Finding the best hunting backpack is more than a matter of look, but a matter of keeping within budget while finding a backpack that will be perfect for YOUR intended uses. There are many types of backpacks on the market—some intended for light hiking journeys, some intended for carrying camp supplies and bedding, some intended for deep woods or trails, and others, for hunting.
Hunting Day Packs and Hunting Expedition Packs are an example of short term and long term packs intended for different hunting outings.
- Superday by Badlands ($199.99)
The Superday by Badlands, features molded form suspension for the best fit and comfort; a hip-belt pistol holster; easy access waist belt pockets; and five external compression straps, for additional gear and support.
The Superday is intended as a Hunting Pack for day trips, rather than long term expeditions. It is excellent for hunting, camping, and forays into the deep woods.
This pack fits a reservoir size of 2 liters; contains 6 pockets; has a total volume of 1950 CI; dimensions of 21” x 16” x 11”; and is carry compatible with bows, rifles, and pistols, as well as hunting/tactical/survival knives.
It comes in 4 different camouflage patterns fit for nearly any environment.
- 2200 by Badlands ($279.95)
The hunting pack simply called “2200” is made by Badlands and is a tough, durable, and extremely popular hunting pack.
This pack includes a zippered, back-panel access; a built-in Blaze Orange meat shelf; T-6 Aircraft Aluminum frame; a hip-belt pistol holster; and an integrated spotting scope pocket. With a reservoir capacity fit of 2 Liters and 7 pockets, this 2200 CI pack is versatile and tough for any outdoor task.
It is carry compatible for bows, rifles, and pistols. The dimensions are 19” x 17” x 9” and the straps are comfortable and form fitting.
- Hunter’s Carryall Pack by LL Bean ($89.00)
The Hunter’s Carryall Pack made by LL Bean is a popular and reliable pack for any durable hunt outing. Made of 11680-denier ballistic nylon canvas, this tough construction provides the best protection for your contents.
The frame is made of polyethylene/aluminum and the back panel is padded with mesh-covered foam. The padded waist belt provides lumbar support and the set of webs and compression wings hold down smaller loads. Also featured are a series of D rings and a detachable haul sling to secure larger items.
This innovative hunter’s backpack is 4 pounds 6 ounces and can carry a maximum weigh of around 100 pounds. The dimensions are 26” in height and 12” wide, with an open design with many adjustable straps that allow you to configure the pack and transport a variety of gear that would not fit in a standard pack.
- Elite Scout Hunting Pack by Cabela’s ($134.99)
Cabela’s most popular hunting back is a durable and has a quiet fabric every hunter needs. The CTS 450 Tricot shell material and the long-lasting YKK water resistant zippers allow for a durable and reliable lifespan.
Featured on this hunting pack is a reservoir capacity of 2 Liters, a suspension system for support and natural airflow, curved mesh-lined shoulder straps with nonslip patches that distribute the weight evenly, and a redesigned back panel that is easier to access and features an attachment system.
The Internal and external pockets keep small items organized and safe, and the water-resistant sippers keep the contents dry. There is a large compression compartment and a reservoir and tube holder, as well as knife and light pouches, updated electronics pouch, and a pullout blaze-orange safety panel. With 6 compartments and 4 pockets, this ultra-soft, super-quiet hunting pack is perfect for any temperature, and vegetation, and is an ideal pack for any hunting style.
- X-2 Hunting Pack by Eberlestock ($199.99)
Eberlestock’s X-2 Hunting Pack is a real hunter’s pack that looks and acts the part. This compact, incredibly strong, and efficient pack is light and has a tubular-aluminum frame. Paired with its strong nylon and microfleece shell for strength and quietness, this pack is ready to go anywhere and quietly move with the one wearing it.
There are dual hydration compartments and large side pockets for any gear, such as flashlights, MRE’s, hunting or survival knives, and other gear. When it is said that the X-2 is strong, it is no hyperbole.
During a test during the design phase, a 100 pound sand bag was attached to an X-2 using the built-in compression straps and it held up well. This indicates that you can use it to pack deer or elk quarters with ease and effectiveness.
The X-2 is compatible with Eberlestock’s side scabbards, which are for shotguns and rifles, as well as its ARCG ButtBucket bow carrier. The waterproof fleece and 1,000 denier nylon material shell is light and supports the pack with reliability.
Included is a long padded waistbelt for quietness and comfort as you hunt, hike, and camp. The FlexChasis can flip forward for use as a seat and it can cradle loads you carry. Padlock webbing tie points are placed in key locations for easy attaching of accessories and lasing on the gears. The special Shooter Harness makes firing a weapon and carrying heavy loads more comfortable and feasible. With a capacity of 1800 CI and a weight of 4.5 pounds, this Hunter’s Pack by Eberlestock is a must-have for any hunter—the price is worth the enhanced features the X-2 offers.