Top Hunting Backpack Reviews

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Intro to how to find the best hunting backpacks

Anyone who’s serious about hunting should know the importance of having quality gear. Going out into the elements with subpar gear is like getting caught with your pants down. If you’re really serious about the outdoors then investing in quality gear, especially your backpack, is a necessity.

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Some of the top hunting backpacks

This page will help you identify what makes up the best hunting backpacks and how to choose the right one for yourself. You’ll also be able to read our detailed hunting backpack reviews and be able to spot the proper qualities to look for.

Quick navigation:

  1. Comparison chart of the best hunting backpacks
  2. Tips on finding a good backpack for hunting purposes
  3. Detailed reviews of some of the top hunting backpacks

1. Comparison chart of the top hunting backpacks

PictureNameDescriptionPriceRating
ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack• 800 cu. in. extendable to 2700 cu. in.
• Fanny pack expands into day pack
• Pockets: Two side, front and main, fanny pocket, day pack pocket
$$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
ALPS OutdoorZ Ranger Day Pack (Realtree Xtra Camo Fabric)• 1450 cubic inches
• Main pocket; Large front accessory pocket
• Webbing on front
$4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
Buck Commander Black Gorge Pack• 1470 cu.in. expands to 3515 cu.in.
• Main compartment with internal and external pockets w/ second expandable main compartment
• Removable waist belt
• Pull-out orange panel
$$4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Fieldline Eagle Backpack (Mossy Oak Infinity)• Four external storage pockets
• Front mesh stash pocket
• Bottom pocket built in organizer with cell phone holder
• Hydration compatible
$4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Tactical Assault Military Army Style Backpack By Monkey Paks with Hydration Water Bladder Included• 2L hydration bladder included
• 5 compartments with inner pockets and organizer
• Molle compatible
$4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
Timber Hawk Rut Buster Daypack, Highlander• 1700 cu. in.
• Two large main compartments
• Front stash pocket
• Binocular strap system
$$4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Maxpedition Gear Zafar Internal Frame Pack, Black• 1700 cu. in.
• Internal frame
• Hydration ready
$$$$$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Explorer B99 MultiCam Tactical Backpack• 1750 cu. in.
• Lots of pockets
• Gun holster
• Laptop pocket, ipad pocket
• Hydration ready
• Lifetime warranty
$$4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Badlands Pursuit Daypack (MOBU, 18 x 11 x 8-Inch)• 1800 cubic inches
• Air Track suspension
• 2 pockets 3 compartments
• Waterbottle pockets
• Lifetime warranty

$$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Allen Company Pagosa 1800 Camouflage Daypack, Realtree Xtra• 1800 cubic inches
• Multiple internal organizer pockets
• Dual water bottle holders
• Hydration bladder ready
• Bright lining for low light
$4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Eberlestock X1A1M Tactical Pack. Dry Earth.• 1900 / 2800 Cubic Inches
• Quickdraw Backscabbard
• New high tech Shooter's Harness

$$$$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
ALPS OutdoorZ Dark Timber Day Pack (Realtree Xtra HD)• 2285 cubic inches
• Large front accessory and main pocket; Lower pocket
• Hydration compatible
$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Mossy Oak Silver Leaf 2 Day Pack, 20.5 x 12.5 x 8, Mossy Oak Infinity• Large front pocket w/details storage,
• Cell/glasses pocket,
• 2 side water bottle pockets


$4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Bow Hunting Back Pack - Brushed Realtree Xtra HD, 2700 Cubic Inches• 2700 Cubic Inches
• Bow pocket (stow-away)
• Large front and main pocket; Lower side mesh pockets
• Webbing system
• Hydration pocket and port
• Center aluminum stay
• Rain cover included
$$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Badlands Clutch Backpack, Realtree AP-Xtra• 2800 Cubic Inches
• Built-in rain-fly/meat shelf, spotting scope pocket
• Front suspension opening
• Bucket lid opening
• T-6 aircraft aluminum suspension
$$$$$5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Under Armour UA 2800 Camo Backpack One Size Fits All REALTREE AP-XTRA• 2800 Cubic Inches
• Lightweight: 3 lbs. 10 oz
• Weapon Carrying System
• Aluminum frame
• Hydration compatible
$$$$$5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Easton Fulldraw 3000 Pack - Max1• 3000 cubic inches
• Unique easy draw shoulder strap system
• Hydration compatible
• Integrated shooting platform
• Carries your bow or rifle
• LED tab light in main compartment
$$$4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Timber Hawk RAX Killshot Backpack• 3000 cubic inches
• Includes 2L Hydrapak bladder w/ insulated hose
• Carries a rifle, bow or tripod
• Adjustable torso size
• Ultra-quiet, durable twill fabric
$$$5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
ALPS Outdoorz Max-1 HD Traverse EPS Hunting Pack• 3300 cu.in. expandable to 4500 cu.in.
• Bow/rifle carrying system
• Padded spotting scope pocket
$$4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Badlands Sacrifice Backpack (Realtree AP Xtra, 28 x 13 x 12-Inch)• 3450 cubic Inch
• Hybrid hypervent suspension keeps pack off your back
• 7 pockets 2 compartments
• Adjustable top pocket for oversized loads
$$$$4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
Slumberjack Bounty 4500 Backpack, Kryptek• 4500 cubic Inch
• Military-grade, dual stay suspension for heavy loads
• Removable from frame
• Includes detachable field pack
• Bow/rifle carrying system
$$$$$5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame Plus Pack Bag, 5250 Cubic Inches• 5250 cubic inches
• Top loading; Lower door access
• Webbing loops
• Rifle holder
$$4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

You may also want to have a look at our best tactical backpacks page.

