As it may be of general interest here to our newly acquired bow hunting audience, I introduce the most prominent among the bow-carrying backpacks that have come to the market in 2014.
We start off with Badlands, a very technical line of backpacks of which we’re presenting their new models.
The first and a good fit for archers is the Diablo model.
It is a superlight, 3.8 lb., and I would say that’s less than half of the weight of a backpack of the same characteristics! It has plenty of pockets, Hypervent system, which makes it comfortable and causes it to flow air between the back and the backpack avoiding much sweating, has internal frame to avoid noise, compression straps, and two side pockets for water bottles.
Another very interesting option, for the more adventurous, is the 4500, a backpack that separates into a fanny pack and main backpack, inner frame of ultra-strong polycarbonate, pockets for scope, straps to attach the bow, etc etc.
They are great quality backpacks, the only downside is the price.
A curious backpack is the new Backpack Blind.
It has a system that allows you to cover the tree stand, of course, having the rail (that almost none of us have) but it allows you to create a blind at any time using branches or anything…
Also interesting are those of Blacks creek guide gear.
We have the new Jim Shockey (which by the way, has a good website) Saskatchewan, which has a generous 1850 plus 250 cubic inches. It allow you to carry the bow or rifle, apart from numerous straps to compress the backpack or attach things, and a few large side pockets for water bottles or a scope.
They also have the new Yukon, a brutal backpack, 6500 cu. In. with external frame and intended for hunting in the great North.
Cabelas have been used by our friend Peter, the Cabelas Bow Rifle Pack, which enables you to carry a bow safely, has a silent fabric and large capacity. The front pocket can be removed and made into a backpack.
As an interjection, check out the page on the best bow hunting backpack from Rangermade.
From Crooked Horn Outfitters, we have the new Trailblazer II, designed specifically for bow hunters. It can be used as a backpack or as a fanny pack, besides having a system also to carry the bow, it has seven pockets, water pockets, and much more.
Another backpack of increased capacity, intended also for travellers is the High Country Extreme II, with about 5000 cu. in. capacity, compartment for a sleeping bag, lots of pockets, bow support, and pockets for scope and compression straps.
Eberlestock have the new Barta Wilderness Stalker, an incredible backpack, with many compartments, large capacity, straps to cinch things, bow carrier (including longbows), waterproof, with a special fabric that does not make noise even in situations of extreme cold. A compartment for sleeping bag, internal pockets, internal frame, and so on. It’s a backpack to take into account (much to my taste), the only con is that they are a little expensive. These are the official backpacks for firefighters and some bodies of American snipers having specific models for them.
They also have the Fanny Pack Slingshot that I can recommend personally because I have one, has great capacity (almost like a backpack), lot of pockets, a folding pocket, you can carry the bow with a system of quick access, etc.
From Fieldline, which in my opinion brings some of the best value for the money, comes the new Montana 2 in 1, another backpack-fanny pack, with about 2300 cu. in. capacity, with many small pockets for GPS, mobile phone, etc, featuring the Modular locking system, for adding more accessories, pockets for spotting, is waterproof, etc.
We are not done with the Fieldline, we leave them for another article, there are much more to cover from them! For the time being I’m just leaving their website.