ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack, A First Impression

Alps OutdoorZ Pathfinder PackAt first glance, the Pathfinder from ALPS OutdoorZ looks like a well-appointed fanny pack that would be perfect for light and fast missions. However, if you unzip the top compartment, you’ll roll out a day pack section which really expands on the functionality of the pack. Now you have a 44L pack that is more than capable of hauling large and/or heavy loads. I recently took the Pathfinder on an exploratory outing to the Arizona Strip to get acquainted with it. Here are my thoughts so far.

The Pathfinder is one of those pieces of gear where the more you use it, the more you find yourself appreciating it. While loading the pack out for this trip, I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail and how well thought out the pack is in terms of places to store gear. The outside of the pack is just as capable, with a number of straps and attachment points that will allow you to carry large or heavy things. The removable harness is well thought out and the straps adjust to fit well—at least to my anatomy.

During my trip, the pack traveled over 160 miles of dirt roads, collecting enough silt to turn the pack a solid color tan, but my binos and all of my camera lenses stayed spotlessly dust free on the inside. I can’t say the same of other packs that I’ve taken on dirt road excursions in the past. I was able to pack everything I wanted with me for a day in the field, as 44L is more than enough space for an overnight adventure.

Now that I’ve gotten a bit of use out of the pack, I’m eager to see what I can really do with it. The folks over at ALPS OutdoorZ clearly put some time into the design of the Pathfinder, and it shows in the multi-role functionality of the pack. I’m looking forward to seeing how it does carrying a proper load of meat, and likewise, how well it works on some preseason scouting missions. I’ll probably even take it bird hunting just to mix it up. This pack can fill a variety of roles with ease, and I’m expecting nothing other than continued enjoyment from here on out. The Pathfinder is a great ‘quiver of one’ pack, and based on my experience with it this far, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack


  • Our Most Versatile Pack Yet
  • Universal Design that Fits a Wide Variety of Compound Bows
  • Carrying System Designed for Packing Out Meat
  • Designed to Secure and Comfortably Carry Heavy Loads
  • Extension Lashing Straps Included for Extra Large Loads
  • Fanny Pack Expands into Day Pack
  • Adjustable Shoulder Harness
  • Compatible with the Accessory Pockets
  • Pockets: 2 Side, Front and Main, Fanny Pocket, Day Pack Pocket


  • Fanny Pack Capacity: 800 in³
  • Day Pack Capacity: 1900 in³
  • Total Capacity: 2700 in³
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Pattern Options: Realtree Xtra or Realtree MAX-1

Chad de Alva

Chad grew up in Telluride, CO and was learning to ski the day after he started walking. As he grew up, he spent his time exploring the San Juan Mountains on his mountain bike in the summer and on his skis in the winter. He picked up a camera in high school after breaking his collar bone twice–if he could not participate in his favorite sports, he was going to take photos of his friends riding and skiing. He then interned under the photo editor of the local paper to improve his craft and spent more and more of time behind the lens capturing images to tell the stories of his favorite sports and adventures. As digital cameras started to capture video, he was quick to adapt and started shooting video along with still images.

GoPro cameras had not been invented yet, but inspired by ski and mountain bike movies of the day, Chad started jerry-rigging cameras to his helmets to so that he could attempt to replicate some of the shots found in his favorite ski and bike movies. Thankfully, SLR bodies are now environmentally sealed, and GoPro cameras can take a beating so he is not actively destroying cameras–as fast.

Chad was officially introduced to hunting in the fall of 2012 when he went on an Arizona unit 9 archery elk hunt. Under a moonless sky in an endless Ponderosa forest, Chad struggled to find sleep while listening to bulls screaming at each other. The hunt was a mind blowing experience for Chad and set the hook on this sport called hunting. Less than a month later, Chad found himself on an all-night sheep recovery in Arizona’s unit 10. The adventure of 30 miles of hiking in a 24-hour period and watching a good friend tag out on a once in a lifetime hunt made Chad a hunter for life.

In early 2013, Chad started flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to add a new dimension to his work. Today, Chad shoots photos and videos to tell stories and inspire people.