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bigpapacow
03-18-2011, 09:43 PM
A new company is coming out called Kuiu. It was started by one of the former owners of Sitka Gear. They are doing a full line of clothing as well as a couple packs. A 3000 and a 6000 CI pack that will be interchangable on the same carbon fiber frame. I am planning on picking up an Icon 6000 and will post up a review of it after I get ahold of it and put it through its paces. The pack should be around 4.5LB's all up and supposedly will haul serious weight. I currently am running a mystery ranch nice 6500 and have had a crewcab and a long bow as well. I have owned just about every badlands except the ox and sacrifice. I have also tried a few other brands over the years as well. Why so many? I am a pack junkie! So, I will share my thoughts on it after I have abused it for a while. I thought about getting one of the new Kifaru KU 5200's at less than 3 lbs but the Icon just looked more my style with more compartmentalization to it. Guess a Kifaru will have to be next...

Gotta love new gear!

IL Hntr
03-18-2011, 10:29 PM
I look forward to hearing your review. I have been following Jason's startup of this company and I'm impressed so far. Not planning on buying that pack this year as I have a 4500 I have already purchased for my elk hunt. Definitely considering it for next year and look forward to hearing peoples thoughts on it and the KU 5200.

RUTTIN
03-19-2011, 02:13 PM
Looks like a really cool pack, can't wait for the review

Ridgerunner
03-19-2011, 02:24 PM
Can't wait to hear the review, I just picked up a MR CC so I will be very curious how it compares to the MR packs.

bigpapacow
03-24-2011, 01:07 AM
- just got my pre-shop order in for the Icon 6000 and a few other items from Kuiu. The pack will ship around the 1st of may and I will get it into the field shortly thereafter.

Can't wait to get it!

twp1224
03-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Great looking pack. Please do post your review.

Gamehog
03-24-2011, 04:54 PM
Just orderd my Kuiu gear today too! Can't wait to get it out to the field. Looks like great stuff.

bigpapacow
03-24-2011, 08:43 PM
Gamehog,

What did you pick up?

In addition to the pack, I bit the bullet on a guide jacket, merino 185 top, ball cap, and merino beanie. You will have to let us know how yours works out for you.

Gamehog
03-25-2011, 10:04 AM
Gamehog,

What did you pick up?

In addition to the pack, I bit the bullet on a guide jacket, merino 185 top, ball cap, and merino beanie. You will have to let us know how yours works out for you.

I am starting out with the Merino 185 Zip-T, ball cap, Attack Pant, and the Guide Jacket for this season. Hope to get one of the packs for next season. I will for sure write a review on what I think of the clothing.

*******
03-30-2011, 09:26 PM
When you get those packs I would love to see a nice review of them. I have been watching that company develop for the last little while and I want to see what that pack can do. Thanks in advance.

txnhunter
04-01-2011, 03:40 PM
Yep, I jumped in to Kuiu with 250 zip, Attack pants, beanie, neck gator and cap....drooling over Spindrift and Guide Jacket. I still have my generation 1 Sitka gear...didnt think I'd ever change....may not, but its fun trying..!!!

IL Hntr
04-01-2011, 09:25 PM
I bought everything but the pack. I'm hoping it reviews well and I will pick up one for next year. Can't wait to get my stuff!!

twp1224
04-02-2011, 10:48 AM
I wish I had the money. I was looking at the merino wool baselayers, but figured i would keep saving for a spotting scope instead. I hope everyone posts a review of their KUIU gear when they receive it. I'm interested to hear about it.

Maxhunter
04-10-2011, 09:40 AM
I'm definitely interested in your review on the pack since I'll probably be buying one next year. I already ordered my KUIU clothing just waiting for it to show up at my door. I really want to put the Chugach jacket through the test before this fall season.

bigpapacow
04-10-2011, 11:55 AM
Maxhunter and everyone else with KUIU on the way, I just started a thread in the lightweight section about the KUIU clothing I received yesterday...Check it out and add your own thoughts to it when you receive yours. I am liking this stuff!

