Horn Hunter Mainbeam XL Review

Editor: Mike

Overall Rating

[rating: 2.5/5]

Basic Description:

Hunting Pack, made for 1-3 day hunts. 1 size fits all design.

Just the Facts:

Mainbeam XL Pack Features:
3800 Cubic Inches
27 seperate compartments to organize your gear
Unique air flow belt
Streamline design
Gear grippers for gun or bow
Removable orange safety wrap
3 hydration locations
Dual suspension frame
Custom molded back panel and straps
Quiet zip slides
Removable organizer
Bungee cord tie down


I used this pack on 2 different short scouting hikes. I packed about 25 lbs each time. I did like the way it held my spotting scope.  I carried it in the medium sized far back area during the snow storm, then moved it to the side pouch when it cleared up. I also on each outing kept my tripod strapped to the side  pouch in one of the netting sinch areas, that was quite handy.

These side pouches are very unique. They have a netting at the bottom which is common, but they have a material that wraps around whatever you put there, and then straps down. It is quite cool and very functional.

I did ignore the many pockets and pouches, and just stuffed my extra clothes in the main area. I was really intrigued by the many spots to hold stuff, but really just did not use them.

I also used the pack on 2 different all day winter archery deer hunts. I had the pack on all day. It just did not ever feel comfortable, mainly due to the bent frame.  I did get several comments on the pack…wow that pack is cool. Try it on I would say “ok cool but uncomfortable” was the usual response.

I think Horn Hunter is onto some good things with this pack, the many places to hold things is very cool. The ability to strap lots of stuff on the outside of the pack is a real plus.

I really really wanted to like this pack, but I have been unable to get it to work for me.I am taking it back next week to see if they can adjust the frame again, but I am not very hopeful.

What they could do better:

Get that frame to quit bending!

Work on the comfort of the shoulder straps.

Really focus on making this thing more comfortable.

Star Rating per rating criteria:

Functionality: [rating: 4/5]
Value: [rating: 3/5]
Ergonomics: [rating: 1/5]
Durability: [rating: 2/5]

Horn Hunter Mainbeam XL Review
  • Functionality
  • Value
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability


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