Insights Vision Bow Pack Review

Vision Bow Pack Review

Putting the ISH9100 – Vision Bow Pack to the Test

In planning this year’s archery Elk and mule deer hunts, I ran across the Vision Bow Pack. At first glance, the concept looks great: a backpack to carry my bow, arrows, and gear. Because I’m hunting an area, I’ve never hunted archery and have some solid conditioning to prepare. I figured I would pick up a Vision Bow Pack and have plenty of time before the hunt to see what it’s made of and do a quality ISH9100 – The Vision Bow Pack Review.

My plan was to get in some serious time backpacking, hiking, and scouting, wearing the pack to get an idea of how it would perform in the hunt. I’ve had the opportunity to test and review the Vision Bow Pack, and although I have more trips planned, I have enough information to share the results. In this comprehensive review, I will share my firsthand experience, highlighting this remarkable bow pack’s features, functionality, and overall performance.

The Bow Pack Reviewing Grounds

The Reviewing Grounds for the Vision Bow Pack was in 3 stages. First, a day at the range just gauging fit, function, and how securely everything would stay with lightly moving around.

The following 2 locations would be bow hunting scouting trips in my GMUs. The first was a one-day jaunt, and the second was a 2-day trip to push the limits and see how it would hold up as an overnight pack.

The Range Day- First Test

I’ll go into detail later in this review but as a general first impression of the Vision Bow Pack for the range trip. It’s pretty badass. It has 2 large zippered main compartments, a top small compartment, and another small compartment on the belt, making easy access to things you want to keep handy, like snacks, a range finder, small binoculars, etc…

The bow stores comfortably in the flap and closes securely. Arrows go in one or both side pouches and also sit securely. You will need a basic quiver set up for the pouches because they’re omitted, but the first cheap one I ran across worked excellently. Storing everything you need for a day at the range is no problem for the pack. The Bow Pack made a day at the range easy, organized, and convenient.

Gold Dust Trail- Second Test

An 8.3-mile out-and-back trail near Como, Colorado. The trail is generally considered a moderately challenging route. This trail is a 1,158 ft elevation change through largely wooded terrain. I went out in mid-June, and it snowed on the trail that day, and there were still snow patches on the ground from earlier snows. On this trip, I wore the Vision Bow Pack and had 23 pounds of gear but didn’t rig the pack with my bow or arrows.

The Vision Bow Pack handled it flawlessly as a backpack on this 8-mile hike. It felt great, was comfortable, and all the pockets came in handy. My next test would be an overnight trail, fully loaded and carrying my hunting gear.

Lost Creek Wilderness Loop- The Ultimate Test

A 28.3-mile loop with a 5,305 elevation change trail near Grant, Colorado. It is generally considered a challenging route. The trail is a mix of thick woods—open meadows, swampy meadows, rocky climbs and descents, beautiful forests and views. We didn’t do the whole trail but the first 17-ish miles to Lost Creek Campground. I had the pack fully outfitted for overnight camping, and it came in at 43 pounds with the bow and arrows mounted.

What I Packed for The Ultimate Test

The Vision Bow Pack was outfitted entirely for at least 3-days and could have provided room for more had I gone the route of packing for sustainability on the food. I packed some food luxuries and went with 3 liters in the camelback because I was unfamiliar with the trail and how readily available water would end up being.

Main Compartment

The main storage area of the pack has two zippers and is a fairly sizable storage area. I changed what I had in this area multiple times before deciding what I would pack there. Because of how full it was on some iterations of my packing, I started to worry about whether I would break a zipper. After this trip, I can say I learned the pack’s zippers are rock solid, I tweaked the hell out of them, and they held up great.

Contents of the main compartment ended up being:

  • Clothes
  • Food
  • Cooking Supplies
  • Hammock Rain Canopy (which I ended up needing)
  • Paracord
  • Bow release
  • Hydration System
  • Boot traction slip-ons
  • Small fishing tackle box and telescopic rod

Hydration Set Up

Your hydration system (not included) installs in a pocket in the back of the main compartment. The hose exits the compartment via a flap and hole in the top. I ran a 3-liter hydration system and a full bladder in the compartment, which fit comfortably with the other gear.

The pocket the hydration system sits in is plenty big and should fit virtually any 1, 2, or 3-liter system.

Reward Smaller Main Compartment

The outside smaller of the 2 large compartments still helps a decent amount of stuff. It has several other features that I didn’t utilize, but I could see how they would come in handy. It has a Tree Shelf Three (TS3) front pocket system, which allows three different pocket-use options on the backpack. The first use is a standard front pocket. The second allows the front pocket to be completely unzipped and laid flat, creating a shelf. The ideal use is when the pack is strapped to a tree. The final use of the pocket drops it down and has a basket that will pop out—creating easy access to binoculars and range finders while in the stand.

