View Full Version : Backpack selection for the dayhiker? Need help
10-06-2006, 11:13 PM
What I am looking for are suggestions on what type of pack would be a good selection for a day pack. I want something that I can use for day supplies and also have the ability to pack out my meat. I have always used a basic ole generic backpack for supplies but that doesn't really allow me to pack out meat. Im tired of dragging. Internal vs. External? Size of pack? Brand? Thanks for the help.
10-06-2006, 11:22 PM
try looking through previous posts...most of the popular brands and models of backpacks have been covered once or twice. eberlestock, kifaru, badlands are some popular ones just to name a few. Ive been happy with my CamelBak Striker, but it's a little small to pack out a lot of meat.
10-06-2006, 11:57 PM
Take a real hard look at the badlands 2200 pack. Its a hair large for a day pack but compresses and rides on you back well. And excells at packing meat. the layout is very good, and they carry a lifetime no fault warrenty. I wouldn't trade mine for anything.
10-07-2006, 10:20 AM
As said above Eberlestock is nice, but kind of big, but the Badlands 2200 is very nice. If money is no issue the Mystery ranch is awsome! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley_git_r_done.gif
10-07-2006, 11:40 AM
check out the horn hunter predator day packs. They have a new one with a zip out meat pocket that adds 1000 cubic inches of meat space. It has a ton of pockets to keep gear organized.
10-10-2006, 09:20 PM
Badlands 2200. Perfect for what you want it for.
10-11-2006, 06:52 AM
Another vote for the Badlands 2200, perfect for day hunts......i'm using it in my avatar, it has a meat shelf to haul'em out. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley_10sign.gif
10-11-2006, 07:12 AM
Explain your strategy for packing out that buck. One trip? Did you put the 4 quarters inside the pack, or outside strapped onto the meat shelf with the bat wing? Backstraps inside? I'm just curious how you organized the meat to make the best use of space.
I've used mine to pack out 2 quarters and straps of a BIG tejon boar and also an entire half of a buddy's large buck, but not sure what's the best way to carry out one deer in one trip, at least without boning the entire thing.
10-11-2006, 07:46 AM
Eberlestock packs are big, but they have a zipper right down the middle of the main compartment that will shrink up the size of the packs to appx 1/2 of the fully expanded size. They also have two large compression straps that will further shrink the size of the pack. Of coarse if you get an animal, you just unzip the main compartment, giving you alot of room for horns and meat. If you carry a tripod, the gun scabbard works GREAT too.
I found a Youth Model Peake backpack at a garage sale that is perfect. It is on the small side for a multiple day pack for an adult, but is perfect for the purpose that you listed. It has a large upper bag that takes up almost the entire pack and just has a flap that covers it over the top. It can hold the hams/strap/shoulder but not much more. I had to adjust the straps but it works great for the long distance, in-and-out hunts where dragging a deer out is not a good option.
10-11-2006, 06:01 PM
I swear by my http://www.blacks-creek.com/fannypacks.php Kodiak or Kodiak Extreme.
I have packed all my equipment for a day and returned with boned out Blacktail on numerous occasions and a boned out Nevada mule deer on one occasion.
This year I packed as a fanny packed for a two day trip into the alps and weighed in at 22 pounds. The fanny pack expands into a heavy nylon bag for a day pack.
The price is way reasonable.
10-13-2006, 06:33 PM
Thanks for all the replys everybody. Sorry I didnt get back sooner, just been busy trying to figure my next plan of attack in D5. Anyways, I am looking into all these great ideas and hopefully one of them will fit my needs. Hey Arrowslinger, I too would like to know more how you packed you Badlands 2200. Do you pack your meat out the same way all the time? Like SDHNTR asked, whats your strategy?
10-13-2006, 08:58 PM
Because that blacktail didn't have the largest body and i only had to pack it downhill a mile or so....i quartered the deer and left the bones in. I also removed some neck meat, backstraps, and tenderloin placing everything in two cloth game bags.
Here's how i load the pack:
To haul the quarters or a full size smaller hog out, i first open the batwings and pull out the lower (orange) meat shelf out. On a buck or medium sized hog, i'll quarter the animal and remove the tenderloins/backstraps and place in game bags. I'll place the quarters on the pack and first tighten up the meat shelf...this provides a good base to haul, then i tighted up the batwings that give the load stability. I always carry a bit or rope and tie the deer head to the outside and towards the top.
A small whole hog i'll put on there facing away or side ways and put his ass on the meat shelf and do the same process w/ the straping, tying his head to the top to help balance the load.
Whack a good sized mule deer or mature boar and you're fo'sure makin' two trips. Then i'll debone it to make it a bit easier.
I always put the meat on the outside of the pack as the inside is typically full of other items...well, like firstaid kits incase i stab myself again. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/afraid_face.gif
10-14-2006, 11:52 AM
he also will go and find a freind to help haul it out until 2am http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-ugly-lol-bashing-sign.gif
10-14-2006, 06:14 PM
I was hoping you'd forgot about that Pigig......i whacked a good sized sow at choppers right at dark a pretty good ways from the road. I drug ole' Pigig along and instead of quartering or dragging, i hacked the hog right thru the middle and out we went each carrying a half. Not fun!
10-18-2006, 01:52 PM
I use the Spike Camp for my day pack. Has a hydration bladder, gun bearer, freighter and internal frame. You give them a couple of basic measurements and they custom build the pack for your body. I bone out my animals and can carry a good size mule deer out in one trip. The meat goes into a homemade cloth game bag so it can drain. The game bag goes into a waterproof bag I bought from Cabelas that fits perfectly on the freighter. Lash it down with two ropes and I'm off. Back at camp, I pull the cloth bag out and drain the blood, return it to the waterproof bag and the whole thing goes into a 120 quart cooler.
10-18-2006, 10:00 PM
I also have a Spikecamp.
When you mention freighter for your Spikecamp, do you mean the shelf/seat?
10-20-2006, 01:12 PM
That's exactly it. The bag from Cabelas is a Boundary Water bag. Fits perfectly between the straps. You can see a picture of it in action on the mule deer forum under my NV report.
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