Slumberjack Rail Hauler 2500
by Darren Choate
You just got a clean kill – now the real work begins. With a supportive external frame and removable pack, the Rail Hauler 2500 can comfortably carry the heaviest loads. The Rail Hauler’s lightweight aluminum frame is designed to handle up to 200 pounds, giving you the perfect platform for hauling anything from overnight gear to an elk quarter. Wrap-around ‘wings’ combine with a vertical strap system to securely hold your load in place, while a folding shelf on the bottom supports the weight.
The removable roll-top pack can be used alone, or with the frame in two different carry modes – standard, with the pack close to your back, or in ‘trophy carry’ mode with space to haul gear between the frame and the bag. Versatile weapon carry system easily handles rifles or bows, and stows away when not in use. Kryptek® multi-level camo pattern gives you the latest in concealment technology. -Slumberjack
Put to the Test
This fall, I put the Slumberjack Rail Hauler 2500 to the test – on both a Coues whitetail and a late season bull elk hunt. After a couple months in the field, covering several miles and thousands of vertical feet (both up and down) I was impressed by the comfort of the pack, especially the comfort of the heavily-padded hip belt and shoulder straps. Not once did I experience any chaffing or discomfort from any part of the pack.
The pack has plenty of room for any/all gear required for the Western hunter. Although, there is really only one main gear compartment, which does make it difficult to organize gear, the pack has a couple of locations with PALS webbing for additional organizational attachments. I was able to carry and access my Swarovski 15 x 56 binoculars, Manfrotto tripod (attached via the multi-weapon carry system), knives, food, water, etc., without much problem.
When the work began, I was glad to have a pack with an aluminum frame; it just offers more stability and places to tie down a heavy load. My son and I traded off packing out four deer quarters on the pack at one time (in addition to my existing hunting gear). We had to descend 1,200 feet in elevation, and in spite of the fact that we did not tie down the load well, the pack did its job well.
On the late season elk hunt, I took the detachable pack off of the frame and used just the pack frame, while another individual carried the pack with my gear. I tied on two front elk quarters, and made my way to the truck, which was one-mile away, uphill. Again, the load on the aluminum frame stayed in place using just the existing carry straps, with the quarters resting on the support shelf.
If you are looking for a new pack for your western hunt in rugged and remote country, I definitely encourage you to take a look at Slumberjack’s, Rail Hauler 2500.
Slumberjack Rail Hauler 2500
- Torso: 17.5″ – 20.5″
- Volume: 2,500 – 5,000 cubic inches
- Weight: 6 lbs 15 oz
- Height: 31″
- Width: 13″
- Depth: Variable
- Giant trophy carry system with aluminum support shelf and four compression panels
- Detachable 2500 cubic inch roll-top pack can be re-attached to frame in trophy carry mode
- Stowable and versatile multi-weapon carry system easily transports your bow or rifle
- Comfortable, easy to use torso adjustment system
- Heavy duty external frame carries up to 200 pounds
- Removable hip belt can be transfered from rail frame to roll-top pack
- PALS webbing provides multiple attachment points for accessories
- Paddle holster compatible hip belt
For more info, visit http://www.slumberjack.com/p-630-rail-hauler-2500.aspx?category=backpacks.
Darren is the Founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his career in the outdoors, Darren served as an Airman in the US Air Force. As a freelancer, his articles have been published online and featured in magazines such as Western Whitetail, Western Hunter, Quality Whitetails, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Fur-Fish-Game, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish Magazine. Additionally, Darren spent time as the Editor In Chief of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Archery Business, and Hunting Retailer magazines with Grand View Outdoors. He is a voting member and supporter of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Although he lives in elk and Coues country, Darren enjoys hunting across the country and writing about his experiences.