In this article, I will not focus on analyzing any brand or model, I will simply discuss the factors that hunters should keep in mind when choosing a backpack for hunting that suits their needs.
A backpack cannot be suitable for all types of hunting activity, so we must choose the one that suits the hunting mode that we practice more assiduously.
Keep in mind that the backpack will carry all the gear on your back for many hours. So, a poorly designed or poor-quality product can turn your hunting out into a real hell.
I remember when I started with the bow … I was hunting quite far from the car when I broke a strap of the backpack; get to the car with the pack loaded and with a single strap. Possibly that would not have happened to me with any of the models I’ve used lately.
These are the factors that we must keep in mind:
Mode of hunting
Finding a suitable hunting backpack is just as it is the element that will help us support the weight of all our equipment during the hunt.
Backpacks are designed for a variety of purposes, and there is really no backpack for every type of hunt.
So, choose the model that you consider most appropriate … maybe we can find out if we answer these questions:
Are our departures a day, several days or one or several weeks? Will we return to the car every day?
It is likely that we need to have several backpacks to cover all our needs. Lighter and lightweight backpacks with a perfect design allow a good ventilation of the lower back. In this case, it will not be necessary for the backpack to have excessive pockets and compartments.
To maximize comfort, it is important to make sure you buy a backpack that fits the length of your back and has a good suspension and ventilation system to prevent excessive sweating in the lower back.
High-end backpacks have a multitude of adjustments. The one I am currently using has an inner frame adaptable to the shape of the back. This can reduce back pain, and you can hunt with comfort.
Pockets and compartments
To this factor, I give less importance, since the excess of pockets equals to more weight.
However, I do find it practical to have side pockets that allow transporting a terrestrial telescope and a small tripod.
A system can also be useful for attaching the bow to the backpack.
It is helpful that the backpack has a small pocket where you can place a bag of water that can protect us from a storm.
We have to think about how we are going to load the backpack, how much weight we are going to put in and find a model with the appropriate reinforcements so that it can withstand without problems.
For the weekend hunt, a backpack of 3,000 cubic inches may suffice. For a longer period, we should look for a bigger pack usually between 4,500 and 7,000 cubic inches.
Although whenever possible, for a longer period the ideal is to use several backpacks, one with clothes and everything necessary to spend the week in the field and another of about 3000 cubic inches that we will use to hunt daily.
If you are a mountain hunter who plans to live for a week in the countryside, then you need a large backpack. But as a general rule, a 3000 cubic inch will cover normal hunting needs.
Always remember to look for a backpack adaptable to your physiognomy, comfortable and lightweight.
I hope this article is useful and we await your comments what model of backpack do you use and what advantages and disadvantages do you find?