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Unread 04-27-2013, 03:07 PM
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Day pack for elk hunt?

I will be going on a guided elk hunt in Colorado this fall. I would like a day pack that I can carry my rifle in and is capable of carrying out an elk quarter, if necessary. Not too big and not too small. Recomendations?

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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:12 PM
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Re: Day pack for elk hunt?

Ford, Chevy, Dodge... Personally, I have 3 Eberlestock packs (J107, X1, X3) for the integral scabbard to carry my rifle. The J107 is kinda big for a day pack, but, will pack all of the weight I want to hump. Just got the X3 and started doing practice hikes. I am hoping it will be the "sweet spot" in between the other two. Will know in October !

Other guys swear by the Mystery Ranch and Kifaru and Kuiu packs as well. They will be along shortly. Would be handy if you could find a few different varieties before hand and try them out. Let us know what you settle on.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:35 PM
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Re: Day pack for elk hunt?

Yeah I have 2 badlands and I love them but I agree. It's a personal choice. Just get quality so the stuff doesn't break on you!!!
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Unread 04-30-2013, 07:55 PM
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Re: Day pack for elk hunt?

Eberlestock J34 Just One pack would be my choice. I also have a Kifaru Gen 2 Longhunter standard but IMHO, the J34 is a better daypack with the ability to expand to carry an Elk Quarter. The Kifaru has better load lifters and can honestly carry a heavier load, but the J34 is good to about 60 to 65 lbs. I carried 60+ lbs comfortably last year on a backpack elk hunt in CO.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 03:15 PM
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Re: Day pack for elk hunt?

Sometime this summer I'm going to pull the trigger on either the Eberlestock X3 or one of the new Badlands that are due out next month....maybe the Point.

I've spent the last several seasons hunting with Sitka Bivy and Badlands 2200 and a few assorted Cabela's brand backpacks that didn't work out very well. So I'm kinda partial to trying out the new and improved 2200 but the new Elberlestock M5 Team Elk backpack looks intriguing as well.

I wish there was an easier way to check out the Mystery ranch packs at a retail type location. About the only way compare several packs first hand is to time my drive to visit buddies in MT, so that I can hit up their store.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 12:22 AM
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Re: Day pack for elk hunt?

Ive been using the Badlands 2200 the last few years and it has worked well but it seems to fit taller guys much better. Im short 5.9 and its a little long. So im going to an Eberlestock x1. Ive used the Eberlestock just one but its more of a backpacking pack, much bigger. For a daypack all u need is 2000cu in. dont get one thats too big, not good for elk country. You can always lash stuff to the outside of any pack. Good luck
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Unread 05-02-2013, 07:36 AM
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Re: Day pack for elk hunt?

I don't have any experience with it yet, but I ordered a Kuiu Icon 1850. I got the full carbon frame and bag. I hope it will do well as a daypack that can also carry a heavy elk quarter very well. They wont be shipping for a couple months, but I have high hopes.

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