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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

My Dragonfly has two vertical aluminum bars that I would call stays. At the top they have cinch straps that transfer load off my shoulders. Again I am no expert. I have no other pack to compare to. My X1 certainly does not have this.
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Unread 08-06-2012, 07:27 PM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

I have the j34 and it has the aluminum stays as mentioned above. You can bend them some to fit your profile of your back better. I have not been lucky enough to haul meat in it yet. But the hiking I have done so far with the loads I have carried (didn't weight the pack) I have been very happy with the pack. And believe it will stand up to whatever I throw at it. Check out Eberlestock's website they have some video clips of there packs and one shows how the stays can be adjusted.
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Unread 08-06-2012, 07:48 PM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

I know the OP needs info now but I will know more at the end of September after my trip. I will report back.
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Unread 08-06-2012, 08:03 PM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

I too have a J34 and it is one of the more comfortable packs I have owned. I also have a Kifaru Longhunter, a hauler pack along with a couple of inexpensive day packs. The J34 is easy to adjust and fine-tune based your body size and the load you intend to carry. Its flexible design with the use of the spike camp duffle is ingenious.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 12:16 AM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

Both the J34 and Dragonfly have stays. The rest dont.
I have a J107 Dragonfly. Its great for long hauls and meat, but terrible for a day pack.
If I were to it agian I would get the J107M and have the wider scabbard. I too will not hike without a full scabbard.
Sounds to me like the best fit for you would be to get the "Blue Widow" with the Scabbard attachment. It has a bow-hook system.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 07:08 PM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

Well you will get many opinons one which pack
My vote is for a dragonfly
this comes from a retired disabled vet who made a very long pack last year with my deer. it was slow going (do to me not the pack) but I made it
(im the one packing the deer in the eberlestock ad here on the LRH web site)
But it does not make a great day pack kind of heavy
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Unread 08-08-2012, 06:09 PM
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Re: Which Eberlestock.?

to the OP, "Which Eberlestock" depends on what you are planning to do...

If you are looking for one pack for everything, day pack, week long back pack hunt, hauling out 100lb loads of meat, the J107/J34 will meet your needs. If you are only planning day trips, will hunt out of a camp every day, maybe have access to other packs, (or friends with packs) you might want to look at one of the lighter packs like the X2 or X3.

I bought a J107 as my first "do everything" pack... But it weighs almost 9 lbs empty. Add in an 11 lb rifle and you have a 20 lb pack without any kit.

So, I bought a slightly used X2 as a day pack to compliment the J107. If I am planning an all day outing, potential to bivy over night, the big pack goes. IF it will be a quick trip, scouting, etc, the lighter pack goes.

If you are long, tall, short, thin, wide, you might want to make sure you get one of the Eberlestock packs with the replaceable hip belts and shoulder harness. Then you can customize the pack to fit you. I put an XL hip belt on both of my packs. The standard belt fits O.K. with summer clothes. But would not fit over my cold weather clothes. Plus the additional padding on the XL belt makes it even more comfortable. I am currently doing 1.8 miles around the farm 2x per week with total pack weight of 60 lbs in the J107. The pack itself is still very comfortable for me. Will work up to 3+ miles 3x per week before I leave for Colorado in October.
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