Exo 3500

Discussion in 'Backpacking Gear & Clothing' started by mikea5232, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. mikea5232

    mikea5232 Well-Known Member

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    Just ordered one. Have that show chruning feeling of regret spending so much on a pack. But it's almost 100% made in the USA. So that's what I'm telling myself why it's worth it. Hope i love it.
     
  2. Labaherd

    Labaherd Well-Known Member

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    I had a badlands pack. Last year I was in New Mexico and by the time the hunt was over my shoulders were on fire. I bought the exo 2000 this year. Once I got it all adjusted I love the fit. I have just been training with it right now and will have it out on it first hunt in two weeks. I think you will super happy with it
     
  3. mikea5232

    mikea5232 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2200 as well. But wanted something different. I packed out a bigger buck antelope with no problem but it just wasn't my cup of tea. And packs priced high enough i can't try them all
     
  4. duckhunter175

    duckhunter175 Well-Known Member

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    Mike- you'll love it. I had a Kuiu pack before (which I felt was a great value for the money) and it was a helluva lot nicer than what I had been carrying before.

    I had the chance to snag an exo 3500 for this season.... and I'm not looking back. Great pack, incredibly well thought out!
     
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  5. mikea5232

    mikea5232 Well-Known Member

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    I love the pack. Been using it all week antelope hunting and 110% happy with the pack!
     
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  6. IdahoCTD

    IdahoCTD Well-Known Member

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    I've used a 3500 for the last 2 years. Personally I'd buy the 5500 if I was starting from scratch. They both get plenty small enough for day use and the 5500 will have the ability to pack in for a longer period of time if need be. The 5500 doesn't weigh enough more that it's a handicap IMO.
     
  7. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

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    I love my Exo 3500. I also have a Kifaru Tactical Frame with a Nomad 2 bag that I use for really heavy bulky loads, but the Exo is my choice for most hunts. All deer hunting and most other hunting I'll choose the Exo. I love the bag lay out and how easy it is to keep organized and get glassing tools out with a fairly minimal design. I like that I can put my rifle in the side optic pocket too when hiking in the dark when I don't need quick access to it. Very nice design.
     
  8. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

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    I love my Exo 3500. I also have a Kifaru Tactical Frame with a Nomad 2 bag that I use for really heavy bulky loads, but the Exo is my choice for most hunts. All deer hunting and most other hunting I'll choose the Exo. I love the bag lay out and how easy it is to keep organized and get glassing tools out with a fairly minimal design. I like that I can put my light rifle (Rifles Inc LW70 w/ 3-12x Huskemaw) in the side optic pocket too when hiking in the dark when I don't need quick access to it. Very nice design.