Which pack for an old Man

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by motrophyhunter, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. motrophyhunter

    motrophyhunter Active Member

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    I am 50 years old and have not had a pack hunt for 20 years. Getting in shape and want to get a pack to give it another go. Looking for a pack for at least a week long trip in the rockies. I am looking for the most comfortable pack as possible. For what it is worth I am 6 foot 210 lbs with a 46"chest and a 34" waist if that matters. Was looking at the Eberlestock, Mystery pack and Kifaro. All input would be appreciated.
     
  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Old Man! Yur just a punk kid:D I can hardly remember what it was like to be 50.:rolleyes:

    A lot of folks use the Eberlestock but I'm thinking many more go with Kifaro.

    I'm really old so my pack for long stays goes on the beast of burden.
     

  3. shortshooter

    shortshooter Well-Known Member

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    I've had Osprey, Mystery Ranch (Dana Design), Kifaru, and Granite Gear.


    I've had one Kifaru pack, the EMR it was. I just couldn't get the fit on it down so I sold it.

    You'll find that MR and Kifaru packs are made out of very high grade materials with heavy zippers (I like that part). Also the new G2 Kifaru packs are susposed to have a better fit/suspension than the old G1 packs.

    I suggest you go with MR or Kifaru G2 packs and they will take care of you.

    For me I have my own body type 6'0ft 270lbs 36" waist with large back/chest, and the Osprey and Granite Gear hug my body best at this point.
     
  4. motrophyhunter

    motrophyhunter Active Member

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    Shortshooter, thanks for the info it helps!!
     
  5. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    My 30 yr old son has a MR pack. He went right to the factory in Bozeman and had it fitted. All I can say after following him for 4 years is that he has put it through it's paces and it has held up like none I've ever seen. Every once in a while he just cleans it out and puts the garden hose to it and hangs it out to dry. If there is a down side to this pack it is that it seems quite a bit heavier than either my eberlestock or badlands packs. It is a matter of personal preference and all I can say is get one that fits your build - None of the packs you mentioned are bad. The MR will pack more than you want to carry in my opinion - I've seen it done more than once.
     
  6. motrophyhunter

    motrophyhunter Active Member

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    Cowboy,
    Does MR offer any type of option to carry a rifle?
     
  7. pablo

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    I would take a 10 pound day pack and a pack goat or mule. I personally use pack goats. Most old men in the Rockies try to avoid carrying anything.
     
  8. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if MR has a rifle carry option. What we use is the Kifaru gunbearer rifle carrier that will go on any pack that has a belt and shoulder strap. Even on my eberlestock pack that has a rifle carrier I use a Kifaru gunbearer for my rifle and the rifle scabbard on my pack I use to carry my spotting scope with the tripod attached. I have not found ANY pack that gives you the versatility and access to your rifle that a Kifaru does - and this doesn't even take into account the comfort when you are packing a rifle 8-10 hrs. in a day. If I have to take my pack off to either holster or retieve my rifle I don't want any part of it. The Kifaru sling on a MR also carries your rifle so that you can pack meat/quarters and not have your rifle in the way or touching blood. Carring a rifle in my hands while packing meat is not an option for me as I'm way older than the original poster to this thread.
     
  9. japple

    japple Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at the bruzer gear main pack! Bruzer gear is a fairly new company but is growing and have a fantastic lifetime warranty as well as being 100% waterproof! On the main pack they there is a place on the side of the pack for your rifle, or if you want it on the face of the pack there is an accessory for that as well. Do a search for bruzer gear packs and take a look at the website. If you have any questions shoot me a pm and I will fill you in!

    John