I've read some of the threads on backpacks and saw good honest reviews of some of their equipment. I thought I share my thoughts on the Badlands Sacrifice.
I pretty sure I pushed it to the limits with this pack. I went from Sunday to Sunday with this pack. Granted I split some of the equipment with my buddy to save on space but by lashing the tent, pad, and sleeping bag onto the outside of the pack for the hike in and the hike out I made it for seven days. On the hike in and the hike out it was not overloaded and after sinching in the wastebelt as much s possible it road well and comfortable. The pack was at 48 lbs with 2 liters of water.
During day hikes, I thought it colapes down very well. I typically took rain gear, water, emergency equip (which was the size of two sandwich baggies), food for the day, and water. It kept a low profile and was pretty quiet and easy to hike with during the hunts. I know I've heard reports of the Sacrifice being noisy, but maybe since I hunt in an area with lots of pinebeetle kill and lots of needles and twigs are on the ground, being quiet is not an option unless it just rained.
I did have the oportunity to haul out quarters of elk meat with this pack as well. We deboned the meat and had five full loads per animal with each load being 45-60 lbs. Due to the placement of the compression straps, I felt that it held the load in place well. In excess of 60 lbs the pack did begin to squeak around the coated metal frame. Of course comfort level did go down but in my limited experience with different packs I've never been full comfortable while hauling meat. It performed well enough that I left the frame pack at the truck instead of swapping them out for load hauling.
Due to an odd situation, I had the "opportunity" to haul two quarters at the same time for a little over 2.5 miles. That absolutely maxed out the capacity of the bag. Of course the bag was very noisy with sqeaks and it road too low on my back and began digging into my hips and butt while traveling. All seams held. Basically the pack took the load better than I did. I'm 5'9" 160lbs and it was all I could do to get to camp. I would not recommend to anyone to put the bag and more importantly yourself through that. I did not feel good after that debaucle. I only did it because my buddy was really struggling with his load and I wanted to save time.
Bottom line, I'm happy with the purchase. I'm on a budget and felt that I got my moneys worth. Perhaps the Kifaru bags, KUIU packs or some of the other manufactures have a slightly better product, but the sacrifice did all that I asked of it without issue.
Feel free to post your experiences with your pack and the pros/cons.