Before even thinking about choosing your hunting backpack, set your own goals. What are your plans and what kind of hunt are you up to? The general features of every backpack, which are searched everywhere are hunting style, quietness, weight, comfort, size, pockets, price, adjustability, design, quality and warranty and durability. Other very important factors are gender and individual needs as hunting backpack for women is very different than the ones for men.
Are you hunting elks, deer or you want to climb up and wait? Are you a sniper, an assault man or an ambush man? Most of the backpack for hunting will give you an ability to carry a rifle, ammunition, water and snacks. Depending on your hunting style, you may find a suitable backpack that will be the best to fulfill your needs. The best packs may enable carrying of rifles, shotguns, bows or guns without a need to use your hands for a whole day, which is again awesome since your hands may be used for climbing or terrain analysis. Currently, the leading brands are Badlands, Eberlestock, Alps Outdoorz and Tenzing.
Here is the list of tips with the analysis. Make sure to find your own set of rules and to choose something that will fit your needs. The list of best hunting gear is available here.
A weapon use in hunting style is described in details in this article (link basic hunting gear list article). Depending on your style, a various backpack might be used.
A sniper is mostly static, but sometimes he needs to climb on elevated ground, so his backpack definitively shouldn’t be too heavy and a lot of pockets is surely and advantage. He also seeks for the backpack that doesn’t create too much noise. A good durable backpack is one of their criteria.
An assault man sometimes needs to run and to chase wild animals in order to draw them into the open. His backpack is definitively light, adjustable and very comfortable, but the pockets are not crucial. It needs to be designed not to create many troubles while moving, so anatomical adjustability is an important fact. Maybe the best thing for an assault man is whether the backpack may store the rifle or a bow inside of it or not.
An ambush man may carry the heaviest backpack, quietness is not crucial. He is static, set to one cover, from which he will attack. A comfort is not playing the main role. Its size and pockets are very important, the backpack should be bigger, and with a lot of pockets since an ambush man carries the most of the decoys. Their choice is mostly related to very durable backpacks.
Women are definitively having different needs than men. Their upper body is weaker, they are usually smaller, with the lower center of gravity. Women are mostly carrying more stuff in their bags and choose lighter backpacks with more functions. Here is the list of the best backpacks for women (link the second article related to the women I sent you).
A backpack that is not having too much metal gear that creates noise is always a better option. However, hunting style and individual needs will determine what the choice should be. Also, the terrain performances may affect heavily.
Again, this may be different. The best backpack’s mass is usually 4-6 kilograms. However, criteria are various. For example, Badlands Summit, which was getting one of the best grades for years back, has a mass of 6 kilograms. Lighter backpacks are suitable if your needs are different.
Someone looks for mini packs, and someone looks for anatomical adjustment to the shape of the back and more securing clips. This is what a premium backpack must have. Especially if you plan to spend more days on a hunt. Shoulder straps, sternum straps, and waist belt will improve the comfort, just as padding and ventilation. If your backpack provides good ventilation no matter how much you walk, run, sneak or wait, it surely is a better comfort.
The best way to determine your size is to write your equipment on the piece of paper. What do you plan to carry on your hunting trip? Do you need scopes, rifles, a tent? Do you have some personal items? Can you carry a heavy load and what kind of animals are you hunting? What is your gender? Answer these questions and you will surely make a good choice. There are many various sizes.
Your individual needs, gender, and hunting type will determine the number of pockets. The backpacks with more pockets and better organization are surely giving more quality, but cost more money.
What is better, costs more. If you have more money, you have more abilities for a better backpack.
Two main criteria – is it adjustable to the anatomical shape of your body and can it adjust to the terrain and your hunting style. If the backpack is adjustable, it will surely have an advantage.
Somebody simply likes school bag design, while the other ones prefer other designs which remind more on sports bags. There are also top loading and panel loading bags. The backpack may have internal or external frames. Lighter material and quality stitching will cost more money.
Quality and warranty
The Badlands model is the best here since you can fix your backpack for life with their unconditional warranty. A well-known manufacturer is always a better choice, the cheap backpacks will surely not last for a long period of time. Check if the pack has internal stitching and what is it made of.
Bad weather conditions and low quality may damage your backpack heavily. Make sure you choose the one which will last longer, it will require more money, but less wasted nerves. An assault man mostly chooses less durable, but more functional, more comfortable and lighter backpack.
Do you like the specific color or the specific design? Do you carry more of your personal needs? Would you like to have fun during hunting or not? How many things from the civilization are needed for your longer stay in the forest? Everybody has different needs, so adjust your choice according to yourself.