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Thread: Badlands -vs- Tenzing

  1. #1
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    Badlands -vs- Tenzing

    How goes it,
    After my credit card was hit with a charge from the Utah-DWR over 8 days ago, I've had a pretty decent idea of which tag I drew but have been anxiously waiting for the "official" notification from the Utah-DWR via email...well as of this morning it's now finally official, looks like I'll be chasing fuzzy muleys in the BOOK CLIFFS this coming August with my stick-flicker!!! So with that said, the area is pretty rough and a pretty good chunk of it is 'road-less' foot & horse access only and I'll be needing some new equipment to help me get the job done...one of those items is a new pack. I'm after something that will obviously carry all of the essentials along with my bow and hopefully a cape & head as well, I know there are a few options out there but I wanted to ask the gallery here in the forum...which pack do you use or would recommend for a guy like me???

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    HOYT Carbon Matrix (RKT) 72lbs. & 29½", 374 grains @ 308 FPS
    HOYT Katera XL (Z3) 64lbs. & 30", 374 grains @ 295 FPS
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    I looked at every Badlands made, had totally made my mind up on a Badlands, and when I went and actually put them all on I left with an Eberlestock. I say you have to feel them in your hand when it comes to packs. Sorry I'm not much help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boghdóir View Post
    I looked at every Badlands made, had totally made my mind up on a Badlands, and when I went and actually put them all on I left with an Eberlestock. I say you have to feel them in your hand when it comes to packs. Sorry I'm not much help.
    Quite the contrary actually, thanks for your input...it's sincerely appreciated.
    HOYT Pro Comp Elite (Spiral) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 290 FPS
    HOYT Faktor 34 (Z5) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 305 FPS
    HOYT Carbon Matrix (RKT) 72lbs. & 29½", 374 grains @ 308 FPS
    HOYT Katera XL (Z3) 64lbs. & 30", 374 grains @ 295 FPS
    SPOT HOGG, B-STINGER, GOLD TIP, TROPHY TAKER, SLICK-TRICK, HOT SHOT, TIGHT-SPOT

  4. #4
    Love my super day, but not enough pack for what your after. Just sold my blue widow, and am going to try the tenzing 5000. Been on order for a month Can't wait to try it out. The eberlestock was a bit heavy for my taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highcountry68 View Post
    Love my super day, but not enough pack for what your after. Just sold my blue widow, and am going to try the tenzing 5000. Been on order for a month Can't wait to try it out. The eberlestock was a bit heavy for my taste.
    Thanks a lot, but what is a "blue widow"...???
    HOYT Pro Comp Elite (Spiral) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 290 FPS
    HOYT Faktor 34 (Z5) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 305 FPS
    HOYT Carbon Matrix (RKT) 72lbs. & 29½", 374 grains @ 308 FPS
    HOYT Katera XL (Z3) 64lbs. & 30", 374 grains @ 295 FPS
    SPOT HOGG, B-STINGER, GOLD TIP, TROPHY TAKER, SLICK-TRICK, HOT SHOT, TIGHT-SPOT

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    I have zero complaint's about any of the Badlands packs that I have owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbentley392t View Post
    Thanks a lot, but what is a "blue widow"...???
    Eberlestock Blue Widow Backpack.

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    Are you looking for a day pack or going overnight? Thatll make a huge difference in packs and pack size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quicksliver View Post
    Are you looking for a day pack or going overnight? Thatll make a huge difference in packs and pack size.
    More or less an overnight pack, one that will allow me to carry a couple days worth of food & supplies...plus haul out a cape & head if all goes well.
    HOYT Pro Comp Elite (Spiral) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 290 FPS
    HOYT Faktor 34 (Z5) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 305 FPS
    HOYT Carbon Matrix (RKT) 72lbs. & 29½", 374 grains @ 308 FPS
    HOYT Katera XL (Z3) 64lbs. & 30", 374 grains @ 295 FPS
    SPOT HOGG, B-STINGER, GOLD TIP, TROPHY TAKER, SLICK-TRICK, HOT SHOT, TIGHT-SPOT

  10. #10
    I have only seen the Tenzing in adverstisements in magazines. I have a Badlands 2200 and it is OK. I use an Eberlestock X-2 for day hunts and the 2200 or an Eberlestock Just one for overnighters. I want to sell the 2200 and the Just One at some point and buy a Kifaru Timberline 2 for overnighters. X-2 is a great day pack and packs meat well.

