- Jul 30, 2016
- Lewiston / Clarkston Valley. ID/WA
You may also check out Nimrod Outdoors pack. They have a carbon fiber haul frame that is amazing. Can haul more than I can carry anymore.
That is probably the best reason I have heard so far. This settles it... now it's down to kuiu, sitka, exo or stone glacier (5,000+) for colorado next year hopefully.
This is a very true statement. However, I have carried a bone in elk hind quarter 3/4 mile with a Camelback Motherload and I’ve carried the same load plus more gear 2 miles with a Kuiu 3200 and 6000.100 pounds of hi-speed, light weight equipment is still 100 pounds.
Too have carried many many elk out on a trapper nelson. Still have one but will either sell it or use it as Part of a mount. Have some dedicated frames for just packing and a MR Metcalf and another larger pack backpacking and hauling out game.Designated hunting packs are definitely heavier and built stronger. I am a big fan of Osprey for regular packing but, for hauling a load, external frame packs with large bags made of heavy material work better. Like ridgewalker I too began hauling using Trapper Nelson's and up until recently still used their bag on an external frame for hauling game taken on day hunts. Years ago I ran into a few internal "A" frame packs that were tough enough to cross over for both regular packing and hunting. They were made by Mountain Equipment Co-op and they lasted for years. The only problem with them was if they got bloody they were very hard to clean and they didn't smell too good as they age. Regular backpacking packs have gotten very light in recent years and that is good for what they are intended, while hunting pack are getting heavier if anything. I have seen hunting packs weigh over eight pounds empty and recreational packs of the same size may weigh half that.
I'm using the m5 team elk pack at the moment.Eberlestock is your huckleberry... I have three of their packs, both my sons use em. Made in America 100%, originally for spec ops teams then branched into hunting... Outstanding company, nope I don't work there or know anyone who does...