Hunting Day Pack Buying Guide

Any serious hunter is going to have a lot of equipment that they need to carry with them as they make their way to their hunting location. This equipment will range in size from reasonably large pieces to all types of small odds and ends. They could be required to make on-the-run repairs to essential pieces of equipment and they will have to be stored in an orderly way so that they might be easily and quickly located.

This is why it is essential that a good quality hunting day pack is a very necessary item for the successful hunter. It is also why there is a significantly large range of day packs available for sale ranging in price from under $50 to well over $200. They range in size and they also offer a selection of storage options.

Choosing a hunting day pack can be a difficult decision, particularly if you are unsure exactly how many compartments, pockets and other features you are going to need.

Fortunately we have gone through an important part in the decision making process and have identified some of the most popular hunting day packs that have been made by the manufacturers who are known to consistently produce the finest on the market. We have included some basic information about each day pack as well as a link that will provide you with even more helpful details.

Included in this comparison list is a general price guide that indicates the price range that each day pack falls into. The prices have been allocated to the following ranges:
$ = under $50
$$ = $50 - $99
$$$ = $100 - $149
$$$$ = $150 - $199
$$$$$ = over $200

The day packs listed below have been sorted in Capacity order from the highest capacity to the lowest. If you wish to sort by a different column you can simply click on the column heading and the list will be reordered based on your selections.

Make / Model
5.11 Rush 72
3 lbs 0 oz
23" x 13.5" x 8.5"
ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit
4 lbs 1 oz
20.1" x 14" x 6.5"
ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack
3 lbs 5 oz
14.9" x 11.4" x 6.1"
Badlands Treestand
2 lbs 14 oz
21" X 12" x 3.5"
ALPS OutdoorZ Trail Blazer
2 lbs 9 oz
21.5" x 14" x 2"
ALPS OutdoorZ Dark Timber
2 lbs 1 oz
20" x 12" x 9"
Badlands 2200 Daypack
5 lbs 4 oz
19" x 17" x 9"
Tenzing TZ 2220
4 lbs 0 oz
22" x 11" x 6.5"
Badlands Superday
3 lbs 15 oz
20" x 13" x 7.5"
Badlands Diablo
3 lbs 1 oz
23" x 14" x 10"
Allen Company Pagosa
2 lbs 0 oz
19" x 13" x 6"
Eberlestock X2
4 lbs 8 oz
22.5" x 16" x 6"
Eberlestock Gunrunner
3 lbs 8 oz
18" x 9.5" x 7.5"
5.11 Rush 12
3 lbs 0 oz
18" x 11" x 6.5"
Tenzing TZ 1200 Ultra Light
2 lbs 0 oz
17" x 10" x 2.5"

What are you looking for when you want to buy a hunting day pack? There are a number of essentials and it will be necessary to come up with your own list of requirements that they should have. It may be storage space, number of pockets or comfort features. And we all want them at the best possible prices.

Day Pack Weight

As with a lot of hunting equipment, the weight of the day pack is of great importance. It is going to be loaded down with a fair amount of equipment so you don’t want the pack itself weighing any more than is absolutely necessary. A lot of manufacturers are aware of this and are producing some high quality lightweight day packs that are also tremendously durable.

Look for day packs that weigh less than 4 pounds as a starting point.

Day Pack Comfort

The comfort factor should play a big part in your decision making process. Believe me, when you’ve been on the trail for over an hour the pack on your back is going to feel heavier and heavier. If it is not particularly comfortable from the start it is going to be a source of sheer agony after an hour or so.

Companies such as Badlands have come up with some extremely innovative ideas to keep you comfortable while carrying your pack. They use a Hypervent system to ensure there is plenty of airflow that passes between the pack and your skin.

Weight distribution will play a big part in how comfortable the pack feels and this is another feature that should be considered. Similarly, the padding in the shoulder straps are going to mean the difference between not noticing the presence of the pack and being painfully aware of it.

Some packs include a padded waist strap that will provide additional support. This is a feature that is very important on the larger day packs (capacity over 2000 cubic inches). Because they are capable of carrying more they are more likely to be heavier and this means it will be more important that they are supported at the waist as well as at the shoulders.

Day Pack Size

For some hunters the more compact a day pack is the better and this is why they are available in such a variety of sizes. The absence of exterior straps and buckles may also be important because there is less chance that your pack will get hung up on overhanging branches and foliage if you are likely to be scrambling through dense undergrowth.

On the other hand, if you can fit everything that you require for the duration of your hunt into a slightly larger day pack this could be preferable.

Pay close attention to the dimensions of each day pack that is offered for sale and try to determine the sweet spot in sizes.

Day Pack Storage Capabilities

The storage capabilities of each pack is a big factor in my opinion. You can buy a large day pack and then find that it is poorly laid out inside with few individual storage pockets and compartments. The storage features that should be available include zippered pockets on internal and external flaps, open pockets of various sizes both internal and external to the pack. It is important that they are easy to access such as a pair of side pockets on either side of the daypack. Straps, hooks and bands located in various spots on the exterior surface of the pack will also provide more possible storage options.

Packs are available that allow you to carry your gun or compound bow and quiver leaving your hands completely free. Similarly the ability to store a ground roll or sleeping back at the bottom of the pack is very useful.

The more versatile your day pack is the more valuable it will be to you. Being able to stash away the smallest pieces of equipment and then finding them quickly and without fuss turns the humble little day pack into a huge asset in the field.

You can find day packs for specific types of hunting too. A bow hunting day pack such as the ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit bow hunting day pack will not only hold your compound bow but also your quiver to leave your hands free while you hike to your treestand or blind. Similarly a rifle hunting day pack such as the Eberlestock J34 Just One day pack has a built in rifle scabbard to secure your rifle in the same way.

There are a number of leading hunting day pack manufacturers that have the trust and respect of many in the hunting community. They have produced their packs with the wants and needs of the hunter in mind and this shows in the diversity and durability that their packs offer.

Some of the names that you should look for when trying to find a reliable hunting day pack include Badlands, 5.11, Eberlestock, Allen Company, ALPS OutdoorZ, Sitka Gear and Tenzing. All of these companies offer packs that will last through the rigors of a demanding hunting trip.

To get you started on some of the better quality hunting day packs available you should browse through our Hunting Day Pack Reviews or the ultimate examination of what it takes to find the best hunting day pack available.