Editor: Eric

Basic Description of item: Basic Day pack with small fanny pack built into the belt.

Just the Facts:
*Over all dimensions are 20″h / 13″w / 7″d.
*1600 Total cubic inches of space.
*Three exterior pockets.
*Tank pocket for up to a 100oz tank.
*Rain flap over zippers for weatherproof nature.
*Over sized #8 ykk coil zippers, self lubricating.
*Incredibly quiet Hydrospun fleece with water proof liner.

Story: It’s time for the shed season to begin! I have made a few short hikes just to check out what is going to be available to pick up once the deer and elk drop their antlers. A day pack is just the ticket for these kinds of outings because space is limited and I have a problem trying to take everything I own every time.

I started by loading the Bugle Day Pack with my Vortex angled Nomad spotting scope (fit perfect in the scope/bladder pocket), Vortex high country tripod, Rino 530 hcx GPS radio, Jetboil personal cooking system, 1 Mountain House freeze dried meal, Cabelas Space Rain parka and pants, Wiggy’s liner jacket, Fire starting kit, water bottles, and a couple of snacks.

This pack is very comfortable and does not restrict your movement in any way. It is very lightweight and is easy to adjust for the right fit. The material is super quiet and seems to be weather resistant so far. All the pockets inside the pack are mesh material except the scope/bladder pocket, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for at a glance. They are also large enough to help keep your gear sorted and in place. The zipper for the main compartment is U shaped and folds back so you have access to everything in the pack without having to dig for it. The two side pockets on the outside of the pack are perfect for water bottles and held my tripod in place. The large outside pocket in the middle of the pack held my gloves, hat, radio and a couple granola bars. There is still room to spare but I am trying not to fill it to capacity with just stuff (it’s a hard habit to break).

In conclusion I would say this pack seems to be very well built and should last a very long time. It will do just about anything you could ask of a day pack.

What they could do better: A couple of anchor points and straps on the outside of the pack would be nice to help secure things like antlers or a rifle. I also think a pocket on the belt would help if you carry a small point and shoot camera like I do. I’ve found that if I have to stop to get my camera out of my pack I usually end up not taking any pictures.

Nimrod Bugle Day Pack Review
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