In this installment of Buy or Bust, we’re talking about solid and affordable hunting packs - the RedHead® Velocity Hunting Pack. Take a look at this pack, it’s pretty simple. Compared to other packs out there this one doesn’t offer a futuristic look, no fancy webbing, no cool color scheme and no ornate snaps or toggles, no built in espresso maker or shoe polisher. This pack is exactly what it looks like, a no frills, what you see is what you get pack for serious hunters. It’s not stacked with expensive features that you’ll likely never use. Instead it offers all the essentials with a reasonable price tag.
The RedHead® Velocity Hunting Pack provides ample space for hauling a day-plus worth of gear in a large main compartment, and two front zip pockets that are easy to access. A tricot-lined zip sunglasses/electronics pocket provides a place to keep your keys, phone, and other belongings safe while in the field. Two side mesh pockets keep your water bottle secured and easy to get to. If you do a lot of walking/hiking and like the convenience of a water reservoir, this pack has a reservoir-compatible design so you can set that up. When you throw this pack on your back you’ll have the benefit of the padded air mesh in the shoulder straps and back panel that help not only cushion the load you’re carrying, but they also help establish airflow behind the pack. While not essential, this is a great feature as anyone who carries a pack knows, they can trap the heat against your body making you sweaty. Air flow under your pack makes for a much more enjoyable hike. The straps themselves come over the shoulder connected in a harness-like design and this helps eliminate the annoying problem of straps slipping off the shoulder while walking. If you like a hip-belt that secures in front of you for better weight distribution, this RedHead® Velocity Hunting Pack provides an adjustable belt, but it can also be tucked away if you choose. The whole pack is constructed with a heavy duty fabric that can handle the elements and terrain that hunts find themselves in. As someone who uses their pack as a shooting rest, quality construction is important. Putting your pack down in the grass, brush, trees or tangles of thickets can wear on the material and cause rips or failures. Having something that is tough ensures that the gear inside will be protected.
There are a lot of different hunting packs out there in a wide array of price tags. Before you drop a boat load of cash, really evaluate what you need from a pack and ditch the options you don’t need. The money you save on high priced packs can then be invested in other quality hunting gear you really need! Check out the RedHead® Velocity Hunting Pack at both Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, it’s just $50!