Really? 'Zombie Apocalypse' backpack Kit

Good lord, why? Really, what is the fascination with the walking dead and the end of the world? Either way, this year at the Outdoor Retailer trade show there debutes yet another “Zombie Apocalypse”-branded release, and this time the product is nearly as strange as the trend itself.


Yes, the tent comes out of the pack to set up

It’s a backpack. It’s a tent. It comes with a machete and survival gear. Yep, grab it and go — the Zombie Apocalypse Backpack from High Peak and TentPak is set and ready for avid campers and “serious zombie insurrection preppers” alike, the company cites.

Will this all-in-one let you elude and escape those creepy guys with their arms outstretched? Maybe, but it’s a lug. One model weighs 15 pounds just with its tent and survival equipment alone.

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Implements included in tent-backpack kit

Wait, did we say there was a tent inside this backpack? Yep. Even weirder than the name is the backpack/tent hybrid, made by TentPak, which includes a hidden two-person tent that withdraws from the pack body to set up quickly in a time of need.

But don’t sleep. The zombies will get you. Instead, we recommend you wield one of the four blades, including a Gerber machete, that come with the kit. There’s a fire-starter, too, if things get really dire.

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High Peak USA backpack is base of ‘zombie’ kit

Watch for the Zombie Apocalypse Backpacks this spring in shops. The price of all this zombie defense? Not cheap. The units start at $508 and go up depending on the pack size and zombie-killing implements inside.

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by wyomingowen - 01/25/2013 08:07 AM

Hey SR & GJ…you ask a question you could answer yourself! Lame Media outlets! Get back on the OR floor and “bump” into something worthy please. Pretty disappointing 1 post and it’s this crap.

Posted by irm - 01/25/2013 10:01 AM

^ someone is a grouch. It’s funny. Chill.

Posted by Patrick - 01/25/2013 11:26 AM

Gear junkie, or Junk gear?

Posted by jpea - 01/25/2013 01:26 PM

At least it’s funny… the OR show floor is usually just more shell jackets that all claim to be breathable yet block the elements, or tons of “light hikers”, so at least it’s funny :)

Posted by Joe - 01/25/2013 02:00 PM

Gotta agree with WY. This is Gear Junkie’s first post from the trade show floor. Really?! This should have been saved for a slow day long after the show, if at all.

Posted by James - 01/25/2013 03:36 PM

It’s lacking a Three Wolf Moon though

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Posted by anwar - 01/28/2013 01:35 AM

actually i like this post. out of the box post :)

Posted by Mike - 03/12/2013 03:46 PM

OR Winter show is now a little over a month past. Maybe I should comment now on this post.

Thanks to all of you who like the concept of the Zombie Apocalypse Pak (ZAP). It is a ridiculous and funny approach to a serious, often disregarded matter, that of emergency preparation. While preparing to hunker down at home, like folks did with Sandy and similar storms, is always the best approach, having to leave home for a Katrina or a California wildfire sweeping down the mountain is also something that needs to be considered. Zombie Apocalypse Pak is just one way to help people think about the possible emergency scenarios where they live.

The unit shown above is one of 3 Zombie Apocalypse Pak models. This one is a 40 liter pack with a 2 person fully enclosed sil-nylon tarp tent built in. Total weight is 6 pounds. Not too lunky if you ask me. Why is the tent built into the pack? So you don’t leave the most important tool of survival, your shelter, when you have to leave quickly.

The gear package adds an additional 5 pounds but is made up of tools that many of you may already have and carry in your personal pack. This is a gear package for those who have nothing and want to start.

BTW, that lunker that was mentioned is a 75 liter expedition grade pack with a 2 person sil-nylon dome tent built in. It weighs 10 pounds before the gear package. It is our most popular ZAP and is sold out until mid April.

Thanks for letting me respond.

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