Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Eberlestock V69 Destroyer Backpack

v69 Destroyer backpack

I recently took the new Eberlestock V69 Destroyer out for a test ride.  I was a little skeptical at first of using a more traditional style pack for backcountry hunting but after taking this thing out I have no doubts that it will do outstanding on a week long hunt.  Staying true to Eberlestock fashion there is always more than meets the eye to the pack and they were able to keep it fairly lightweight at 7lbs while maintaining excellent build quality and durability.  The pack has a very similiar supsension to The J107 and Blue Widow packs.  The shoulder harness is adjustable up and down for different torso lengths and the two aluminum stays that make up the frame are revovelable and able to be bent to fit the contours of your back for a custom fit.

I loaded up the pack with about 50 lbs of gear to test out how comfortable it is under a load.  With the oversized hip belt and great suspension I hardly noticed I was carrying any weight at all.  The load transferred to my hips and stayed off my shoulders which is ideal for packing any load.  The next picture clearly shows the load lifters doing their job keeping the wieght off the top of my shoulders.

 

   

There are plenty of pockets all over the pack so you will have no problems keeping your gear organized.  The bottom of the pack has a separate sleeping bag compartment as well.  With multiple compression straps you’ll have no problem compressing down whatever you can stuff into the pack.

You can also easily attach a tripod to the side of the pack and drop your spotting scope on the inside.  There are two hydration pockets located on the outside of the pack so you can carry up to 6L’s of water.

All in all the new V69 Destroyer will be a great all around backpacking pack that I wouldn’t hesitate to take on a 3-4 day backpacking trip.