more on that later. You also gain a weight savings over the larger tarps.


The Sheep Tarp weighs in at around 11 ounces with my guyline tied to it. Its closer to 9.5 ounces out of the box. That kind of weight is pretty damn impressive for a solo shelter that you can easily sit upright underneath. It's no secret that the fastest way to cut pack weight down is to minimize the weight coming from the so called "big 3." Big 3 meaning your sleeping bag, shelter, and backpack. Having a shelter under 1lb sets you on your way to have a sleep system that all together should be easily under 4lbs.Now a 9.5 ounce tarp of this size is fairly average for a nylon variety, which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. There really isn't a whole lot of ways to cut weight on a tarp outside of making it smaller or using lighter materials. If I was concerned about weight to a larger degree, I would opt for a cuben fiber tarp, but from what I have seen of the couple cuben pieces ive had, it's durability as a fabric is a major concern. It would also cost at least an extra $100 if not more.

Why Kifaru

So why did I purchase this tarp over all the other options and why do I like it so much? My first answer to that question is... Durability. If you know Kifaru, you know that their products are built to last and this tarp is no different. After being underwhelmed by how my last tarp held up, I didn't want to be dealing with that scenario again. The nylon blend that Kifaru uses is proprietary to them as far as I know, and it is very durable. When I bought the sheep tarp I knew that I was getting a very high quality, and high tensile strength fabric, which was one of my main considerations when shopping for this.Another reason that I love this tarp is because it has so many tie out points. I wish more companies would add additional tie outs. In the scheme of things an extra 4-6 tie out loops around a tarp don't add much more than an ounce or two of weight, and they allow you to pitch a tarp in dozens of more ways than you could without them. I feel like this is especially important on a 9x5 tarp, because sometimes you need to get fairly creative in dealing with what you have when a storm comes in. The extra ridgeline tie out points make all the difference in being able to pitch this tarp in a manner that will get you through a storm comfortably as opposed to being awake all night as the rain blows in.



Probably the most basic and easiest pitch to envision, this is one that I still use a lot when the weather is good to fair. It allows for good head height for sitting underneath the tarp, and is very simple to set up. In the picture below I have used two trekking poles to suspend the ridgeline, and then stake the 4 corners and one middle tie-out on each long side. Often I use trees to suspend the ridgeline at either one end or both if I can manage, as they are quicker to tie off to, and are more rigid and stable that trekking poles. However, if the right trees aren't around my selected campsite then trekking poles or a couple of stout sticks are my solution.I typically pitch in the a-frame configuration when I don't expect much rain or just want some shade in the middle of the day to take a nap. If I expect a clear night I would also pitch this way just as a precaution so that I don't have to get out of bed to avoid a little rain shower passing over in the middle of the night. With the sheep tarp and its size, I like to have the ridgeline at about my sternum in terms of height.DSC03713

Storm Pitch

I will admit that I don't really know the proper name for this configuration, but this is the pitch I use when I expect the weather to be moderate to shitty. I've heard it referred to as the tetra wedge, but I'm not so sure someone else didn't just come up with that on the fly either. What it is though, is essentially a modified a frame. This pitch is one that I really like, and one of the main reasons I bought a sheep tarp over its competitors. Without the additional ridgeline tie outs, this configuration doesn't work. This is also one of the best pitches I've found to seal out some bad weather in a small tarp.The important thing to note when setting up this way is to place the end that is enclosed, preferably towards your feet, in the direction the wind is coming. This will seal out all of the windblown rain and keep you and your gear nice and dry. With that in mind its fairly simple, start by staking one of the narrow ends to the ground, and then suspend the ridgeline with a pole or tree on the opposite end. From there grab the ridgeline tie out closest to the end that is staked flat, and using a trekking pole or overhanging branch, tie upward tension on the tarp so that it gives room for you to lay underneath. After that is done it is simply a matter of staking out the remaining two corner and 1-3 more guyouts on each of the long sides of the tarp.DSC03718DSC03717


When you buy your Sheep Tarp, there is a bit of guyline included but not much, and not of a kind that I like in the least. The two things that you also will need to purchase are cordage and stakes. For cordage, I will save you the effort of looking and just tell you to order 1.2mm z-line. It took me years to discover this stuff, and honestly there is nothing else like it on the planet. It weighs less than an ounce for 50' and its strong enough to hang at least two elk quarters from one piece (I've done it). It also has no stretch, and it tangles much less than other options. I have had z line on anything that I use cordage on now for years, and there really isn't a reason to go with something else. The fact that it hasn't made its way into REI or some place similar by now boggles my mind.I personally have around 12' of cordage on each of the ridgeline tieouts. I then added 6' roughly to each of the remaining 10 tie outs around the perimeter of the tarp. Lastly, I have two 10' sections of cordage that I keep in my stake bag to use in a situation where I implement my storm pitch from above, where I will tie a 10' section on to a ridgline point. I leave all of the perimeter tie outs with cord attached in the stuff sack, but for whatever reason I prefer to remove the cordage from the center tarp tie outs and keep them in my stake bag. Either way it doesn't really matter, but leaving the cordage around the tarp perimeter makes setup much faster. This is also another reason to use the Z-line I mentioned because it tangles minimally in the stuff sack.Secondly you'll need to buy some tent stakes, or use ones that you already have. I usually try to carry 6-8 stakes, and they are usually a mix of some ultralight carbon ones as well as some DAC aluminum v-pegs. The v-pegs are what I use for ridgelines and high tension points, and the ultralight carbon stakes usually hold side guylines in place. Whenever possible I tie off to trees, logs, or rocks as well as they usually hold far better than a 5" stake can. Often I carry less stakes than spots that I tie the tarp off to, but between using natural tie off points, and occasionally fashioning my own stake from a stick, I've never been in a situation with 6-8 stakes that I couldn't make work.