I packed:

  • Toiletries
  • Survival kit
  • Utility knife
  • Compass
  • Pistol and 2nd magazine
  • Beef Jerky

Small Top Zipper Compartment

Vision Bow Pack top pocket

The top zippered pocket sits above the main compartment and is decent-sized. I had small binoculars, a range finder, a topo map, a flashlight, and a few other smaller items.

The pocket isn’t that big, but it can hold items you want easy, fast access to. The variety of pockets and compartments make packing this pack easier. When packing, you’ll want to think about the items you’ll access the most.

Small Waist Belt Pocket

The belt pocket is another smaller pocket. I used it for headphones, music, snacks, SaltStick FastChews Electrolytes, and jerky. If I were hunting, it would be a great spot for smaller binoculars, calls, a wind chalk bottle, my release, or related-size items.

The pocket zips and is easy to access, even when the pack is buckled.

Vision Belt pack pocket

Top of Pack

I added a snapping buckle on the top of the main compartment that I anchored to two conveniently located anchor points pictured above. This allowed me to add my hammock and field book to the top of the main compartment.

Bottom of Pack

A pair of anchor straps are on the bottom of the pack. I secured my sleeping bag, a bag with a long-sleeved shirt, and my rain jacket. The straps pull tight and secure the gear tight.

Outside Flaps Storage Area

On the flaps on the back o the pack, I secured my first aid molle pack. I typically have this pack fuller but throw it together rather quickly.

Contents of the pack included:

  • Flashlight
  • Molle strips, KT tape, and bandages all for my feet, which I tore up on a hike the week before.
  • Lighter
  • Headlamp
  • Body Wipes
  • Neosporin
  • Eyedrops
  • Ibuprofen
  • Snake bite kit
  • Vape

Dangling Off The Pack

The back flaps are sturdy and allow the hanging of smaller light items from the pack. I put a couple of carabiners through a flap. and hung the following items.

Items hanging from the pack:

  • Emergency Shelter/blanket
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Gators
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Headwrap

Arrow Pouches

The Vision Bow Pack has two quiver holder pouches; I used one for arrow pouches for arrows and the other for additional food storage. I used an APEX Gear Accu-Strike 4-Arrow Quiver. in the pouch. With that setup, the pack secured the arrows nicely on what would be a fairly grueling trip.

Bow Compartment

Vision Bow Pack fully packed

Last but most definitely not least is the bow compartment. This is what drew me to the ISH9100 – Vision Bow Pack. The bow compartment is ample, secure, and very easy to use. When packing, it met my expectations, and once secured, it felt like it would secure and protect the bow in the backcountry.

Now, I am packed and ready to go, and it’s time to see how the pack holds up. In getting the pack filled, I had to torque things down and use some elbow grease to close the zippers. It wouldn’t be the first time in prepping for a backpacking trip that a broke an anchor point or zipper. the Vison Pack didn’t even give a hint I should back off; it felt sturdy and rugged and held up flawlessly to this point

The Vision Bow Pack in Action

Day 1 Lost Creek Wilderness Trail

The Lost Creek wilderness trail proved to be pretty grueling. The trail starts at a 9,961-foot elevation; over the first 5.8 miles, a steady ascent takes you to 11,870, a 1,909-foot elevation climb. The trail offers a few different terrains but is mainly wooded with fallen trees and many creek and stream crossings. The pack performed solidly during this stretch. I did catch the bow on branches a few times. I had thought I was clear and misjudged. It didn’t jostle anything to the point I had to adjust the pack but kept my gear secured.

Over the next 3 plus miles, the terrain is up and down. Its rocky, thick wooded areas, stream crossings, and fallen trees. The pockets and easy access proved to be a blessing because the mosquitos and other bugs were fairly thick, and I had to access mosquito wipes, snacks, and other items on these stretches. By the time we reached the lower peak, we were losing light. We found a good spot and had to get camp up, have a fire going, eat, hang our food, and prep for the next day before getting some sleep. Again the Vision Packs’ modular compartments and pockets proved very beneficial.

To this point, the pack had performed excellently. Although with the thinning air at this altitude and the climb, I had been expanding my breaths and poppedhunt the chest buckle off its track. I was able to get it back on the track, but with this amount of weight, and the trial conditions, the chest strap really wasn’t able to keep the pack close enough to the top of my back. I added a heavier strap that seemed as if it would do the trick for the next day.

Day 2 Lost Creek Wilderness Trail

Day 2 begins with a steady descent through switchbacks, mostly wooded with rocky areas and thicker wooded cover, ultimately ending in streams, ponds, and meadows, taking us almost 13 miles in. Again the pack performed solidly, although the weight distribution was pushing the top of the pack away from my shoulders, and after 7 miles on the second day, my shoulders were starting to fatigue.

