View Full Version : Best hunting day pack: Badlands Superday & Eberlestock X2

08-04-2011, 08:27 PM
I love the Badlands Superday: It has a ton of pockets, super durable, it is compatible with a camelbak, has plenty of space for gear 1950 cu. inches, its well thought out, and its very comfortable. Love this pack and its pretty affordable ($180). If your are a minimalist backpacker you can even go backpacking in it. Incredible pack. Some people complain about bad zippers on these packs but I've had no problems and I think you'd have to really abuse these zippers to make them brake. Incredible pack to say the least.

I like the Eberlestock X2 for its toughness, large internal space somewhere around 1900 cu. inches, special spotting scope and tripod pockets, and it only costs $150. It is well organized and designed. It's a great pack and only second to the Badlands Superday.

What do u guys think?

08-04-2011, 09:21 PM
I would put the X2 at #1 but that's because I have one and like it enough I don't want to try anything else. I had 2 X2's but I sold one to buy a J107. I put 8 miles on it scouting the first of the week and I like it just as much as the X2 maybe even more. I did however realize the hard way that I should have just bought the rain cover when I bought the pack. Now I have to pick one up.

Lone Ranger
08-05-2011, 07:51 AM
My vote goes to the Badlands Superday pack. I have one and will be taking it to Colorado in October for the 2nd rifle season. It works great for me!!

08-05-2011, 08:23 AM
Eberle X2. Best daypack I've seen thus far, hands down.

08-05-2011, 08:47 AM
I have a badlands 2200 and want to throw it in the trash for the pure fact the zippers are garbage. It would be a great pack if it zipped up.

Bitterroot Bulls
08-05-2011, 11:25 AM
Eberle J104. Great daypack, great overnighter, great weeklong backcountry pack. Truly a "just one" solution.

Gotta love the gunscabbard feature.

08-25-2011, 11:30 PM
I've only used my X2 on a couple shed hunting trips..It will pack a heck of a load. The quality and layout of the pack is second to none in my opinion..The hip pocket location sucks!! Its also a bit noisy. I give it a 4+ out of 5. Cant wait to throw the cape of a big bull on it in a week or two..:)

08-26-2011, 07:21 AM
I love my Badlands 2200. Great for a day pack, can put enough stuff in it for a weekend trip, and I can pack a quarter out on the first trip with ease and comfort. The zippers on the main compartment can be tricky to close at the top though.

08-27-2011, 08:04 PM
Badlands packs (2)......the zippers have lost my gear and damn near ruined a hunt or two. never again!
Eberlestock.......(blue widow) never let me down,and the goto if I can only have one.!
Sitka 20 series........my new lightweight favorite

08-27-2011, 08:08 PM
Actually I had 3 Badlands with junk zippers.

Jon Boy
08-27-2011, 10:11 PM
Weird I have a 2200 and never had a problem with the zippers. I packed out a small doe one time and packed the whole dam thing out using the bow straps to strap it in like a baby pack lol wish I had a picture of that one. It didnt work as great as I thought but it still worked lol

Scott S
08-28-2011, 05:08 PM
This is like Ford, Chevy, and Dodge survey. :) I have both a Superday and a 2200 from Badlands. The 2200 had a zipper lock up on the right waist belt pocket while the Superday has been flawless. Badlands repaired rhe pocket zipper for free and that was 3 years ago. I begin season 4 with my packs and I happen to like Badlands very much.

08-28-2011, 05:21 PM
I just bought the superday pack and I am extremely excited to use it. I love that Badlands has the lifetime warranty. I also loved that the superday pack has a side holster on it, which is very nice to me because I will be elk hunting a lot by myself this year and I will be packing my .41 along with me and it is SO uncomfortable to put it on a belt.

08-29-2011, 01:55 PM
I have an eberlestock J34, mini-me, and gunrunner and also had a X1E. I've used the J34 nearly empty and with over 80lbs and it is very comfortable either way. I love it for when I need the room but I like a narrower pack for carrying a rifle slung at times when I don't. The mini-me I want to sell because it's just a little to small for me. The Gunrunner is my current favorite for a daypack when I want the scabbard. It was noisy at first, but I added another compression strap to the top to quiet the scabbard down and it worked great. It rides narrow for when I carry my rifle slung, gets lots of air to my back, and is light weight. It's not as heavily padded or built as the others but it's only 3.5lbs and comfortable with 15lbs plus a rifle.

When I'm not going to be using the scabbard or carrying a spotting scope I love my Sitka Ascent 14. It rides great and is easy to pack a slung rifle and shoot with.

I've never tried a badlands pack, but the guy I hunt with in Wyoming uses them all the time. They ride really well but his zippers quit working about a foot from closing like others have said. His gear gets really dusty in the pack when heading to the hunting area on an ATV.

Lone Ranger
08-29-2011, 10:11 PM
I have 3 Badlands packs, a 2200, Superday and a Pursuit. I have never had a zipper problem wigth any of them and I think that Badlands packs are great!!

08-31-2011, 08:59 AM
Badlands makes great packs, eberlestock makes great packs, and there are a lot of other companies that make great packs. I like the superday, but not as much as some other packs. If I was going with Badlands, I would pick the 2200 or the Diablo. I think the Diablo gets overlooked - its super light, has the hypervent system (internal frame) - it gets it done.

I like the x2 as well because its small but can carry weight if needed.

The pack I use is the hornhunter mainbeam. Its a great pack - with the ability to carry heavy loads - and I really like the organization of it.

08-31-2011, 01:43 PM
X2 is my current favorite day pack. I tried some of the Badlands at the store but decided on the X2. I carry a full size tri-pod and 85mm spotter and found the X2 was suited better for my needs.

08-31-2011, 07:18 PM
For elk hunting I use the Sitka Ascent 1400. Very user friendly for the hunter on the move.

For whitetail hunting in the midwest I use Horn Hunter's Droptine Pack. Plenty of room for everything a person needs in the woods. Comparable to badlands over the shoulder day packs put a tad quiter IMO.

09-15-2011, 08:49 AM
The X2 has been great, once I remedied the squeaking frame situation. I really like the outlay of the pack and the ability for it to pack quarters if need be.

09-15-2011, 11:49 AM
The X2 has been great, once I remedied the squeaking frame situation. I really like the outlay of the pack and the ability for it to pack quarters if need be.

Agreed - I love my X2, especially after quieting the frame with some athletic tape.

High Country
03-01-2012, 10:49 AM
Agreed - I love my X2, especially after quieting the frame with some athletic tape.
I to have an X2. Do you have pics of where you quieted the pack? Thanks!

03-01-2012, 04:29 PM
Horn Hunter Main Beam! Tough as nails and made in the USA!