In a deer hunting world that is becoming more geared towards compact, lightweight, minimalist setups to take into the woods, the Allen Summit 930 Daypack fits right in. Measuring just 2.5″ x 18″ x 11″, and weighing only 1.25-pounds, the Summit defiantly fits the description of “daypack.” It has enough space to carry everything you need for a day of scouting or hunting.
Allen Summit 930 Daypack
The Summit 930 Daypack has quiet, 240g brushed tricot fabric construction with Mossy Oak Break-Up Country or Realtree Xtra camo and bright colored lining and zipper pulls to help you locate your gear in low-light conditions. With padded, adjustable, cool mesh shoulder straps, this hydration ready bag is light and comfortable to carry. Also features an adjustable sternum strap and a waist belt that adjusts up to 44″.
First Impressions of the Summit 930
I am a firm believer that all your gear should work together as a system to ensure a smooth and efficient process of putting your gear to the test in the deer woods. Here in the last few weeks, I have been bowhunting some Georgia public land, taking the summit daypack out for several sits. I actually ended up liking the pack better than I thought I would. It hauled my Ridge Runner saddle hunting platform, two large bottles of water, a skinning knife, and a rolled-up long sleeve shirt with no issues. It had room for even more.
Hunting Daypack Design
The feature that makes this pack very useful for hauling fair amounts of gear is the space between the two pockets that can be expanded and shrunk with the compression straps on the bag. This feature is not only useful for being able to bring things into the woods, but it also makes for a great dump pouch up in the tree. You can place essential items you’d want to get your hands on without having to mess with zippers; An ideal place to store a grunt call, a rangefinder, water, or all three at once.
My Hunting Pack System
Earlier I alluded to all your gear being part of a broader system, so for the sake of demonstration, I’ll give a rundown of my setup, and how the Allen Summit 930 works well with it.
For these early season hunts in Georgia, I have only been taking a handful of items, including water, a long sleeve shirt to help keep the bugs off, and a small kill-kit. I wear my hunting saddle into the woods (Read our review of the Tethrd Tree Saddle here), have the Ridge Runner platform attached to the bag with the compression straps, and my Wild Edge Stepps in a bag over my shoulder. When I get to the tree, I leave the pack on with the platform in it. After climbing to hunting height with my Stepps, I reach around my back and unbuckle the compression straps. I lift the platform out of the bag and attach it to the tree. The bag is small enough, it’s easy to reach behind and retrieve the platform. This makes my climbing system very fast and quiet. I never have to take the pack off from the truck until I get set up and tethered in at hunting height.
Summit 930 Construction and Durability
This pack has been through briars a few times and has held up great with no pulls or tears in the material. The zippers also seem to be pretty hardy, and I don’t foresee them having any issues unless the pack is overloaded and really straining the zipper. The buckles also seem to be hardy enough to take some abuse, although being closed in a tailgate or stepped on at the wrong angle would likely break them.
Overall, I’m pleased with this pack. I have been using it for saddle hunting, but it would work great with a tree stand setup as well. The waist belt and sternum strap on this pack are plenty long enough to strap to any climber or lock on stand for easy carrying.
My only complaint with the bag is, for a guy with a bigger frame like myself, the straps seem to go over your shoulders at awkward angles. After playing with all the adjustment straps on the pack, I got the issue mostly fixed, but I can’t get it quite right. It’s not a big deal and has not affected performance at this point. I could see it being a non-issue on a person with a smaller frame.
Lastly, one of my favorite things about this pack is the price tag. So many things in the world of mobile whitetail deer hunting are pricey, so it’s great to have such a pleasant experience with something so affordable. I absolutely recommend this pack.
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Andrew Maxwell is the owner and co-host of the Southern Outdoorsmen Podcast and YouTube channel, and a State Captain for the Southeastern Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. He grew up hunting and fishing in central Alabama, mostly on public lands. He now hunts public lands exclusively for any game the South has to offer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org