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We only call the Badlands Upland Game Vest a “vest,” because that‘s so much easier than saying what is REALLY is - a vest that carries better than 90 percent of the hunting packs currently on the market. However, it's still as light as a standard game vest and offers the versatility of multiple pockets for “the most versatile layout ever.” Of course, you can see our predicament, particularly when you consider that this bird vest also offers full hydration capabilities, a fully breathable internal lining, welded water resistant rear compartment and the easiest bird access ever developed.


  • Shooter Friendly Shoulder Straps
  • Adjustable Bird Bag
  • Lightweight Softshell Fabric
  • Fits Reservoir Size (liters): 2L
  • Total Weight: 2LB 12OZ
  • Pocket: 9



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UPLAND VEST is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and design The quality of this pack is what you expect when purchasing a badlands pack. That said, if you are 5'3, it's a horrible fit. It's very adjustable, which is very nice, but you can't adjust the fit of the shoulder straps enough to make this pack wearable. It would probably be OK if wearing multiple layers, but I'm in Arizona, so layers is not going to happen. I'm going to try filling the water bladder in hopes that it pulls the shoulder straps down and back, but if that doesn't work, I'm going to have to send it back which makes me very sad.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It felt right from day 1 I'm a big guy, 6'3 240. I was concerned that I would alter the strap sizes to the point where I'd lose out on the ergonomics. Any big person has experienced this at some point where something just doesn't quite fit. Not the case with Badlands Upland Vest. My research pointed out that some complain about the size of the bird bag. Loosening up the inner waist strap will give you more bag room, and for me, a better fit. I quail hunt in Arizona and have had 6 birds in the bag and could have fit another 6-8...that's not an average hunt for me though and I find the bird bag plenty big. I also find I can reach to put birds in the bad just fine. The only feature I wish it had is a zip release to allow the inside of the bird bag to fold down for cleaning. I've used this pack for one season so far and I can't notice much wear at all. The pack is still in good shape which demonstrates good material used in its construction. I don't used the shotgun shell loops. I find I can carry plenty of shells in the magnetic pockets. By far one of my favorite features. Easy to access rounds quickly and they stay securely shut (strong magnetic connection). I don't use the additional fastener buckles and I only managed to bump it open once brushing against a good size shrub. I trust them to stay closed during normal terrain. Another reason I went with the Badlands Upland pack is the thin profile of the shoulder straps. The season before I tried to hunt with my Kelty MAP backpack because it held a water bladder. I quickly realized shouldering my rifle on padded straps caused me to miss a lot of birds if the butt happened to hit the edge and alter my shot. My confidence was restored the first day hunting with Badlands pack. Shooting was comfortable again and I could move my torso more fluidly and unobstructed. Great design on the shoulder straps. Storage compartment space seems adequate for my style of hunting. Small first aid kit, snacks, plenty of water bladder space (I run a Badlands 90oz bladder), beanie, calls, shells, folding knife, wallet, cell, and truck keys. People who run dogs may desire more space for water bottle storage with easy access. You can fit two soft bottle 32 oz water bottles in the side pockets and leave the top zipper open so that may be adequate for shorter runs with dogs. I don't find the outer mesh pockets to be functional and wouldn't trust them to secure items. This pack is light! Even with full 90oz water bladder and the items above, it feels comfortable. The waste strap takes the weight off your shoulders and you'll be thankful for this after a long day hunting. The packs low profile is a great design for those who don't like traditional hunting vests or bulky bird baskets/bags. This pack has the right features to be considered an excellent choice for an upland vest. Some complain about the 'hunter orange' not being bright enough. I find it perfectly adequate and actually like the lower intensity of blaze orange. Overall, I love this pack. I own a Badlands 2200 as well so I knew I was getting quality. Different purposes, but if I could only keep one, it would be the upland vest. I don't mess with junk anymore, only the best. I trust Badlands to get my back and I know I can count on my gear in the field. A few mods to this design and it would really be special. Got to love Badlands warranty too, one that you'll hardly use, if ever. Spend the extra dough and buy quality.
Date published: 2016-04-23
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I am 5'3" and have 32" waist will this fit?   Where is this made? 

Asked by: Wheat
Yes, this pack should fit you just fine! The Upland Vest is awesome and you will not regret getting it! All our packs are made in Vietnam. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to call us at 800-269-1875 or email us at
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2016-03-28

Is it possible to get some pics of the pocket layout?

Asked by: Maddogrider
Yes, please contact us at and we will be more than happy to help you out.
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2016-03-02
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