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Back pack advice

I am looking for a good back pack for my first elk hunt.  I typically do a fair amount of deer hunting each year (rifle), of which I am away from the truck for 1-4 hours at a time.  I spent a fair amount of time on the internet researching what is available, and from that have seen several of the packs that are of the most interest.  My elk hunt this year will be a guided hunt in western Wyoming, and we will be going into the base camp on horse.

I have narrowed my search down to the Badlands 2200, the Badlands Superday, and the Eberlestock X1 (the new one for rifles only).  The 2200 is a great pack, but seems like a lot of pack for my normal deer hunting.  I looked at the Superday today, and it does not seem big enough for my needs for the elk hunt (if I am fortunate enough to get an elk, the guides will get it hauled out for me, so hauling it on the backpack is not an issue).  I like the X1, but it is a bit on the small side, and I am not 100% sold on the scabbard.  Seems very functional, but seems bulky when not being used.  The Badlands scabbard pouch seems tight for my guns butt, making it tough to get the gun in/out.  Badlands said they would make me a bigger one if I wanted it, just let them know what I want.

Question........what experience do any of you have with any of these packs?  Is the 2200 to big for a day pack (for use in my deer hunting)?

Brick Wall Any input would be appreciated.

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Over50, I'm sold on the

Over50, I'm sold on the Eberlestock packs. I have the X1 and the Just One packs. I use the X1 for day to day whitetail deer hunting. It's on the small side but for what you are talking about, it may work. If the horses will carry a lot of your personal gear in panniers on the way in to base camp then you should be good to go. I can pack and lash enough food and equipment in/on it to last a couple of days. If not, you may want to get the Just One pack. The Just One is a little big and bulky for everyday use. It does a great job for it's intended uses which are packing a lot of gear.

As far as the scabbard is concerned, I think it's great. It's functional in that you can use it to carry your rifle, collapsable fishing pole, spotting scope, tripod, arrows, anything long and cumbersome or just stuff extra clothes in it.

They are waterproof but I still bought the pack cover b/c it is reverseable from camo to blaze orange. I turn the blaze orange out when rifle hunting and use with camo side out during bow season. Hope this helps.

Good luck on your hunt and show us some pics of the big one you shoot.

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Thanks Ecubackerpacker.  This

Thanks Ecubackerpacker.  This might come down to a coin toss.  Both brands are good I think.

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Badlands 2200

I use my Badlands 2200 for elk hunting. It is a little on the big side but you don't have to fill it to the top. You can squish it down pretty good with the compression straps. I try to pack light even though I have a bigger pack. It leaves me plenty of room to stash my heavier clothes as the day goes on and it gets warmer. The nice thing about it is that it's really good for packing out quarters. You can probably find a freighter pack frame that'll do it better but for a double-duty pack, it's hard to beat. Just my $0.02. I am considering an Eberlestock pack for bowhunting if I can't rig up my 2200 to my satisfaction.

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NH Hunter, you see this

NH Hunter, you see this exactly as I have.  I bit the bullet and ordered the 2200 today.  The Super Day and the X1 just didn't seem to have a lot of room for putting your heavier gear/clothing in.  My hunting partner just got an X1, and it is very nice.  It didn't  seem to fit me as well as the 2200 did.  Oh well, done deal.

Thanks for the input.  This forum is a great way to run things by people to see what they know and to gather ideas.  I appreciate it.

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2200

It's a good pack, you'll enjoy it. I've had mine 2 or 3 years. Hopefully you get it all bloody packing out meat.

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my father has the superday

my father has the superday and he likes it alot. it's not quite big enough for packing in or packing out elk but it is perfect for a day pack. i use the black ridge puma which is a made by badlands but doesnt cost quite so much. it's an internal frame with 3000 cubic in. of room. i love it and it has worked just fine for me.

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I am sold on the Eberlestock

I am sold on the Eberlestock packs as well. I don't recal the one I have but it is the day pack that holds my bow. I think the quality between the two are probably about the same. Both are well made. Glen at Eberlestock worked with me when I ordered my pack an dhis close service will keep me as a customer.

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I just bought a BL2200 and it

I just bought a BL2200 and it is a great day pack also has the capability to haul the first load of meat out.  I just had a chance to look at the new Eberlestock X2...would make a great day pack also can carry quaters.  I debated between the two of these packs for months, but the X2 was on BO for along time because of the fire at warehouse so I went with the BL.  But i just may have to pick up and X2 also.

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