Update: For 2013 all Eberlestock packs come in all camo, the webbing and fabric will match the pack color.
You can see pictures of the patterns on my site, www.sandsarchery.com.
(Update) I have just finished up a pack fitting video with Eberlestock. It will be on my you tube Channel, Sandsarchery4.
In this Blog I am going to do a full review of the Eberlestock JP9 Blue Widow pack. This backpack along with Eberlestock’s other “J” series packs are some of the most universal hunting backpacks available. The “J” series is designed around the principal of “Just one pack can do it all.” For the Blue Widow that means a daypack, a fanny pack, a high volume backpacking pack and a meat hauler. This can transform into just about anything you would need while hunting a variety of situations.
To start off the suspension and frame is fully adjustable, if I ever talk to someone who says that the Blue Widow just didn’t fit them they didn’t try very hard. The shoulder harness has 4″ of vertical adjustment and the hip belt it also adjustable up and down an 1″. A large lumbar pad keeps the majority of the pack off you pack to allow for ventilation as well as comfort. The hip belt is very well padded and comfortable. And to add to the adjusment if the standard hip belt doesn’t quite fit you there are smaller and larger sizes available. The shoulder harness is a thinner wider harness that is very different from others on the market. Glen Eberle when designing the packs tested numerous harnesses and found this combinaion to be the most comfortable under all situations. Basically the thinner pad is more flexible and conforms to your body instead of being a think pad that puts pressure in one spot. The Eberlestock harness distributes that load across your shoulders and chest, you’ll really start to notice the comfort with a loaded pack. The last adjusment available is the two alumninum stays that make up the frame. Located just behind each shoulder harness you can remove these stays and bend them to fit the contour of your back. If you feel like the pack is digging in too much into your hips simply put more curve into the stays.
The fabric on all Eberlestock hunting packs is called NT1 waterproof fleece. This is one of a few pack companys on the market that says waterproof and means it. This last hunting season I spent more days in the rain and snow than just about all other seasons combined. Not once was I ever worried about what was inside my pack getting wet. The fabric is also very quite and sublte. It doesn’t make excessive noise when going through the brush and doesn’t become stiff when the temperature drops.
The packs overall design is quite brillant. Starting at the top there is a removable fanny pack that laces into the top panel. It has three pockets including a pocket for a water bladder. A great lightweight option if you’re hunting out of a spike camp and don’t want to take a full backpack with you. You can also remove the fanny pack to lighten up the main pack when you don’t need it.
The main body of the pack is made up of two long tubular pockets that run vertical. There are access points running along the outside and top of both pockets. In this mode you are looking at a 2200 ci pack. Next there is a heavy duty zipper that runs along the middle in between the two main pockets. Unzip this and the pack folds out into a 4700 ci pack. At this point there is a mesh fabric that is designed for hauling meat and keeping it cool. Also located inside the mesh pocket are two pockets that will fit hyradtion bladders with clips at the top to prevent the bladder from slipping down. Eberlestock also makes a zip in panel that can zip over this mesh and create a waterproof pocket.
In this picture you see the full transition from daypack to hauler. The first picture is of the pack with the fanny pack removed. The next with it attached. The third is with the butt bucket accessory attached to carry a bow and then with the A2SS rifle scabbard slipped into the back panel for easy access to your rifle. The fifth picture shows the main zipper unzipped with the next picture showing the mesh pocket that folds out and the compression straps clipped together to secure everything. The final picture is the pack in expanded mode with the J2SD spike duffel zipped onto the outside for an additional 3000 ci of room.The last picture shows just a few of the accessorys that are available for this pack. Just off the top of my head there are 4 different accessory pouches, the butt bucket, 3 different scabbards, rain flys, the zip in panel, two different attacheable duffels, extra accessory straps and a 2L and 3L water bladder.