The Tenzing product line was born by engineers thinking outside of the box of what had always been the norm for hunting packs. For 2013 they are at it again, but this time thinking outside of the frame. Proof comes in the form of the new Tenzing TZ CF13 Carbon Fiber Frame System.
It only takes a quick glance to realize that the TZ CF13 is something special, and then the “WOW” really comes when the frame is picked up. The carbon fiber frame and suspension together weigh only 3 pounds, 8 ounces, yet have been designed to be the most comfortable wearing pack frame system on the market capable and expandable to carry whatever the hunter can imagine. But that’s what the TZ CF13 is all about … versatility. It can be used as a frame only, or as a more traditional hunting pack when fitted with the Tenzing custom components that are included with the system.
Tenzing’s frame is constructed with 100-percent carbon fiber; it contains no fiberglass fillers. During the manufacturing process, the frame is pre-impregnated with aerospace grade resin, externally pressurized, and then heat cured to solidify its construction. Based upon field-tested requirements, it is built with a quasi-isotropic, balanced layup of 2×2 twill weave carbon fiber. This ensures the ideal strength-to-weight ratio. After curing, the solid composite frame is extracted from the mold and then handcrafted and precision-machined to exacting specifications, with all processes occurring right here in the USA.
The frame’s form-fitting rigid shape and fully adjustable suspension system are all about wearer comfort and hauling big loads. It has been designed to flex with movement of the hips as you walk, yet remain extremely rigid allowing the load to stay secure and tight against the body.
The TZ CF13 offers so many loading options with its amazing suspension system that it’s virtually impossible to calculate a maximum cubic inches capacity by which most packs are measured. Included with the system is a top that comes off and can be used as a fanny pack. Also, the pack has wings on each side that wrap around a 24” x 11.5” x 7” bag. On the frame is a bottom Dyneema® shelf. Located inside the Dyneema shelf is a hunter orange pullout for use as a safety feature when packing horns. For even more packing options, the pack has six horizontal compression straps – three on the frame and three on the wings – and two vertical compression straps on the bottom reservoir. Last but not least, there are two removable hip pockets.
The pack system’s innovative new ergonomic waist belt rides where it is supposed to and adjusts easily with pulls on both sides for centering the load when buckling up. Elastic cuffs keep the straps quiet and secure while the wearer is moving.
The entire TZ CF13 system comes with everything listed above, weighs just under 6 pounds altogether and has the capability to carry payloads of more than 300 pounds.
The Tenzing TZ CF13 frame color is light gray, and the pack is Loden Green. The new carbon fiber frame system retails for around $700.
For more information about the TZ CF13 and all Tenzing products, visit www.TenzingOutdoors.com.
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