The perfect hunting day pack is going to be slightly different for every hunter depending on your needs and the type of situation you are going to predominantly hunt in. However, there are some basic features that are going to be important no matter what you're hunting and where you're going to be doing it. We provide a list of high quality day packs that give you the opportunity to choose one that could be the best hunting day pack for your personal requirements.
15 of the Best Hunting Daypacks Reviewed
We have put together 15 hunting day packs from the most well known and respected brands and given them a full comparison to come up with the packs that might be considered the best in their field.
The pack has to be versatile and lightweight, comfortable and stealthy. Another key quality that I think all hunters will appreciate is a day pack that offers a high level of durability. It needs to stand up to the rigors of a hard day in the field.
We have made an attempt to compare similar types of packs and this should result in a good understanding of which model will be good value no matter whether you want large capacity, light weight or a low price.
However, because each of those qualities are important in a quality pack, we have listed all day packs along with their storage capacity (measured in cubic inches), their weight and their price. Further down the page is a brief review of each day pack and, where available, a video review that allows you to take a closer look at the features of each.
What To Look For In A Day Pack
- Size - for some people the larger the pack, the better. Others prefer slightly smaller capacity as long as it is well laid out and consists of pockets that are of a size that will allow you to store your essential pieces of equipment.
- Number of Pockets - the number of small pockets that are located at strategic and convenient points around the pack is a very important factor and one that will help you, the hunter, stay organized. It will allow smaller items to be stored and retrieved quickly and with a minimum of fuss.
- Price - this can be a tricky one because some packs are going to cost significantly more than others. But the more expensive brands are generally the ones that can be relied on to last for far longer than the cheaper ones which will work out to be cheaper over the longer term.
- Material - pay close attention to the material quoted as being used for the construction of the packs. Some are soft and quiet which will give you stealth benefits. Others are made from fabric that will prevent ripping or failure at the seams.
- Weight - the majority of hunters are going to appreciate a day pack that is light in weight. Some manufacturers are starting to produce a line of ultra-light packs that are also providing significant durability.
So, here are the contenders for what we consider some of the best hunting day packs available today. The list covers a range of sizes and features from small hunting daypacks to medium and larger sizes that will be capable of holding a significant amount of gear. Some provide the ability to carry weapons to leave you hands free, others come with hydration reservoirs and still more are small and lightweight. Use the list and the brief reviews to help decide which will best suit your needs.
Hunting Day Pack List
|Day Pack Make/Model||Capacity||Weight||MSRP|
|Badlands Stealth Day Pack||2900 CI||2lb 3oz||$149.95|
|Badlands Diablo Day Pack
||1900 CI||3lb 9oz||$189.95|
|Badlands 2200 Day Pack
||2250 CI||5lb 15oz||$279.95|
|ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Bow Pack||2700 CI||4lb 1oz||$129.99|
|ALPS OutdoorZ MatriX Hunting Pack
||2700 CI||4lb 1oz||$129.99|
|ALPS OutdoorZ Trail Blazer Day Pack||2500 CI||2lb 9oz||$99.99|
|Tenzing TZ 2220 Day Pack||2220 CI||4lb||$209.99|
|Tenzing TZ 1200 Ultra Light Day Pack||1211 CI||2lb 0oz||$124.99|
|Tenzing TC 1260 The Choice Light Day Pack||1285 CI||2lb 6oz||$159.99|
|Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack||3100 CI||6lb 8oz||$329.00|
|Eberlestock X2 Hunting Pack||1830 CI||4lb 8oz||$199.00|
|Eberlestock X1A2 Pack||1500 CI||5lb 14oz||$229.00|
|5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack||3342 CI||5lb||$299.99|
|5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack||2275 CI||3lb 12oz||$209.99|
|5.11 Tactical Rush Moab 10 Backpack||1093 CI||3lb 2oz||$119.99|
Badlands Stealth Day Pack
Weighing in at only 2lbs 3oz the Stealth day pack is a hunting pack that ensures that there is no undue added weight passed on to the hunter. It has a capacity of 1620 Cl and when the pack is loaded the weight is distributed properly and the load bearing hip belt will help with comfort.
The feature of this pack that should be highlighted is the AirTrack Suspension system that helps the pack sit extremely comfortably on the back. Additionally, the molded foam is breathable with channels built into the foam to introduce air flow.
The pack features 5 pockets including a main storage chamber and a smaller front pocket and two side pockets.
The bow is specifically designed for the bow hunter with the ability to carry the bow on the pack.
Badlands Diablo Day Pack
This is a particularly durable day pack with a higher strength to weight ratio compared with other packs. It is made from KXO-32 Fabric which is strong, quiet and waterproof.
The Diablo features the Badlands Hypervent Suspension System which ensures that there is plenty of airflow between you and the pack. This means that you will remain cool and comfortable no matter how much weight is in the pack.
It has been designed with a great deal of space that will take a hydration bladder of either 2 or 3 liters and additional clothing or bedding.
The smaller pockets are provided for storage of the smaller accessories. In total the pack has a total storage capacity of 1900 cubic inches.
