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Eberlestock G2 Triple Threat Field Test

Discussion in 'Hiking & Backpacking Packs' started by South Nation Survival, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. South Nation Survival

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    Eberlestock is a USA born and raised company that started with rifle stocks(hence it's name), and has now exploded with all sorts of equipment, focusing primarily on hiking, hunting and tactical packs. Here at South Nation Survival, we managed to get our hands on the Eberlestock Gunslinger 2, and have put it through hell since we received it last August. It has gone through bug-out-scenarios, field tests and anything short of front line combat or a real SHTF. We went on several escapades with this pack, but we will discuss the three largest excursions that this pack has been through in the past 6 months.

    DISCLAIMER: Despite having a built in scabbard, on all three of these excursions we did not carry a firearm. With that being said, we still made use of the rifle scabbard. We will not go into detail of the pack design, as this is a field test, not a review.
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    #1: 4 day biking excursion

    We used this bag as a day bag for a biking trip in Gatineau Park, Quebec. The pack had to carry all the Biking Essentials, as we would leave camp early morning and not return until sundown.
    A lunch, tire patch kit, water, and a headlamp was amongst just a few of the things we had to carry. The pack held it all, and the adjustable straps made it a comfortable ride. Eberlestock claims that there fabric is waterproof, and it was put to the test on the second day, where it was rained on for an hour and a half. We did not use a rain cover, yet it remained dry in the interior. We had decided to remove the frame and the lumbar(hip) straps, as we personally find it uncomfortable to use while biking. The pack however was still kept very close to the body, with little to no shaking. When tightened, the straps barely loosened on their own, so little that it would take the whole day for the difference to be significant. The admin pouch in the top was larger than we had thought, and it helped effectively distribute weight. One thing we did notice was that the bladder pouches were incredibly tight, and even pinched the hose of the bladder engine, so we had to pay attention to how the hose was positioned within the pack.
    Final note: It survived and thrived against it's first encounter with Gatineau Park, and we couldn't wait to take it out there again.

    #2 4 day hiking excursion
    We once again used the bag as a day pack, but this time included the frame and lumbar straps for the battle against the peaks of the Adirondack mountain range, NY. The frame was near weightless, but held its shape through a lot of abuse. At one point the pack was dropped 15 feet, and landed right on the exposed portion of the frame. The finish was completely scratched off in that spot by the end of the trip, but it did not become misshapen in any way. The overlapping compression straps helped us attach firewood to the outside of the pack. We used the Rifle scabbard on occasion to accommodate trekking polls and a camera tripod. there was still enough room to accommodate a rifle, albeit a small one(not in length, but diameter). By the end of the trip, the only problem we saw was the hose pinching on occasion and the frame had lost most of it's finish.( which is common in most packs, so we weren't surprised.).

    #3 2 day skiing excursion. we once again returned to Gatineau park, but this time used the pack as a base bag, living completely out of it. The main compartment managed to fit a sleeping bag, small camp pillow, wool blanket and wool sweater, as well as a 2L hydration engine. The hose was once again pinched, and was difficult to drink from. The pack held up against snow, silt and the entire trip in itself. We did not expect the seams to withstand how much we had stuffed into the main compartment, but a post-trip inspection shows that it had endured no damage. We made use of the large rifle scabbard to accommodate a spare ski and a full sized axe. Although the scabbard is right against the back, we did not feel anything poking through.

    Final thoughts.

    The pack is more than large enough to serve as a daybag, yet can also serve as a bug-out-bag to a minimalist.
    It is heavy by our standards, weighing 8 pounds empty. If you can handle it, we say take it.
    Although more of a cosmetic aspect, when the pack is not very full, the upper compartment covers the only Velcro patch.
    Although covered in handles to be able to grab it from any angle, we feel that there should be a handle located just below the Velcro patch.

    Let us know your thoughts, as well as your favorite Eberlestock product.
    -SNS
     
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  2. AJ ESCUDERO

    AJ ESCUDERO Well-Known Member
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    Ooh, prepper porn nice!

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  3. Simon Perks

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    Great review ...
    You guys have access to so much awesome kit in the US.
     
  4. South Nation Survival

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    South Nation Survival is Canadian, and although Eberlestock is an American company, they ship worldwide.
     
  5. livingsurvival

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    Great review.
     
  6. Desert Phoenix

    Desert Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Nice review, however its a bit heavy for my taste and pricey. Makes sense to own one if you live in the cold north and have the extra cash. It is not a desert pack.
     
  7. BullseyePrecision

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    Love my eberlestock

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