When it comes to choosing the best bowhunting backpack to suit your needs often you’ll be confronted with 1000 choices, and end up not having a clue what to choose because the options are limitless.
We thought we’d make it a little easier and we’ve put together a list of the top 5 best bowhunting backpacks on the market for 2019.
Have a read through this and i’m sure you’ll find something that will suit your hunting style.
First off, lets start with a little education on some of the specs and characteristics you might want to find in a hunting pack.
Bow hunting Backpack Styles
Amongst the 1000’s of choices of different styles of hunting packs, there are really 2 main categories to focus on that will keeps things simple, and help narrow down your choices.
Like the name implies, daypacks are a smaller more lightweight pack that are used where you’ll be only be hunting for the day, and returning back to your camp to sleep, eat and maintain your gear. Daypacks have less room (average of 3000 cubic inches), but are far more maneuverable then the bigger bulkier overnighter packs. Generally a daypack will hold your water, snacks, some tools, and few more arrows. Enough to keep you out of trouble, and ensure a successful hunt.
Trailpacks, as I like to call them, are far bigger and offer much more room. Generally they go upwards of the 3000 cubic inches of internal space and can get up to the 8000 cubic inches of space. Overnight packs usually have a heftier price tag then the easier more manageable day packs, but with good reason to. Depending on the size of trail pack you choose, you can hold enough gear to be self sufficient in the bush for up to 5 days. Obviously you’ll want to ensure your rationing your water and food properly, but you can live quiet comfortably for prolonged periods of time with these styles of packs.
With a trail pack you’ll fit several changes of clothes, sleeping gear, wet weather gear, extra tools and accessories, and some will even have space for more then one weapon.
You want to make sure that when you choose a pack that your not just getting caught up in the marketing gimmicks. If a pack doesn’t feel comfortable, no matter what all the marketing says, dont buy it. If its not comfortable when its got no weight in it, then it sure as hell will ruin a good hunting trip when your trying to hump around for days on end with 80 lbs on your back.
Above all, the pack needs to sit well on your back. Most packs these days offer additional support through the lower back and onto the hips. The pack should feel balanced and as if the weight is distributed evenly. Try to aim for the weight to feel as if its bearing through the chest and shoulders.
It’s better to buy a cheap pack that sits well on you, then a top of the line pack that doesn’t feel comfortable at all.
There are two main styles of frames, internal and external frames. They both provide unique advantages, and depending of your style of hunting, one will suit better then the other.
Generally trail packs will offer external frames, and this is because they need to carry more weight. External frames tend to hold weight better and make it easier to carry large amounts of weight with even distribution. You can notice the difference when your trying to carry 100lbs on an external frame as opposed to a internal frame.
Obviously the weight never changes, but having it evenly distributed makes the world of difference, and makes the weight much more bearable.
Internal frames on the other hand are extremely comfortable, and tend to mold to your body better, but wont offer as much load bearing capability. They’re much better suited to day hunting packs where extreme weights aren’t a drama. They’re also much more maneuverable which lends its self favorably to taking shots without having to ditch your pack.
Meat Hauling Capabilities
Obviously if your planning on going for a hunt your going to want to be able to haul your meat back afterwards. Most hunting packs these days offer a meat hauling pocket, but they come in different shapes and sizes.
You’ll find some packs offer fold away pockets which enhance the carrying capabilities when unfolded, where as others offer a built in pocket which is dedicated to meat. Generally these pockets are unique in the sense that they provide proper storage for the meat so it wont spoil.
Material and Quality
While I mentioned earlier that a cheap pack that sits comfortably is more important then a pack with all the bells and whistles, material and build quality still shouldn’t be ignored. More so just a though to have in the back of your mind.
As things advance in the hunting and fishing scenes, manufactures are pushing the envelope on different material and build qualities. There are materials out there now that are extremely lightweight, yet robust and durable, often being tear resistant.
As I said, this material and build quality is just something to keep in the back of your mind when choosing your hunting backpack.
With all that said, let’s jump to it.
5 Best Bowhunting Backpacks
ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Hunting Pack
Alps Outdoor Z hunting pack falls under more of the trail pack category, and it certainly upholds the reputation of strong sturdy trail pack. Capable of hauling around 2700 cubic inches of gear, they’ve made sure you’ve got more then enough space for all your necessities.
