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Old 10-19-2011, 06:08 AM
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Eberlestock Dragonfly

As for now I'm using a Tatonka lastenkräxe http://intranet.tatonka.com/infosys/infocgi/artinfoe.dll?1130&0 as freight hauler when hunting musk ox, but since my rifle is 14lb I fance the idea of using a dragonfly istead..
Since the ability to carry as lot of meat is the most important thing I email Eberlestock asking for the weight limit, they replied:
"We do not have a weight limit for our warranty-We say that the back goes before the pack!"
That's al good, but seens I allready once have tried a no limit freight hauler that broke while walking downhill with 120 lb meat I need to hear what yours experiences tells you is the weight limit..??
Typical I/we need to carry 600-800 lb meat going back, so I/we have to walk alot.. 12-15 miles is standard each way, so I/we spend a lot of time after the hunt walking..
So please share you carrying experience with me..!!
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:09 PM
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Re: Eberlestock Dragonfly

There is a thread on page two in this Backpack Hunting forum, titled "Eberlestock vs Cabelas Outfitter Pack. There are a lot of testimonials from those who use the Eberlestocks. Real guys that use these to haul meat.

On page 4, esornenson has some very impressive photos with whole animals strapped on and in his pack.

Eberlestock vs. Cabela's Outfitter Pack

No doubt the Eberlestocks are well built and will carry about any load a mortal man is willing to pack out.

I suppose ANYTHING can break or fail.

If Eberlestock says the lifetime warranty does not have a weight limit, I suppose that's about the best one could ask for.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:44 PM
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Re: Eberlestock Dragonfly

I have read almost all the treads, using "search" but most of the review mension carrying 1-5 miles..
esornenson writes about carrying 60lb 1 mile, what I want to hear is peoples experience carrying above 60lb for more than 10 miles - how comfortable is the eberlestock dragonfly then..?

I do like the idea of not having to carry my riffel going out and that's why I ask about peoples experience with the dragonfly..

The picture shows my backpack while making a stop to drink some water, it's loaded with a part of the musk ox (150lb) and a rabbit I cae across walking down hill..
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:02 PM
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Re: Eberlestock Dragonfly

Sorry, I misunderstood your original question. I thought you were concerned with the durability of the Eberlestock carrying that amount of weight.

In my mind, 150 pound loads over 10 miles on my back, and the word "comfortable" are not compatible! At my age, I'm past even contemplating that and it's pretty doubtful I would have contemplated that in my younger days!
I packed a whitetail a little over a mile just last week over rugged terrain and it was tough. My pack weighed ONLY 66 pounds. 150 pounds? Forget it, that doesn't sound like fun.

You know, there is a reason humankind has bred horses, donkeys, mules, and llamas for thousands of years!

Anyway, can't help you much. Maybe someone will chime in.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:33 PM
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Re: Eberlestock Dragonfly

While I cannot testify to packing anything for ten miles.
I can say I love my eberlestock
My dragonfly weights 40 lbs with my gun and gear but no food or water.
This year I hiked in 2 miles shot my deer and packed it out im sure with meat and cape I was pushing close to 140-150 lbs and I made it out no problem.
Understand I am a retired Disabled Vet with a very bad back.
I use this pack as a day pack as well kind of heavy for that really some day i will get a lighter model for short hunting.
Get one you wont regret it
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:44 AM
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Re: Eberlestock Dragonfly

Retiredcpo: Your back can't be that bad, buddy!

aammat: Do you carry your rifle on the multiple trips? The Dragonfly is designed to be used as a day pack and then haul meat after the shot. Would it work for you to keep your meat hauler at the vehicle and just use the Eberlestock to bring out the first load and then going to your freight hauler? Best of both worlds possibly?? BTW those kinds of loads and miles is hardcore!
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:18 PM
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Re: Eberlestock Dragonfly

tt35: Yes it may be a solution to leave the Tatonka I have now in the camp/boat or vehicle..
Normaly I carrying my rifle both ways on my multiplie trips, just in case I run into a reindeer or a musk ox.. And that's why I like the idea of not having to carry the rifle over my shoulder or in my hand, have thought..
Yes, it's hard work carrying the meat out, but the family love the meat and I love the nature and the hunt so every body is happy.. 4 days ago we made spareribs out of the ribs from a musk ox - XXXL spareribs..

It's hard to decide wheather to exchange the tanoka I have with the Dragonfly when I can't try it on before buying it.. Only big problem with lving in Greenland, limited access to hunting equipment..
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