The friend I was traveling with had a traditional overnight pack with a load within a few pounds of mine and was holding up well. Going to the 10-mile mark through flat lands and beautiful meadows with large streams and ponds, my shoulders and back were definitely feeling heavier fatigue. Granted, I am scheduling these longer trips before hunting season because I need to improve my conditioning. So, I can’t rule out my own conditioning as a factor, but I felt like the pack at this weight also affected how the weight was distributed. I feel like rigging a more solid chest strap might solve this problem.

Overall, the Vision Bow Pack is a stud and did a great job on this trip! The pack did protect my bow, sight and is very suitable as an overnight pack for hunting. It frees your hands and protects your gear through some pretty rugged country. As a day pack, the Vision Bow Pack is, hands down, the best pack I’ve used for bow hunting. Below is my breakdown of the features and final ISH9100 – Vision Bow Pack review.

Final Vision Bow Pack Score Card

Design and Build Quality

The Vision Bow Pack rigged up

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack is rock solid in durability and functionality from first glance to packing and in the field. Crafted with high-quality materials, this packs longevity and reliability, making it a great value and choice. The pack will withstand the rugged outdoors with reinforced stitching, heavy-duty zippers, and abrasion-resistant fabric that can endure the most challenging hunting conditions.

The ergonomic design of the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack provides optimal weight distribution, allowing for comfortable and balanced carrying. The adjustable straps and padded back panel further enhance the overall comfort and stability, making it an

ideal choice for long hunts or hiking in challenging terrains.

Ample Storage Capacity

One of the standout features of the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack is its ample storage capacity and the way it is compartmentalized. It accommodates all essential gear and accessories needed for a successful hunting expedition. One of my biggest complaints about many of the newer overnight packs is that everything goes in one compartment. Yes, you can layer gear based on your need for easy access, but let’s be honest. I always need access to something I put at the bottom of the pack. The modular design of the Vision Bow Pack makes it easy to get things without tearing into your whole pack. The pack features multiple compartments, pockets, and attachment points, allowing for organized and easy access to your equipment.

Front compartment, great for tree stands.

Breakdown of the Storage Options

  • Main Compartment: The spacious main compartment can comfortably accommodate a fully assembled compound bow, providing secure protection during transport. The internal Velcro straps keep the bow in place, minimizing movement and potential damage.
  • Front Smaller Compartment: This compartment allows the front pocket to be completely unzipped and laid flat, creating a shelf. The ideal use is when the pack is strapped to a tree. The final use of the pocket drops it down and has a basket that will pop out—creating easy access to binoculars and range finders while in the stand.
  • Front Top Pocket: The front pocket is perfect for storing smaller items such as releases, spare strings, Allen wrenches, and other essential tools. With its mesh organizers and zippered pockets, you can keep your gear neatly organized and easily accessible.
  • Waist Belt Pocket: This smaller pocket is easily accessed without removing the pack and is handy on the trail.
  • Side Pouches: The two side pouches are set up for arrows but can be used for additional storage space for water bottles, snacks, and other essentials. These pouches are strategically positioned for quick and convenient access without removing the pack.
  • Hydration System Compatibility: The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack features a dedicated hydration bladder pocket and tube port, allowing you to stay hydrated during long hunting trips without needing a separate water bottle.
  • Attachment Points: The pack has multiple attachments, enabling you to secure additional gear such as a tripod, quiver, or hiking poles. These attachment points offer customization options based on your specific needs and preferences.

Enhanced Bow Protection and Security

I tested the Bow Pack’s stability on the Lost Creek Wilderness Trail. The terrain was diverse and offered little relief from bumping the bow as it went through the trees, went under fallen trees, and crossed streams with branches in the way. I did pick leaves and twigs off my bow and inside the bow compartment, but everything stayed secure, and it clearly protected the bow.

The bow compartment on the Vision Bow Pack

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack provides top-notch protection and security for your valuable bow. The padded interior lining safeguards your bow against impacts and shocks, minimizing the risk of damage during transport or accidental drops. The exterior fabric further enhances the pack’s durability and offers excellent resistance against abrasions, tears, and impacts.

The pack incorporates a three-point harness system designed to keep your bow securely in place, and it worked. With adjustable straps and quick-release buckles, the bow remains stable and well-protected, allowing you to move freely without any worries.

Optimal Performance in the Field

Ease of Use and Accessibility

Young Buck in Velvet

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack is designed to enhance your overall hunting experience by providing quick and convenient access to your gear when it matters the most. The thoughtfully placed pockets, compartments, and attachment points ensure your equipment is within easy reach, allowing you to focus on the hunt without any unnecessary distractions. In this regard, I feel the pack excelled!

