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Old 06-12-2013, 09:28 AM
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Re: Military Packs for Hunting?

I think you can't beat an eberlestock. I use the gunslinger 2 mainly because my rifle is big and the gunslinger has the big opening for the rifle. But they make a pack for for just about every purpose. It could be to carry a large load of meat to a light weight day pack. Personally I don't think u can beat them
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:09 PM
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Re: Military Packs for Hunting?

Many of todays best pack builders like Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, and Eberlestock also compete for the military equipment contracts; American military and foreign armed forces. When you look online at their products they are divided into hunting packs and tactical/military use backpacks (although Mystery ranch also makes packs for wildlands firefighters, EMT, rescue folks as well. Most the the hunting packs have a twin in the tactical line that is a beefed up version with more Molle attachment points, heavier material, etc.

My point is that we as hunters benefit from all of the testing and research that goes into the military/tactical pack development. Most of the ultralight manufactures like Kuiu and Sitka don't delve into the tactical world but companies like Kifaru do both ultralight line and tactical line very well. As a modern hunter there is a pack for almost any situation, and having one that is modular enough to be custom setup for the situation is a huge plus.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:12 PM
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Re: Military Packs for Hunting?

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can anybody tell me which packs the gunwerks guys use that i see them using on the show?

From the few hunting episodes I have watched on Youtube it looked to be a Mystery
Ranch pack to me.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:37 AM
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Re: Military Packs for Hunting?

My nephew was just visiting and brought along his new G4 Operator. It's a great pack. I got to try it with a good load and thought it was very comfortable and the ventilation is truly superb. The only complaint I would have is the scabbard hits the back of your head when you go prone. The layout is excellent for hunters who live out of their packs. The scabbard is a neat feature just not sure if I could use it. The bush is dense here and the butt would hang up a lot. Anyways, man I really liked the pack though.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:35 PM
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Re: Military Packs for Hunting?

I just got an Eberlestock last Christmas and have yet to use it for elk hunting, but I'm excited to try it. I got the X3 Low Drag and it has room for my .338 Lapua, binos, spotting scope, range finder, and few other odds and ends. They do make bigger packs for what you may need though. I use my Cabelas Alaskan model pack frame to pack out quarters. You can get them with the complete pack system, and they are extremely comfortable.

I used alice packs in the army, and I'm not a fan anymore after using the cabelas pack frame.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:35 AM
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I used to be part of an outdoor racing team and I trained with an ALICE pack for years. They are bloody tough. The team had members who were former military and taller than I am. I will say the pack is not made for taller people. For me it was fine, I am of average height. Not as comfortable as other packs but good for training. For the actual race I used the CFP 90. I also used the CFP 90 for hunting. It was pretty good. I understand that the CFP got a bad rep in the military as unreliable and prone to breakage, but for me I had 20 years of excellent service from it. FCI Inc. produced a good portion of them and they were all recalled for lack of using mil-spec material. Almost all FCI made CFP 90 packs failed. I wonder if that lead to the bad rep of the pack. I now have the Multicam Molle on a GEN IV frame and you know, it's a good pack. I've had 70+ lbs. in it and when packed correctly it is a very comfortable pack. My wife and her friend both carried a 60 lb. to try it out and were surprized how comfortable it was. They didn't carry the load far as it is
50% of their body weight, but they did manage the load well. I could buy 5 of these packs, maybe 6, for the price of one Mystery ranch or Kifaru (and at least 4 for the price of one Eberlestock G4 or Terminator). We'll see this fall how it handles moose quarters. I think it will be fine.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:56 PM
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Re: Military Packs for Hunting?

I've backpack hunted in the wilderness areas of CO for many years & used mostly Dana Design packs & they are excellent packs. Several years ago Dana started his own company & they are made in the USA!!!!!!!!!!! It's called Mystery Ranch Backpacks | Backpacks designed by Dana Gleason | Bozeman, Montana & they are the best packs I've ever used, I personally have 2 of them, 1 really big one & then more of a day or two size one. They might be more expensive, but they're worth it & they're made in the USA & that says alot to me personally!!
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