2. Picking the best hunting backpacks – what to look for

The best hunting backpack for yourself will always depend on what type of activities you’ll be doing, and on the season and terrain around you. You’ll always have to select a bag that allows for enough space for what you’re planning to do and equipment you’ll need to bring. You may also need more or less space depending how long your excursion is. This is why I like to have multiple bags that fit different situations. Having a bunch of different backpacks lets me choose the optimal one for each situation and I recommend the investment. Having specific bags for specific terrains and elements goes a long way.

However there are some universal signs that all quality backpacks have that you want to look for when looking for your own.

What a good hunting backpack fabric is like

Waterproof camo backpack fabricPaying attention to the details is important when looking for a quality bag. Personally the first thing I start looking at is the stuff the bag is made off. Make sure you choose a material strong enough for your needs; most waterproof bags are made from polyester or nylon covered in polyurethane. Waterproof or water resistant material is the bare minimum when looking for a quality bag.

Another plus for a backpack’s fabric is its “quietness”. Some fabrics are louder than others when they’re touched or brushed against objects. And this is where some companies (not many) put lots of research into: to find materials that won’t pop a sound when you’re stealthily drawing near your target, or when you’re reaching for your weapon. In that respect, most good fabrics would do okay in warm weather. But the big test is in cold weather, when the fabrics get hard and stiff, and some may even crack or break. That’s when one feels the need for specialized gear.

The ideal hunting backpack fabric should be:

  • Waterproof or water resistant (proofness can be added via a rain fly)
  • Durable
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight

With the advent of new materials, a new attribute was added: breathable. These are five attributes that aren’t always found in the same pack at their highest degree. As a matter of fact, a fabric that’s fully waterproof and breathable at the same time doesn’t really exist. It will be waterproof up to a point, after which it will give way. So, these attributes are present in varying degrees, with some sacrificed to the detriment of others. The good news is, materials have improved a lot and the offer is diverse. It just takes some due diligence to find the one that best fits your needs.

Generally the more you spend on a bag the better the material is. You want to buy a bag that is durable and made to last a long time. It’s better to wait until you can afford to invest in a good bag than to buy a cheap one. More often than not, you’ll still end up buying the more expensive one. If you browse hunting backpack reviews you’ll notice all good ones require a decent investment.

Framed or frameless. Internal frame or external frame

Adjustable internal frame stays

Adjustable internal frame stays

Another factor to consider is the quantity you’ll be carrying. If you hunt big game, you will need something larger than a daypack to stuff the meat in. This can be one of a few options: either a large backpack upfront, or an expandable one (like the Eberlestock J34), or a separate bag like a duffel bag for that. If you’re after a daypack but still are going to do some good amount of carrying with it, you may want to get one with a frame for better weight distribution. Frames can be internal or external, the internal one being found mostly in the small to medium packs. With a framed backpack, the load is transmitted to your hips. With a frameless one, it will pull on your shoulders. Ergonomics and weight distribution go hand in hand and are an important factor. One backpack can make the same load seem lighter, even significantly so, than another.

A good internal frame backpack will allow for the frame stays to be taken out and shaped to fit the carrier’s back contour. The stays are usually made of aluminum, with the fancy ones being made of aluminum-carbon and other alloys.

external-hauling-frame

Hauling frame

An external frame is usually found in large backpacks where serious loads are to be hauled. The external frame offers even weight distribution. Several manufacturers produce general-purpose frames that can be used with different-sized bags to carry all sorts of loads. It’s the “one frame fits all bags” system, and many hunters have opted for it.

The main role of a good frame is to balance the stuff you are carrying in your bag. A good frame will help distribute the weight across your bag evenly. You want to put the heaviest items in the middle of your bag so that the weight falls on your hips.

If you’re on a rough terrain you want to balance the heavier items on your lower back in order to increase your center of gravity.

The single biggest mistake people make is not wearing and using their backpack properly. Take the time to properly pack it and make sure its resting on your body in a comfortable way that distributes weight evenly.

Traveling with a weapon

Bow hunter backpack

Bow backpack

If you’re going to be moving around with a weapon, either a bow or rifle for example, then it’s important to have a bag that can properly transport your weapon for you. Dragging around your weapon in a clumsy way is unsafe and causes you to react slowly as you’ll have trouble getting it out. A backpack with a weapon-carrying system allows you to have your hands free while you walk, crawl or climb. Another good reason to have multiple bags that suit the needs of each weapon you have.

