Blacks Creek has always made a decent pack, but they reinvented themselves for the better with the Remedy 7 line. This line is truly a smart and well-thought-out pack line for serious and practical hunters. The Solution is just one of three that all are interchangeable with the same frame.
Frame/suspension: The “Grip” frame is composed of two vertical and two horizontal stays. It separates from the pack bag and is designed to act specifically as a meat hauler, with or without the bag. It has a meat shelf (Cordura flap), two vertical compression wings on the sides, and three horizontal compression straps that help tightly secure the load. The bag can then be reattached to the outside, keeping the meat closer to the body.
The suspension has an adjustable butterfly harness designed to distribute the weight evenly across your upper back. Padding for the shoulder straps and hip belt is ample and comfortable for heavy loads. The waist belt’s reverse cinch design is also very well done – a superior concept.
The 4.5-lb. frame is specifically designed to be interchangeable with the pack bags for the Answer (2000 c.i.), Alternative (3000 c.i.), and Solution (4800 c.i.) – a huge benefit and cost savings if you want multiple bag sizes.
Bag: Quality materials are used throughout the construction process, including 1000D Cordura, YKK zippers, and military-grade hardware. Several compression straps are handy to tightly secure any load.
The main compartment is accessible from the top and front, and has a drawstring shroud for vertical expansion. It’s topped by a detachable lid. Below the main bag is a sleeping bag compartment with a built-in stuff sack.
A detachable 3-pocket bag serves as makeshift day pack. On the sides, two vertical optics pockets have full-length zipper access and expandable shrouds for longer items. A dropdown weapon scabbard is also provided.
Color/camo options: Coyote brown
Best qualities: System enabling pack to detach from frame is well thought out. Frame functions very well as meat hauler and is completely interchangeable with several other Blacks Creek pack bags; suspension system is comfortable and adjusts well; great organizational capabilities; built smart from hunting functionality standpoint; lots of compression straps to keep load tight.
Could be better: Personally not a fan of the built-in sleeping bag stuff sack; more color/camo options would be nice; some “fat” could be trimmed and cut the weight a bit – one of heavier packs in review.
Cost: $500. Contact: www.blacks-creek.com.
Recommended accessories: Grip Frame (if purchased separately) – $250; Knickknack Hip Sack (8-oz. hip pouch w/ 1 pocket and 4 additional sleeves.) Set of 2 – $49.99; Shoulder Pad Xtras: 3-oz. padded sleeves that reinforce shoulder straps for heavy loads – $29.99. Rain Fly: 4.4-oz. nylon ripstop (use Large for Solution) – $29.99.
Similar Blacks Creek options to consider: Answer (2000-c.i. bag only) – $200; Alternative (3000-c.i bag only) – $225.