The Clutch backpack from Badlands was released in 2013 and was designed to replace the 2800 but at first glance it’s easy to see a lot of the 2200 features built into this pack. The Clutch has a 2900 cubic inch capacity and weighs in at seven pounds and four ounces. The pack is available in the Realtree Max One pattern as well as the Realtree Extra pattern.
Looking at the body of the pack you’ll quickly notice the famous dual “bat” wings. Inside the bat wings you’ll find a simple padded design with lots of storage capacity. The bat wing design also aids in compressing the pack as well as hauling meat.
Opening up the bat wings you’ll notice a small detachable hydration style pack. This small removable pack doubles as a mini daypack by simply pulling off the straps and buckling them back into the bottom of the pack. The mini pack features the main zippered compartment large enough to hold a 2-liter water bladder and other small accessories. Also on the outside of this detachable pack is a zippered sleeve for additional storage for small items such as knives or headlamps.
The Clutch features three horizontal compression straps that help with hauling and compressing heavy loads. There are also two lash gear straps at the bottom of the pack allowing you to attach a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, or a tent. Also at the bottom of the pack is a stuff away gun or bow boot for attaching your weapon. At the very bottom is a stuff away rain cover to keep your pack dry during those bad weather days.
Moving into the main body of the Clutch, you have dual access via the top lid or the front suspension entry. The top lid features one large pocket for additional storage. The three quarter zipper system is a new feature introduced in 2013, giving you a combination of a top loader and a front loader.
Inside the main bag you’ll find two vertical mesh tubular pockets as well as two zippered pockets on the back of the pack. Also inside the main bag you have Badland’s 95 ounce hydration hanging pouch.
Moving to the Clutch’s suspension, the back padding and the waist belt is composed of high density molded foam. The waist belt features Badland’s pullaway hip pockets allowing for easy access or attaching a firearm underneath. The suspension also has functional levelers allowing for a variety of torso lengths and the ability to adjust the weight over the top of your shoulders transferring it directly into your hips.
The Badlands Clutch is an awesome pack if you’re looking for a backpack that can do it all. It’s got enough capacity to stretch a couple nights in the backcountry as well as being lightweight and compact enough for your shorter day trips.