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Elkcrazedfrk
02-25-2011, 01:57 PM
I'm getting ready to purchace a new pack. I'm really leaning towards the Eberlestock X2 with the butt bucket for packing my bow. Most of my archery trips are day trips and not uncommon for me to go 5-7 miles one way after a good bull or muley. How do any of you rate this pack, pros and cons...

Thanks Jason

mntnguide
02-25-2011, 02:42 PM
I spent a few years with Badlands packs...that being said i will never buy another one. I had plenty of issues that i dont need to address, but I couldnt stand another full season with one. So last summer before heading into another full fall of guiding hunters everyday, i looked into a new pack. I settled on the X2 and have nothing but good remarks about it. It worked great as a day pack all season, and held up great to some heavy loads. Best of all, it held up to plenty of adverse conditions throughout the season. I like how Eberlestock designed the pack and the way they put it together. The Frame works great and by keeping the pack off your back provides good air flow when hiking. I always had problems with my 2800(badlands) and the way it carried loads. For having supposed 2800 cubic in" of space, it seemed they did a terrible job designing it. During late muley seasons in the Frank Church in Idaho, in which we would be covering long distances via optics to find big bucks, the Zeiss scope i carried had to take up the entire "main compartment" of the 2800 because that main compartment was only 900 in" of space. I really like how Eberlestock took the X2 and made the compartments excessive in size, but at the same time it wraps up into a great pack when loaded heavy or light. I put over 100 days into this pack by the end of fall, and it has barely shown the abuse it went through. Since winter has started I carry this pack when chasing hounds after cats, and in needs of a light pack when we are trying to keep up with dogs, it also does great and carries everything i need. I will find it hard to believe you wont find this pack able to hold up to anything and everything you put it through.

Elkcrazedfrk
02-25-2011, 06:29 PM
Well Mntnguide, that is a heck of a good review. Thank-you. One other question I have; Has anyone used the butt bucket to strap their bow on? Does it hold the bow well and is ur bow easily accessible should that big critter show up out of nowhere?

Skybuster1329
02-25-2011, 07:24 PM
I got the x2 last year as well. It's a pretty good pack. Not sure I can add much. Some negative the waste strap could us some work and the waste pockets are way to small, but I think they may have improved the strap a bit this year model. There is a pretty good YouTube review. I purchased the bucket to carry my bow which I didn't like. Like storage compartments for carrying tripod and spotting scope. The main compartment is huge, but I wish it has more sub compartments. but all in a pretty good pack.

I've been eyeing the Sitka flash 32.

bullbuster
02-26-2011, 10:47 PM
Mntnguide, I've also been suffering with a 2800, and eyeing the X2. Do you think a Swarovski 80mm scope would fit the compartment? As you know, in the 2800, (with a tripod) there was barely room for a Granola bar in the main compartment. I was planning to drag the scope into the store to see first hand. Thanks.

mntnguide
02-27-2011, 12:57 PM
I think it will fit fine. I used a Zeiss with a 80mm and as im sure you have experienced, the 2800 made that quite the pain to deal with. By the time the scope and tripod were in that pack i was searching for places to stuff the pieces of my lunch. The X2 to me, carries everything better and uses the compartments more efficiently than that 2800. I have since started packing a Vortex Nomad scope which is great in weight and fits very well in the pack wherever i need it. You definitely have the right idea on taking the scope and tripod into the store to make sure it works for you.

AZ Hunter
02-28-2011, 05:01 PM
I bought the X2 last year and love it! It's the previous model. The newer model has improvements to the hip belt/pockets and has an aluminum frame. Can't add much to the previous posts....it's a great day pack. In decent weather, you could do an overnighter with this pack. My Zeiss 65mm fits the side compartment with a lot of room to spare. I usually only use half of the main bag with essentialls and shed outerwear. 20 - 30 pounds is very comfortable. I haven't had more weight in it, but the reviews say it does very well. I haven't tried the butt bucket.

gonehunting
02-28-2011, 07:20 PM
The x2 is a great pack you also might want to check out the new line of packs from Blacks Creek Guide Gear. Totally agree about comments on Badlands packs.

3rd Lung
03-04-2011, 10:32 PM
I don't have an X2, I have the Blue Widow. My buddy has the X2 and loves it.
Has anyone with the X2 experienced it "Squeaking". My buddies pack squeaked something fierce, but it was a quick fix. He just took the frame out and taped the whole thing with athletic tape. Just wondering.
Oh ya, we switched from Badlands 2200 to Eberlestock too.

ElkNut1
03-08-2011, 08:12 AM
Yes, the X2 will squeak but is an easy fix, you can unbuckle & remove the internal frame from its straps & tape the frame with hockey tape, the whole frame. Re-install & no squeaks. We did this to my Sons & mine, it took minutes! Id post a photo but don't use photobucket!

ElkNut1

shoot2miss
03-09-2011, 09:29 PM
I've tried this pack on, but it seems a bit short for me (I'm 6'1", with an average length torso). If I properly position the belt, the top of the pack is well below my shoulders. Anyone else have this problem?

T43
03-10-2011, 11:15 AM
I'm 6'2" an I have no problems with my X2. It's a great pack I haven't had the squeaking issue since I switched the straps around like they recommend on the Eberlestock web site. If you have an X2 and haven't redone the straps check it out. http://www.eberlestock.com/X2%20Frame%20Wrap%20Fix.pdf

I do cuss the waist pockets from time to time but that has more to do with the zippers catching on stuff I put in them than anything else.

wolftalonID
03-10-2011, 12:51 PM
Great reviews guys! Thanks. I have one of Eberlestocks first bow packs. I love how they try to make the pack work in so many ways. The X2 caught my eye as a more useful pack, and so far no store here has one instock to go see, and Eberlestock wont let you come by to get one in person. :(
One more thing I really liked about these packs, is you can get them with a youth harness that will allow your smaller framed hunters to use it too. Ladies and small youth will be able to carry all they need in a harness that fits them.