SDbowhunter
04-25-2011, 11:16 PM
I also ordered a icon 6000 and will let you know my thoughts as well, I do have the guide vest from KUIU and so far it seems very well made and comfortable, the fabric is real smooth and light weight, plus the vistas camo is pretty cool as well

squirrelduster
04-26-2011, 11:47 PM
I tried out my Kuiu Guide jacket and Chugach rain gear last week.
I was pulling some scouting cameras that were out over the winter. First camera was about a half mile from the road and I was in a hurry. Worked up a bit of heat but unzipped the guide jacket half way and was very comfortable.
Second camera was a 40 min hike one way up a hill that was not very steep but I left the zipper of the guide jacket open and was very comfortable. The weather was about 30 degrees with snow and rain.
The one thing I really liked that was the lack of sweat. I did not overheat like usual.
Great stuff.

bigpapacow
06-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Just got my email and my pack shipped today. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I was able to see one at their shop and handle it some, but it will be great to get ahold of it and put it through its paces in the field. Hopefully I will receive it by the weekend for a quick hike-in overnighter!

MarkTheFark
06-10-2011, 12:45 PM
Apparently they are weighing in quite higher than the specs listed. Has anyone heard any solid info on this?

EDIT: It looks like Jason just addressed the issue here (http://kuiu.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/icon-production-pack-weights/). The short answer?...Yes, the weight did increase.

Schism
06-10-2011, 02:37 PM
I resisted temptation and did not order the pack when I had the chance to. After seeing the production weights vs the hyped weight from Kuiu I am glad that I didn't place the order. We spend hundreds of dollars to save a pound or two on backcountry gear and having a pack that is nearly six pounds that was hyped to be under five is simply not worth the $550 price tag to me. I hope for those that ordered them that the pack is durable and serves them well.

That being said the attack pants and merino wool have has been great so far!

bigpapacow
06-14-2011, 07:33 PM
Well,

I recieved my Icon 6000 on June 8th, but didn't open it up until the 11th since my wife had our first baby on the same day so I was a little preoccupied. So, about the weight. I scaled mine and with the included velcro pouch(which I will probably not use due to its small size), my pack came in at 5 LB 12.5 OZ. So yes, they came in heftier than advertized. Their weight claims were a major factor in my decision to try one out. So, it was disappointing to see it come in almost a LB heavier than the projected 4 LB, 14 OZ. Is it a deal breaker? Well, I almost sent it back just on principle and I am sure for some folks, they did just that. However, I decided to keep it because I really like the layout, the build quality seems excellent, and it fits me well with better functioning loadlifters than my mystery ranch 6500. It still saves me more than 3.5 LBS from my 6500 as well. I loaded it up with about 30 LBS or gear and food to just get the feel of it and I like it. I saw the prototype at their shop in Dixon a while back as I passed through on a road trip and it seems that the shoulder straps were beefed up a bit material-wise on the front, which I like. I was concerned on the prototype that it may easily rip, but with the one I received, that will not be an issue. The main pack fabric should be sturdy enough to withstand brush, snags, and the like. I haven't taken it out yet with my current baby duties, but I am looking forward to it. Around the house and up and down the stairs it feels good as far as how it fits my back. Of course I will need some trail time to test it well and through some serious weight in it. I was concerned as well about being able to attach pouches, rangefinder, holster, etc to the waistbelt. I have found that my Serpa paddle holster slides into place nicely behing the strap.and even better if I undo the lower shoulderstrap and run it through the paddle as well. I will throw up a picture of it soon to illustrate the point. My rangfinder case fits okay on the other side as well. Not as good as on my pals webbing with MR pack, but it should be sufficient to get the job done. The spotting scope pouch fits my Vortex Nomad and a Slik Compact XL tripod nicely together. I didn't use the bungee to secure them and I will probably remove it from the pouch. With both in the pocket, I can't see how either would just fall out when opened up. My Slik Pro 614CF does not fit though. It is a couple inches too long to make it in that pocket. With the pack fully loaded, it doesn't seem possible to use the exterior bottom flap to secure a bow cam. With the spotter and tripod, it doesn't give me a good angle and I can't secure the bow close to the pack. With it set up in a daypack mode it is possible though. Fully packed, you will have to just use the crossing staps to secure your bow. I am fine with that setup since that is how I usually secured my bow on previous packs or with extra staps that I jimmy-rigged. I think for pack in hunts, I will hunt without the lid as it compresses well and simplifies the setup. The straps that secure the lid can reach all the way over the top and attach to each other without the lid and could come in handy to hopefully secure a big fuzzy set of antlers without the lid on the way back to spike camp. One detail I really like is that they have sewn a webbing loop that you can pass the backside lid attachment straps through so that it helps cinch a taller load in closer. With my old crewcab, on tall loads heading out, I have used an extra strap around the top of the pack to accomplish the same thing. As far as stuffing the pack. If you have a lot to get in there, stuff from the top because it is hard to stuff from the front and be able to close it without putting strain on the zippers. The meat cell has a pouch at the bottom that may catch some of the blood, but I don't think it will contain it all. It tightens down really well though and should keep the meat evenly distributed. I think I will continue to use my gamebags and drop those inside the meat cell to help keep it a little cleaner. Anyway, those are my initial impressions after messing with it for a few days. I will report back after I get some trail time and also post a few pictures as well.

