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dcannon
02-22-2011, 02:28 PM
Has anyone used the Blue Widow pack? How does it carry a load compared to the Mystery Ranch packs? I have been thinking about adding one to my pack collection, and am wondering about how it carries. I like the idea of the ability to add or remove the scabbard. I have a Mystery Ranch NICE frame pack that I love, but I like the versatility of the Blue Widow in design.

backcountrybowhunter
02-22-2011, 04:26 PM
I purchased and used one last year and I love it. In my opinion this pack is the best I have had. It can be any pack you need for size. I have had a Blacks Creek pack and a Badlands 4500 before settling on this pack. Their customer service has been top notch and the packs are made here in the USA which is always a bonus for me. I believe my pack weighed about 45-55lbs last year and I thought it packed and rode awesome. I don't think you would be disappointed.

Archer32
02-22-2011, 08:01 PM
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I've got some really good use out of mine. I think its a much better pack without the built in scabbard as you don't have the sag like some mention. I had a BL 4500 and broke just about every damn zipper on it, and the layout just didn't work for me. Broke the belt too and it squeaked something aweful. This pack is stealth, super comfy, and multifunctional (day pack or two week backcountry). I love the fact I can drop off camp in the spike camp duffel and role out with a lot lighter pack. I'm at the point now were I feel really dialed in with this pack and won't be changing anytime soon. Its carries awesome under heavy load as well. I've put many 100+lb trips on it and it hasn't given me any fuss.

grok34
02-22-2011, 09:54 PM
Nice pics. I just tried this pack on today but still can't decide between it and the blacks creek canadian. I have been using the badlands and have had same problems with zippers noise etc. Where you from in SD? I grew up in Beresford moved to Idaho in 03

arrowslinger21
02-24-2011, 01:41 PM
I have one and wouldnt trade it for any other pack on the market currently. I absolutely love it. Here is a link to a review I did on it on my blog.
Kevin Underwood

http://kevinunderwoodbowhunting.blogspot.com/2011/02/eberlestock-blue-widow-my-go-to-pack.html

HUNT4U
02-24-2011, 02:18 PM
I just purchased one. Seems to be well built and fits good. I got it and the add on scabbard and the spike duffel so that i can use it for everything. My buddy and my brother in law both have the j107's and love them, but i wanted the ability to remove the scabbard for archery and save weight on shorter day rifle hunts. Just drew my ne oregon spring bear tag, so hopefully i'll be able to test it thoroughly!

arrowslinger21
02-24-2011, 02:26 PM
Hey HUNT4U,
where is your spring bear tag for? I have a NE Oregon bear tag as well. And I just wrote an article this morning on spot and stalk bear hunting if you want to check it out.
Kevin Underwood

http://kevinunderwoodbowhunting.blogspot.com/2011/02/spot-and-stalk-spring-bears.html

Archer32
02-25-2011, 12:40 PM
Nice pics. I just tried this pack on today but still can't decide between it and the blacks creek canadian. I have been using the badlands and have had same problems with zippers noise etc. Where you from in SD? I grew up in Beresford moved to Idaho in 03

Living the dream in Sioux Falls, not too far from where you grew up... Been here since June. It's been tough to find places to hunt around here. Just got my archery turkey tag in the mail and I'm scratching my head... Seems like little to no public land around to hunt. Its quite the difference from the 27million acres I have access to in Montana.

Archer32
02-25-2011, 12:45 PM
Make sure to get the torso length adjusted to fit you as that makes a huge difference. Glenn (the maker) gave me a good tip at a trade show and he says to secure the bottom horizontal buckle before dropping down the meat/quarter into the bag and that'll help keep the meat riding higher in the pack and relieve more pressure of your tailbone/butt. It just generall carries better this way. I've tried this and it works.

HUNT4U
03-05-2011, 09:01 PM
Hey Arrowslinger, my tag is for the Chesnimnus/Sled Springs unit. Last year we were able to tag a nice cinamon/chocolate around 200 pounds. Got 3 tags this year so hoping for good luck.

BEETLEGUY
03-07-2011, 05:16 PM
Was thinking of getting this pack. Going to use it for short trips and long trips as well. Do you think this pack will do all that? Two packs are not an option for me right now.

cmbbulldog
07-18-2011, 06:54 PM
Was thinking of getting this pack. Going to use it for short trips and long trips as well. Do you think this pack will do all that? Two packs are not an option for me right now.

Same sort of question. Would this pack be big enough for a 10 day backpack hunt for elk?

worx53
07-18-2011, 07:31 PM
the Blue widow is an awesome pack. The most comfortable load carrier i've tried and its been a bunch. I also used it as a day pack for my elkhunt last year as i was conserving gear and only used one pack. I packed all my gear in it for a 10 day hunt easily(mre's, clothes, isobutane, knife, gps, compass,lights, stove, etc.) As a day pack you really don't notice the little added weight once the bulls are screaming. I normally use a sitka day pack. 13401341 It also saved a long hike back to spike camp to get a meat hauler. I used it with the zip-on added storage and its absolutely awesome. i will never own a badlands again, i've have had 3 and all broke zippers and left me with trouble in the backcountry.( good warranty but i'm done with them)

worx53
07-18-2011, 07:44 PM
I used the attachable super spike duffel for the additional storage needed for a 10 day hunt. Once in camp you just detach it and leave it in camp. I would recommend the rain cover also.