T43
03-10-2011, 12:58 PM
Never heard of a youth harness do you have any links? I see you are in Idaho I have seen the X2 at a couple different Sportsman's Warehouse locations.

wolftalonID
03-10-2011, 01:12 PM
oops.. My mistake, I was actually in reference to the X1A1 packs, now that I went to their site and looked again.
But that makes me wonder if they would put them on other packs if you asked...hmm

Elkcrazedfrk
03-10-2011, 02:11 PM
Thanks for all the input..I'll be ordering one soon with the butt bucket to carry my bow. Hope that is a good feature as i've been known to put on some miles in a day..lol

T43
03-10-2011, 02:20 PM
Let us know how you like it. If all goes as planned I will be getting my first bow soon and will be adding the butt bucket as well.

GrantMan
03-22-2011, 11:23 AM
I just recently got the new model X2 and have to say that I like this pack a lot. I have been on a few conditioning hikes with it so far carrying about 30lbs of gear and this pack rides comfortable. It is easy to organize gear and utilizes space well. My spotter is an 85mm angled Vortex and it does not carry well in the side hydration pocket. I did find that I could tuck it under the bat-wing and cinch the straps down tight under the tri pod foot and not worry about it falling out or taking up any pack space.

I am not a archery hunter so I cant comment on the butt bucket but I did purchase the Kifaru gun bearer system and have to say that it compliments the pack well.

As mentioned above Eberlestock did address the squeaking on the straps. My pack was already adjusted with the new strap configuration and I have not noticed any noise yet.

There are a few minor improvements I would like to see added to the pack such as organization pouches and clips in the main compartment but overall I think this pack is near perfect for my needs as a packs could get.

Elkcrazedfrk
03-22-2011, 12:14 PM
Thanks Grantman..I'll post reviews as soon as I get mine.

GrantMan
03-22-2011, 01:36 PM
I've tried this pack on, but it seems a bit short for me (I'm 6'1", with an average length torso). If I properly position the belt, the top of the pack is well below my shoulders. Anyone else have this problem?

I am 5'7" and my pack rides the same way. Short legs long torso. The pack feels good for me though as the weight sits on my hips and I have enough adjustment in the shoulder straps to bring it close to my back. The one problem I do see is that the load lifters really do not have any function.

High Country
04-25-2012, 01:49 PM
Any updates on use of this pack with the ButtBucket for holding a bow? Thanks!

NMBowhntr
05-01-2012, 10:38 AM
Bought a 2012 X2. It carries the same weight as my Badlands 2200 but tighter and more comfortably. As far as scopes, my 80mm Swarovski will fit BARELY into the side hydration pocket if I take off the Swaovski cordura protective cover. Since I like the protective cover, and figure I'll rapidly get fed up with trying to wiggle the scope into such a tight fit in hunting conditions, I opted to put the scope in the batwing pocket and let the cordura cover protect it, which is its function anyway. Plus, rapid access to scope/tripod combo makes for faster set-up. The tripod is in the other batwing pocket. if you have a 65mm spotter or smaller, it would fit perfectly in the side hydration pocket.
The squeaking has been fixed, it was a strap-routing issue, and the harness pocket is now ideal for what I use it for, which is to hold my iPhone and/or RINO GPS.
Overall, highly recommend as an extended day pack for technical conditions.

Bob
05-01-2012, 07:46 PM
Has anyone weighed their new X2 empty and if so, would you post what yours weighed.
Thanks,
Bob

mcseal2
05-27-2012, 03:18 AM
I'm curious if anyone has used this pack with the rifle scabbard and how you liked it. Also include what weight rifle if you could. I have several eberlestocks with the built-in scabbard and wondered how comfortable this one was packing it off-center and further from your back.

revcwood
06-08-2012, 08:00 PM
Yes, the X2 will squeak but is an easy fix, you can unbuckle & remove the internal frame from its straps & tape the frame with hockey tape, the whole frame. Re-install & no squeaks. We did this to my Sons & mine, it took minutes! Id post a photo but don't use photobucket!

ElkNut1same here-great pack-even better after taping it.

revcwood
06-08-2012, 08:03 PM
I'm curious if anyone has used this pack with the rifle scabbard and how you liked it. Also include what weight rifle if you could. I have several eberlestocks with the built-in scabbard and wondered how comfortable this one was packing it off-center and further from your back.
I use the scabbard. I balanced mine out by storing my water bladder in the opposit side pocket. This was with the scabbard inside the right 'wing' of the pack. Worked well this way, and didn't steal any pack space.

Texans42
07-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Love the x2 with the bow bucket, but hated the scabbard on it, flopped around to much. Ended up taking the scabbard and using another pack I had and cutting a hole in the top and bottom and making my own gunrunner type day pack(which my wife has since claimed as her own :mad:)

NorthT
07-24-2012, 03:10 PM
I also bought the 2012 x2. To me will be a great day pack with <30lbs of gear. However it does not fit me perfect. The pack is small but will hold almost whatever you can fit on it or in it. I am 5'10" with 20 1/2 in torso and the lifters are useless. they do pull load closer to you. Would probably be ok for first trip out but thats about it. I have badlands 2200 that i have use in past and it fits perfectly however just to same. As a reference I can pack everything in the X2 that the BL 2200 had in it stuffed and still have room left over. If you 3 inches longer.