There used to be a time when hiking and hunting in the great outdoors was a chance to escape from civilization. To disappear into a world without phones and Filofaxes. Of course, there were downsides to this splendid isolation (*cough* Deliverance *cough*). And now that phones have lost their cords and paper organizers have given way to GPS-enabled handheld computers (complete with iCal and YouTube tips on how to build an emergency shelter), hitting the trail without some kind of electronic device means turning your back on safety. Which makes battery life/weight something of a worry – especially if you’re schlepping a Trackingpoint precision-guided rifle. Well worry no mo’. Texas’s Eclipse Solar Gear‘s got your back. Literally . . .
The company makes a wide range of solar backpacks. And now they make a tacticool product specifically designed for owners of a Trackingpoint precision guided firearm. The press release [via ammmoland.com] provides the deets of the Trackingpoint-branded backpack:
The backpack is made from 1000D Cordura and features multiple organizer pockets and accessory pockets, including a zippered tablet or iPad pocket, MOLLE compatible side panels for a selection of accessory pouches, a rear zippered cavity for insertion of a Kevlar Class 3a bulletproof panel (an accessory), padded quick release shoulder straps, a padded removable waist strap, and a rear concealed handgun pocket.
The Trackingpoint Solar Backpack features an efficient, lightweight, flexible, thin film solar panel providing up to 4 Watts of power to recharge your mobile devices and wearable technologies quickly and efficiently. The Trackingpoint Folding Charger provides up to 16 Watts of power for fast and efficient charging out in the field. Both chargers feature USB and 12V charging ports.
While I’m not [yet] in the market for a $7500 rifle of any sort, this aspiring Texas hog hunter wonders how much juice a tent-compatible AC unit would require. Also, what’s up with the gas mask? I didn’t think Ebolanoia would spread that quickly.