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Gperkins21
09-20-2012, 09:02 PM
Im Looking to by one of these 3 packs? (Eberlestock x2 eberlestock j134 badlands 2200). I live in idaho and do mostly weekend mule deer hunts. But im completley split between these 3 packs. Anybody with any good insight? thanks!

elkgrunt
09-21-2012, 06:08 AM
You can't go wrong with the Eberlestock packs, built tough and you'll love how they feel.

Sawfish
09-21-2012, 09:53 AM
I just received a Badlands 2200 from Camofire. I have not used it, but it seems to be a well made pack. However, the pocket arrangement and layout are non-functional for me. Thinking about dumping this one and going with Tenzing or Crooked Horn.

Gperkins21
09-21-2012, 07:14 PM
I went to sportsmans today and checked em all out! The badlands pack does not fit my torso lengnth nor my waist. So thats out of the question im still split between the two eberlestocks!!

Haisen
09-21-2012, 10:40 PM
Check out the Just One, Dragonfly, or Blue Widow. They are outstanding versatile packs that will do everything from short day hunts to packing out elk. They offer various waist-belts, but make sure you have enough torso lift before making the purchase. I feel 19 inches is about the max torso size for there packs. I think more weight will begin being shifted to the wearers shoulders as the torso extends beyond 19 inches, that is just my opinion from using the Dragonfly and Just One. Also, I feel the Eberlestock packs are more durable than Badlands and Blacks Creek packs, but not more than Mystery Ranch. Mystery Ranch is the King of durability with the NICE Frame line of packs.

mcseal2
09-21-2012, 11:13 PM
As I've posted before I really like my J34. I don't think you would go wrong with it, especially if you plan to use the scabbard.

Elkoholic307
10-12-2012, 09:22 PM
I have a J34 and an X2. The J34 is great for heavy loads and I'm a big fan of the scabbard. The X2 is really nice for going light on day hunts.

mthuntress
10-15-2012, 01:21 AM
I'm saying good bye to my 2800 Badlands and getting the Dragonfly.

In God We Trust
10-18-2012, 06:37 PM
I am am using a Badlands pack now. I agree they aren't the most comfortable pack but they aren't horrible either. I will say they are tough as nails and the lifetime warranty is unbeatable. I am sending mine back tomorrow because I overloaded it this weekend packing my bull out and broke a few clips and bent the frame. They are going to repair it or replace it free of charge. Now that is customer service!

trophyhill
12-03-2012, 12:23 AM
i've had a BL2200 for 4 seasons now. i've hauled elk quarters with it and deer. it's a tough pack. i just ordered a BL2800. i always felt like i needed just a little bit more space. it always felt like everything was crammed into the 2200.

Bughalli
12-10-2012, 02:14 AM
I have the 2200 and like it best. The configuration is a little odd, but it does a great job of hauling meat if needed for the initial haul out. I really like the configuration and versatility of the Eberlestock, but I just couldn't get them to fit well. I bought the blue widow and took it back after testing it with 40lbs of weight. The torso was too short and it put too much weight on my shoulders vs my hips. I adjusted it as long or tall as it would go. The 2200 it taller or longer...which was a lot more comfortable. You really don't want much weight on your shoulders, they're more for stabilization. Total bummer because I liked the versatility of the Eberlstock. You won't know until you put weight in one and do a little hiking. Then differences become obvious. Everyone is different, so try them. Both are great quality.

JNDEER
12-10-2012, 10:12 AM
J34. It can do way more than the other packs if your hunting style ever changed.

HuntWYODon
12-10-2012, 04:05 PM
I've had a Badlands 2200 for about 5 yrs.. The first yr. I broke 2 zippers on it. Sent it to them and they repaired for free.
This year I broke 4 of them. Just the dust/dirt jacks them up. also the zipper handles brake. I was so pissed off at that pack this year I swore to buy a new/different one. A couple members on the Forum were with me in Ca. and Wy. and can verify the problems it caused and how mad I was. I'm going to send it back and they can repair or replace it, I don't care. I'm still going to but another so I'm glad this thread got started !