Scabbard backpack

Scabbard backpack

A bag like the Alps Outdoorz Trail Blazer is good for securely holding your bow or gun. It has a pull-down pocket which allows you to choose its position and how tightly it’s secured. A good weapon holster will allow you to remove your tool quickly while still having it strongly secured while traveling.

Another option is to invest in scabbards or other holding devices for your weapons. A separate item to carry your weapon can be cumbersome but will allow for a more accurate and comfortable fit for your weapon. A vest-scabbard that you can wear on your body and hold your knife and gun is convenient for not getting in the way of the rest of your gear. Or you could opt for a bag like the Eberlestock J34 which features a back–scabbard that allows you to quickly draw your rifle or bow.

Choosing the correct size bag

Choosing a backpack that’s appropriate for your size is just as important as buying a quality one. Buying a bag that doesn’t fit can cause unnecessary issues to arise while you’re out in the elements.

A lot of people think that choosing the right backpack size has to do with your height but it actually doesn’t. What you need to do is measure the length of your torso (shoulders to the top of your hips) and buy a bag based on this measurement. Once you know your torso’s size you can buy a backpack according to these sizes:

  • Miniature: Up to 15-1/2 inches tall (up to 39 cm)
  • Small: 16 – 17 1/2 inches tall (40 – 45 cm)
  • Medium: 18 – 19 1/2 inches tall (46 – 50 cm)
  • Large: 20 inches and up (51 cm and up)

Don’t skimp on research time

As said above, it’s always worth investing in multiple bags in order to be prepared for each specific situation. There is a lot that goes in to a selecting a quality bag, but the research & time spent looking is well worth it. Read the product specs – the more serious the company, the better description and the more details they’ll give. And also read reviews from other users. This can often make or break your decision for a certain bag. A good bag you can trust will be your best friend when you’re out in the harsh elements and you’re carrying everything that’s keeping you alive in it.

3. Check out the reviews on some of the top hunting backpacks below:

Eberlestock Halftrack Review

Eberlestock Halftrack Review

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Click here for full specs, reviews, and pricing The Eberlestock Halftrack is a very handy pack. The reason it's handy is it's small - it's a great 2-day bag -, it has handles ...

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Eberlestock J79 Skycrane vs. Eberlestock J51 Warhammer Review

Eberlestock J79 Skycrane vs. Eberlestock J51 Warhammer Review

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We've been asked to review these two backpacks from Eberlestock that look pretty similar. Some of our readers are asking what's the difference between them. We want to address ...

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Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack Review

Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack Review

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Eberlestock Team Elk M5 Main PackSpecs at a glance:3100 cubic inches Weight: 6lbs 8oz Dimensions: 23L x 11W x 9.5D Top and full front access points Fold-away rifle ...

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Tenzing TZ 6000 and TZ 5000 review

Tenzing TZ 6000 and TZ 5000 review

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tenzing tz 5000The specs at a glance:TZ 5000: 4160 cu. in. expandable to 5620 cu. in. TZ 6000: 4400 cu. in. expandable to 6013 cu. in. Fully adjustable torso ...

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The Alps Outdoors Commander Review

The Alps Outdoors Commander Review

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Alps Outdoorz Commander FreighterThis is a light external frame backpack with lots of storage space. It has 5250 cu. in., it’s pretty big. It weighs 2 lb. 3 oz., which is a ...

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Tenzing 2220 Review

Tenzing 2220 Review

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Tenzing 2220 - click on image for details and more reviewsThe Tenzing TZ 2220 is one of my favorite daypacks within their line. It is a very good system with good entry to ...

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Badlands Clutch Review

Badlands Clutch Review

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Badlands Clutch - click on the image for more details and reviewsThe Clutch backpack from Badlands was released in 2013 and was designed to replace the 2800 but at first ...

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Best Bow Hunting Backpack

Best Bow Hunting Backpack

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Badlands Superday 1950 Cubic Inch Daypack Review

Badlands Superday 1950 Cubic Inch Daypack Review

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The Badlands Superday Hunting Pack - click for pricing What is this backpack and who is it for? This is a daypack fit for the bow or rifle hunter who is also carrying a pistol. ...

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ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Bow Hunting Pack Review

ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Bow Hunting Pack Review

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Eberlestock F4 Terminator Backpack Review

Eberlestock F4 Terminator Backpack Review

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The Eberlestock F4 Terminator Hunting/Sniper Backpack - click for pricing The Eberlestock F4 Terminator is a top-notch backpack that’s being used all over the world for all types ...

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Eberlestock J34 Just One Backpack Review

Eberlestock J34 Just One Backpack Review

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Eberlestock J34 Just One backpack review by RangerMade The Eberlestock J34 Just One is a hunting pack and is a pretty unique pack in one respect. It has the capability of ...

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