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  1. Default Badlands vs Mystery Ranch

    Hello fellow hunters,

    I am currently in the market for a day pack that can haul meat. I am stuck between Badlands 2200 (http://www.badlandspacks.com/gear/pa...0-hunting-pack) or Mystery Ranch Pop Up 28 (http://www.mysteryranch.com/pop-up-28-pack) . I saw both at a trade show and like them both a lot. I am hoping I can get some insight from you guys on both these packs and brands. I would also like to hear any other day/meat hauler packs that you guys use in the $300 range that I have overlooked.

    Thanks for your help.

    -SDS14

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    Between the two, the MR hands down over a badlands Check out black ovis they are closing out MR packs in multicam. You can get a MR cabinet for like 330 which would be way more versatile. Keep an eye on Craigslist too, used packs are a great way to go. Brands to look for are stone glacier, kuiu, kifaru, and seek outside. The pack at the top of my list is the seek outside peregrine, a little bigger than what you are looking for but close and about 1.5 pounds lighter.

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    MR > Badlands. All day, everyday.

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    Exo 2000.
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    Badlands doesn’t hold a candle to MR. I don’t know a single serious hunter that carries a Badlands pack. I’d guess the first serious meat haul in Badlands makes most look elsewhere. At least, that’s what happens to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo and Ned
    Thin out their numbers

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    MR METCALF. One and done.
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    Camofire has MR on there now. The scape goat 25 may do the job at 169.99 there is 35 on there too.

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    I have a BL 2200 that I used to use for hauling meat and it sucked. I bought a used MR Crew Cab from a guy on here and have never looked back. They can be a little pricey but they are worth every penny. As others have mentioned if you are patient you can find a good deal.

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    The MR pop ups are getting high priase. I have a pintler and metcalf on the guide light frame, the are excellent load haulers.
    I haven’t seen a badlands anything that can compare quality and performance wise to a MR

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDS14 View Post
    Hello fellow hunters,

    I am currently in the market for a day pack that can haul meat. I am stuck between Badlands 2200 (http://www.badlandspacks.com/gear/pa...0-hunting-pack) or Mystery Ranch Pop Up 28 (http://www.mysteryranch.com/pop-up-28-pack) . I saw both at a trade show and like them both a lot. I am hoping I can get some insight from you guys on both these packs and brands. I would also like to hear any other day/meat hauler packs that you guys use in the $300 range that I have overlooked.

    Thanks for your help.

    -SDS14

    The 2200's load sling in the worst possible location (outside bottom of the pack) causing gravity to have a lot of leverage over you. I sold Bandlands packs for a while and a few of them are ok, but for the most part every single one has some major design flaws. Mystery Ranch packs are much better desinged. Today Camofire.com is clearancing out a couple Mystery Ranch packs at increadible prices.

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    Where did he ask about Exo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by utahminer View Post
    The 2200's load sling in the worst possible location (outside bottom of the pack) causing gravity to have a lot of leverage over you. I sold Bandlands packs for a while and a few of them are ok, but for the most part every single one has some major design flaws. Mystery Ranch packs are much better desinged. Today Camofire.com is clearancing out a couple Mystery Ranch packs at increadible prices.



    Where did he ask about Exo?
    I have Badland products for light multi day, Summit and 1-3 day 2800 packs, bino case, and some clothing... I believe Badlands has one of the top guarantees within the outdoor market and I would venture to say in the retail market as a whole! When they proudly promote to buy a Badlands pack from a garage sale and you are still 100% covered for any issues that occur whatsoever... well, DROP THE MIC!

    I would recommend the 2800 over the 2200 though to each his or her own.

    Utahminer, even though SDS14 has a select interest within the 2200 or the Pop Up 28 - the HT community often shares various options. Prime example - this is from the thread titled "Sidearm caliber in bear country" Notice no mention of OC spray for bears within his OP...

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    Where did he ask about Exo?
    Re-read the second to last sentence he posted. Seems like he wanted other options as well but I could be wrong.
    Coal. Guns. Freedom.

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    I have a 2200 as a day pack it's fine, if it fits you and your not carrying a ton. I hauled meat with it one time. First load was a bone in front elk quarter. Pack was almost empty so I was able to get the weight close to my body. Not bad over a mile and half. Second load was loose meat, back straps, neck meat and scraps. Was quite a lot from a mature bull and that straight up sucked.

    I am interested to start seeing real world reviews of the MR pop up. I was going to get a MR Pintler but not so sure right now.

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    MR is what I would put my money on.

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    I've got a BL 2200 and love it. Packed out an elk front and hind quarter at the same time as well as multiple deer and it felt good and performed great. I've never used a MR so can't speak to comparison but the 2200 felt a whole lot better than my army rucksacks ever did.

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    Rocking a 2200 to pack meat out will make you tougher no doubt, so it's not all bad.

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    Between the 2: MR andits not even close. Fyi I carry a kuiu

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    There is a kuiu icon pro 3200 for sale on here right now, I’d snatch it up if it fits.

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    FWIW - if you are only packing antelope or deer and you want to go less expensive, go all the way down and get an ALPS OutdoorsZ Traverse EPS for half the price of the BL, but if you want something to last a long time and/or elk or moose are on the table then definitely go MR Metcalf or EXO 5500. At $280 BL seems like a tweener -- not nearly as good as MR or EXO, but not twice as good as ALPS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belly-deep View Post
    Badlands doesnít hold a candle to MR. I donít know a single serious hunter that carries a Badlands pack. Iíd guess the first serious meat haul in Badlands makes most look elsewhere. At least, thatís what happens to me.
    Same here, one time hauling meat with the a badlands 2200 years ago = MR Metcalf purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhn2a View Post
    I've got a BL 2200 and love it. Packed out an elk front and hind quarter at the same time as well as multiple deer and it felt good and performed great. I've never used a MR so can't speak to comparison but the 2200 felt a whole lot better than my army rucksacks ever did.
    I haven’t looked at a 2200 in a while, but I’d be curious as to how you fit two elk quarters on a pack of that size.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo and Ned
    Thin out their numbers

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    Also, I had a Badlands for a while.

    Yup, the warranty is good. Broke a strap while packing out a mule deer.

    Of course, I can’t comment on MR’s warranty. Never had to use it. Get your hands on one and you can tell they are a quality pack. I think you could probably drag one behind your truck to the trailhead and then throw it on and pack out an animal.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo and Ned
    Thin out their numbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly-deep View Post
    I haven’t looked at a 2200 in a while, but I’d be curious as to how you fit two elk quarters on a pack of that size.
    Like this. I haven't had the need to pack out very many animals since most of my hunting is east coast but this fit fine
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    You can't even put MR and Badlands in the same sentence. Kinda like comparing a Prius and F250.

    Dang every time I see lower legs in a pack it makes my back hurt.
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    Personally not a big fan of Badlands day packs. Zippers do not hold up very well. I got an authorized return to have two zippers on a pack replaced by them. There was a small fee to return but don't remember the exact amount. They did not fix/replace the zippers. They sent me a similar pack that was a demo. Within two or three months the side pouch zipper and a back zipper blew out. Last weekend the main compartment zip went. I don't feel like using their customer service again. It was too much like herding cats. I'll replace the Badlands pack with a day pack from the Outdoorsman in Phx, AZ. I have their Long range pack and very impressed by how it is wearing/holding up . Don't know much abut Mystery Ranch. Tried to buy one online once but no one answered my requests/questions.

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