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    Help me decide fellas

    In my quest for info here I have read a lot about all kids of stuff gear wise.
    I think I have my mind made up on a tent so I think I got that covered.
    Packs however is another story. I'm planning on my trip being about 6 days in the back country. So I am thinking a pack in the 4500 ci range is what I will need
    The 2 that I am looking at is the badlands 4500 and the eberlestock blue widow. The widow is quite a bit more money and I have seen great reviews on it. But I could probably find a badlands a little cheaper.
    I am on a budget somewhat but don't care to pay the price for the eberlestock but thought if the badlands would work fine I could use the extra cash I would save on other gear.
    So let me hear it fellas what is your opinions on these two packs

    Now I know there are a lot that use the mystery ranch or kifu packs but those are out of my price range


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    If I remember right your trip isn't until the fall of 2015, right? If I were to give any advice it will be, be patient on buying gear. I went through this a couple years ago and jumped the gun on a few purchases. Research and look for used products also! Spend money wisely by knowing what you want, but always find it on sale or even used if you can. You have over a year to comparison shop and read reviews on products. It is surprising on how many new things come out every year that will make some things not so good.

    If at all interested look into Kuiu's new pack or even Exo Mountain gear. I have watched videos on both of these and think they will be better than a badlands. I have never used one or priced them out, but a pack I would suggest spending more here than other areas to have a good one from the start instead of upgrading in a year or two. That's my opinion.

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    You are correct that my trip isn't until 2015
    My plan is to try and buy used as much as possible to keep the cost down. Just trying to get ideas so when I see a deal I can grab it.


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    Luke, send me a pm with your trip information and I will build you a gear list.

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    Scott what type of trip info do you need? Area time frame? Day count? Or anything else?


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    Do you know how to send a private message on here? Very top of screen check notifications.

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    This is exactly what I need.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Downing View Post
    Scott what type of trip info do you need? Area time frame? Day count? Or anything else?


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    Scott you have a PM bud

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    I would go and try some packs. Not just how they fit but features, pockets, how they open and close, ect and see what you like and dont like. You might also look at some military surplus packs like the ILBE if you are on a budget.
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    I can't compare the Badlands 4500 with the blue widow but can tell you this. I have hunted with a badlands superday for 4 years even doing 1-2 night spikes with it. Last fall I bought a blue widow for $175 off craigslist. Even for day hunts I will likely never use the superday again. I packed out an elk and a whole deer in the blue widow and was very impressed. There are other packs that may be better made than eberlestock but they come with an increased price. I'm very impressed so far and like I said will probably never use the superday again for hunting, the blue widow just has too many advantages. Worksmanship appears to be superior with the eberlestock compared to the badlands.

 

 

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