bigpapacow
06-14-2011, 07:53 PM
Here is a pic of the serpa paddle holster. Sorry pic quality is poor. The backside portion slides between the hipbelt and the hypalon sleeve on the bottom wand/stay but doesn't seem to inhibit function. When I undo the shoulder strap and run it throught the paddle, it helps to raise the draw angle quite a bit.

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brudno
06-14-2011, 08:27 PM
Nice thought on the paddle holster, I didnt think of that, I have blackhawks for all my pistols but never occured to me the paddle would work. I really like my Icon 3000.

bigpapacow
06-14-2011, 08:38 PM
Here are some other shots of the holster. Other pics to come.


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SDbowhunter
06-14-2011, 09:58 PM
ya I just got my icon 6000 today and so far I like it as well, fits me just fine. thanks for the idea with the holster bigpapacow ! that an S & W your carryin ?

bigpapacow
06-15-2011, 12:40 AM
Yes it is, an M&P 40. I tried with the belt strap attachment as well, but it wasn't as secure as the paddle is.

SDbowhunter
06-15-2011, 10:47 PM
nice I have a good eye, the serpa is a great holster too! it originally looks like it won't be quick to use but its really quite easy and fast.

High Country
03-01-2012, 11:44 AM
Any update on your thoughts on the ICON vs. the MR NICE 6500? Hearing rumors the ICONs don't handle a load anywhere near like what the NICE 6500 can. Your thoughts having both would be appreciated.

TeamBackcountry
03-01-2012, 06:46 PM
Unless my calculations are off, the KUIU website says that the Icon 6000 bag only weighs 48 ounces and the frame/suspension weighs 40 ounces for a total of 88 ounces or 5 lbs 8 ounces.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-01-2012, 06:48 PM
Unless my calculations are off, the KUIU website says that the Icon 6000 bag only weighs 48 ounces and the frame/suspension weighs 40 ounces for a total of 88 ounces or 5 lbs 8 ounces.

Mine scales out at 5-6

SDbowhunter
03-03-2012, 08:25 PM
used mine this year to carry my camp a time or two, but didn't get to try any "big loads" of meat! tag soup tends to run out of the zipper seams, but it did fit well and was comfortable. It did get a little annoying squeak where the pack frame and hip belt attach after three days of serious hiking! Over all though I like it, only other negative is when you sinch everything tight all the lose web belts tend to hang all over the place with no good way to tuck them in or tie them together.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-03-2012, 08:34 PM
used mine this year to carry my camp a time or two, but didn't get to try any "big loads" of meat! tag soup tends to run out of the zipper seams, but it did fit well and was comfortable. It did get a little annoying squeak where the pack frame and hip belt attach after three days of serious hiking! Over all though I like it, only other negative is when you sinch everything tight all the lose web belts tend to hang all over the place with no good way to tuck them in or tie them together.

A few micro pony tail holders will help with the straps. On the squeek, a little bowstring wax on the pivot point works like a charm. Kuiu has a youtube video about it, and it is an easy fix.

SDbowhunter
03-03-2012, 09:11 PM
ya I figured a little wax or oil would do the trick, the hipbelt is really nice, one of he better ones i've used!

Bitterroot Bulls
03-03-2012, 09:20 PM
ya I figured a little wax or oil would do the trick, the hipbelt is really nice, one of he better ones i've used!

Yeah, the most comfortable suspension I've used so far. My buddy and I are considering working out a deal where we get the Kifaru Timberline T2 this year and switching up a few times, to see which super-pack we like better.

SDbowhunter
03-12-2012, 08:27 PM
sounds like a plan, i was also pleased that it ventalates so well, I used it in +85 weather and it was suprisingly cool