The pack is capable of holding most modern bows on the market, and can also hold several different types of rifles. But, we’re not really interested in holding rifles now are we.
The pack offers pockets among pockets, so you’ve more then enough compartments to set your gear up the way you want it. If your a bit of a neat freak, and you’ve got have all your gear separated in a certain way then this the pack for you.
The internal aluminium frame on the outdoorZ ensures you’ll have comfort and stability in all the right places. Making those heavier loads all that easier to carry.
The pack also comes with orange rain cover, making sure to keep you visible to all other might be hunters.
Overall ALPS OutdoorZ are pumping out some quality gear, and the Pursuit ensures that reputation is upheld.
Timber Hawk Killshot
Timber Hawk have manged to produce a day pack that not only looks the part, but offers quality and integrity all in the one package.
This pack is small and silent, utelising clips where possible to avoid unnecessary noise, and offering ample enough room to carry all the essentials a bow hunter needs.
Made with plenty of room in mind, the pack has pockets and compartments in all the right places, once again making it possible for the neat freaks to compartmentalize all their gear.
The pack provides good stability, however it doesn’t utilize and additional framework. Being a day pack though it doesn’t really need it, as the weight you’ll be carrying in this will be far less then that of a trail pack.
The killshot has quick release clips on the shoulder straps, meaning if you need to take that shot in a hurry, or get in a better position, then speed is your friend. Hit the clips, drop the pack and get into it.
The pack also comes with an orange rain fly making sure you’ll be visible and dry even in the lowest of light conditions.
All in all, Timber Hawk have put together a great little day pack. Good job Timber Hawk!
Badlands Superday Camouflage
The Badlands Superday pack is another pack that falls under the day pack category, but it certainly teaters on the edge of trail pack capabilities.
Capable of carrying bow, rifle or pistol Badlands have made sure they’ve cover all bases with this bad boy.
The pack will hold up to 1440 cubic inches of gear, however with all the pockets it provides deceivingly ample room.
Like most hunting packs these days the Superday is hydration bladder compatible, which is perfect for keeping your fluids up for a days humping around through the bush.
The Camo pattern ensures cam and concealment stays at its best, being sure to give you the best opportunity at taking that shot on your trophy buck
There’s really not a great deal more to say about this pack. Just a good quality pack at a good quality price.
All in all, we’d recommend this one as a sure hit for the hunter on a budget.
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander
If your looking for a pack thats going to handle almost any situation and give you ample room to be self sufficient for days on end then the Commander is the pack for you.
Designed for the trail hunter who plans to hike hunt this pack has 5250 cubic inches of space to play with.
Obviously with that much space, your going to need a sturdy frame to support potential loads. Well, ALPS OutdoorZ Commander provides just that, with a frame to support larger kills.
The design of the Commander is not only robust and versatile, but heavy duty at the same time, ensuring you can put your mind at rest that your packs not going to break when hauling out those heavy loads.
The pack has the advantage of being able top hold a rifle as well just in case you want to carry a backup rifle on the hunt.
All in all, this is one hell of a versatile pack.
ALPS OutdoorZ Big Bear
You’ve probably noticed in our reviews that we’ve got a bit of liking towards ALPS OutdoorZ products, and it’s with good reason to. These guys are absolutely killing it at the moment providing ingenious methods of hauling your gear around.
So, you could probably take it as a guess that the Big Bear is going to be a quality product like the rest of the gear, and well if you guessed that, then you guessed right.
This bad boy is literally two packs in one.
At first glance your probably turned straight off the big bear thinking “there’s no way in the world i’m wearing a fanny pack hunting with my buddies”. If you thought that, KEEP READING!
The pack combines the fanny pack with a day pack, meaning at any stage you can transform it into a daypack.
Not only that but the pack is one of the lightest on the market coming in at light 2 lbs 5 oz.
The pack comes with a padded waist belt making it comfortable sitting around the hips. This also helps with load bearing dispersing the weight through the hips into the legs making it easier to carry, rather then having all the wait on your back.
All we can say is, ALPS OutdoorZ, you’ve done it again.
Wrapping things up….
So there you have it folks, the top 5 Bowhunting Backpacks reviewed. Remember, dont jump in and buy something with all the bells and whistles, do your research and buy something thats comfortable for you.
The information we’ve provided here will be more then enough to get you on the right track, so go out there and have some, and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below.
‘Till next time,
Keep on Redneckin’