the test team
split evenly on this 1,500-cubic-inch lumbar pack. Half the crew—mainly Western backcountry hunters—loved the minimalist design and the smart yoke that comfortably distributes even heavy loads. The other half—eastern and Midwestern deer hunters—felt the pack wouldn’t serve for longer day hunts and was poorly configured for a stand pack. “It’s more like a satchel than a pack,” quipped assistant editor Tony Hansen.
The Muley would work well as a spike bag. It’s light (just over 2 pounds), and because it has no frame, it’s packable, so a backcountry hunter could stuff it in a frame pack, then use the Outdoorsmans as a nimble day bag. It would be a great go-light pack for scouting, shed hunting, or early-season bowhunts.
score: 70.8 price: $150
The unpadded shoulder straps on the Muley are comfortable.