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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted November 29, 2018 06:01 PM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
My old Crooked Horn daypack has reached the end of it's days, I'm afraid. I've had it sewn up a number of times, but now the zippers are failing and something is going to fall out and be lost.

Anybody have any suggestions on a quality daypack?

I use a daypack a lot. Hunting everything from grounds squirrels to big game. Not just for hunting either, but something to throw stuff into when I head out the door to do most anything outdoorsy. Even as a place to hold items and get strapped onto the ATV.

I want a daypack with a decent belt even if it is only carrying 10 pounds. Durable without too many pockets. Good zippers!

The kifaru stuff looks interesting, but damn not cheap either.

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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted November 29, 2018 06:39 PM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Here's a couple: https://www.orvis.com/p/montana-morning-backpack/0P4G

A little pricy but well made. All my luggage is made by the same company, Recardo. As far as quality, it's hard to beat.

Good hunting. El Bee

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earthwalker
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Icon 1 posted November 29, 2018 07:09 PM      Profile for earthwalker           Edit/Delete Post 
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Hunting Pack - goHUNT Shop
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Hunting Pack - goHUNT Shop
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Hunting Pack - goHUNT Shop
Stone Glacier Avail 2200 Hunting Pack
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Description

The ultimate “utility” daypack, the Avail 2200 is built to carry any essential gear for backcountry adventure. The Avail 2200 is designed to be used either stand-alone with its own Avail suspension and internal frame, or remove the shoulder straps, hip belt, and frame to mount the Avail directly to the Xcurve frame for a load shelf capable heavy hauler. Using the same shoulder straps as the Xcurve frame, the Avail can be quickly swapped from full frame Xcurve mode to day pack stand-alone mode in the field.

The Avail 2200 is equally at home with a load of hunting gear. A full feature pack with 5 pockets, internal organization for spotting scope, a side pocket for feet of a tripod, and an external compression panel for quick storage of layers.

Whether hunting, skiing, climbing, or everyday carry around town, the Avail 2200 is a versatile utility pack with endless capabilities. One size fits most.

Found this one and I really like the looks of it. Also found it on gohunt.com

[ November 29, 2018, 07:11 PM: Message edited by: earthwalker ]

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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted November 29, 2018 07:25 PM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks Leonard and Earthwalker

[ November 29, 2018, 07:26 PM: Message edited by: Lonny ]

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DAA
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Icon 1 posted November 29, 2018 07:59 PM      Profile for DAA   Author's Homepage   Email DAA         Edit/Delete Post 
Osprey might be worth a look. That's what I use on day hikes. Managed to put a hole in it, pure abuse, no fault of the pack, called them and sent it in, they replaced the whole pack.

This is the one
https://www.osprey.com/us/en/product/stratos-24-STRATOS24_328.html

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Kokopelli
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 04:07 AM      Profile for Kokopelli   Author's Homepage           Edit/Delete Post 
The 'thing' that I use was gathered together from parts, kinda like Frankenstein's Monster.
I started with a folding dove stool with a back rest.
Removed the useless little bag from under the seat and sewed in a daypack. Then sewed it some more.
Added a hip belt that I had and taped the stool legs with some 'quiet tape'.
Getting everything adjusted the way that I wanted it made it a two pots of coffee afternoon but the result was worth it. A bit heavy, but worth it.
The stool w/backrest is worth every ounce and with a pair of brush nippers I can back into a bush quite nicely and sit comfortably & pretty much unseen.

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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 04:29 AM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for the suggestions gentlemen. I gives me some things to research.
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ATexan
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 06:00 AM      Profile for ATexan   Email ATexan         Edit/Delete Post 
I went the cheap route. I went to my locate army surplus store and bought a assault pack for 25 bucks. Its the smaller backpack the armed forces use. Its got padded shoulder straps with a quick release, a main storage compartment with three smaller ones. All the mole webbing I need to add any accessories like a bed roll if I am staying out hunting at night. I am on a budget so army surplus is my friend.
I also bought a beard buster turkey seat. Its a two inch cushion type with a back rest, perfect for sitting on the cold ground when out calling. I zip tied it to a load carry vest I bought for 15 bucks. My load carrying vest holds all my calls, extra ammo, range finder, and my electronic call handle slides right in the mole webbing. Its awesome. I put the vest on and everything is in reach and I am a lot more comfortable sitting for longer periods with the back rest and foam protecting my skinny butt from the stickers and snow.

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Aaron Rhoades
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 06:15 AM      Profile for Aaron Rhoades           Edit/Delete Post 
Expensive and handmade, look at Kifaru.
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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 07:41 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Well, there you go! A wide variety of suggestions and don't forget, there must be hundreds on the market that would make do in a pinch. I use a couple of nylon backpacks same ones I use at the gunshow. My needs are small. But, like somebody said, a nice vest can hold a lot of gear, I have one from 5.11 that has pockets I haven't found a use for, yet but still nice to have. It's camo and tactical.

Good hunting. El Bee

Oh, those pockets are to make me bulletproof, with an insert.

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Lone Howl
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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 08:31 AM      Profile for Lone Howl   Author's Homepage   Email Lone Howl         Edit/Delete Post 
Not sure it falls into the "daypack" category..but Outdoorsmans used to have a smaller pack that was/is pretty awsome.
Mark

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Icon 1 posted November 30, 2018 07:15 PM      Profile for tedo   Email tedo         Edit/Delete Post 
Badlands makes some quality packs but like most high end gear you pay for it. Their packs come with a life time gaurantee and will repair or replace if it fails. Warranty is like Leopold scopes, you don't need to be the original purchaser, buy it at a garage sale, your buddy, whatever and your good to go. The day pack I have is well made and will likely be the last one I'll need.
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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2018 08:24 AM      Profile for knockemdown   Author's Homepage           Edit/Delete Post 
Have some Kifaru packs that are top notch. Also, EXO makes very good stuff. Both offer modular designs that allow mixing & matching of frames & bag styles/sizes to suit needs...

