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Old 12-01-2007, 12:24 AM
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Asfar as Eberlestock goes i have used the Skycrane, Dragonfly, and Gunslinger. I would lean away from the Skycrane unless you have ALOT of stuff to haul. the gunslinger is great but until you learn to pack ONLY what is necessary you may run low on supplies on a long trip ( currently i apparently cannot pack only what is necessary). the dragonfly is my personnal favorite for a compromise of size and weight. it is internal frame with a large stuff pouch on the back and side compartments. you can also attach a secondary pouch to the back that i intend to use for packing out game if the sun ever shines on my @$$!!!!!

havent used any of the other packs but i hear good things about Kifaru and Mystery Ranch.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:02 AM
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How do the kifaru bearer and the gunslinger work with big scopes??

The pics in Kifaru´s page are of a small scope, ..does the system rely on the hunter carrying the scope objective under his armpit??

Will they be comfortable fopr climbing with both hands? Looks like the kifaru may tend to allow the rifle to swing or move more, maybe get in the way?
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:24 AM
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For my day-and-a-half pack I have come to really like The Black's Creek (Jim Horn Signature series) packs.
Jim Horn Signature Packs | Blacks Creek Guide Gear | The Hunting Pack Masters
I have used the Canadian for two seasons now and have packed out a number of whitetail and antelope with this pack. I also used last year when Steve and I hunted elk and mulies.
This company may not be as popular as some mentioned, but I can't do anything but brag about this pack. For a number of years I have been looking for something to fit the bill and finally found it.
I wanted to spend two seasons with it before I said much.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:01 PM
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Kifaru as the best? Well if it fits you well then it is the best. They tend fit leaner thinner people better IME.

Yes Im a Kifaruite. Got thier packs, shelter, access. and stuff.

There are other packs as good for hauling out camp and meat. Don't overlook these.

Granite Gear FZ7000 and Stratus Flatbed

Mystrey Ranch G-series and the NICE system

Dana Design Longbed and TerrraFrame. Discontinued. Buy one if you find one.

Osprey Cresent 110 in dark green. Down side is the they are made in Vietnam.

Kifaru EMR and the Longhunter for larger loads.

And many Alaskans like the Barneys frame hauler for large loads.



There are lots of choices out there these days and the quality is superb in most cases.

If I were serious about getting a large capacity pack for packing in a camp and meat hauling I would go to REI and order an Granite Gear FZ7000. This thing is quite large and will hold lots of meat. Check it out and load it up at REI and walk around with it. Take it home and put huge/heavy loads in it and see if its for you. If you don't care for it REI has an excellent return policy and you'll get your money back. No money lost and your out nothing. This is probably the best pack for the dollar for hauling heavier loads and saves $250-300 compared to what the Kifaru Longhunter costs.

Like I say, I own Kifaru and several of the packs listed above. Do the homework and find what fits your budget and mostly your body. For me the best I have is the old discontinued Dana hauler and I love that TerraFrame.

Just some advice from someone whose spent way too much on this type of gear.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:51 PM
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How do the kifaru bearer and the gunslinger work with big scopes??

The pics in Kifaru´s page are of a small scope, ..does the system rely on the hunter carrying the scope objective under his armpit??

Will they be comfortable fopr climbing with both hands? Looks like the kifaru may tend to allow the rifle to swing or move more, maybe get in the way?

Good question. On my pack with the positioning my particular positioning of the top and hipbelt 'attachment points', with my body type, the rifle ends up angled upwards across my chest from the hipbelt. Each attachment point is adustable by a few inches up or down so that hopefully some adjustment that works for you can be found. I don't have a 'big' scope, just a Vari-X III 4.5 x 14 on a one piece Picatinny Farrel base with MK4 med. rings, but the way mine is slung, I believe a larger scope wouldn't be a problem.

My brother bought the Gun Bearer seperately and has it attached to his Lowe pack. His setup tucks it back more like in the Kifaru pics, which I don't like as it does seem to restrict movement a bit.

I've got both hands completely free and unimpeded with the setup at the moment. It will move/swing a bit side to side, you know, if I was running for instance, but that just doesn't really happen. No system is perfect, but this one seems to work. Good luck.
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:07 PM
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These things are great! The maker has been producing pack systems in little Cashmere Washington for at least 12 years - and they are simply outstanding.

Welcome to Nimrod Pack Systems Inc!

They seem to be a fairly well kept local secret though.

BTW - I often hunt from just an old Kelty frame pack that has seen me through many miles on the trail. Still works just fine.

Regards, Guy
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:24 PM
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This is the Granite Gear Flatbed. You can put an smaller internal pack inside it and haul all the gear. Adapt a bag to it with no problem. This is about as bomb as it gets.

Awesome suspension and comfort. Big loads are no problem. Take a look.

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