Im looking for a new hunting pack. This would be for day hunts. I tent camp from a car base and walk from camp and back every day. Im really looking at an eberlestock X1 X2 or the "just one" What I want this pack to do is have the room to carry every thing I need for a days hunting. Food, water bladder, clothing, scabbard for the rifle, and a first aid/survial pack. Then if I get somthing still have the room to pack out a boned out deer and the head.
Im open to other packs and reviews of the ones listed.
I have the X2, and got one on the first runs in 2008. I like the pack. It has packed out parts of 3 elk (including my entire cow elk in 5 trips in 2010), lion hides, and usuallly has about 20 lbs of crap in it all the time. Your specs pretty well meat mine as far as how I hunt. I have not packed a deer out yet, but I do think it will handle the weight. The only limiting factor will be the user as far as weight is concerned, IMO.
I have ABUSED this pack. I am just hard on stuff, and gear gets no free ride around me. So far it is still holding up well.
Do you think it would have the room to pack out a deer in one trip as long as I can take the load.
If you bone the meat out?....
Get the bird bag as well. I can get all the tenderloins, backstrap, flank meat, and neck meat of an elk in the bird bag alone, which is about 60 ish lbs. I think that would be about the same as a normal sized deer.
I just got an X2 as well. Nice pack for the money. Seems to be far better value than Mystery Ranch packs.
I just got the new model X2. It is an awesome pack. I had considered the X1 but I think the X2 is more versatile and better suited for hauling heavy balky loads. If you want a scabbard you will have to purchase it separately. I bought the Kifaru gun bearer for my pack and think it is a good system for carrying a rifle.