Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeff331 Lumbar Pack
This is "THE PACK"!!! Used for 1 solid week on daily trips to woods. It will exceed your needs! From scouting to stand hunting I was not fatigued from the pack and I was able to carry everything I needed for the day. Several guys in camp tried to steal after conversations and trying it on. Do not hesitate about buying!!!
January 14, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Crazy2huntHogs Awesome Lumbar pack
From the first time I started going through the pack, I knew I was going to like it. I'd researched a number of other packs from other sources, but they all had some chronic problem. One in particular was the zipper tabs breaking off. This Hunter's Lumbar pack doesn't have tabs, it has para-cords pull handles, real easy to use, and they're silent.
The little quick-snap-on packlet that's attached to the straps between the shoulder blades seemed a little funky to me at first, until I realized that it was a great place to keep things I'd only need when the pack was off, like rubber gloves, bow string wax, etc. It's hard to reach while wearing the pack.
By adjusting the straps, I was able to make the pack float on me, so that I hardly even felt the weight. And I had it loaded down with lots of stuff. Like some others, I notice my hands occasionally touch the side bags, but I'm usually carrying a weapon or using a walking stick, so that's a non-issue for me. The fact that the lumbar strap holds it close to me, and the shoulder straps help distribute the weight, that's a big thing for me, as I always seem to end up climbing something, whether it be rocks or a tree. It's never in my way.
The water bottle bag is too small for the water bottle I have to carry here in Texas, where it's always like an oven. In Maine, it would probably have been fine for a day-pack water bottle, though I'd probably stow a second one somewhere. As it is, I just re-purposed that pouch to hold a camou-cover.
It's tough, and seems to be well-thought-out.
I'm extremely pleased with this pack. It is bigger than it looks, and holds a lot.
April 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CSnow Great Pack System
I purchased this backpack for a recent Whitetail dear hunt in Canada hoping it would shift most of the carry weight lower and free up my shoulders for easier shooting.
The pack performed well, lived up to my expectations, and was comfortable even after a 10 mile day. Pocket layout is well thought out and reachable with the pack on. Roomy enough for a full day in the bush. Very happy with the purchase, quality and fit.
October 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by RetiredNavySeal Hunters Lumbar Pack
My wife and I are extremely Happy with the purchase of 2 ( two ) "Hunter Lumbar Packs ". We've used them on six different Hikes so far .We find them to be very comfortable on our shoulders and Hips . No matter what type of movement you are doing , the pack "rides " well. The compartments have a place for " Everything " . The pack is sewn well and is very quiet . We can't wait until our next "outing ".
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by revlloy Really Useful
I went from a backpack to this butt pack. I won't go back. I was able to carry a lot of stuff, plus it was organized. I could backpack my climbing tree stand over this pack. Also, I was able to clip the butt pack to the tree above my head and have access to what I need. This pack is supper comfortable to wear and is easy on/easy off.
Only negative: I wish there were more places to hang things on.
March 7, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dude1 Too many plastic clips
Years ago I decided to quit using daypacks and try to find a good fannypack for big game hunting. Most of my hunting involves long hikes to the hunt area with my rifle slung over my back, versus on my shoulder, where it would constantly slide off. I also sling the rifle over my back when dragging a deer. Daypacks were too bulky between the shoulderblades for a rifle and you ended up getting choked by the rifle sling. I thought this fanny (ok, "lumbar") pack would be the answer. I removed the useless "back accessory pouch" and went hunting. By the end of the day my beautiful Winchester was scratched, dented and generally marred by the multitude of plastic clips used to hold the useless accessory pack. Additionally, those same plastic clips are very loud when they contact anything. The "stabilizing" bar also did its fair share of damage to my scope and butt stock. My wife fashioned a blaze orange piece of fabric to cover the exposed clips and stabilizer bar, but it is just a bandaid. Ideally, I should cut the clips off and take out the stabilizer bar but then I would probably void my warranty. So, I will probably return it and keep searching for the perfect pack that carries a lot, but allows you to carry a rifle over you back.
August 24, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Reynoso Great Idea But Minor Problems
1) It's bigger than it looks, with lots of little pockets to help you keep things organized;
2) The material is excellent, quiet, nice camo, durable, with rain-proofing where needed;
3) Modular design to remove the shoulder harness if you just want the fanny pack (although the fanny pack is kind of too big to use that way)
1) The clips on the shoulder harness that allow you to disconnect it from the fanny pack dig into your side if you try to use it with only a tee shirt;
2) there are two side pockets on the belt that stick out so far you can't swing your arms without hitting them - these pockets are too small to fit my binoculars (10x40), yet big enough they get in the way unless you walk like a zombie. I currently have my range finder in one of the pockets (tight fit) and it's just above my hip where my arm swing is obstructed;
3) the pocket on the back of the shoulder harness is big enough for my binoculars, but notice in the picture how it swings in toward your back - well it does that quite annoyingly when you are hiking. It's like a weight between your shoulder blades, and obviously you have to take the whole thing off to get to your binoculars if you store them there.
4) The water bottle holder (which is attached to the main lumbar pack - fanny pack) is so far back you can't get to the bottle unless you are double jointed or take the pack off, which isn't very handy.
Finally - I wish I liked it more, because it is a good idea, getting us 75% of the way by giving us a place to carry essential items when we're out hunting (first aid kit, field dressing stuff, fire starter, compass, etc.), but it just isn't quite as good as I would expect from LL Bean.
I also wish there were someone like me on their product review staff, because this item could be great if they just made a couple of little changes.
June 11, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diamondback42 Nice Camera and Hunting Pack
I purchased this pack primarily as a camera pack but used it quite a lot recently as a belt pack for turkey hunting. I like it as a camera pack with its abundance of extra pockets and storage options for cords, reflectors, memory sticks, batteries, etc. The straps on top of the pack also hold a small (or large) tripod well.
The overall size of the belt is a bit large and if you have a narrow waist, less than 34 inches, it will be too large to get tight. The shoulder support harness fits great and feels good.
The pack is made of good quality material, also quiet in the brush. The zippers work adequately but sometimes a bit hard. The water bottle holder on the side is good for a medium size water bottle. The side pockets may be a bit intrusive while walking as you may brush your arms along them while walking unless you hold your arms out a little. Not a big deal but just something to be aware of.
Overall a very nice pack for a variety of uses.
May 12, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by ridgerunner56 L.L. Bean Lumbar Pack
I have used every manner of back and fanny pack but never one as comfortable and ergonomically designed as this. I wore it all 12 days of the Pa, deer season and am extremely satisfied. The only drawback I could find was the shell holders were a little big for my 30-30 and 270 caliber cartridges and they tended to drop out when taking the pack off in my treestand. Perhaps a flap covering secured with velcro would make a positive difference. Otherwise an absolutely outstanding product
December 13, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Whitetailwesty Great pack
Used it all last seaon. For the price you can't beat it. Everything I needed to stay dry in it stayed dry. Carries great, would highly recommend this pack to fellow hunters.
November 11, 2010