Unlike the Stealth, this pack has not been designed as a particularly light pack with a weight of 3lb 9oz. That being said, it is not particularly heavy either.
It is also designed to be able to carry a bow.
The next video gives you a closer look at the Diablo and its features.
Badlands 2200 Day Pack
This is the pack that started things off for Badlands and has featured the technology that has resulted in all of the day packs that followed.
It has been designed to maximize performance with great balance that will virtually support its own weight. This is important for the comfort of the person carrying it.
It has a frame that is made from T-6 aluminum and this transfers the load down to the hips instead of to the back. It makes use of molded foam suspension and this increases the comfort level again.
It comes with 7 pockets so there are plenty of places for storing small pieces of equipment. The weight of the pack starts at 5lb 15oz and the total capacity is 2250 cubic inches. It has the capability of carrying a bow, a rifle or a pistol if required.
This should be considered the ultimate hunting day pack and is designed to last virtually forever. it will cost more than other packs but it will pay for itself over the long run.
ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Bow Pack
This is a day pack that has been specifically designed to keep your bow secure while trekking from one location to another. The bow features straps as well as a dedicated bow pocket.
The storage in the body of the pack is pretty impressive with a large main compartment, a second compartment at the front and a couple of side mesh pockets.
There is a padded waist belt that also contains pockets and this will not only provide added storage for small items but will also help to distribute the weight.
Another feature that is worth mentioning is the blaze orange rain cover that will both keep everything dry but will also ensure you are easily spotted in difficult conditions.
ALPS OutdoorZ MatriX Day Pack
This is a very interesting addition to the ALPS OutdoorZ range with the same storage capacity and weight as the Pursuit. But this pack also has the capability of carrying a crossbow or a rifle with a unique fastening system on the side of the pack.
Two padded straps start at the top of the pack and wrap around the weapon to keep it secure.
There are small pockets throughout the pack with two small wing pockets, a couple of side mesh pockets and two pockets in the waist belt. The pack also has extension lashing straps to secure larger loads.
Organizer sections inside the main compartment helps to keep all smaller accessories nicely ordered. A padded shoulder harness and a center aluminum stay means that comfort is maintained while carrying heavier loads.
ALPS OutdoorZ Trail Blazer Day Pack
This pack has been designed as a late season hunting pack with a greater load capacity to cater for additional clothing items that may be needed throughout the day.
It has a large main pocket that will provide a great deal of storage and it has an expandable aspect that will allow your compound bow or gun to be held. The lower mesh side pockets offer storage for water bottles or smaller compact items.
Further loads can be added to the pack thanks to the front lashing system.
The inclusion of a rain cover gives you the added protection from wet conditions and adds to the waterproofing of the pack. The fact that the cover is blaze orange means that it will stand out much better.
The pack is available in a choice of three different patterns. You can buy it with the Realtree Xtra, Brushed Mossy Oak or Realtree APS.
Here is the review video of the Trail Blazer from the manufacturer to highlight the features of the Trail Blazer.
Tenzing TZ 2220 Day Pack
The pack has a capacity of 2220 cubic inches and a weight of 4 lbs which makes it a reasonably large and light pack for hunters who want to remain on the move. But this is not where the pack provides you with that something extra.
The nice feature of the TZ 2220 is the fact that it is divided up into 11 smaller compartments. This gives the hunter a great deal of different options and storage spaces.
A lot of attention has also been placed in the comfort of the hunter. It has padded hip support and the back pad has been channeled so that the air can get in and provide coolness.
To help with the job of carrying weapons there is also a fold out bow and gun carrying boot.
It is available in a broad range of camo patterns including Mossy Oak Break Up Country, Realtree Max 1, Realtree Xtra and Mossy Oak Infinity.
Tenzing TZ 1200 Ultra Light Day Pack
This is the lightweight solution that all hunters will appreciate. It is particularly useful because it has the capability of being able to hold a 2-liter water reservoir along with equipment storage.
There are eight compartments and pockets throughout the pack including three specialized zip pockets. This means the larger items can be separated out from the smaller pieces that could otherwise be difficult to keep track of.
As well as the storage potential inside the pack it also contains two lateral compression straps at the bottom to allow extra gear to be attached.
It is available in a broad range of camo patterns including Loden Green, Mossy Oak Break Up Country, Realtree Max 1 and Realtree Xtra.
Tenzing TC 1260 The Choice Light Day Pack
Here is a pack that has been designed for tree stand hunting. It is compacted in size and the storage capabilities have been scaled down with a capacity of 1285 cubic inches.
In total there are 8 compartments and pockets to the pack with a large expandable main compartment along with a face compartment providing the main storage. Two side pockets and a mesh face pocket and specialized zip pocket allowing for storage of small items that need to be accessed quickly.
The pack is compatible with a 2-liter water reservoir storage and the comfort options have been provided through a breathable back pad and padded hip panel and a stretchable waist belt.
The pack is covered with Tricot covered Dyneema to help keep things quiet.
It is also possible to mount an arrow quiver for use while in the tree stand and with 5 lateral compression straps and 2 lower compression straps there is ample opportunity to add extra storage on the outside of the pack.
Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack
This pack was initially designed for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to meet the needs of elk hunters but the company has gone further with the pack and designed it to meet all hunter’s needs.
It is a pack that includes a fold-away gun scabbard and a built-in bow carrier. It is lined with an Intex aluminum frame to help with stability and comfort. It is also contoured to follow the body’s natural shape.
The storage in the pack is enormous with 3100 cubic inches of space that includes front-loading and top-loading main compartment access. There are side pockets that run the entire height of the pack so that a hydration reservoir can be used.
This is the rugged large storage option that will allow the hunter to take everything with him for a full day. It's not a light weight pack but it is ideal for the elk hunter and more.
Here is a great review of the pack by Linton Outdoors
Eberlestock X2 Hunting Pack
The X2 is a small stature pack that functions as a much larger capacity pack. It has been stacked with storage compartments and pockets to provide a multitude of possibilities.
The pack is framed with the rugged IntEx metal frame which is a lightweight tubular aluminum frame to add sturdiness without making it unduly heavy.
Inside are dual hydration compartments as well as quick-access pockets for smaller items such as spotting scopes. The bottom of the pack features the FlexChassis which can be flipped forward to act as a seat.
On the outside are oversized compression straps to enable an even greater load to be carried.
The pack is compatible with the company’s A1SS or A2SS side scabbards for carrying a shotgun or rifle or you can add the ARCG ButtBucket if you are carrying a compound bow.
Take a look at the following video to get a more complete review of the X2
Eberlestock X1A2 Pack
This pack is part of the Eberlestock X1 series which was designed as an all-around pack design that is suited to provide all of the needs of the hunter.
It not only contains a Quickdraw Backscabbard that is made slightly larger than the original but it also contains a Ripcord Bow Tether. The improvement that has been designed specifically for the X1A2 allows you to remove the bow from the pack while still wearing the pack.
It has been laid out in such a way as to ensure there are smaller accessible pockets available along with the main storage. With a capacity of 15oo cubic inches it is a smaller pack but it has been boosted by the specialist carrying capabilities.
It also has padlock webbing tie-points at numerous spots around the pack including at the waistbelt. To ensure maximum comfort it also has a vertically adjustable shoulder harness that will enable the pack to fit any sized frame.
5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack
This is the largest of the 5.11 Tactical Rush series of backpacks and has been designed as a 72 hour use backpack. It may be used for a full day in the field or as a pack that will enable you to pack up and leave for days at a time.
It has a capacity of 3342 cubic inches which is significant and the main compartment measures 23 inches high x 13.5 inches long and 8.5 inches deep.
The pack has been made using high strength water repellent 1000D nylon that will provide full protection from the elements no matter whether it is wet or dry.
The storage capabilities of the pack are extensive with a large main compartment as well as a good sized front pocket and two generous side pockets. There is also an organizer pocket that allows you to store any necessary documents such as maps.
The shoulder straps are adjustable and are comprised of closed-cell foam for greater comfort. There is also a cinching waist strap and dual compression straps.
The pack is available in a choice of five different colors including Flat Dark Earth, Black, MultiCam, Sandstone and TAC OD.
5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack
The Tactical 24 pack has a large amount of storage with a capacity of over 2200 cubic inches. It is made with a number of features that have been specifically designed to provide greater carrying comfort.
The main storage compartment is very roomy and includes three interior mesh pockets to organize smaller items. There is also a padded hydration pocket and another small storage area.
Side storage compartments including double-zip access provides easy access to items that are needed in a hurry. There is also expandable storage that consists of a draw cord closure.
Comfort features include contoured compression straps and an adjustable sternum strap.
The fact that the storage system inside can be customized to suit your needs is another reason why this is a pack that has become one of the most popular on the market. It contains a great deal of storage and features that will protect equipment as well as carry it safely.
5.11 Tactical Rush Moab 10 Backpack
This pack is part of the Rush series of packs and is one of the smaller capacity packs that offers tremendous organization inside the compartments with a lightweight but extremely durable exterior.
There is quite a large main storage area that contains multiple smaller pockets that offer the capability of organizing everything exactly how you want it. These smaller pockets ensure every small item is stashed securely.
There is a covert rear Tac Tec pocket that is large enough for any number of quickly required accessories. There is an internal water bottle pocket with a pass-through port. Two other pockets, a coms pocket at the shoulder and a double zip pocket give you fast access.
The exterior is a sturdy 1050D nylon and includes a MOLLE / SlickStick web lining to build more storage around.
Although this is a small and lightweight pack it provides a multitude of storage in a comfortable to carry frame.
Top Rated Hunting Day Pack Manufacturers
The brands that have been highlighted in this guide are considered the best in terms of quality and reliability when it comes to the design and manufacture of hunting packs that will serve the hunter well.
You can visit their websites by clicking on their name below:
The hunting day packs that have been examined is a small selection from the companies that consistently appear at the head of any most highly recommended products list. They offer a range of specialist features including weapon storage and a variety of storage solutions.
More complete reviews of individual day packs have also been compiled here at Keys To Hunting. Visit our page that provides a full list of day pack reviews. An extensive hunting day pack buying guide has also been compiled here.