What I discovered while evaluating this pack is that for me personally, the negatives outweigh the positives in a few key areas. I will bullet point my thoughts below.
The bulk of the weight rests on the shoulders. Experts generally agree that the bulk of a packís weight should be on the hips.
The shoulder straps tended to slide out and over the curve of my shoulder. They would not remain in place.
Because the front pouch hangs fairly low, taking large climbing steps actually cause your quadricep muscles to hit the bottom of the pack thereby restricting leg movement.
Again, because of the front pouch, the game pack feels quite cumbersome. Most of us arenít accustomed to carrying loads on the front of our body. Simple activities like bending over to tie your boot or urinating become difficult, nay impossible without removing the pack completely.
Just because the Modular Game Pack has a front and a rear pouch, doesnít mean it carries more meat. The stated capacity of this pack is 2.6 cubic feet which translates into 4492 cubic inches of space. Compare this to a tubular frame hunting pack from Cabelas at 5187 cubic inches. Admittedly this is a bit arbitrary because there are clearly a lot of packs smaller than the Copper Basin as well.
Between you and me, I donít think the Modular Game Pack will replace my hunting pack. I personally like carrying the weight over my hips. I like being able to ascend and descend without my pack bumping my legs constantly. I also like being able to carry my emergency gear, rain gear, and food/water items when Iím in the field. There is no room for that kind of equipment in this pack. In all honesty I donít think the Copper Basin product offers enough benefit over a standard pack for me to recommend it to you.
So to be fair, and to end on a positive note, I do want to point out that the Copper Basin Modular Game Pack is compact when in its carry pouch, and light weight. It is very well made with oversized webbing and reinforced stitching, and it does conveniently split into two separate packs should the need arise for your buddy to help you carry the load. Personally I think this pack would be great for turkey hunting in a place like South Dakota where you are allowed to take up to three birds. If you find a niche for this pack, it will likely fill the bill nicely, and at just 90 dollars you arenít breaking the bank to get a solid option for carrying game out of the field. You can learn more at www.copperbasingear.com.
C. Joel Wise grew up hunting pheasant, rabbit, and squirrel in Iowa. Sometime in high school he transitioned to archery deer hunting and never really looked back. He would consider himself a trophy hunter now when it comes to whitetail. Outside of growing up in Iowa, Joel spent some years in Colorado where he hunted deer and elk. Just in the past 5 years he has started making a yearly trip to South Dakota to hunt turkey. On Joel's short list for hunting trips will be long range kills of antelope and elk in Colorado. He's also looking forward to an archery bear hunt in Ontario, Canada where his family has some property. Professionally, Joel has a law enforcement background and has also owned and operated his own training company for quite a few years now. Itís called 2A Training Group. Joel's current passion outside of hunting is Precision Rifle Series style long range competitions.
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