Looking for a solid hunting pack to day hunt/ backpack/ haul meat out, this is a good choice.
I have owned this pack for a few years, and put it through a range of uses and conditions. It has been backpack hunting here in CO, my go to day hunt pack, and hauled several animals out of the mountains.
Here are some of my favorite features of the pack:
-Price: I think this is the best bang for your buck for packs out there. It is full featured and does everything quite well.
-Built to last. Everything is heavy duty and very durable. I don't worry about snagging it on brush while hiking, or throwing it on a pile of scree to shoot off of. I don't use a raincover and the pack has kept my internal gear dry after days of hunting in blizzards and sleet.
-The Scabbard! My favorite feature. I can easily cover miles on the ground without carrying a heavy rifle in hand. I can draw it out of the scabbard without taking the pack off when I need to (usually have to remove the pack to replace the rifle). It has done a great job protecting the walnut finish of my old winchester from branches and rocks. When hunting in snow, it will collect falling snow in the scabbard unless you buy the separate cover.
-Compactable & expandable: This great feature allows me to compact it down to a day pack, or expand it for 3 days of backpacking. And when the game is down it loads up into the meat shelf. I don't have to worry about shuffling around different packs for different hunting scenarios.
-Meat hauler. I have loaded this up with 90lbs and it did very well. Awkward and bulky loads are easily cynched down. It feels like it pulls on your shoulder straps a bit, but I have yet to wear a pack that makes 75lbs feel feather light.
Some areas for improvement:
-Weight: It is heavy for this class of backpacks, and I feel there are some areas weight could be shed.
-Organization: There are some small zipper pockets on the side that are not very useful. I would rather just have two big twin silo pouches and do away with all the small frivolous pockets across from the scabbard.
-Carry: When this pack is not loaded down the suspension feels overly stiff for a day pack and doesn't move as well with your body. That big stiff suspension and the rifle next to your back can feel like strapping a solid piece of plywood to your back
-Mesh backpanel: This is a minor gripe, but I prefer solid foam instead of perforated mesh on my packs. It picks up more snow and and grass/ twigs can get snagged or stuck in the mesh.