Well i fnally broke down and spent some coin on a new pack. Bought the new Eberlestock X2 with the butt bucket. Tested the pack out today. Carries my bow very well with the butt bucket. The quick release system works well. Started out with app. 35# in my pack and by the time i got done antler hunting i had close to 48 or 50#. Very comfortable pack. My only complaint is that the hip belt pockets sit behind ur hip which pretty much makes them worthless. grrrr. OVerall, I give it a 4 out of 5. Lost a whole point due to the hip pockets. If only they would have sewed them on 8 inches foward. Dont get me wrong, its a great pack.