Thursday, August 31, 2017

Modular Pack Systems
By Jeff Barlow (Nimrod Outdoors)

   Years ago I was hunting with my buddy in the back country of Utah. We spotted Elk early that morning and took off across a huge canyon to see if we could get into them. As luck would have it we were able to get into the herd and I was able to arrow a nice bull. This point in the story when we realized, we were not prepared.

What I mean by that is, as we left the camp that morning all we had on our backs were our little day packs. We had not figured we would see the elk in that location and figured we would find them much closer. After spotting the elk we were excited and took off without thinking or preparing. As we got to my bull we realized that we had put ourselves in a bad predicament. There was no way we were going to be able to get that big animal out that night with the packs we had on.

My buddy and I decided he would make the long trip back through the big nasty canyon to our camp to retrieve our meat hauling packs and I would start the process of taking care of the bull. By the time Travis was able to get to the packs and back to my location it was getting dark. He said, as he walked up to me, thank goodness for GPS or I would have never found you in the dark.

We finished taking care of the bull, deboned the meat and loaded up our packs. By this time it was very dark and we realized that there was no way we were going to be able to hike out in the dark through the rough canyon. We decided to move away from the carcass and make camp for the night. We hung our heavy packs up in a tree and moved away from them, we found a big tree we could use for shelter and to sleep under. We built a fire between us and tried to get some sleep while lying on the ground with no pad or sleeping bag. We took turns all night getting wood and stoking the fire to keep it burning so we wouldn’t freeze. The next morning we got up (won’t say we woke up because I am pretty sure neither of us really ever went to sleep), put our packs on and hiked ourselves out to the truck. It was a very long night and not one I plan on repeating, at least not that way.

The reason I tell you this story is because it could have all been prevented if we would have been prepared. Our biggest problem is that we didn’t have the right equipment on our backs. Since that time I have done a lot of research on packs and what the best option would be to help prevent this type of situation from happening again. I found what I believe to be the best option. Modular Pack Systems.

What I mean by modular pack systems is, a system that can be added to or taken way from to get what you need out of your pack. There are many different brands of modular packs out there and for the most part they are all good quality packs from companies that have reputable brands. I have used many different packs and they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Here are some, but not all, of the packs we have looked at that would fit these category of modular packs.

Eberlestock- Eberlestock has a few options to create the modular pack system. Packs like the “Just One Pack”, the “Dragonfly” and the “BlueWidow”. All great packs where the outer tube pockets can be unzipped between them and folded out to expose more cargo space and allows for additional packs to be zipped into them to grow your pack even bigger. Price on their website $330 - $400

Horn Hunter- Horn Hunter has a great pack that fits the modular system. The Full Curl System pack is very versatile and can adjust to what you need very quickly. This pack consists of a frame pack that has wings that can fold out and a packing shelf on the bottom, a big bag that has huge cargo opening to store about anything you can imagine and a day pack that has plenty of space and pockets to organize all your gear. This system can be used and connected together in any configuration you want. Frame and Big Bag, Frame and Day Pack, Frame alone or Day Pack alone or all three hooked together. Price on their website $381

Blacks Creek- The Solution Pack is a great backpack that has a modular system to it as well.  It like the Horn Hunter has a frame that can open up and that other parts of the pack are able to hook into to create the pack you need for the hunt you are on. From shed hunting to elk hunting this modular pack is a great option. Price on their website $595

Kifaru- ERM II is a Functional, versatile and durable pack. The pack can expand to 8,000+ ci, but also transform into a functional daypack when needed. The pack also adds 1,200 ci wings to each side. The EMR II allows for mass expansion and/or compression and the versatility that is great for any situation you are in while back packing. Price on their website $383
Mystery Ranch- Mystery Ranch has a few packs that would fit this category. The Marshall, Metcalf and Pintler are all packs that can expand and give you more room to haul out your quarry.  The packs them self can be removed and expanded from the frame allowing space to store or haul anything you need.
Price on their website $450 - $595

There are a lot of great packs out there. These packs will all do the job when it comes to being modular enough to handle any situation. From a 50 mile backpack trip to packing out your trophy to anything you can imagine throwing at them. All of the packs reviewed here come from top manufactures and companies in the backpack industry. There are also many packs out there that we did not review in this article which we plan on doing in a follow up article.

Biggest advice is while all these packs are awesome and will do the job for you, the most important thing to do is to go out and try them on. Each of us is built different physically and not one pack will be perfect for every person. Try the packs on. Ask the store if you can put some weight in them and pack them around the store. If they have stairs in the store, go up and down the stairs and see how the pack moves with you. Check out the adjustability of the pack. Can it be adjusted the way you need it to fit your body type. Check out the other features like pockets and organization capabilities. Look to see if there is a warranty on the pack and what it covers. Your putting your hard earned money into this pack you want it to last and have a company that backs their product. Most of all, do your homework. Talk to as many people as you can and make your informed decision, then get out there and have some fun with your new pack.

