I was just looking at the cabelas scout pack it looks pretty nice, depends on your price range ive seen a few for over 200 that look and feel pretty rugged but for my intent the 80 cabelas will do just fine
Advising a fellow hunter on a daypack is like advising a woman on a purse -- your chances of getting it right are almost nil.
That said, here's what I look for:
2) Big enough main compartment to hold another layer of clothing/raingear and lunch. Depending on what I'm doing, it should be big enough to pack out a quarter.
3) Enough smaller outside compartments to hold things I need repeated access to, like GPS, camera, knives, etc, or want to keep locked away -- like a small survival kit.
4) Quiet construction -- i.e. non-"swish" fabric, quiet zippers, or hard objects on the side that will bang against (or scratch) my rifle when slung.
I have more than one pack because I don't think it's possible to have one pack that addresses everything. I've got a smaller day pack if I'm not going to be that far from the truck, and a big Kelty I use if I'm going to be out for the day and need to carry more. For bear hunting, I use a big Cabela's backpack drybag -- it's big enough to haul my gear and clothing plus a 50 lb bag of dog food in to my stand, and a bear out of it. If the game bags leak in the drybag, I can clean it out with a garden hose. The suspension can carry enormous weight suprisingly comfortably, and I don't have to worry about comfort or stealth factor for too much because I'll be sitting on a stand vs being mobile.
But as far as make/model goes, I don't buy shoes or packs unless I've had them in my hands and tried them on first. What works for one person may be wrong for you, and if you get it wrong you'll be pretty sore at the end of the day.
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