Partner Spotlight - Initial Ascent

Partner Spotlight - Initial Ascent

Why another backpack company? That’s a fair question to ask, there are certainly no lack of backpack manufacturers focused on the hunting community today. 

Dennis and I set out on this journey with an idea and belief that we could create a platform that had never been conceived before. Creating a frame and suspension that would allow the hunter to carry heavy loads but maintain a level of comfort was our desire. It was equally important to have a system that was modular in design to allow you the ability to use different bag sizes with one frame and suspension. After 3 years of designing and testing we launched the integrous frame and suspension and have never looked back.

Initial Ascent Packs - never settle, expect more


At Initial Ascent, innovation is at the forefront of every decision. We benchmark our products on Innovation, Quality, Durability, Functionality, and Comfort. Our products are 100% made in the United States. We are proud, American backcountry hunters who live, work, and play in the adventurous state of Idaho.

We at Initial Ascent could not be more excited to be working with Kryptek. We believe the foundation of these two companies brings the perfect solution to the backcountry hunter. We share a common theme to push what is possible in designing performance gear that will take you to the limits. From Battlefield To Backcountry, Never Settle, Expect More…

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Kryptek Co-founder and CEO Butch Whiting with his Initial Ascent pack.


Initial Ascent Packs

We test our products extensively and construct each product to outlast even the toughest environments. Our backpack frames have been through 17 generations and spent three years in development. We hand-select our pack system materials using a thorough, arduous process. The materials we use to construct our products are the best on the market. We use Triaxial Carbon Fiber, 500d Cordura®, 400d Packcloth, UV resistant nylon webbing, waterproof YKK zippers and Duraflex® buckles and hardware. We guarantee that our materials will not fail our customers when it matters most.

We are honored to introduce the highest quality suspension system for backcountry hunters. Our IA4K & IA6K bag design uses a “V” shaped structure, which properly centers heavy loads across the back. This creates a wedge, keeping the load high and tightly fitted. Pockets, zippers, and straps are strategically placed to increase efficiency and accessibility during the hunting experience. 

Each pack is offered in the following colors: Kryptek Highlander, Olive, Coyote and Wolf Grey. 


The Day Pack Kit

The Day Pack Kit is designed for speed and agility by helping to carry only the essentials for day hunts. We have designed this system to accommodate all of our accessory attachments. Utilizing the lid space, along with the additional storage in the Pannier Load Carrier pocket, you are able to go all day. The innovative lid design allows for water bladder storage making this the most versatile Day Pack Kit on the market.

  • Total weight is 4.27 lbs.
  • 450 cubic inches of lid storage
  • 450 cubic inches of pocket storage
  • 500D Cordura
  • Made proudly in Idaho, USA
Initial Ascent's Day Pack system

IA2K

The IA2K is a great addition to the most versatile hunting pack system on the market. This design is perfectly suited for the hunter wanting the perfect daypack or slightly more storage than our original IA Daypack (Pannier/Lid Combo).

  • 2500 cubic inch
  • Includes Integrous Frame and Suspension
  • Seamless transition from 4k or 6k bags to 2k in a matter of seconds.
  • YKK zippers
  • Main compartment has Horseshoe-style zipper.
  • 2 large expandable pockets on outside front panel allow quick access to gear used most often.
  • 2 small expandable pockets on inside of lid of main compartment keep smaller items handy.
  • Expandable pockets on either side for water bottles or bathroom kit.
  • Water bladder/wet item storage on the back outside panel next to the frame.
  • 4.99 lb.
IA2K Pack

IA4K

TheIA4K pack system is the most versatile hunting pack system. This design is perfectly suited for the 5-7day extreme backcountry hunting adventure. The seamless transition from pack system mode to day pack mode makes this system unparalleled in the market.  

  • Triaxial carbon fiber frame (the foundation of our system) 
  • Total weight with The Pannier Load Carrier 5.95 lbs.
  • Total frame weight 19 oz. 
  • 4500 cubic inch capacity (expandable to 6500 cubic inch capacity utilizing “The Pannier Load Carrier”) 
  • 500D Cordura
  • Made proudly in Idaho, USA
IA4K Pack

IA6K

The IA6K pack system is the most versatile hunting pack system. This design is perfectly suited for the 7–10-day extreme backcountry hunting adventure. The seamless transition from full pack system mode to day pack mode makes this system unparalleled in the market.  

  • Triaxial carbon fiber frame (the foundation of our system) 
  • Total weight with The Pannier Load Carrier 6.5 lbs.
  • Total frame weight 19 oz. 
  • 6300 cubic inch capacity (expandable to 8800 cubic inch capacity utilizing “The Pannier Load Carrier”) 
  • 500D Cordura
  • Made proudly in Idaho, USA
IA6K Pack
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