Caribou Gear specializes in top-end, affordable, synthetic game bags and other supplies you need for the proper field care of your big-game meat.
What is a Game Bag Supposed to Do?
To understand the difference between Caribou Gear Game Bags and the others out there, you first need to understand the main reasons why we use game bags in the first place. The primary purposes of a game bag are to protect your meat from flies, dirt and debris, and to facilitate the drying of the surface of the meat that is so essential to proper meat care. One of the primary causes of meat spoilage in the field is the buildup of moisture on the surface of the meat. This creates an ideal medium for the development of meat-spoiling bacteria.
Why a Synthetic Game Bag?
The primary drivers behind the move to synthetic game bags are weight and overall bulk. Synthetic game bags take up a fraction of the space required for cotton bags of equal quality, and the weight is vastly reduced over what you get with good cotton bags. In layman's terms, you can pack enough synthetic bags to handle a bull moose in a package about the size of a Thermos bottle, whereas an equivalent quantity of cotton bags will fill up half a backpack. For backpack hunters, horse-pack hunters, and fly-out hunters, where every ounce counts, synthetic bags are, without question, your best option.
What Makes our Bags Different?
There are several varieties of synthetic game bags on the market, but our bags offer superior ventilation and wicking capabilities. This is a crucial function, because a synthetic bag that fails to allow moisture to quickly evaporate off the meat can actually increase the chances of bacterial spoilage. As experienced hunters know, moisture on the surface of game meat forms an ideal breeding ground for meat-spoiling bacteria. Our bags use a micro-fiber that actually works the same way synthetic long underwear works, in wicking moisture to the outside where it can evaporate off. You can feel the difference when you run your hand across our material; it has a slightly rough texture. This is the micro-fibers that facilitate moisture transfer from the inside of the bag to the outside. A second great attribute of our material is the way it ventilates. Some synthetic game bags simply do not allow adequate airflow through the fabric itself. A great way to check this is the "blow" test. Just put the material up against your mouth and try to blow air through it. You'll find that our material allows air to pass freely through, yet the weave is still tight enough to prevent dirt and debris from entering the bag. We believe we've achieved the perfect balance of ventilation, protection, and wicking with our material, which has resulted in a superior ultralight game bag you can use for many years to come.
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