Top Elk Hunting Backpacks Reviewed

best elk hunting packWhat is the best elk hunting pack?

It is a question that serious elk hunters have debated for years, because the answer can have a significant impact on your hunt.

If it doesn’t fit right, or isn’t comfortable, or is too heavy, or fragile, or isn’t strong enough to pack out enough meat it can literally ruin your hunt.

And to make things harder, there are continually new packs coming on the market. That is why we took a look at the latest packs for you, to help you zero in on the best elk hunting pack for your needs.

Hunting Packs For Elk Comparison Table

After sorting through the various entries we narrowed our field down to 5, and review each in detail below. But for those of you in a hurry to find the best pack, here is a summary of our top choices.

Our Choice
Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack - Meat Hauler - Rifle, Bow, and Pistol Compatible and Hydration Compatible
Eberlestock Team Elk Pack
Lightweight Option
Badlands Superday Pack Hunting Backpacks
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag
Highest Capacity
Horn Hunter Full Curl System, Stone
Pack
Badlands 2200
Eberlestock Team Elk Pack
Badlands Superday
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander
Horn Hunter Full Curl System
Weight
5lb 15oz
6lb 8oz
3lb 15oz
7lb 5oz
9.6lb
Capacity
2250 cubic inches
3100 cubic inches
1950 cubic inches
5250 cubic inches
5500 cubic inches
Reviews
Price
$270.18
from $285.00
$158.35
$129.99
$292.19
Our Choice
Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack - Meat Hauler - Rifle, Bow, and Pistol Compatible and Hydration Compatible
Pack
Badlands 2200
Weight
5lb 15oz
Capacity
2250 cubic inches
Reviews
Price
$270.18
Eberlestock Team Elk Pack
Pack
Eberlestock Team Elk Pack
Weight
6lb 8oz
Capacity
3100 cubic inches
Reviews
Price
from $285.00
Lightweight Option
Badlands Superday Pack Hunting Backpacks
Pack
Badlands Superday
Weight
3lb 15oz
Capacity
1950 cubic inches
Reviews
Price
$158.35
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag
Pack
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander
Weight
7lb 5oz
Capacity
5250 cubic inches
Reviews
Price
$129.99
Highest Capacity
Horn Hunter Full Curl System, Stone
Pack
Horn Hunter Full Curl System
Weight
9.6lb
Capacity
5500 cubic inches
Reviews
Price
$292.19

Best Elk Hunting Backpacks

Each of the items in our roundup have different strengths and weaknesses, it makes sense to look at the specifics of each to find the right one for your situation. Here are our top picks:

1. Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack

Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack - Meat Hauler - Rifle, Bow, and Pistol Compatible and Hydration Compatible
89 Reviews
Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack - Meat Hauler - Rifle, Bow, and Pistol Compatible and Hydration Compatible
  • FULLY LOADED - The 2200 covers all the bases with a built-in meat shelf, internal scope and tripod pockets, and a zippered rear entry panel for quick access to your gear; DWR-treated fabric offers scent suppression and resists moisture, dirt, and blood
  • COMFORTABLE CARRY - ThermoMold Suspension utilizes molded foam so ergonomically advanced that it virtually matches every contour of the human form; T-6 Aircraft Aluminum internal frame and load lifter straps transfer weight to your hips to reduce fatigue
  • STEALTHY - A neutral color palette allows the Approach pattern to adapt to your surroundings AND the current lighting; Blends seamlessly into a wide array of environments; Teams up with whisper-quiet KXO-32 fabric to make you undetectable to your prey
  • VERSATILE - Features an integrated rifle boot and built-in hipbelt pistol holders; Compression straps to give you lots of options for gear attachment; Compatible with 2-liter hydration systems and the Badlands Bow Boot
  • TECHNICAL SPECS - Weighs 5 lb 15 oz (2.7 kg) and measures 19 x 17 x 9 inches; Main compartment has a volume of 1980 cubic inches (32.4 L); Total volume is 2250 cubic inches (36.9 L); 8 pockets

2. Eberlestock Team Elk Pack

Sale
Eberlestock Team Elk Pack
38 Reviews
Eberlestock Team Elk Pack
  • With its body-following contours and a bottom-shelf design, the intex frame provides excellent comfort and stability. It's a perfect combination of lightweight comfort and bomber-toughness.
  • Made to be quiet and comfortable for all day hunting and rugged (but still comfortable) for end of day game hauling
  • The M5 has two optimal access points. With both front-loading and top-loading access your gear is always within reach.
  • Dual full-depth spotting scope and hydration pockets run top-to-bottom on both sides of the pack.
  • At 3,100 cubic inches (50 liters), the Team Elk pack hits the sweet spot in hunting pack size. Measures; 23L x 11W x 9.5D

3. Badlands Superday Pack

Badlands Superday Pack Hunting Backpacks
44 Reviews
Badlands Superday Pack Hunting Backpacks
  • ULTIMATE HUNTING DAYPACK - The Superday packs everything you need for a day hunt and then some; Convenient pocket placement so you can focus without distraction
  • COMFORTABLE CARRY - ThermoMold Suspension utilizes molded foam so ergonomically advanced that it virtually matches every contour of the human form; This daypack includes load lifter straps that transfer weight from your shoulders to your hips
  • STEALTHY - A neutral color palette allows the Approach pattern to adapt to your surroundings AND the current lighting; Blends seamlessly into a wide array of environments; Teams up with whisper-quiet KXO-32 fabric to make you undetectable to your prey
  • VERSATILE - Whether you carry a rifle or bow, the Superday has you covered; Features built-in pistol holders and 5 compression straps that give you lots of options for gear attachment; Compatible with 2-liter hydration systems
  • TECHNICAL SPECS: Weighs 3 lb 15 oz (1.8 kg) and measures 21 x 16 x 11 inches; Main compartment has a volume of 1440 cubic inches (23.6 L); Total volume is 1950 cubic inches (32 L); 7 pockets

4. ALPS OutdoorZ Commander

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag
762 Reviews
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag
  • Made of durable Nylon Ripstop fabric, giving you a long lasting use in the harshest weather environments
  • Organize your gear in one of the many pockets: two side accessory hinged pockets, main, front and spotting scope pocket
  • Torso range: 17 inch to 23 inch. Keep your essentials close with accommodation for clip-style holster, drop-down rifle pocket and hydration pocket and port
  • Detach your bag and use the frame to haul out meat with a unique, secure lashing system
  • Total Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz., Bag Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz., Size: 5250 cu. in.

5. Horn Hunter Full Curl System

Horn Hunter Full Curl System, Stone
4 Reviews
Horn Hunter Full Curl System, Stone
  • Comes with game hauling frame, pack and bag
  • 5500 cubic inches
  • This product weights 9.6 lbs
  • Load bearing shelf
  • H3 tubular frame for heavy loads

Elk Hunting Backpack Video

Here is a great video where an elk hunter shows what he puts in his backpack for a 7-day elk hunt:

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