/  Gear   /  Paradox Packs Review – By Clay Allen

Going into the 2013 season I was in need of a lighter pack so of course when Paradox contacted me to do a product review I jumped at the chance.  Upon receiving the pack I was shocked at just how light this pack was at just over four pounds it was a shocking 5 pounds lighter than my previous pack.

As promised to Paradox, I would wear the pack for my entire mule deer hunting season and see just what kind of torture the pack could endure.  Although I have a somewhat larger chest and back I noticed the pack height was a bit annoying and constantly pulling me back even with the heaviest part of the load packed centrally or at the middle of my back.  I called Nathan with Paradox and he suggested that I tweak the frame and get the top of my frame closer to my neck (not recommended but worked for my body type).  With a total of 27 days living out of the Paradox Pack the  500 Denier Cordura fabric stood up well, it did get a couple small tears from the sharp rocks but they did not spread or open further even when the pack was crammed full of gear.  The articulating frame was a nice change and extremely forgiving as the packs got farther and heavier.

Clay Allen Paradox Pack on trail

The pack I had was a prototype and had one big cargo pocket and a talon bag that was big enough for a few snacks and a pair of binoculars but not big enough for my Camera and lenses.  I was also wanted a bottom access to the large cargo area which I was told was integrated into the packs before they hit the market.  After talking to the guys at Paradox about my Cons they were very receptive and said they had already remedied the majority of them.

This pack was a great accessory for hunting season and although a prototype it was very functional and ultra-light.  Keep in mind in the pros and cons section was on a prototype pack and there have been some changes for the better to the finished product.

Even with my Girlfriend’s small frame she could still load the pack with ease and wore it with comfort.  Also great as a day pack with the light weight and generous cargo area, not to mention it cinches up real compact when close to empty.

Pros– Ultra-light, rugged material that holds up even when torn, articulating frame, ease of changing out parts if they do get damaged, comfortable harness even with large and heavy loads.

Cons– Needs bottom access, needs partitions, extra side pockets and larger talon pack, material is a little noisy when it is below freezing outside.

Clay L. Allen Sr

ClayAllen_Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Guide2

Comments

  • December 11, 2013
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    Frank Berch

    Sounds like it could be a good pack, especially with the recommend changes. How many cubic inches for the main compartment and for the talon pocket? How does the pack adjust for various torso lengths, and what does the manufacture recommend? Do they have different models for different ranges? Color selections?

  • December 11, 2013
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    lee francis

    did you pack anything out in it / i mean did you carry meat, heavy weight

  • December 12, 2013
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    Clay

    Frank I just spoke with Nathan from Paradox and he is going to answer your questions. The pack I had has 6300CI with the Day Talon having 1000CI, and there are various colors that you can choose from.
    Lee I had about 100lbs at the heaviest load and still comfortable and the articulating frame and belt sure helped my hip and knee joint pain.
    Thanks guys for your comments and keep watching Frank and Nathan will reply shortly as well.

  • December 12, 2013
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    Frank, we sent Clay a 6300 with Day Talon. The main packbag is 6300 ci, and the Day Talon adds 1000 ci plus a removable daypack capability. The shoulder harness adjusts easily for torso height via two ladderlocks on the encasement.

    We now offer two packbag sizes, a 6300 and a 4800, as well as two Talons – the day talon and a base talon. The Day Talon functions as a compression panel and additional organization and storage on the back of the main pack, as well as functioning as a daypack by itself. The Base Talon doesn’t include it’s own shoulder harness, so it only works in conjunction with the main pack.

    Nathan

    • December 22, 2013
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      Frank Berch

      Thanks Nathan. I appreciate your responses.

  • December 12, 2013
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    Lee, I’m one of the owners and designers of Paradox, so take my opinion for what it’s worth…but our pack does extremely well at heavy weights. The heaviest I’ve done was packing a whole whitetail this year that died in a really bad spot. It was a 156 lb load.

    Nathan

  • December 12, 2013
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    Clay

    I do have a correction the bag fabric that is used is X-Pac and is a water proof laminated fabric. The pack that I used was VX21 X-Pac. It is light weight waterproof and extremely durable. Here is a link to some helpful videos from Paradox http://paradoxpacks.com/instructions/

  • December 14, 2013
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    Scott

    Lee,
    I delivered Clay’s pack to him, and mine was exactly the same model before I shipped it off to the next tester in line.

    My partner for gear reviews tested the Paradox for several days at loads above 100lbs. He wanted to do a 100lbsx100 milesx10days challenge. Due to some changes, such as a new harness coming in, and work schedule he had to stop at 35 miles. The pack withstood the abuse, I will see if I can get him to comment. I used well over 125 once, and yes, it was heavy. However, as heavy loads go it was comfortable.

    I have a review that should be published on the front page of 24hourcampfire.com this month putting it head to head with 3 of the other top hunting pack’s in it’s category. One of the biggest questions I got while working on the review was whether or not Paradox was in the same league as Kifaru, Mystery Ranch etc. I believe that it is, and each of the packs we used did well in some categories, and we had things we would like to see changed on each as well.

    In the future I will own a Paradox with the side zip option, and the Day Talon. I want a bag in the 4k cui range and will see what comes out in their next round of development. The frame performed very well, and as Clay stated the articulation is a strong point.

  • January 1, 2014
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    lee

    sounds like you had plenty of weight to test it out, and more than i would want to carry

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