Kifaru Muskeg Review- Part 1

Are you thinking about making the Kifaru Muskeg your latest purchase? Well after getting mine in the mail last week hopefully I can shed some light on my feelings and thoughts about it, and why I think it may be my favorite pack to date after trying well over a dozen different models in the past. There are several things that I am loving about this new design right out of the box.

Duplex Lite Frame

First off I want to mention the new frame which has been paired with the release of the Kifaru Muskeg. The duplex lite is quite possibly the most significant upgrade to this new pack over the hunting frame/woodsman combo I had previously been using. The differences looked subtle at first, and I wondered how much difference I would really notice, but as soon as I tried it on I had no more questions. The simple addition of the horizontal crossmember to the frame makes the frame leaps and bounds more rigid horizontally, which was my only real complain with the older version.Also, although I obviously don't have a ton of time under this pack yet, it seems that the breathability and airflow for the wearer's back will be much better. For someone who sweats a lot, and who has had heat stroke twice, this is also something that I care a bit about. The new lumbar pad on the duplex lite is also a little better in feel in my personal opinion, and as before, Kifaru still has the best hip belt that I have seen on any pack, any where. The hip belt alone is what convinced me to switch to a Kifaru backpack in the first place.DSC03575-2

Muskeg 3000

This bag really is my favorite to date. I have griped a bit in the past about there not being a great offering from Kifaru in the real of 3,000-4,000 cubic inch bags, which is the sweet spot for what I like in a pack. The Woodsman was an appealing option when it was released, and it served me well over the last year. However, I had some things that I didn't particularly care for personally, but this muskeg has addressed those.My main complaint with my previous pack was that the compression straps were on piece that ran fully around the bag. Sometimes this works great, but at times it leaves a bit to be desired. Specifically with the use of the meat shelf, the compression system of the woodsman was impossible to get as tight as I wanted it at times. The muskeg now has separate compression on both sides of the bag, and it runs in the proper direction as well (meaning the buckle end is towards the frame not the middle of the bag.)I also really like the incorporation of the xpac fabric, and the overlayed 500d cordura in all of the spots where it is likely to encounter the most abuse. This allows for a pack with a few extra features at a similar weight to one that has no features, or at a lighter weight than one made of only 500d. A couple of my favorite features on the pack are the small slot pockets for tripod legs on both sides of the pack, and the side zip entry.DSC03560I have long viewed a side zip entry as the best possible zip access for a bag from a bowhunter's perspective, because you can access the bag without removing a bow that is cinched to the pack. The zipper on this bag, and on the xpac belt pouches for that matter too, is the smoothest and best feeling waterproof zipper I have seen on any bag. Usually waterproof zippers are stiff and a pain to use, but this one is fantastic, and probably even better than the zipper on the 500d bags. I also am enjoying the slim outside pocket that runs down the back, which will allow me to stash my hat, gloves, and an empty water bladder in a spot that is easy to access.The 3,000 cubic inch version is an extremely sleek and slim pack which I really like about it, however, the great part about the muskeg is that Kifaru has offered it in 3 sizes so that you can tailor the bag to the amount of space you need. After several initial loadings of the pack with all my archery elk gear, it seems that I can get all my gear plus about 6 days of food inside this bag for me. I would be able to stretch this pack out for 10+ days by leaving my camera out, but instead I will most likely attach a guide lid in the case of trips beyond the 5-7 day mark.If you have a system of ultralight gear that is minimal and very dialed, then the Muskeg 3000 might be right for you. For general backpacking use I think most people would find the 5000 cu in model most effective, and for those with cold weather gear or long extended trips, the 7000 inch bag may be the perfect fit. Whichever one you pick, this is a pack that I am really excited about wearing for the upcoming fall, and probably well into the future. It has everything I need in a pack while being able to maintain the compact feel that I like on my back.

