Re: Packing a Eberle Just One?
I've used my J34 for the past two years which included two CO elk hunts, one of which was a 5-day backpack hunt. In that particular hunt I packed in and out just over 60 lbs of gear including tarp tent, sleeping bag, bivy, stove, food, and a bunch of other stuff. For this and one other hunt, I used an Eberlestock spike camp duffle and lashed some gear on the outside of the pack in waterproof stuff sacks. Once I get to camp, the duffle comes out and the pack becomes a day pack with just the essentials. How you pack the duffle is important. I pack the bulky, lighter items in the bottom and the heavier items in the top half of the duffle. Carrying this much weight really requires that the pack be adjusted correctly for torso length. On the backpack hunt, I ended up making adjustments in the field which made all the difference in comfort.
The pack is a bit heavy for a day pack but can be cinched down fairly small and works OK. I use a much smaller pack for deer hunting. Hope this helps.
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