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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upland Excellence Won this Vest at a Pheasants Forever auction last year and it has not left my kit since. A very comfortable tool with enough room to stow sustainment for the longer hunts. A must for the upland hunter!
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bird Vest I have only used this vest one day but I really liked it. It fits me really well has enough room for birds but goes not feel sloppy when walking around empty
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Pack I have only used this pack for hunting once so far. I like how light this pack is. The hydration is nice for me and my dog. Will hold a 3L badder but I found that the 2L works better for me. If you use the 3L it made it difficult to put birds in the pack.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Badlands Bird Vest I have used this vest for two seasons now for my upland bird hunts. Love the vest as much as I love my 2800 for big game. Badlands does it right when designing their packs and this vest. Very versatile and well made. I have recommended it to many friends already.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from upland vest I bought this vest when it first came out and it's still functioning. I moved to Alaska again and really don't need this for bird hunting up here so I gave it to my son who hunts upland on the Big Island in Hawaii. Would I recommend this vest? Yes I would. I've hunted Eastern Washington, Eastern Montana walking anywhere from a few miles to about 12 miles per day. I am used to alpine climb for many years so I know what kind of gear to pack, food for me and the dog, water etc. Never found the pack to undersized but unless you have experience in going light with good quality gear that's not bulky then there will always be a problem.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from upland Vest I have a number of vests/packs. I need a full day vest. This vest is ok for a short hunt and not for a full day. For a full day you need more room for clothing etc. I think for a 2 hour drive to hunt this vest is ok. For those that need a full day ground covering hunt you need a lot more room. This vest is best described as a half day, close to the truck, technical vest.
Date published: 2015-12-05
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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

I'm a big guy, 6'1" 320lbs.  I was wondering how big of a guy your upland packs will fit?

Asked by: Bh1874
The pack is completely universal and fits pretty much everyone. However, if you need the shoulder straps extended, we would be more than happy to send you some extensions so it will fit you better. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to call or email us at and we will gladly help you.
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2016-02-23

I bought mine but the orange seems awful dark does anyone know if this counts as hunter orange?

Asked by: ScottC
Yes of course, there is not a certain degree of orange required for "blaze orange" and it is definitely legal. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to call or email us at and we will gladly help you.
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2016-02-23

What color is the pack? Not sure if that dull orange is legal? 

Asked by: Lil Roo
Yes of course it's legal, the color is called blaze orange. If you have any other questions please contact us at
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2016-02-19

Does this fit a 32" waist? Does the game bag wrap around your waist or is it all in the back? Can you clean the game bag?

Asked by: bray1001
Yes, the Upland Vest should fit a 32” waist. The Game Bag is located in the back of the pack, however there are slots in the vest to be able to place birds in it from the sides. You can also remove the Game Bag and wash it. I would not recommend machine washing any of our packs though, just hand wash.
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2015-11-24

I have a Tritronics dog collar the series 70 do you have a holder for the transmitter that can have its buttons accessible for a quick activation.

Asked by: Barny
Unfortunately, we do not offer a specific holder for transmitters that have access to the buttons. I believe Tritronics has a holster that can attach to belts/straps and what not. I would recommend purchasing that and then attaching it to the webbing on the hip belt of the Badlands Upland Vest. That is what I personally do myself.
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2015-11-09

What happened to the magnetic side pockets? How many 12ga shells do each pocket hold roughly?

Asked by: killerroyboy
The Upland Vest still has the Magnetic hip belt compartments. The picture that is currently displayed on our website is the older version, before the Zip-No Closure compartments. The descpription of the vest states that it indeed has the magnetic pockets. Each hip belt compartment would hold about 8-10, 12ga shells. The drop down shell holder can fit an entire box of shells.
Answered by: VP of Happiness
Date published: 2015-11-21
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