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Old 11-13-2009, 08:52 PM
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Eberlestock J34 vs J107

My current pack is 23 years old and is nearly at the end of it's life. I am looking at replacing it with one of these Eberlestock J34 packs.

I generally do a lot of hunting from tents, typically a 3-4 hour walk with all the gear, tent, cooker etc. So far I have only used the traditional one compartment type pack.

Has anyone tried both these packs? I am particularly interested in what type of harness system the J34 uses. I have seen the J107 harness on their website.

I am 6' 4" and 190 lbs.

How do these packs feel when fully loaded with the spike camp duffel attached to the back of the pack, they look a bit like they would pull back a bit.

Any pros or cons of either model would be greatly appeciated.

Thanks,

Stu.

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Old 11-27-2009, 06:24 AM
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Re: Eberlestock J34 vs J107

I have experience with the j107. I'm a backpack hunter and own several different packs. Here is the first thing I will say about the j107 with crazy loads: I'm selling all the rest of my packs! Light loaded heavy loaded this thing is awsome! I use it as a day pack up to a 7 day hunt pack. I had 100 lbs. in it completely expanded and got out of the bottom of a canyon with unscathed shoulders. It is very balanced when used correctly. You have to spend some time adjusting it but once you get it right it's a dream.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:59 PM
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Re: Eberlestock J34 vs J107

Thanks for the reponse. I am leaning towards the 107 because of the harness system. Looks to me like it would be more supportive.

Stu.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:07 PM
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Re: Eberlestock J34 vs J107

I hope the J107 is good I bought one off Tardme last week, hopefully get it this week.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:37 AM
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Re: Eberlestock J34 vs J107

I just got back from deer hunting today with the dragonfly. Hauled in 50 lbs. no sore shoulders. I love this pack. It distributes all the wait to your hips. Like I said in a previous post however you have to spend time adjusting it correctly. You can also pull out the support straps and bend them to your back curviture. They show you how on the the site.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:02 PM
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Re: Eberlestock J34 vs J107

Kiwi Greg, yeah I saw that one on trademe, didn't quite have the funds to get it, otherwise I would have beaten you to it!
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Old 11-29-2009, 03:03 PM
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Re: Eberlestock J34 vs J107

Between 4 of we have a J107 (me) and J104, J34 and a blue widow. The J34 has the same packframe as the 104, but with the length adjustment from a 107. The other features are easily seen on the website. The frame of the 107 is much sturdier than the frame of the 104. The 104/34 is no slouch but for a heavy load the 107 is much easier on your back. I also find that my pack allows more air across the middle of your back and lets the sweat evaporate better. The newer packs have a different foam in the shoulder straps, they seem to absorb less sweat and breath a little better.

I really enjoy mine, hopefully you will like yours.
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