Under Armour Ridge Reaper Review: 1800 Backpack
|Backpack in action, camo so good you can hardly see the pack against everything else|
If you want to see this backpack come back as badly as I do, consider contacting Under Armour--they're @underarmour and @UAhunt on Twitter and Instagram.
I've used this pack for a couple years on my deer hunts as a day pack and it's served me very well. It has plenty of room to carry multiple layers that I'll store when it warms up or when I'm still-hunting, a couple smaller organizational pockets that can hold gloves/cap and binoculars and flashlight, and a couple stash pockets that hold my coffee thermos and shooting sticks. It's darn comfortable for day hikes/hunts, but packing it full for an overnight trip definitely tested its comfort limits because it's a little too small for my frame. As a result, the hip belt only reaches down as far as my waist and isn't able to put enough of the weight into my hips, making my shoulders carry a lot of the load. I'm hoping I can find a good fix for that because my shoulders are killing me today.
It also has a weapon holder that stows in it's own pocket up behind the tie-down panel when not in use. When needed, just pull it out and adjust the length to what your weapon needs, then use the two buckles near the top to keep it secure while traveling. If weather hits, or you need high visibility, pull out the blaze-orange rain cover out of its pocket...need rain protection without the color? just turn it around and blaze becomes brown. These dedicated pockets can also be used as extra quick-access pockets--that's where I often like to store my first aide kit so it's quickly accessible but not in a high-use pocket that it might fall out of.
Even though this is only 1800 cubic inches (around 30 liters), I was still able to pack it with everything I'd need for an overnight trip in summer weather. I don't remember if the 2800 cubic inch version was unavailable in my pattern or if I decided I didn't need that big for white tail, but now that I'm elk hunting I do wish I had the 15 extra liters of storage so I could more easily do a multi-day trip.
I'm planning to use this pack on my elk hunt as a day/1-night pack. Once I'm in the cooler weather of October, however, I'll probably have to carry some items in a compression sack tied down to the outside of the pack since it's full to the brim already. The biggest limiter on how many nights it can take me away from base camp is the amount of water I can carry in addition to the other necessities--I had 5 liters yesterday and that's about all I can get Regardless, I was pretty impressed with myself and the pack over how much stuff got stuck into its 30 liters.
|All the gear, in their compression sacks as packed|
-Under Armour Ridge Reaper base layer shirt
-Under Armour Ridge Reaper beanie
-Outdoor Research fleece gloves
-Buff brand merino buff
-MSR Hubba Hubba tent
-3 liter MSR dromedary hydration bladder
-2 one-liter Vapur water pouches
-Jet boil minimo cook stove
-Jetboil fuel can (that I forgot to put into my stove)
-500ml titanium mug
-Columbia rain pants
-REI long/wide down sleeping bag
-Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer down coat
-Sea to Summit ultralight insulated sleeping pad
-Sea to Summit airchair frame
-2 Mountain House meals
-Snack mix, oatmeal, and granola
-Google Nexus tablet (for maps and e-reader)
-Petzl rechargeable head lamp (I have the reacktik, the Bindi looks like a great lightweight option)
-First Aide kit
|Everything I packed in, out of their compression sacks|