Any person who has gone hunting a few times or is a regular hunter would understand the importance of having backpacks. Quality gear, especially a backpack is a necessity. The best hunting backpack would be waterproof, durable, quiet and lightweight. Here are the five tips that you should follow for choosing the best hunting backpacks:
- The nature of Fabric:
The first thing that anyone consciously or unconsciously looks in a bag is its fabric. The material of the fabric should be sturdy and waterproof. The second important thing of a hunting bags’ fabric is its quietness. The fabric of the bag should be such that it does make a sound on slight taps or touches. Producing a sound when are near an animal can be life-threatening.
Another important feature is breathability of the fabric. It can be difficult to find a backpack whose fabric is breathable and waterproof at the same time. Lastly, your back should be lightweight. Light weightiness should not come at the cost of its durability.
You also should keep in mind that you cannot get all good features in one bag. However, the recent competition in the market has come with improved quality as well. You just need to assess your preferences.
- Frame: Do you need a daypack or you want to do some carrying? If you are looking for both features then having a frame would be ideal. Frames can either be internal or external. They allow for better weight distribution. Basically, a frame transfers the weight to your hips. A frameless bag puts the weight on your shoulders. You will feel a hundred times more comfortable if the weight is balanced evenly on your body.
- Size: The bag should be size well enough to pack your stuff and suit your body. You will end up in fatigue if the bag does not complement your body weight. Measure the length of your torso and buy a backpack accordingly.
- The number of compartments: If you are hunting animals with less meat, you need less compartments and similarly if you are hunting animals with big meat, you need bag with more compartments. Bags with special compartments are manufactured for hunting specific animals such as duck hunting backpacks. The compartments should be in the right number and of the right size.
Also, take notice that the zippers on each compartment open and close nicely.
- Weapon carrying backpacks: If you wish to move around with your weapon be it a crossbow or a rifle, it is better to have a backpack that can carry your weapon. Dragging around your weapon is unsafe and increases the chances of getting into trouble.
You should skip on research. Before going to shop a bag, take out some time to research about what people think is the right hunting backpack for them. Ask your friends or search online.