Rated 5 out of 5 by Yakguy Great multiuse pack
I use this pack for school books, hiking, camping, and regular traveling. I would agree with some people that the pockets are oddly shaped and a bit small but once you get used to their capacities you can get creative with using them. It is incredibly comfortable to carry, even with twenty pounds of books in it. The rain fly is a sweet addition. It is easy to pull out and put up. The extra straps on the bottom are great for hauling a Therm-A-Rest sleeping bag pad or numerous other applications. I would recommend this pack for any use that the volume of a normal size back pack would be enough.
August 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by minaseven great pack!
This pack rides easy, and the water pack pocket is in just the right spot. Also the removable front part is great for holding small things.
October 11, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Reynoso Well made, but it has issues
First, I initially really liked the pack, but I've been using it quite a bit lately, and the more I use it the less I like it.
1) See the picture showing it sitting up? They rigged the photo because the pack is made with a slant on the bottom, and it DOES NOT SIT UP. It always falls over, often even if you lean it up against something.
2) My other large pack of similar size has two aluminum braces in the back so you can bend them to fit your back. This pack has a molded plastic frame that either fits or doesn't, but you can't modify it. The result is that the load stands away from your back several inches putting the load too far back which means you have to walk bent slightly forward to compensate. If your back happens to match the frame then you will not have this problem, but I'm a pretty average guy and to me it's just not as comfortable as my old (non-camo) pack.
3) There should be more pockets accessible from the outside. In order to get to little items you need to undo lots of straps and zippers.
4) There should be a water bottle pocket on the belt because you can't reach back to the small side pockets with the pack on (I'm not a bladder drinker because I don't like the hassle of trying to keep them clean).
5) There are cartridge holders in the belt, but there is nothing to secure the cartridges so they could easily come out during a day of hiking, and as handy as it seems to have them so accessible, I wouldn't trust this cartridge holder. Also you have about 7 or 8 cartridge holders on each side, which is way more than you need for a day or two of hunting so one side should have a better protected cartridge holder and the other side should have a pocket for binoculars or water bottle, or such.
6) The padded pocket for binoculars is located under two straps and is deep enough for two sets of binoculars (which means you have to dig way down a narrow pocket to fish them out if you only carry one). This location is very inconvenient and seriously cuts into the space available for small items in the outer segment of the backpack.
These seem like minor points, but in spite of how well-made this pack is, I've decided I will ship it back because it's too much money to pay to put up with all these inconveniences and the discomfort of a pack you can't adjust.
Otherwise, it's a well-made pack that will last a long time.
April 6, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by skidoo670 Love it!
I have had this pack for 4 years. Excellent, Plenty of room very quiet in the woods. Durable, love the rain fly everything stays dry.
Beans is #1 in customer service far superior to their competitors.
October 14, 2010
Rated 1 out of 5 by hunter987 Poorly Designed Pack
I purchased this pack when, after a day of hunting in heavy rain, I discovered my 20 year old pack was no longer waterproof. I am extremely disappointed. I got the impression from reading the description and reviews that there would be plenty of pockets - there are not. You get one tiny pocket on the inside top suitable for a license or a couple folded dollar bills. Below this is a larger bin-type pocket to house the water bladder. One the outside front near the top is a small fleece-lined pocket which would hold small binoculars or a GPS - not both. That's it for pockets!
Clipped to the front of the pack is a separate small pack with its own sling-type shoulder strap. I guess this is supposed to be for tree-stand parts? I personally saw no use for it. All I know for sure is that all the added large plastic buckles used to hold this second pack in place click against other plastic things every time I move the pack. Where I hunt, deer don't like loud clicky noises. This second pack also makes it very difficult to access the main pack one must first un-clip the second pack - again more noise.
In my opinion this pack is nothing more than a childs book-pack made in camo with a couple hastily thought out additions. The camo is also not very nappy and I expect it will whistle when dry branches rub against it in the woods.
A useful hunting backpack needs the following. It needs to be waterproof (I expect this one would be, I will give it that, although I did not test it). It needs to have a main compartment where extra clothes, lunch and hydration needs are stored. There should be a front pocket large enough to hold a folded topo map, spare compass, small flashlight w/ extra batteries, maybe a small survival kit. Two side pockets contain a small folding saw for cutting shooting lanes, toiletries, a first aid kit, game calls, drag rope.
With this pack I would be forced to put most of these items in the one large bin and then rummage around for them, making all kinds of unnecessary noise and movement. LL Bean, you can do better and I hope you do!
November 29, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5 by RockHopper Hunter's day pack
I had high hopes for this pack but found it a bit confusing. On the plus side, it is over built, all materials are first class, the build detail was great. On the minus side, it was too small (1500 =200 cu inches) and too heavy for my use. The pack appears to have a lot of bells and whistles, straps and pockets, fleece lined pockets (for no apparent reason) but there were no directions on how to use them. I called the help line and they were great; seems the 200 cubic inch attached bag is for calls and such. Still didn't seem to make sense. The bag weighs over 3.5 pounds for a somewhat tiny pack. It also did not have attachment straps to tie on other pieces. This bag will support you for a day in the field but not for an overnighter.
March 11, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by kayakman1 Happy hunter
I found the Bean daypack to fit my needs to the T. Pleanty of room, with just enough small storage pockets.
February 4, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by WildJim Great Hunting Pack!!
This pack is great!! Plenty of room for all you'll need for the day or the weekend. (Maybe not a weekends worth of clothes, but definitely enough room for some extra socks, gloves, and light stuff like that). Built in pack cover is an awesome feature. Pack is very comfortable and rugged, and adjustable straps makes it very easy to take off and put on even over heavy clothing. Material is very quiet when walking through the woods too. Perfect size, great value!!
May 5, 2008