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cali_hornhunter
05-07-2012, 12:01 PM
Alright I'm looking for some insight and advice to make a decision on what pack to get which is going to be used for 3-5 backpack hunting trips with bow and I was wanting to know what people think and use I've been looking a lot at the beetlestock blue widow or the kuiu 3000 and I've kinda been looking at the kifaru packs any help would be great Thanks!!

Bitterroot Bulls
05-07-2012, 01:05 PM
The Kuiu or Kifaru Timberline are going to haul loads the best (probably Kifaru first). Both packs have excellent suspension.

Eberlestock needs to add funtional load lifters to their suspension design, but when they do, they will be awesome.

labman
05-07-2012, 04:24 PM
Mystery Ranch Nice Frame is another option, hauls loads unbelievable. I personally have Kifaru as well and like my NICE frame better. Never tried Kuiu heard they are excellent too!!

Bitterroot Bulls
05-07-2012, 05:24 PM
labman,

Which Kifaru do you have?

labman
05-07-2012, 07:38 PM
Long Hunter and Siwash

Drhorsepower
05-07-2012, 07:42 PM
Lab, what about mr pack?

labman
05-07-2012, 09:46 PM
I love my mystery ranch pack!! I feel it just fits me better than my kifaru. Its all about what fits you best and paying $500+ for a pack you can not make to many mistakes. I would recommend both just my MR works best for me with big heavy loads. I have 2 kifaru and 2 MR packs.

Drhorsepower
05-07-2012, 10:40 PM
What mr do you have?

cali_hornhunter
05-07-2012, 10:45 PM
thanks for the advice guys keep it comin!!

labman
05-07-2012, 11:11 PM
Crew Cab and Big horn

cali_hornhunter
05-08-2012, 12:15 AM
does the kuiu & kifaru packs have an accessory such as a bow holder that eberlestock does or no im not seeing anything on their websites so im assuming they dont?

Bitterroot Bulls
05-08-2012, 06:45 AM
The Kuiu has a bucket type strap built into the pack. The Kifaru has an accessory called the Grab-It that works similarly.

Larry Schwartz
05-08-2012, 02:53 PM
cali_hornhunter,

Since you seem to be new to buying a pack keep this in mind. Fit is the most important thing when considering a pack/frame combination.

A pack that is absolutely amazing and as comfortable as can be for one person who is 5'10" may be a total back buster for someone else who is also 5'10" and the same weight because the length of their torso is different or their waists are different sizes. This is why some folks absolutely love Badlands packs and others hate them, because they have static length frames. So, when you look at what you want to get you first need to measure your torso length and then only look at packs that either have frames that are the right length to fit your body/torso or that have an adjustable frame or suspension that you can fit to your body. You also want a pack/frame that is slightly higher than your shoulders so that the load lifters can lift the shoulder straps up off your shoulders slightly when you use the waist belt to carry most of the weight.

As an example, the Badlands Sacrifice is a really popular pack, but the frame is not adjustable for torso length like the Mystery Ranch NICE frame or the Kifaru or KUIU frames. You can adjust the shoulder straps some but there a lot of folks that it just won't work for. The Badlands 4500 on the other hand is offered in two frame sizes, medium and large, to accomodate more people comfortably. So, even if someone absolutely loves there XYZ pack or ABC manufacturer, remember that you are buying something that needs to fit you and not your buddy.

Hope this helps,

Larry

labman
05-08-2012, 08:20 PM
Larry I AGREE completely!!

tommyp
05-08-2012, 09:49 PM
KUIU icon 3000 and 6000 are 40% off!!!!!!! check em out....

Drhorsepower
05-08-2012, 11:41 PM
KUIU icon 3000 and 6000 are 40% off!!!!!!! check em out....

Yea they are but the frame is out of stock!

ontarget7
05-21-2012, 07:35 AM
cali_hornhunter,

Since you seem to be new to buying a pack keep this in mind. Fit is the most important thing when considering a pack/frame combination.

A pack that is absolutely amazing and as comfortable as can be for one person who is 5'10" may be a total back buster for someone else who is also 5'10" and the same weight because the length of their torso is different or their waists are different sizes. This is why some folks absolutely love Badlands packs and others hate them, because they have static length frames. So, when you look at what you want to get you first need to measure your torso length and then only look at packs that either have frames that are the right length to fit your body/torso or that have an adjustable frame or suspension that you can fit to your body. You also want a pack/frame that is slightly higher than your shoulders so that the load lifters can lift the shoulder straps up off your shoulders slightly when you use the waist belt to carry most of the weight.

As an example, the Badlands Sacrifice is a really popular pack, but the frame is not adjustable for torso length like the Mystery Ranch NICE frame or the Kifaru or KUIU frames. You can adjust the shoulder straps some but there a lot of folks that it just won't work for. The Badlands 4500 on the other hand is offered in two frame sizes, medium and large, to accomodate more people comfortably. So, even if someone absolutely loves there XYZ pack or ABC manufacturer, remember that you are buying something that needs to fit you and not your buddy.

Hope this helps,

Larry

X2 !!!!!!!

This is by far the most important thing to making a pack work for someone.
I have been through a whole lot of packs and my Mystery Ranch NICE frame I will never give up. Fully adjustable and very comfortable to have on your back all day long.

Wild Country
06-10-2012, 08:01 AM
You should take a look at the Yukon by wilderness pack specialist. 100% lifetime warranty and made in the USA. The owner, Ken, loaded me up with 120 lbs and let me walk around for 20 minutes at the show this year and I had no pain or uncomfortable feeling....other than 120 lbs on my back. I learned the pack can handle more weight than I would want to pack out in some of the steep country we all hunt out West.

Shawn
06-10-2012, 09:56 PM
Horn Hunter mainbeam XL! I have used this on 2-5 day hunts and love it. May want to look at Horn Hunter full curl, this will be my next pack. Made in USA

adbowhunter
06-19-2012, 12:24 PM
Another vote for Mystery Ranch. I have two NICE frames with Crew cab and Longbow packs along with the load cells. I've literally tried every pack out their with an actual 80+ pound elk load and for me, MR is as comfortable as you can get with that kind of load.

+100 for MR