We drink from our Bladders, on the way IN to our Spike camp, area. We carry, 2 Arizona Tea, Plastic Jugs and use a Filter to refill at, a Spring or fairly clean, Water source. Then fill Nalgene Bottles with, this water and we usually have, very little Water in Bladder when Hunting.I should add, if you pack out an animal, go with water bottles and not a bladder system. I love a bladder system for hiking and day to day hunting. I was able to ditch extra weight last fall and go in with full water bladder and light gear to recover an animal.
We got to the critter. Once I strapped things up I realized my back was wet. It popped the bladder. I stopped it down tight and didn’t consider popping the bladder when I synched it down. Luckily my hunting partner had nalgenes and we had water for the long hike out.
If someone has advice on this, please share.
I always have an empty Nalgene. I pack some of my survival and first aid odds/ends in it for just this reason, bladders can leak and that way if I get in a bind I can capture water.We drink from our Bladders, on the way IN to our Spike camp, area. We carry, 2 Arizona Tea, Plastic Jugs and use a Filter to refill at, a Spring or fairly clean, Water source. Then fill Nalgene Bottles with, this water and we usually have, very little Water in Bladder when Hunting.
Hope this, help's ! Yes, a full Bladder can be, crushed !
I tried a Horn Hunter straight six last year, lasted 6 hrs. Pack with gear weighted 12 pounds, fell apart.I have a Horn Hunter Main Beam XL. Don’t overlook these. More budget friendly and durable.
I packed out an animal with mine last year. A hose off, and still in great shape.
I am sure others are great packs too, but the Horn Hunter are worth a look.
Additionally, for truly wet climates (Southeast AK), a pack frame/load hauler with a big drybag for your stuff is one of the few ways to actually have dry clothes to put on. "Waterproof" fabrics just don't cut it sometimes.For your rifle the Kifaru gunbearer is hard to beat. You can attach one to most packs.
For packs, how the belt and frame interface is the most important factor. If the pack doesn't transfer the weight to your pelvis/hips (vs your shoulders) the rest doesn't matter. Pretty much all of the "high end" packs do this. The other details are up to personal preference (weight, organization, etc).
Are you using the tactical or light frame and if you don’t mind how tall are you?Kifaru 28” duplex frame and currently have a Muskeg 7000. Also have a Mountain Warrior but it was too small to hold all my food for my longer backpack hunts, so upgraded last year to a Muskeg. Love it. Waterproof so I don’t have to carry a rain slicker anymore, and it folds up smaller than mountain warrior when it’s not full.
The durability of Kifaru packs is unbelievably good.
I have the duplex. They only make the 28" frame in the original duplex and tactical styles, not duplex light. I don't remember the details of the difference between duplex and tactical, I think the tactical just has more attachment points, possibly a thicker frame sheet, and a few ounces heavier.Are you using the tactical or light frame and if you don’t mind how tall are you?