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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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michael h. - posted 5 days ago on 08-15-2018 12:17:51 pm

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

Keith T. - posted 6 days 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. - posted 6 days ago on 08-14-2018 09:47:12 am

@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. - posted 1 week 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. - posted 1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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..