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Old 03-09-2011, 08:45 PM
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Re: Backpacks?

I am using the MR Crew Cab with the daypack lid and it is flatout amazing... cant imagine needing anything else, but if I did...Id get the MR 6500...

Before that I used a Dana Glacier, which is just a smaller version of the Astraplane mentioned above. I picked it up at a pawn shop, in great condition, for $75!!! STEAL!

The Eberlestock will not even come CLOSE to comparing to the MR's in build quality and load hauling ability... but the Ebs do have some sweet features.

I have been around the Kifaru LH's quite a bit...they are a good pack for sure...

Good Luck!
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:10 PM
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Re: Backpacks?

iam a kifaru guy have the pack, tent & stove i live in northern b.c & almost all my hunting is back packing.i have badlands,eblerstock & many others like my kifaru for the versatility, love the gun barer,have had it 5 years now no complaints.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:59 AM
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Re: Backpacks?

It depends on what kind of hunting you are doing. Eberlestock has one of the best rifle carry systems, but damn their packs are heavy. I have used them for trips up to 10 days with a pack out of an elk and it performed well. I have since used other packs and found that the Eberlestock carries the weight too far back and puts alot of stress on your lower back. Mystery ranch is a awesome pack. I have the Nice Wolf Alpha. It is a little big for day pack, but expands for up to 7 days. I purchased an Eberlestock gun scabbord and attached it to the side of the pack webbing. It worked great, better than Eberlestocks attached scabbords. I was able to move it around as my pack changed to balance the weight. If you are serious about backpack hunting then BuffaloBob has it spot on. Get a mountainneering pack that is designed for backpacking. It will be lighter, so you can other things, and better balanced for comfort. I have had issues with some of them not being tough enough for hunting. I am not sure why but I seem to be tough on a pack when I am hunting.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:04 PM
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Re: Backpacks?

I was looking at the Wolf Alpha. i like the modular set up and the description. Is the Eberlestock scabbard easy to get a good fit with the Wolf pack? i did notice the MR and Eberlestock pacs weigh about the same

On your last comment are you considering the MR packs as mountaineering or are you saying get one of those fancy jobs from REI where they can custom fit a pack that holds 4,000-5,000 cu in and weighs 3-4lbs?

I asked becuase I have thought about this everytime I go to an REI store and when I look at them all I can think is "yep I could wreck one of those in one season". I dont think I am terribly abusive on a pack just that once I hang a rifle or fill it with a dead critter it looks like it would tear. If you have recommendation on which ones have been durable it would be appreciated. I may try one of these out next season.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:57 PM
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Re: Backpacks?

Never mind, just went back and read through the posts and realized I missed page 2 recommendations.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:01 PM
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Re: Backpacks?

I think a guy a would be dang hard pressed to wear out a MR. I wouldn't dare trust anything at REI to stand up to the abuse I've put my MR through....especially hauling out dead critters. The MR are heavier than most packs, but you'll soon forget about that once you strap on a heavy load.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:34 PM
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Re: Backpacks?

I am new to backpack hunting and don't have the experience of most on here, but I have used the eberlestock packs on day hunts. I have the Mini-me for predator calling or prairie hunts. Sometimes we glass from a vehicle and then make a stalk, this is light and quick for that and the scabbard keeps my hands free for crawling up on game. For walking hunts I had an X1E I used last season and liked it real well, but replaced it with a J34 this spring. The J34 has the expansion system for more gear or meat, and compacts down smaller than the X1E. I really like the J34, I've been doing 3-4 mile hikes with it every other day to get in shape and find sheds. I carry 40lbs of weight and it feels comfortable. They are heavy, but they're built well and waterproof. If you don't plan to use the scabbard, you could find something lighter, but I use mine alot. I jumped a coyote last fall while carrying my rifle in the X1E scabbard, so I pulled it and shot him. I ranged where he started and where he dropped, he had covered 64yds running hard, so you can get one into action pretty quick.

The mini-me is to small for hunting far from civilization. If I don't need a ton of gear and won't be using the scabbard I have a light Camelback Stryker that weighs a little over a pound and carries 1280CI that seem perfect. If I am going deeper, want more gear, or to pack out meat the first trip I like the J34.
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