Coaxsher Redesigns FS1 Ranger Pack to Better Meet Needs of Wildland Firefighters & Search & Rescue

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WENATCHEE, WA – On the heels of a devastating fire that destroyed their company’s inventory, brothers Kevin and Kyle Cox are excited to launch the redesign of one of Coaxsher’s most popular products, the FS-1 Ranger pack. Created for use by wilderness firefighters and search and rescue teams, the pack was first developed by Coaxsher™ in February 2006. After receiving feedback from customers, the Cox brothers researched other packs on the market and redesigned their own product, making it more user-friendly and easier to modify.

One of the key changes in the redesigned FS-1 Ranger was the relocation of the fire shelter case. Originally situated at the bottom of the pack, the fire shelter case rubbed against the user while walking. It has been moved to rest against the back and hips, a popular change with users. Another key change was making the pack easier to modify. This was done by removing its many straps and creating a digital owner’s manual to help users understand how the pack can be modified for different uses.

Kevin and Kyle Cox began the redesign of the FS-1 Ranger in the early winter of 2006. Although sidelined temporarily by the December fire, they continued their work on the prototypes. The initial redesign was followed by field testing in the mountains around Wenatchee.

“We always ask for feedback and when we get multiple requests for the same design change, we take action,” Kyle Cox said. “We have past experience fighting wildfires here but have not done it for many years, so it is best to listen to the guys in the field for new and different product designs.”

The FS-1 Ranger pack, along with photos and a complete list of modifications, is available online at A list of select dealers who carry the FS-1 Ranger is also available online.

With a shared passion for the outdoors, Kevin and Kyle Cox founded Coaxsher™ in February 2001 to design and create outdoor gear. Based in Wenatchee, Washington, their gear is used around the world by wilderness firefighters, search and rescue teams, emergency medical technicians and ski patrols. For more information about Coaxsher™, contact Kyle Cox at 800-440-3098 or visit

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