Here are three packs we’ve done product reviews on and believe they are a very good value. They meet our criteria for good price, are comfortable to wear (use), are durable, have great utility, and not overly weighty.


I’ve used high quality backpacks for years in a variety of situations: A three-day bicycle ride and camping trip down the central California coast; Snowboarding with a daypack in the Rocky mountains; Three day travel bags for multiple deployments to Afghanistan. A well-built, well designed and comfortable bag is essential for hauling your gear around for long periods or distances, or else you run the risk of neck or back injury from uneven or improperly supported loads putting strain where you don’t want it.

I can honestly say that the Hazard 4 Clerk is one of the most–if not the most–comfortable backpacks I’ve ever worn. This will likely be my new default travel bag and I’m already using it regularly as a day pack/overnight bag.


This is simply a brilliant bag. Everything on the bag is practical. The zippers, the compartments, the organizer are all spot-on. This bag served me well at SHOT show to store the numerous catalogues the manufacturers were handing out.

The Envoy 3.0 is available for $149.99. It is a winner. One of the downsides to the bag is it isn’t a ‘light-weight’ bag per se due in part to the thick material they use to make the bag. However it cannot be torn easily and despite the thickness and few added ounces (overall 2.60 pounds) it really isn’t an issue at all. This bag is a winner. Something you should look at getting.


Go Fast and Light

Ideal for deer or small game hunts where home or camp is waiting at the end of the day, the lightweight 33-liter Snare 2000 comfortably carries everything you’ll need for a successful hunt. Roomy main compartment easily handles gear and extra clothing while dual side pockets are perfect for optics, bipods, or other personal items.

Stowable and versatile weapon carry system accommodates a rifle or a bow while a trophy carry system helps you bring home your prize. Proven, single stay suspension system is light, comfortable, and supportive under heavier loads. Kryptek®’s cutting edge camo pattern helps you blend seamlessly into the environment.

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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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