Re: Eberlestock vs Badlands 4500
I was holding off on this thread because I have no experience actually using the Badlands packs, but I have tried them on. I was looking for the same kinda pack that you are. It boiled down to the eberlestock J107 dragonfly or the Badlands MULE (i think, its their big one anyways). I tried them both on and the Eberlestock fit me better hands down. Im 6' 0', 225lbs athletically built. I liked its veresitility as well.
My brother-in-law has a badlands day pack and the thing is awsome. He actually used it on a 10mile hike in some of the toughest brush for a 4 nighter. I couldnt believe what he fit into, simply because it was laid out very ergonomically. But I have found all the Eberlestock packs just as good. I would say that you gotta go try em' on. if you've got the coin check out Kirafu stuff as well. Have fun man, I like looking at packs as much as rifles.