Originally Posted by CC268
Yea I am thinking the Kuiu Ultra 3000 may be the way to go, especially since I can buy just the Ultra 6000 pack down the road for $120 and still use the same frame.
Thanks for the help!
Keep the opinions coming!
I have an opinion. Keep in mind that I literally lived out my back pack for almost 3 full years. I had a cabelas Alaskan guide external frame. It was like $240 at the time. Which was quite a bit when I was in college.
I found myself being drawn in by features, but my experience has taught me that features are heavy to carry. The backpack need one internal compartment and some small external pockets. You want to carry an elk quarter as low in the bag as possible and divide the weight between your hips and shoulders.
A cheap pack that fits you well is better than an expensive pack that doesn't fit your body. I hav retire the Alaskan guide in favor of an internal frame kelty that I got for $35 new on sale. The kelty is 3300 cu and is wide bough for an elk quarter but not a moose. Don't expect it to fit a rolled up bear hide either.
Always remember, what you kill ends up inside that pack. Do you want to shove a dead bleeding nasty bear into your $400 pack? Because, I wouldn't.