I’ve had a few upland vest/packs including a Wingworks, Badlands, and Cabelas Bird&lite. I’ve sold all of them for various reason. The Badlands was nice, but didn’t have water bottle holders (I prefer to water the dogs with bottles instead of a bladder). The Wingworks was heavy (albeit bomb proof) and the water bottle holders were so far back on the waist belt and tight, that I couldn’t hardly get them in or out without dropping the F bomb. The Cabelas pack (which is now discontinued) had really think shoulder straps that seemed to always get in the way of my shotgun mount.
All of that was stated as a preface to what led me to the Orvis Upland Sling pack/vest. I’ll list some features I like, and some I don’t.
- Modular Molle attachments on the waist belt
- A hip belt that supports the weight of the pack
- One shoulder strap that wont interfere with my shotgun mount
- With a couple of phez rooters in the game bag, the game bag sags a bit…which can be annoying.
In the above picture you can see the lay out of all the waist or hip belt. With the molle attachment points, this can be configured however you like. Starting from left to right, I have a Tactical Tailor admin pouch which has two compartments that I carry my GPS, Leatherman, snacks, gloves, and maps in. The next is a water bottle holder that came with the vest. On the right side is another Tactical Tailor water bottle holder, and a shell pouch that came with the vest from Orvis.
This is the reverse side. On the shoulder strap you can see where I carry my SportDog TEK 1.0 controller, and the padding of the hip belt and back of the pack. In the far right corner of the picture you can also see an orange and white Brittany that thinks we’re about to go hunting lol.
Above is an attempt to show the interior compartment. I carry a first aid kit for both the dogs and I, and snacks in this compartment.
Overall I really like this pack. I can carry a ton of gear, water, and food with ease. There’s no shoulder strap to get in my way, and its modular enough to suit my needs. Keep in mind (if anyone is actually reading this) that Orvis redesigned this pack/vest, so this is the older outdated version. I’ve looked at the newer version online and it appears the main difference is the internal compartment design.
If anyone is reading this, I hope you got something out of this review.