Originally Posted by Boman
Those are some great pictures and some very nice deer. That one is a hog. Nice job.
The pack looks great. Just what I want I think. I'm real close to pulling the trigger on it. My problem is I've got Kifaru right down the road and it's tempting to go with them for that reason.
What other packs have you used? I've tried an eberle 105, badlands 2200, and a cabelas external frame.
I've actually had all three that you mentioned. They all have pros and cons. I was an eberlestock dealer and it is a great company and Glen makes great packs, however, they all are just plain heavy. I still have a cabelas external frame and what I did with that is I made a crooked horn pack to attach to the frame and carried it that way.
Here was my main criteria for a pack. I wanted the pack and my sleeping gear to weigh 10 pounds or less. Some packs weigh almost that empty. That gives me 10 pounds for my hunting gear and 5 pounds for food/stove for 2 days for a carry around weight of max---25 pounds. So, I can have my entire pack weigh a comfortable weight and hit the high country and not worry about where my camp is. I've said it before but "If you're going to hunt Kong, you have to hunt where Kong lives." Not that I want to see a whole bunch of folks in the high country but it's the way to hunt as far as I'm concerned. I literally can glass in the morning in my sleeping bag. Another nice feature of the approach bag is that I can keep my spotting scope and tripod on the outside and it just takes a second to set that system up. My honey got me the solo bag for my birthday but have not had to opportunity to use it yet. And a great selling point for both the SG and the Kifarus is that they are both make here in America. If you wish, I could send you mine to try out and since you are close to Kifaru, you could compare them. I don't think you could go wrong with either one.
Think weight and simplicity.