Badlands 2200 Backpack Review
A good hunting pack can make the difference between a laborious but comfortable hike or a never-ending march of back agony. With the escalating amount of equipment that has been deemed "necessary" on a hunting expedition it's all the more important to pick a pack that can evenly carry the load especially if you're lucky enough to harvest game.
The Badlands 2200 is available in either Max-1 or AP camo. Our review model sports the Max-1 pattern.
Badlands specializes in making packs for hunters and we have reviewed a couple of their packs in the past, including the Badlands OX and the Badlands Hypervent. For this review we'll be taking a look at the Badlands 2200 which has been in the company's line-up for over a decade and was redesigned a few years ago.
The 2200 comes in at 2300 cubic inches of space with an internal aluminum frame and lower lumbar straps to secure the pack to your waist. The back support is very good and uses somewhat of the same system as the Hypervent, with baffling molded into the back side of the pack. This helps to keep your back a little cooler on long hikes. The entire baffle piece is also zippered and can be opened to access the main compartment from the inside, a neat feature not normally seen on most packs. Each lower lumbar strap has a side pocket that allows for quick access to whatever you choose to carry along, perhaps snacks or a small sidearm.
(Left) The 2200 has lower lumbar support along with heavily padded shoulder straps.
(Right) The back side of the pack is baffled to allow some cooling of your pack during a long hike.
The 2200 is held together with an internal aluminum frame.
The main compartment of the 2200.
Side pouches on the lower lumbar straps.
The bottom of the 2200 has a foldout pouch that can be used to strap down a rifle.
The rear of the pack can be used to strap down and carry either a bow or rifle. The bow is attached using both of the rear straps to tie down the bow, while a rifle is secured with the same straps but also utilizes a drop out pouch that cradles the butt of the rifle. Attaching a rifle or bow the first time can be a little tricky and there are two videos on YouTube that show how to attach either.
Once opening the side pouch "wings" on each side of the pack, additional equipment can be stored. The left hand pouch can be used to store a spotting scope while the right hand pouch could be used to store a small tripod.
The side "wings" of the pack are zippered and can be used to store a spotting scope and longer sized items.
The 2200 is hydration bladder compatible. Once opening the main compartment of the pack, you will notice at the top a zippered mesh area that can be opened and used to store the water bladder. The tube and bite valve can then be snaked through a hole at the top of the pack to the front so it is easily useable while hiking.
Hydration bladder stores in its own compartment at the top of the main pouch.
The pack also has a "meat-shelf" feature similar to the OX although not as large. At the bottom outside of the pack is a zippered compartment that unfolds a bright orange canvas material that can be folded over the outside of the pack. A successful hunter can use this external canvas to wrap and contain an elk quarter on the outside of the pack, while still being able to use the internal compartments as before.
There are only a couple of downsides to the 2200, the first is the cost, coming in at $260 at the time of writing this review. However like other Badlands products, the 2200 is backed by an extensive warranty and repair policy and while pricey should give many seasons of service. The second is issue is that 2200, while having an internal frame, is not nearly as rigid as the OX; however the OX is nearly double the cost.
If you're looking for a pack that offers a variety of options and is slightly larger than a traditional day pack, the Badlands 2200 is worth considering.
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