To add to this post. Dana Design was started by Dana Gleason. He sold the company and later started Mystery Ranch. Similar to Patrick Smith and Mountainsmith/Kifaru. I have no experience with Badlands but I looked straight past them. I looked at Kifaru and Mystery Ranch when I was looking to get a pack. Went Kifaru because MR was out of stock and I found a good deal on a Kifaru Timberline bag. Kifaru is right up the road from where I lived in Colorado so I went up there and got fitted for a frame. I now have a Quarter Panel to go along with the bag. It's perfect for hauling meat and training with a sandbag.Mystery Ranch makes a great pack, per the above poll there a quite a few packs great pack makers.
If your just getting into backpack hunting a decent option is a good used backpacking pack, due to their larger market share there are more of these packs on ebay than hunting brands.
Something like this is going to server you much better than one of the crappy hunting brand packs.
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I am looking for a good day pack/ couple night pack. I am choosing between Badlands Ascend or mystery ranch in the Marshall or Metcalf. Any recommendations? I am leaning towards mystery ranch