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    if you go badlands check out Camofire they've had a bunch of them at 40-50% off lately


    then only one I have is the ultra day but im extremely happy with it for what I do here in the east

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbentley392t View Post
    More or less an overnight pack, one that will allow me to carry a couple days worth of food & supplies...plus haul out a cape & head if all goes well.
    Find something that is ~4000 ci and compresses nicely. Forget thinking just about a specific brand and find something that fits what you need.
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    I have the 2200 and the Hybrid and have had no problems at all. Question is what size...CI....are you looking for and what price are you willing to pay? Extreme Elk had a good comparison in their summer issue that you may want to look at.
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    I like badlands I just bought a super day for $104, but like stated above you will want something bigger. Badlands make a great , well made pack. I have never had any failures on zippers or stitching issues. I have a 2200, hypervent , and now the super day, I have fell in love with the super day for a grab and go pack. Also look at the Sitka line of packs!

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    I have a Superday and it is a great day pack. I did have a problem with the zipper pulls and sent it in and they fix it and sent it back in no time.
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    I've got no issues with Badlands packs...Using the Diablo for a daypack right now and will probably buy a 2200-2800 sometime soon.

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    I would at least look at Kifaru and Mystery Ranch. The M.R. Will haul more than you wanna carry but it is a little on the heavy side when compared to the Kifaru. I've tried most of the packs from Badlands and a few from Eberlestock and for the price they're hard to beat. But once you spend the money on a great pack you'll never look back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrElkaddict View Post
    I would at least look at Kifaru and Mystery Ranch.
    Thanks for the input, those are two brands I've never heard of before...I appreciate the info.
    HOYT Pro Comp Elite (Spiral) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 290 FPS
    HOYT Faktor 34 (Z5) 60lbs. & 29½", 330 grains @ 305 FPS
    HOYT Carbon Matrix (RKT) 72lbs. & 29½", 374 grains @ 308 FPS
    HOYT Katera XL (Z3) 64lbs. & 30", 374 grains @ 295 FPS
    SPOT HOGG, B-STINGER, GOLD TIP, TROPHY TAKER, SLICK-TRICK, HOT SHOT, TIGHT-SPOT

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    you better be sitting down when you see the price of the Mystery Ranch crew cab

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    When compared to what all of our gear cost. The price on a crew cab isn't all that bad. Don't get me wrong, its a big investment to buy a pack like that. Look at what a person can spend on a tent, sleeping bag, bow, camouflage and boots just to name a few items. If your budget is tight cause of other gear you may need than by all means save a little on a pack. I spent 4 years with a badlands 2800 on my back for every elk, bear and deer hunt I went on. It never failed me! It's all in how much money you wanna spend and what level of comfort are you expecting from a pack. I spend 5 days a week running up and down the mountains logging, when I do it on my time I wanna be able to enjoy as much as possible.

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    I have owned a few badlands and recently a 2200 that worked great last season for those one day leave the truck in the money and back to it in the evening and i also had a sitka bivy 30 which one an alright pack but worked great. but recently ive sold/selling all my packs and going to tenzing. they seem to be just about everything i want in a pack. i just ordered a tz 2220 and will be ordering a tz 4000 for my overnight hunts. im also considering ordering a tz 1250 for the whitetail woods. i think tenzing makes a great pack and thats what ill be supporting around this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boghdóir View Post
    I looked at every Badlands made, had totally made my mind up on a Badlands, and when I went and actually put them all on I left with an Eberlestock. I say you have to feel them in your hand when it comes to packs. Sorry I'm not much help.
    +1 Wife has a Badlands 4500. I went with the Eberlestock Blue Widow. On a recent 4 day pack trip in the CO mountains, the Eberlestock really shined. Seems to be room for everything and carries nice. Made for bowhunting and carrying out large loads. With the option duffles, you can expand this thing to huge capacities.

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    I know it's not on your list, but I like my Blacks Creek pack. My buddy is a HUGE Badlands fan, but he picked up a used Blacks Creek he found because of the price. When he got it home and got to play with it, he admitted that he thinks it's a better pack than his Badlands packs.

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    The Horn Hunter Full Curl pack system is a really well built pack that will do everything you want. It's a little bit on the heavy side but can be trimmed up a bit to shed some weight.
    You have the option of wearing just the frame or frame and 2000 ci day pack or keep it all together. I think it's over 5000 ci in total. It's really well built with an awesome shelf for meat hauling.
    The price is right and I think it will carry loads as well as many other packs costing hundreds more.

    If you don't mind having a pack like this strapped to you all the time this could be a very reasonably priced option.

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    Love my badlands ultra-day pack. Just did 5 days in northern New Mexico mountains with it. Guess its more about how much a dude packs. Only complaint is that the hydration bladder elastic bands that hold the hydration tube is crap, and there s only 1 elastic strap to hold it.
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