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Last Updated: Feb 22nd, 2007 - 18:37:03

ATA Report #4
By Doug Besherse of
Feb 7, 2007, 11:42

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I was invited to a luncheon, along with other media people, by Nikon. While there, Nikon took the oportunity to show us all the new goodies they had dreamed up for 2007. There were several new products which had features unavailable from any other manufactuer.

One item that I thought was a good idea was the new Recon Pack. It is a hunting pack that was designed from the ground up to protect all of the hunter's optics.

I was able to handle the pack and it lived up to it's billing. High end quality with pure function and user friendly features. It left me saying "I want one of those babies!"

This is how Nikon describes it.

The Field Recon Team Optics Pack is designed exclusively to help organize, protect, and properly transport optics—offering 1,943 cubic inches of interior space. The pack, manufactured by BlackHawk® Products Group, a leader in developing equipment for US special operations personnel, offers multiple compartments specifically engineered to create the ultimate in optics care and accessibility.

The interior of the main compartment features a padded Spotting Scope/Digiscope sleeve that folds out of the way when not in use, a special, water resistant, padded pocket for a small digital camera, and a hydration sleeve that is compatible with BlackHawk’s patented hydration system.

The top outer compartment features two sleeve pockets and one mesh zippered pocket. The lower outer pocket is padded to protect binoculars while traveling to and from hunting areas or while scaling a hillside and also features two sleeve pockets and a mesh zippered pocket. The sleeve pockets inside the pack are specifically designed to hold a Nikon Lens Cleaning Kit (not included) for proper care and maintenance of optics at all times. Nikon’s Lens Cleaner Kit includes a package of convenient pre-moistened Lens Cleaner cloths (3 per package), a bottle of liquid lens cleaner (1 oz.), and a micro-fiber cleaning cloth.

The exterior of the Optics Pack features a stowable waist belt that comes with a detachable padded Rangefinder Pocket for quick and quiet access. The Rangefinder Pocket is designed for relocation to a belt or the outside of the Optics Pack using BlackHawk’s patented S.T.R.I.K.E.® system. This system allows the hunter to attach hunting-specific pouches and organizers as desired for the ultimate in customization. Special mesh pockets on the outside edges of the pack are designed to hold shooting sticks or a tripod — quick clip straps hold these items in place. Additionally, special binocular attachments on the padded shoulder straps allow easy use of binoculars while wearing the pack. The shoulder straps feature non-slip HawkTex™ to keep over-the-shoulder slings in place.

As with all BlackHawk backpacks the Nikon Field Recon Team Optics Pack features silent, water resistant, brushed tricot fabric, double stitching throughout, and near-silent zippers. The pack also features a molded back panel and an exterior bungee system for extra storage of apparel. The Field Recon Team Optics Pack is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up®, Advantage® Max-1 HD™, or Foliage Green.

For more information on the new Field Recon Team Optics Pack, or information on Nikon's full line of Riflescopes, Laser Rangefinders, Binoculars, Fieldscopes and Spotting Scopes go to

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