Re: Backpack for a LOOOOONG rifle? (KIFARU method)
As nice as Eberlestock packs are they are waaaay overbuilt and too heavy. Plus it ain't as easy to slide that rifle out as it looks.
Get a good internal frame pack and add a Kifaru rifle holding setup and you'll be much happier and save money. The rifle's butt fits into a Hypalon "pocket" strapped to either the right or left side of your padded pack waist belt.
The barrel/forearm quick-release strap attaches to your shoulder strap on the same side (right side for me) and when you pull on the strap the QR buckle releases it instantly so your rifle comes up quickly.
With this system you can use any pack with a waist belt and your rifle is always ready to use, even while using walking sticks or ski poles. I use walking sticks on steep terrain and this system is great.
"There are no comfortable packs, only packs that are less uncomfortable than others."