Anyone else use this pack? I had been looking all around. Couldn't afford my first choice, a Badlands 4500 and was having a hard time catching a used one for $200. So I kept looking and found a Browning Thunder Mountain on Amazon, brand new, on sale for $167 plus free shipping and free return if I didn't like it. Figured I'd nothing to lose. After I got it I took it apart. Looked it over. Put it on. Thought it felt good. I then took an old 40# dog food bag and dumped in 62# of river rock and stuffed that in my new pack. I took a few trips out on hikes of 1-2 miles and realized I didn't like the way it felt. I adjusted the shoulder straps for a longer torso. That felt okay for a couple hikes. But was still sagging and felt like the weight was too low. I remembered an article somewhere about how weight should be packed so I took an old blanket and stuffed it in the pack underneath the bag of rocks. Got the weight up so the bottom of the heavy part was right about the small of my back. This worked great for a few more hikes but still wasn't quite as comfortable as I thought it could be. I adjusted the shoulder straps back down from the XL torso to the Large and wow, so much better. The first hike that way was about 2 miles. The second was 4 miles, up and down hills, and I did it in about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Total pack weight is just a shade over 70# but it carries really nice.
I'd looked at Eberlestock and agreed with many reviews about how it felt like it pulled ones shoulders back. I checked out the Blacks Creek Alaskan and couldn't quite afford that but like the way it felt. Looked at some others but they just didn't feel right. Never had a chance to actually put on the Badlands 4500 but liked the smaller 2200. The 2200 felt the best and I was going to wait to buy a 4500 at good price simply because of how comfortable it's little brother was.
This Browning might not be the absolute most comfortable but it is very comfortable once adjusted. I could only find 1 for it anywhere on the net (it was good) so it doesn't seem like too many people have this pack.
Just wanted to share and see if anyone else out there had any reviews on it.