Mystery Ranch Pintler Review- Part 1 (Initial thoughts)

A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to win a pack from Mystery Ranch from their #hauloffame photo contest on Instagram. They were gracious enough to pick my photo, and then let me pick out a pack paired with their guidelight frame. A week later it showed up on the front porch. This will be my initial thoughts and impressions about the pack, and later on this fall, after I get to throw some elk meat in it a time or two, I will write some more about my thoughts on it.To be completely honest, I had a Mystery Ranch pack, well packs actually, in the past. I had a crewcab, Metcalf, and dragonslayer at different points in time, but I sold those off about 5 years ago to explore other options. Since then, I have used both Kifaru and Stone Glacier with great success, and have had a few packs from both of them respectively. Originially, I had some things that I didn't particularly like about Mystery Ranch's old NICE frame, but from initial impressions it seems that they have fixed the majority of what I disliked about that system. Below are the areas that I felt like my old Mystery Ranch pack lacked in, and how I feel that the issues were solved in the newer version that has been out for a few years.WeightThis is the obvious one in my opinion. Not everything about a pack can be summed up by total weight by any means, but it does factor in, at least to me. The crewcab pack I had back in 2012 weighed in at 7lbs and 14oz empty and without add on accessories. To me, an 8lb empty pack is overkill, even for the level of durability that a mystery ranch product provides. Stone glacier has proven that an incredibly durable and reliable pack can be built for well under 5lbs, and even under 4lbs in some of their products, while still remaining capable of carry weights into triple digit figures.I was happy to see that when I put the pintler on the scale it was much closer to the 5lb mark than it's older predecessor, thelongbow, was on the NICE frame. It still won't be the lightest pack on the market, but they've cut the weight down enough to make it a competitive option while still providing a very good frame for load hauling.Load Lifter/ Frame HeightThis is probably the number one reason I had sold my NICE frame and pack bags originally. The old frame had no functional shoulder lift other than a glorified stabilizer strap from the shoulder straps to the top of a short frame. Around the time I sold my NICE frame Mystery Ranch did come out with an add on accessory that I believe was called a lift kit, but it added even more weight to the old design, and just seemed like too much of a bandaid to me.Notice the lack of load lifters on the older NICE frame.Improved frame height on the guidelight frameThe newer guidelight frame addressed this issue in its design by providing a taller frame and plenty of lift for people of average height. It may have adequate lift for longer torso sizes as well, but I can't especially comment on that as I am only 5'8". There is plenty of rigidity in the frame to get the lift needed, and the angle is adjustable at least on the lower side where it attaches to the shoulder straps. I also like that the frame attachment for the load lifter and the upper compression straps come from the same point on the top of the frame, which helps the two opposite forces balance each other out some and eliminate some stress.Waist BeltWhile not a deal breaker before the old waistbelt was a standard outward pull belt. While functional enough, it lacks the ability at times to get enough tension on the belt to switch a load fully to the hips. I'm once again, the guidelight frame addressed this and includes a center pull belt that tightens much more easily and smoothly than the old design. The belt is also better ergonomically fit wise in my opinion, and more comfortable from my initial impressions with some weight in the pack for brief stints. More testing of it this fall though will help me decide if it's as effective as I think it will be.Load ShelfAt the time the NICE frame was released the load shelf idea wasn't nearly as popular as it is now. There were people, including myself, who were strapping meat between the bag and frame still, and it worked just fine. The guidelight has what Mystery Ranch refers to as the overload feature. This means there is a panel sewn to the bag and buckled into the frame underneath the bag for extra space when the two are separated.The extra panel isn't necessary to pack things in this location, as I've done it plenty of times without this feature. However, it's a nice add on feature that certainly doesn't hurt at all when getting some extra gear or meat on your pack.The shelf on this pack is well designed and quick to access. Some other packs can take quite some time to get everything readjusted and tensioned correctly for the shelf to carry well. The design on this pack is well thought out and works efficiently, letting you turn a small pack into something to carry your gear plus 60lbs or more of meat at the same time. I am also very fond of having good compression at all 4 sides of the frame, which this pack does very well.The mystery ranch tri zip design paired with the internal pocketing of the pintler makes for a pretty awesome bag.SummaryOverall I really like this pack so far. It solves every issue I had with my previous Mystery Ranch pack, at least on first appearance. The tri zip design of the bag is also why I chose this bag when they gave me the option. It's by far my favorite design of any bag I've used, and it's incredibly organized and easy to access all of your pack contents at any time. It's also one of the easiest designs to load when packing up.It seems every bit as quality as the American sewn packs I've had from Mystery Ranch as well as other companies, and I don't have any initial reservations about quality. It also includes some of the great designs that Mystery Ranch has developed over the years like the adjustable yolk for torso length sizing. The bag attachment system is similar in that it is also a very elegant design to seamlessly accomplish what it need to and do so in a very easy manner for the end user.Overall I'm very excited to put a little bit of time under this pack and really give it a spin in order to compare it to a couple of other packs from Kifaru this fall. I'm not sure that I will prefer it any more over what I have been using, but it's a worthy competition and a very good option, especially at retail price of under $500.Look for my full detailed review on this pack later in the year.