Despite these high end options, I have three of these:
SOG Opord pack

Got one in Wally World on closeout for like $28, well,worth it! Scavenged two more on line, after finding how well the initial pack has held up.
I keep one packed with calling shit, one packed for rifle match/range shit, and a third one as 'bug out/travel/daypack. They have pouch for hydration bladder, ample storage/pockets, decent waist belt and zippers. What more can ya ask for, for under $40?

Lastly, have a HPG (Hill People Gear) Tamahumara pack. It's svelte in size, but can haul weight/mass if strapping shit to it. And you can also accessorize a chest pouch to the straps. Pretty nifty! HPG Tamahumara

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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2018 09:25 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks, Fred. That first one is almost exactly my speed, all I want and expect from a backpack.

This is turning into an interesting thread.

Good hunting. El Bee

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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2018 03:43 PM      Profile for Lone Howl   Author's Homepage   Email Lone Howl         Edit/Delete Post 
Svelte...is the most under used word ever.
Mark

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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2018 05:27 PM      Profile for DAA   Author's Homepage   Email DAA         Edit/Delete Post 
Fred's accent makes it sound way more cool too. I hear his voice whenever I read his words [Smile] .

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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2018 06:03 PM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks Fred!

The HPG stuff is very interesting. Gives me some more reading to do. Looks good though.

I'm reaching the conclusion there is almost too many choices in what is available and trying to pick one that covers the most uses.

Never thought picking out a damn daypack could consume more than 10 minutes, but I'm way more invested than that. With some of these higher priced specialty packs like Kifaru and HPG is I can't lay hands on one so that makes it a bit tougher also.

It's kinda fun to look though.

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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted December 06, 2018 09:10 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
Yes, I talked to Fred last week. He has a delightful New York accent. And, sadly regional accents are going away now a days. I think it's because of TV?
But even Texan accents used to be very interesting. Now, you would never know, they speak a midwest regional accent just like everybody else.

At one time, I couldn't pick them out, but a Philly accent was different from a Brooklyn and from a New Jersey or even a Boston. I think all of it is being stomped out. Rule on, Fred!

Good hunting. El Bee

[ December 06, 2018, 09:11 AM: Message edited by: Leonard ]

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earthwalker
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Icon 1 posted December 08, 2018 06:16 PM      Profile for earthwalker           Edit/Delete Post 
Lonny, also take a look at Eberleestock(sp?) back packs.
I'm kind of liking the Switchblade pack. $159.

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Lonny
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Icon 1 posted December 08, 2018 08:09 PM      Profile for Lonny           Edit/Delete Post 
Will do.

I checked at Sportsman's and tried on some Eberlestock, Badlands, and Tenzing packs. Also checked out an Osprey.

There's no shortage of companies making packs. You can spend anywhere from $25 to $500 depending on what you want.

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earthwalker
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Icon 1 posted December 09, 2018 05:01 AM      Profile for earthwalker           Edit/Delete Post 
That's the problem right there. To many to choose from.
I want to see the Switchblade and try it on before I order one. So will wait until next summer before I pull the trigger.
We have the Eberleestock hunting packs. A little over kill heavy packs but first ones we've ever owned. They are a little to big for daypacks.
If also like the looks of Stone Glacier packs.

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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted December 09, 2018 08:27 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
You folks are analyzing this problem a bit too much. We aren't buying a spouse, this is a utility backpack, of which there are hundreds to choose from and at least 499 of them would be adequate. That's my take on the question, I could be wrong?

Good hunting. El Bee

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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2018 06:49 AM      Profile for knockemdown   Author's Homepage           Edit/Delete Post 
I agree, Leonard.
For an everyday 'beat around' pack, that <$40 SOG I mentioned is super...as might be any number of other packs in that price range...

The higher dollar packs might offer more versatility, and the top tier priced packs are likely "Made in the USA". Beyond the pride of buying American, these packs likely have excellent warranty service, as Dave described, and are built & sized to match the user, with overall weight & load distribution/carrying ability a main priority...

So, yeah... plenty of packs can haul 5-15lbs of shit, admirably. Caller, stix, spare ammo/mag, rain gear, mini first aid kit...,maybe bladder or a water bottle? If that's intended purpose, I suspect one could get a few years out of a $40 pack? And if ya can sew, ya might be able to keep one functional if/when things start unraveling, with time/abuse...

It's when ya start wantin' to strap & cram gear in, increasing load, that the high dollar packs come into their own, far as comfort & durability is concerned. True 'load hauling' packs are sized to fit your torso, and have things like 'load lifters' and nice padded hip belts for that very purpose. Whereas, an 'off the shelf' mass produced pack might fit well...or, it might not?

So, ya kinda do get what ya pay for! I have quite a few miles on my Kifaru & Exo packs, mostly with a couple/3 20lb bags of rice for ballast, while getting in shape to elk hunt, as well as a few heavy pack outs. It's those times when I'm glad I dropped coin for the good stuff! At the same time, I'm adequately served with a SOG for a calling/ range trip, or shootin' match...

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Leonard
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Icon 1 posted December 15, 2018 06:39 AM      Profile for Leonard   Author's Homepage   Email Leonard         Edit/Delete Post 
He who shall NOT be named claims backpacks are ok, but shoulder straps are Gay. Figure that one out.

And guess what? He asked for directions!

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