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Backpack Teardown — The goHUNT Stress Test


Pack Stress Test

Choosing the right pack can be tough and usually involves a great deal of consideration. With this in mind, we decided to pick some well-known pack brands from around the hunting industry to show you what you’re really paying for.  

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Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 10-04-2018 09:05:28 am
goHUNT Team

@ Jeremy D

Thanks for the feedback, I can't say exactly because we ran through those somewhat informally just to see what the different packs could deal with. I can give you my opinion having been there watching and trying to break down a few of them myself. The vertical stiffness of the KUIU is good, but historically if they are going to break, it will be at the load lifter stays. I doubt it would break mid frame when folded in half, unless it has alot of pressure applied. I've know a few guys that have reported the load lifters stays breaking under heavy loads. The MR frame is stiff both vertically and horizontally because they have stays running both ways that are sewn into the frame. The guidelight is a stiff frame and honestly it held up well beyond what I thought it would. I've owned MR packs and love them and you always hear that they are bomb proof, but having tried to tear and break that pack apart I was honestly impressed. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any follow up questions.

Jeremy D. - posted 1 year ago on 10-01-2018 09:57:28 am
Bozeman, MT

Very interesting video. It's pretty surprising how the seams ripped so effortlessly on so many packs. One thing I did notice when you did this test is every pack expect Kuiu the frame test was done try to bend the pack in 1/2 vertically, however the Kuiu frame you only focused on the breaking the top stays. Not to say that doesn't mean anything, but would be interested in knowing two things based on the way this test was conducted. 1. How would the stays on the Mystery Ranch hold up with applying side force like on the Kuiu pack? 2. How would the Kuiu frame hold up when trying to break in by bending it in half?

ZACH C. - posted 1 year ago on 09-20-2018 07:51:22 am

Would like to see the outdoorsman long range hunter in round 2

Chris M. - posted 1 year ago on 09-09-2018 09:54:04 pm
Minden Nevada

Great video guys, I know the Tenzing is a solid pack but I would like to see how it holds up compared to a Jansport.

michael h. - posted 1 year ago on 08-15-2018 12:17:51 pm
Tijeras, NM

I can hear the Kuiu fan boys SCREAMING at their screens right now.

Keith T. - posted 1 year ago on 08-14-2018 10:42:51 am

I found this test very enlightening. Really shows somethings that matter about durability. Something I don't think shone through is that money is an object. Quality, and US manufacture, and low volume production cost money, but there is really a gaping hole in the market for a super tough bare bones pack that can meet the criteria for durability and function without breaking the bank.

Guns, optics, clothes, the gov,...everybody wants some cash. Game meat is some of the most expensive stuff you'll ever eat lol.

How low can it go? I'm thinking an extra heavy duty frame sheet compatible with MOLLE/FILBE suspension parts and a webbing based cargo net to carry the meat. If it can fit a good cargo web net it could fit gear bags of all sorts too, if not attached at least bucketed in the net.

Most guys that do these sort of hunts have a base camp that they work out of, much of the base load stays in in base camp.

Its a precious rare moment that you actually want to add that base camp equipment load on top of a heavy freight haul if you can get out of it. There is a lot of capitalization on the idea of perfecting that point.

Chris N.
Chris N. - posted 1 year ago on 08-14-2018 09:47:12 am
goHUNT Team

@Trevor F The main reason for EXO not being included was because we didn't want there to be too many packs, possibly making it overwhelming for the viewer. But there is a possibility for round 2, in which we would include a EXO pack.

Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 08-13-2018 11:33:34 am
goHUNT Team

@ James V

Appreciate the feedback, we will take the good with the bad. All the best this fall!

Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 08-13-2018 10:44:48 am
goHUNT Team

@ Mathew R

We tried the Ultra as another lightweight option (similar to the SG), the volume was close to the others, and the Ultra uses the same frame as the Icon Pro. There is a difference in the material (500D and 330D Cordura) and the suspension (shoulder harness / hipbelt) but we would anticipate the frame/stitching to function similarly. Given the interest we have received, perhaps we will include an Icon in round 2. The same goes for Kifaru, perhaps we will add that to the list for a round 2.

James V. - posted 1 year ago on 08-12-2018 07:43:40 pm

I thought the review a bit melodramatic, but useful. If similar packs have similar weaknesses, point that out and move on. Doing so would have allowed more packs to be reviewed. The zipper issue was a good point as well. Just ripping at a pack seemed silly. I appreciate most all other reviews.

Michael O. - posted 1 year ago on 08-12-2018 05:09:51 pm

Cool review. Next time I would love to see a Kifaru in the mix to see how their product stacks up to the pack.

Trevor F. - posted 1 year ago on 08-11-2018 09:12:58 am

Great review. I love seeing the breaking points being found. Why no EXO mountain gear? Seems like it would have done pretty darn well in all the torture you exposed these packs too while still being reasonably light.

Matthew R. - posted 1 year ago on 08-10-2018 07:19:49 am

Sort of confused that you guys used an Ultra instead of an Icon for the test, the overall weight and volume of the Ultra don't really make for a great comparison. Also would have been cool to see a Kifaru pack added to the mix. So my takeaway from this was buy an MR pack if you plan on running into a manbear in the woods! JK keep up the good work guys.

Sean B. - posted 1 year ago on 08-10-2018 05:20:55 am

Another great stress test. I love the ridiculous lengths the guys go to try and destroy the gear.

Matthew J. - posted 1 year ago on 08-09-2018 09:18:41 pm
Littleton, CO

This is definitely a ridiculous review. Granted alot of Truth in it. As far as the Badlands, Tenzing and Eberlestock ..just embarrassing. The kuiu I've seen that same frame snap as what you experienced with and elk shoulder in it. So no surprise. The SG. You had to try and twist it and bend it in...not the direction a load would not a 100% realistic, granted you admit that...and the shock there and imagine if you tried to break the NICE probably would have failed..