Although our experience makes for some great memories with a hunting buddy, being able to go from a day pack to a full on meat hauling machine would have been a huge blessing for Travis and I that night we spent on the mountain. If we would have had a modular pack systems we could have gone from spotting the elk with a small compressed day packs on, to hauling it out that afternoon with our meat hauler packs. We would not have had to waste the time and energy running the 4+ miles back and forth to camp to get a different pack. We could have processed the bull, put it in our packs and hauled it out before dark and skipped the experience of sleeping on the ground and almost freezing.

Next time you are looking at packs, remember our experience, and seriously consider getting a good Modular Pack System. It will save you time and defiantly saves you from that bad feeling of being unprepared.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Partnership!!!

   We are very excited to Announce out new partnership with KINGS CAMO.
We know that this is going to be a very good partnership and are looking forward to the future for both groups. 
   Kings is a very established company with lots of different products. We look forward to introducing our followers to this great company and everything they have to offer. Check out all their great products at and use the promo code "nimrod10" to get your discount.

Big Trophy Contest

   Also we are going to be doing a "Big Trophy" contest on you Social Media pages this fall. We have our great partners putting up some prizes for this awesome contest so make sure you are following our social media so you can get all the details. This contest will have some pretty simple rules and will have some great prizes. This will not by your normal Big Trophy contest. We will have 3 winners. A women's category a youth category and a men's category. It will run all fall long and we will pick winners mid November. Its going to be AWESOME!!!

Archery Season fast approaches

The archery hunt here in Utah is 1 week away. We are so excited to get out in the hills and have a chance at filling our tags. We are now on a 3 year quest for a buck we have named Dark30. This buck we ran into 3 years ago while tracking my son Jacobs buck. He was big and tall and had a few extras. The following year we found him again in nearly the same location. We watched him and patterned him and waited for our opportunity. We had him one evening right where we wanted him and made our play. We had our chance and my oldest boy missed the shot and slid his arrow just under his belly. 
We are now on to this year. Jacob has seen him again while out setting trail cams and said "Dad, he is even bigger this year" We will be on the mountain bright and early opening morning hoping to relocate Dark30 and get our opportunity to hunt him. 

Great things are coming this fall for Team Nimrod and Nimrod Outdoors. We have the best partners in the industry and thank them for all their support. We will press forward and would love for you to come join us and enjoy the ride. Come join the Nimrod Nation. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome to Nimrod Outdoors

Well this is our first blog so we hope you enjoy the new addition to the Nimrod Social Media platform. We are so thankful for all the support and kind comments we have received. We want to tell you we are going to continue to do what we do and hope you like it enough to spread the word to all your friend and hunting buddies about Nimrod Outdoors and help it grow into something truly special.

Jeff Barlow
  So to introduce us. My name is Jeff Barlow and "I am Nimrod" I started Nimrod Outdoors a couple years ago to have something to do with my teenage sons. Of course all teenagers are into Social Media so that is where I took Nimrod Outdoors (Plus the fact that my wife got sick of seeing all my hunting stuff on my social media and told me to do something else with it, LOL) I completely and totally love the outdoors, in anyway shape or form. Just being able to be out and enjoying nature is a great blessing in my life, and now to be able to share my adventures with my children is even better.
I decided to start filming our hunts and outdoor adventures and sharing them with anyone that wanted to see what we were doing, mostly so family could keep up with our activities. Today it has become much much more and we love what we are doing.
  We are just everyday ordinary guys (Average Joes) that love to hunt and fish and be in the outdoors. We don't have all the time and money to travel and hunt around the world (Yet) and we don't have all the latest and greatest equipment. We hunt general season hunts (Sometimes we get lucky and draw a Limited Entry tag) and hunt public ground. Our camera equipment is anything but professional. Most of our photos and videos are shot by cell phone, gopro or a 10 year old hand held video camera we have. We are not professional photographers or videoagraphers, in fact my 11 year old son sometimes runs the camera (and that is hard to watch at times, way shaky, LOL)
  Over the last couple years we have added to our team which started as me and my 2 oldest sons Joshua and Jacob. Now we have a total of 10 of us. Team members include Joshua Barlow, Jacob Barlow, Joseph Barlow, Jace Barlow, Denny and Ethan Mangum (Brothers), Paul Neese, Garett Criddle and Terron Hunt. All of us (Except for my sons) are fathers that love the outdoors and want to help the next generation love and respect them just as much as we do. Our goal is to get everyone we can introduced to the outdoors way of life and we have a definite focus on the youth and younger generation.
  Once again I hope you like the new blog and we will try to have good content her for you to enjoy.
We also have Social Media of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and our very own YouTube channel where we share our outdoor experiences at least once a week. Follow us, Subscribe and feel free to comment and let us know anything you would like us to cover, from how to topics to product reviews. We will try to have a wide variety of thing to keep you interested in coming back to our blog.
  Come back often and Be A Nimrod.

Joshua Barlow

Jacob Barlow

Denny Mangum

Paul Neese
Garett Criddle

Terron Hunt