I’ve recently started getting into precision rifle shooting. All of the sudden, my nice little range bag was stuffed full of tools I needed to keep organized and accessible. My old range bag just wasn’t up to the task. I had a chance to test out Red Rock Outdoor’s Transporter Pack and wanted to know if it would fit the bill. It needs to be spacious but not huge, organized but not cramped and comfortable yet durable. Would the Transporter work for me?
Before using the Transporter as a range bag, I took it up to Alaska and lived out of it for a month on a commercial fishing vessel. It held my clothes, camera, knives, thermal, notebooks and other tools. I took it on a number of 2-4 mile hikes and can say it does a great job of distributing weight. The straps are comfortably padded and the back panel has a nice mesh ventilation layer that keeps the pack from soaking your back in sweat when the miles add up.
Now I’m using the Transporter as a dedicated range bag for my long-range shooting setup. Ammo, grub, suppressor, water, notebook, snookie and more are all tucked in nice and cozy. The bag itself is my shooting rest and takes a little bit of a beating but still hasn’t shown signs of wear.
Many tactical gear manufacturers have moved away from 1000D fabrics, noting that quality 500d or 600d fabrics with reinforced stress points will do the job satisfactorily with less weight. The Transporter comes in at 2 lbs and has an interior space of 10″ x 17″ x 8″. I feel like the layout of the inside the pack has a great balance between segmented pockets and open space for MRE’s, hydration bladders and the like. This bag looks and carries small but feels very spacious once you open it up. The compression straps along the sides do an excellent job of keeping your gear secure inside the pack and help eliminate “battle rattle”.