The pack’s intuitive layout and user-friendly design enable swift and silent access to your gear. The heavy-duty zippers operate smoothly and quietly, ensuring you can retrieve or store items without alerting nearby game animals.

Stealth and Camouflage

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack incorporates a stealthy camouflage pattern that helps you remain undetected in various hunting environments. The muted colors and realistic foliage design effectively break up your silhouette, providing optimal concealment during your hunts. The pack comes in Realtree EDGE, Realtree EXCAPE, Insights SE, Mossy Oak Bottomland, and Mossy Oak DNA patterns.

Comfort and Adjustability

Backpacking with Vision Bow pack

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack is very comfortable and adjustable, but I saw a kink in the armor carrying over 40 pounds for extended periods. The adjustable sternum strap and waist belts allow you to customize the fit according to your body type and preferences. But in rigorous country, the chest strap has a tendency to loosen, allowing the pack to move away from the top of your back and neck area. Over an 8-hour day of steady hiking with 40+ pounds, shoulder, and back fatigue become a factor.

Weighing all the advantages, picking up a heavy-duty chest strap and adding it to my pack is a small price to pay for the upsides the Vision Pack offers. I am also considering sewing the strap so it can’t move once sized correctly.

The padded back panel adds comfort and enhances airflow, reducing heat buildup and keeping you cool and comfortable throughout your expedition. This was tested and passed with flying colors in the afternoon heat.

Recommendations and Considerations

I’ve spoken about the chest strap, and just as a recap, consider upgrading the strap if you are using your Bow Pack as an overnight pack, and it will carry over 40 pounds for extended hiking. The pack can easily handle over 40 pounds.

Another consideration if you will be staying in an area for a few days is, to hike it in, set up camp, and once your camp items are offloaded, the pack becomes a fantastic day pack.

Broken arrow quiver

If you have a quiver on the frame of your bow, you will likely want to remove it before storing the bow in your pack. I left mine on. even though I thought I should take it off. Surprisingly, it wasn’t an issue the first day I set up camp; it was fine, despite having bumped a few trees and all the weight on it. On the second day’s descent, I fell into some rocks and broke it.

I think it would be OK to leave it on for day use, and I will, but I would suggest taking it off for challenging extended hikes with heavy weight in your pack.

The Vision Bow Pack Review Conclusion

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack exceeded my expectations regarding its design, functionality, and performance. Its robust construction, ample storage, and features like adjustable straps, strategic organization, and stealthy camouflage contribute to an enjoyable and successful hunting experience. With this pack, you can confidently venture into the wild, knowing that your gear is secure, your bow is protected, and your focus remains solely on the thrill of the hunt. The pack’s attention to detail, comfort, and accessibility make it a standout choice.

Whether an experienced hunter or a passionate archer, the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack offers the versatility, protection, and convenience needed to elevate your hunt or outdoor adventures. Don’t compromise on the safety and accessibility of your equipment. The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack delivers performance and peace of mind and is a solid value.

Happy hunting, and as always, comments are welcome below!

Where to Buy the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack

  • Outdoor Retailers: Visit local archery, sporting goods stores, and hunting supply shops. They often carry a selection of bow packs, including the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack.
  • Online Retailers: Popular online marketplaces such as Scheels, Cabela’s, and Bass Pro Shops offer the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack.
  • Manufacturer’s Website: Visit the manufacturer’s official website to explore their product offerings and make a direct purchase. This ensures authenticity and access to any exclusive deals or promotions they may offer.

The Vision Bow Pack Review FAQs

Can the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack accommodate arrows?

The ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack primarily focuses on securely carrying your bow. While it may not have specific arrow holders or tubes, some of the pack’s compartments and pockets can be utilized to store arrows safely. It is recommended to use arrow quivers or protective cases for added security and organization.

Can I attach additional accessories to the ISH9100 Vision Bow Pack?

The pack has multiple attachment points, allowing you to secure extra gear such as a tripod, quiver, or hiking poles.

Is the Vision Bow Pack compatible with a hydration bladder?

Yes, the Vision Bow Pack is compatible with most hydration bladders. It includes a dedicated sleeve inside the main compartment and a port for routing the hydration tube, allowing you to stay hydrated during your hunts or hikes.

Is the Vision Bow Pack durable and suitable for rugged outdoor use?

Yes, the Vision Bow Pack is built to withstand rugged outdoor use. It is constructed from durable and water-resistant materials, ensuring it can handle hunting demands in various environments. The pack also features reinforced stitching and high-quality zippers for added durability.

Is the Vision Bow Pack comfortable to carry during long hikes or hunts?

Yes, the Vision Bow Pack is designed with comfort in mind. It features padded shoulder straps, a ventilated back panel, and an adjustable sternum strap to ensure proper weight distribution and a comfortable fit. Additionally, the pack is equipped with a waist belt for added stability during active pursuits.


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