Billy Lumbar Packs from Browning

Tom R
by Tom R

I tend to be somewhat of a pack collector. A buddy of mine swears by “lumbar” style packs (I’m more of a traditional “hang on the shoulders” pack guy). When I saw this press release in our queue, I was definitely intrigued by a number of the features. They are configured more for hunting (which is the loose tie into TFB).

The Billy packs feature the revolutionary Baumshell fabric that is half the weight and twice the strength of traditional pack cloths. Built to be “whisper quiet” for state of the art sound suppression. Baumshell™ fabric is also water resistant, and the packs are constructed with reinforced stitching for years of hunting.

The new Hypo-Sonic closure located on the waist belt storage pocket of the Billy Packs is water resistant and virtually silent thanks to its welded design. This toothless closure allows hunters to quietly access gear when game is close. The asymmetrical waist belt design allows for a larger, easier to access pocket.

To help keep gear organized and accessible, the Billy packs use the new hunter specific organization system. This design has product call-outs to keep gear separated and ready to use.

Product Specifications Billy 1500:

  • MSRP $179.99
  • Weight 2.5 lbs.
  • Dimension 15” x 12” x 16”
  • Volume 1,500ci
  • Mossy Oak Break-Up Country
  • Mossy Oak Bottomland
  • Realtree Xtra
  • Realtree Max-1

Key Features:

  • Baumshell Fabric
  • Center of Gravity Carry
  • Hypo-Sonic Closure
  • Asymmetrical Waist Belt
  • Hunter Specific Organization System
  • Infinite Loop Suspension
  • Tri-Vent Padding
  • Water Resistant
  • Hydration Ready

Product Specifications Billy 1000:

  • MSRP $99.99
  • Weight 1.25 lbs.
  • Dimension 15” x 9.5” x 7”
  • Volume 1,000ci
  • Mossy Oak Break-Up Country®
  • Realtree Xtra®

Key Features:

  • Baumshell Fabric
  • Hypo-Sonic Closure
  • Tri-Vent Padding
  • Water Resistant
  • Hunter Specific Organization System
  • Bedroll Straps
  • Reinforced Stitching

I haven’t found any place to buy them online, just references to the parent company:

Does anyone have experience with Browning’s packs? I personally don’t, but these list a few features I’d definitely like to put some field time on…

Tom R
Tom R

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT or at

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