Team Realtree 20″ Three Section Backpack

15 11 2015

pathfinderAnyone who knows me, knows I don’t stay in one place too long. I am always on the go whether it is work, hunting, or fishing. I generally travel with my computer and iPad, as well as a few other office type items and of course my personal items. Typically this means I need to take both my briefcase and a backpack when flying as my carry-ons. On my recent trip to ATA in Indianapolis, I was introduced to a bag that will easily take the place of both of my carry-on bags: the 20″ Team Realtree Three Section Backpack by Pathfinder!

The Team Realtree Three Section Backpack in Snow Blue color, packed and ready to go. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Team Realtree Three Section Backpack in Snow Blue color, packed and ready to go.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The backpack has three very well thought out sections; however, with all of the compartments and pouches I would count it as much more than three! The padded laptop compartment is located closest to the body, which helps mitigate the weight of the laptop pulling away from your back. They have incorporated an audio pocket that is perfect for an iPod or in my case, my iPhone. There is also a tablet compartment, a key fob as well as water bottle pockets and a complete organizer for all your pens, business cards, cords, and any other accessories needed. The central pocket is very spacious, and even with the two outer compartments filled, I still had ample room for my clothing and toiletries needed for a night or two. The whole bag is supported on your back by the padded shoulder strap system. The exterior of the bag uses Realtree Camo in various color patterns; Snow Blue, Snow Pink, Max-1 Purple, Max-1 Green, Xtra Orange, Xtra Lime, and Xtra Turquoise. There are two exterior buckles that help hold everything you have packed together. The interior is lined with a hunter orange fabric which is perfect for any bag I would be carrying!

I could have given you how many cubic inches the bag holds, but if you are like me, that would not mean much to you. So, I unpacked my backpack and took a picture of what it held; a 17″ laptop, iPad, Nikon Camera, files, external hard drive, notebook, leather bound hunting journals, wallet, cords, ear phones, eye glasses, sun glasses, Sudoku book, business cards, flash drives, pens, iPhone, water, V8, quart sized bag of toiletries, Inhalers, Epi Pens, prescriptions, Tylenol, hairbrush, three shirts and under garments plus my keys! I could have easily added more to the backpack, but I didn’t need to! This held everything that my briefcase and old backpack did but with style. The most amazing part for me is that my 17″ laptop fit easily in the bag. I have a hard time finding even a briefcase that will hold it. This backpack has already flown carry-on to Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale, did several road trips, and is showing no sign of wear and tear. I live so much of my life in camp that it is nice to bring it into my lifestyle too!

The unbelievable amount of items that fit into the backpack on my most recent trip. Photo: Diane Hassinger

The unbelievable amount of items that fit into the backpack on my most recent trip.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The MSRP of the Team Realtree 20″ Backpack is $120.00, and can be purchased at http://www.luggagepros.com/team-realtree-20-backpack.shtml.

The various colors that Pathfinder offers in their Team Realtree 20" Three Section Backpack. Photo: Luggage Pros

The various colors that Pathfinder offers in their Team Realtree 20″ Three Section Backpack.
Photo: Luggage Pros

Pathfinder is the sole property of it’s rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

Endorsement Disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.
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Badlands Kali Backpack

15 11 2015
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badlands kaliBinoculars, a range finder, a knife, trail tape, toilet paper, a water bottle, snacks, my hunting license, my video camera and more, these are some of the items I take with me into the woods hunting for the day. As much as I would like to just carry my weapon in with me, I seem to take much, much more. When I find a backpack that fits not only my needs, but my stuff, I hang onto it for a very long time. I just retired my old backpack, due to old age, but luckily I found the Badlands Kali fits my needs, wants, and the quality to be with me for a long time!
The Badlands Kali backpack gets its name from Kali, the Goddess of Hunting. They designed this pack with the physiological differences between men and women, including: shorter torso, more contoured shoulder straps, angled waist belt to fit the natural curvature of a women’s hips, and positioning the center of gravity better to fit the female physique. They have also added a Hypervent suspension, a pocket and access for a 101 ounce hydration pack, and many pockets to fill with all of those needed and wanted supplies. The Hypervent suspension incorporates an open frame system to create an “Open Air Space” O.A.S. which helps reduce perspiration and help keep you scent-free. The pack measures 22″X14″X8″ and has a heat-treated steel frame. Two camo patterns
badlands women series are available on the KXO fabric: Realtree Xtra and Realtree Max 1. The pack weighs in at 2 pounds 12 ounces, and sports 2500 cubic inches of space with lots of pockets for plenty of room to fill up with your belongings. Lastly, the pack has the ability to carry your bow/gun/crossbow. With only two small accents in pink, the Kali reminds you that it belongs to the Women’s Series, but in a subtle manner.
Heading out for my hunt, my Kali is packed! Photo: Diane Hassinger

Heading out for my hunt; my Kali is packed!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Everything has a home in the Kali backpack! Photo: Diane Hassinger

Everything has a home in the Kali backpack!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

On a recent hunt, I had my inaugural trip with my Kali. On the waist strap are two zippered pockets, perfect for those small items that need to be accessed easily: flashlight, tree strap, knife and Thermacell refills. These pockets have a mesh bottom, so do not put anything in them that needs to stay dry. The main compartment is where you will find the pocket for the hydration pack as well as three other mesh pockets. I kept my rain gear in here, as well as my video camera. The front zippered pocket contains two zippered mesh pockets and an open mesh pocket. I loved the zippered mesh pockets for keeping my tags and license in. A quick glance was all that was needed to make sure I had them with me. There are also numerous places to attach a carabiner and there are two pouches for water bottles. I was able to find a new “home” for everything I take with me. Hiking into my stand, I used the gun boot to carry my camera tree arm. Everything was easily accessible and that in itself helps make my hunts enjoyable. I really liked that the pack could either be self standing or hang on my stand. Most of the time I hang everything, but when I am hunting from blinds, I don’t like the backpacks laying on the ground, drawing moisture, not a problem with the Kali. The pack fit my body well, and was comfortable to wear, even with the gun in the boot. I found that the design of the Kali shifted some of the weight off of my shoulders and onto my hips, thus keeping me from tiring as easy. The weather was hot and wet, but with the Open Air Space created by the Hypervent, I never had sweat building up on my back. All in all, the Kali will be my pack of choice for a very long time!

For more information on the Kali backpack, go to http://www.badlandspacks.com/kali-hunting-pack.html#extraInfo. The MSRP is $159.99 and is available for purchase at the same website. The warranty they offer is “We don’t care what happened, or whose fault it was, we will fix it for free forever. “¹ It’s hard to beat a warranty like that! See their entire warranty at http://www.badlandspacks.com/badlands_warranty_1.html.
Badlands is the sole property of its rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.
Endorsement Disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.