Greenzone is our favourite camo, no doubt. This time we present you the newest Wisport backpack- the ZipperFox. Unfortunately, due to financial reasons, it has green straps. Why? Because original, greensone straps are waaaaay to expensive, so the producer decided to use single-color straps. Yes, it decreases camoflaged area, but it keeps the price lower.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
ZipperFoxs’ design was, according to the producers, inspired by a Silverfox backpack. It has 40L capablility and weights aruond 1,5kg. It’s available in clolors Olive, CB, black and RAL-7013, priced at 126€ and A-TACS FG/LE, Multican, PenCott Greenzone and Badlands camos, with single color straps for 137€. As you can see it’s preety well priced, especially when you consider how complicated it is. There are no problems with quality, except the color of course. Although, if the were to use Greenzone straps, the price would increase to 160€ (you can get those, if you put up a special order).
From the outside, the front and sides are covered with MOLLE space- as you can not on the entire Surface, only where it is most commonly used.
But there are more important thing than camo. As you can se the overall shape is preety constricted, with compression straps on the sides and bottom with buckles and elastic bands to gather extra straps. They are long enough to be used to hold extra equipement. There are three carry handles, one on te top and two on the sides. Side ones can be used co stabilise carried gear, for example a gun.
THE CARRY SYSTEM
In the ZipperFox they used a new, modified SAS carry system, with a detachable frame and waist belt. There is of course a chest strap.The shoulder straps have a very common, comfortable design with adjustable height in relation to the main chamber, and a quick-release system on the bottom (buckles). There are two horizontal straps on both sides- the top one is elastic, the bottom one is not. They’re good for a hydratio tube or cables from a radio. Below them, there are detachable bits for attaching the end of a hydration tube. The chest strap id detachable, as well as the waist belt, mounted with velcro in a sleeve on the bottom of the back side.
Both on the back, shoulder straps and the waist belt, there is no spacing net. Insterad, they’ve used fabric, so it doesn’t catch any mud, leafs etc.- it’s designed for longer trips, not a walk in the park on the Sunday.
On the back, there is a pocket for a hyratio bladder, closed with a zipper. On the top there is a flap with velcro for the hydration tube.
Yeah, the starp hust a little, but despite that, it blends in very well. I’m not sure, but CB straps and buckles could look better- they did on the Vector (the REAL CB, no the „golden” kind).
There in nothing to complain about in the terms of comfort. A large capability is enough for longer trips, and the waist belt and a chest strap add some extra comfort. The carry system in easy to adjust, and gives good stability. Although you should be careful- it may be comfortable for a long march, but once you lay down with a helmet you may not be able to lift your head high enough!
Accessing the contents – piece of cake! No matter of it’s on the top or the bottom or even on the sides- it can be easily accessed. Only question is- what if it gets damaged? It may be indestructible, but ot goes all the way down the backpack.
Despite the green straps that aren’t good fot the estetics, the Zipperfox is a really comfotable, capable and well made backpack. It’s biggest advantage is its’ ability to open all the way down, and in the independent spots, giving us a very convenient access to the contents. An we can use it to tinker with our gun in the field. The carry system is great, very comfortable even for a long time and very stable. It’s really great if you prefer higher and slimmer backpacks (like Wisport Silverfox) to those shorter and wider (like Tasmanian Tiger Mission Pack).