If you’re as serious about your gear as we are here at Antler Up Outdoors, you will want the best hunting backpack that you can afford. In my opinion, it’s a good idea to choose a pack that is constructed very well and has been proven to be reliable. Even if it costs a little more than you would like to spend, it will be worth it in the end. The more reputable brands out there offer backpacks that won’t let you down on any duration of a hunting or scouting trip.
So how do you find the best hunting backpack for your needs? As my team members here know, for me it was a very detailed and thorough task. But after some extensive research and testing, I finally decided on the Eberlestock G1 Little Brother Pack and here are just a few reasons why.
As part of J79 Skycrane II system, the G1 Little Brother Backpack has approximately 1800 cubic inches of space for all types of gear and essentials for your hunting and scouting needs. This pack weighs just a mere 4 pounds so when you are trekking in and out of the woods or up the mountain you will not be burdened with unnecessary weight. And with the option to insert the G-Type Endo frame, you will get a nice contoured fit for increased comfort. This pack is fully adjustable and offers an optional hip belt for a more tapered fit.
In addition to the front zip load points, this pack also features a top entry zip as well as a separate smaller zip pouch at the very top for easy access to smaller essentials such as a GPS, range finder or phone. What I like most about this pack is the abundance of strap options and weapon carry options. For my set up, I added the standard hook up kit. These straps can be attached to the side compression buckles and used to attach a bow or tree stand to the front of your pack. Also available is the A4SS Weapon carrier for those that hunt with a rifle.
When researching for a new backpack, I would recommend trying on as many packs as possible. Assess what your needs are and what the most important use will be such as a load pack or just a storage pack. From one day hunts to multi-day hunts or even just a pack for scouting, it is worth the time to research the right pack for you. Budget yourself but don’t sacrifice quality for a cheaper option. There are so many pack options out there that are great in design and durability without burning a hole in your wallet. Once you have your checklist at the ready, it’s time to narrow your search down to the right backpack for you. Good luck!
Written by: Mike Marcasciano