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Old 05-30-2014, 08:20 PM
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Re: Backpack Selection

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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.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:29 AM
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Re: Backpack Selection

On packs like the stone glacier and EXO mountain gear pack, the actual pack separates from the frame and you load the meat in between. This is allows the meat to breath and also compresses the load to keep it in place.

You can certainly put the meat in a contractor bag or other to keep it from leaking on your $400+ pack.

I'll be upfront here and say I just ordered an Exo 3500, my first true backpacking pack. I went out on a limb on this and as it turns out, the reviews have been quite positive. I felt it was a very good value for the practical and sought after features; which are no more than necessary as to clutter the pack.

I haven't even seen the pack yet but am confident about my decision from the great reviews. Again, I feel this pack is an excellent value.

Good luck,

Chris
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:37 PM
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Re: Backpack Selection

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On packs like the stone glacier and EXO mountain gear pack, the actual pack separates from the frame and you load the meat in between. This is allows the meat to breath and also compresses the load to keep it in place.

You can certainly put the meat in a contractor bag or other to keep it from leaking on your $400+ pack.

I'll be upfront here and say I just ordered an Exo 3500, my first true backpacking pack. I went out on a limb on this and as it turns out, the reviews have been quite positive. I felt it was a very good value for the practical and sought after features; which are no more than necessary as to clutter the pack.

I haven't even seen the pack yet but am confident about my decision from the great reviews. Again, I feel this pack is an excellent value.

Good luck,



Chris

Yea I have pretty much decided to get the EXO Mountain pack later this summer
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:55 PM
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Re: Backpack Selection

My choices for a 3,000+ cu. in backpack would be Granite Gear, REI, Mystery Ranch,
and Osprey. Osprey packs are about the most comfortable.

Right now I use a modified Camelbak Commander (24,00 cu. in.) pack for day hunts and my old Dana Terraplane for backpacking hunts. Dana now owns Mystery Ranch.

I have different camo patterns for waterproof pack covers to match the seasonal environment. These save my pack from abrasion and give camo versatility.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:26 PM
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Re: Backpack Selection

I am looking at the Oregon Pack Works
The WholeShabang.



I like the ability to drop a bag with camp supplies and continue with a day type pack.


Ordering one this week. Will let you know how it works.


Orchemo
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:25 AM
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Re: Backpack Selection

If you can find a Kifaru KU 5200(out of production) they are hard to beat for light weight and carrying capacity
Tim
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:46 AM
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Re: Backpack Selection

About a year ago my wife bought me a Lowe Alpine Saracen, very similar to the Mystery Ranch Tactiplane only slightly larger capacity. It is an equal in quality. I have used it quite a few times and love the fit and the way it carries. If you can find one, usually Ebay or European web sites you can get them for less than $200 in new condition. One feature I really like the side pouches zip off and zip together to make a comfortable day pack. Anyways, just a thought.
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