Bitterroot Bulls
12-10-2012, 04:38 PM
In my experience, Eberlestock packs have a quality of construction advantage over Badlands packs.

JBudd
12-10-2012, 08:14 PM
I have had the x2 and have the j34 right now. I got the 34 because the x2 wasn't big enough to keep all my gear inside for backcountry camping. I would say if your just doing day hunts the x2 is the way to go, but if your going a few miles back and camping I'd go with the j34, it's awesome because you can collapse it into a day pack. And the scabbard is awesome.

mcseal2
12-13-2012, 04:21 PM
Those of you who prefer the X2 for day hunts, do you use the optional side scabbard or just carry your rifle on a sling? To me the best part of an Eberlestock is the scabbard most times.

Sandstalker
01-27-2013, 03:56 PM
I went to sportsmans today and checked em all out! The badlands pack does not fit my torso lengnth nor my waist. So thats out of the question im still split between the two eberlestocks!!

I just received my badlands 2200 from camofire and what a dissapointment. It didn't fit me as well. torso length and I'd have to put on a couple inches in the waist for it to fit snug. bummer

LintonOutdoors
02-11-2013, 11:00 AM
I have had the x2 and have the j34 right now. I got the 34 because the x2 wasn't big enough to keep all my gear inside for backcountry camping. I would say if your just doing day hunts the x2 is the way to go, but if your going a few miles back and camping I'd go with the j34, it's awesome because you can collapse it into a day pack. And the scabbard is awesome.

JBud, is right on the money with this one. It really depends on your hunting style. The J34 is suited for multiple days in the backcountry with the ability to comfortably carry out a heavy load of meat. The X2 is no slouch either with its beefy internal frame, but it lacks the fine-tuning adjustable suspension that the J34 has. The X2 is a one size fits all style. The X2 can haul a heavy load without pack failure but it will not be as comfortable as the J34.

IMO, if you are going in further than 1-2 mile in rugged country you would be better to go with the J34, anything closer and the X2 would be a great choice as long as you have a pack frame back at the truck. The X2 (4.5lbs) weighs approx. 2.5lbs less than the J34. So you gotta love the X2 if you are doing light&fast mule deer day hunts here in idaho! I also love the X2 for its modularity. Add a rifle scabbard during rifle season and hike hands free with ability to pull out rifle, in a matter of seconds, without having to take your pack off. Then during archery season, remove scabbard, attach bow bucket, and hike hands free with ability to quick release your bow off your back in a matter of seconds, again without having to take your pack off. This pack allows you to stay as light as possible during any season you are hunting.

Sawfish
02-12-2013, 03:05 PM
I just received my badlands 2200 from camofire and what a dissapointment. It didn't fit me as well. torso length and I'd have to put on a couple inches in the waist for it to fit snug. bummer

Badlands has completely revamped this pack and others for 2013. Do not buy the old model until you have seen the improved version. Wish that I had waited on mine, until this year.

NMBowhntr
02-19-2013, 09:42 PM
So I have both the 2200 and the X2. Have sent the 2200 back twice for failed zipper complaints in two years. Love the customer service, and this is not a dis to the company because they are great. But for me, it was never that comfortable, and was a little gimmicky to use, with the batwings and all.
Then I got an X2 and was blown away. The same pack weight seems to weigh half as much. Must be the internal metal frame, but talk about a comfortable, all-day power pack! Plus, I use the scabbard for gun hunts, and the butt bucket for archery. That's such a nice feature to have your hands free. Keep in mind, I'm mostly an all-day hunter, and do not use these packs for going in overnight. My choice would be the X2 if you plan on day hunts. One down side is, the side pocket won't hold a full-size spotting scope, but a 65mm should fit fine.
Hope this helps.