/  Gear   /  Blacks Creek – Remedy 7 Alternative 3000 Review – By Matt Eastman

To start off with, I was very skeptical of doing this review. Over the last two seasons, I’ve strictly used Mystery Ranch packs. Unfortunately, I didn’t give other packs the time of day.

When I received the Blacks Creek Remedy 7 Alternative in the mail, I quickly loaded it up with 50 lbs. of gear. Once I made the adjustments for my torso, and strapped it to my back, I was extremely surprised at how well it carried and distributed the weight on my back. In fact, and this was a complete shock for me, but the frame is a more comfortable fit than the Mystery Ranch Nice Frame.


The frame, known as the “Grip Frame” starts a solid foundation for this pack system known as the Remedy 7. Remedy 7 packs consist of several packs that will fit every hunter and backpackers needs.


The Grip Frame works as a pack frame for hauling heavy loads and also allows all the Remedy 7 packs to attach to this specific frame. The beauty of this pack is that you can quickly and easily detach any of the Remedy 7 packs from the frame. When it comes time to pack out your trophy, the Grip Frame can become a meat-hauling dream. It can easily carry and distribute heavy loads.


With the Alternative 3000 pack, you will find a very useful and innovative pack for the day and multi-day backcountry hunter. The main compartment of the pack features enough room to store a good amount of gear for multi day hunts. One of my favorite features of the Alternative pack is the main compartment access zipper found on each side of the pack. This allows for quick access to gear stored in the main compartment.


On the outside of the main compartment is an External optics pocket. This pocket is extremely handy, as it will fit any spotter, along with other pieces of gear that you will need to get to with ease.


On top of the pack, is a detachable lid. My opinion, a top lid is an essential piece of the puzzle for any pack, and this lid does not disappoint. With two compartments in the lid, you can store gloves, a hat, or any small pieces of gear. This lid with allow you to also cinch down pieces of equipment such as a sleeping pad, or a tent.


Some other key features include a gun/bow boot that with hold and carry your gun or bow with ease. This is a feature I’ve never had before with my other packs. It’s a huge advantage to have this option. On each side of the main compartment, are some side storage options that allow you to cinch down items such as a tripod, or shooting sticks.


The Blacks Creek Alternative 3000 pack is a serious pack that will flat out get the job done in the backcountry. With a ton of key features, easy to use compartments, one of the most comfortable packs on the market, and a pack frame designed to handle extremely heavy loads, this pack is one that I highly recommended for you next backcountry foray.

- 3,000 Cubic Inches
- 7 lbs
- 1000D Cordura or 3 layer Tricot fabric construction
- Military grade hardware
- YKK zippers
- 9 pockets
- External optics pocket
- Detachable lid
- Main compartment access on each side and top
- 6 compression straps
- Draw string weather collar top

IMG_4473For more information about the full line up of packs from Blacks Creek visit their website.




  • July 23, 2014

    Matt Eastman

    David, as you know, Blacks Creek makes a great line of backpacks.

  • November 19, 2014

    Todd Jones

    I haven’t received the pack yet as I just ordered it yesterday but I will say that the ordering experience was one of the best gear purchases I have EVER made. I called Sandy Caster to ask about fitment for my long and tall torso – which she dispelled my concerns rather quickly. I had pretty much decided to give this pack a go before I called but she made it ridiculously easy to pull the trigger. Then she demonstrated the beauty of USA manufacturing and, what I believe to be, the heart of their company. In discussing camo/color options for purchase I told Sandy that I live and hunt in the mountains and ridges of East Tennessee so the best option for me was going to be the Lost Camo (the only options I had seen at that point was Coyote brown, MAX 1, and Mathews Lost Camo). But I further “complained” that all my camo gear was in the Real Tree AP but I thought the Lost camo would be OK. She quickly told me that they did not have any Lost available at the time. Bummer I think – coyote brown for me. She volunteered saying they have Real Tree AP on hand and could make the bag that day! WOW!!! I further “complained” that I had just sold my other pack that day and was fearful of not being able to hunt this weekend due to my poor planning. Again, she said she could make it happen for me. That evening at 5:30 PM she texted me a picture of my pack in Real Tree AP and said I would have it by the end of the day Friday (that was a Tuesday). I don’t know about you guys but this has never happened to me. Again, I have not received the pack to be able to tell you anything about it but as far as Black’s Creek goes they have truly impressed me with their “go the extra mile for the customer” attitude!!!! If the pack is anything like what happened yesterday I know I will love it.

    • June 28, 2015

      Sandy and Blacks Creek Packs are great! How are you liking it? They can do some pretty cool things with their in house manufacturing facility.