Re: Badlands clutch vs the 2800
I have a Badlands 2800. Prior to purchasing the pack, I tried to do as much research as possible and read some of the reviews.
I found that the 2800 had very few reviews and many people were recommending the 2200. I bought the 2800 anyway and let me say...it has served me very well. From the little bit that you have said, the 2800 would work very well. I often go out for two or three day backpacking hunts and the pack holds the gear extremely well.
I bought the pack for the specific fact that it would allow me to pack out a quarter without having to take the bone out. I hate boning out an elk out in the field. I have packed several quarters out with this pack and while I always trade it out for the pack frame on the second trip, it handles the quarters comfortably enough.
If I had to do it all over again, I would probably buy the pack again. Lately, I have been considering a Mystery Ranch Metcalf which is very similar to the 2800. I would recommend you check the Metcalf out as well. It is only a matter of time until I find and buy a Metcalf. Once I do, you're welcome to borrow and try out my 2800 if you'd like.