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06-16-2013, 11:25 PM
What are your thoughts on the Icon 5000 for a DIY backcountry elk hunt?

06-17-2013, 07:07 AM
I love my Icon 6000

06-17-2013, 09:52 AM
I love my Kuiu Icon 6000 as well. I haven't used it for lived out of it yet, but will most likely get the opportunity this year on my depredation bull elk hunt. I have however packed out one bull and multiple deer with it and I couldn't be more happy. I really like how the pack will swivel with your torso, becoming an extension to your body. I love the load lifters which keep the weight off the shoulders. I love the versatility of being able to fill it with junk one day and being able to cinch it down for a day pack if need be. Only down fall I have seen is the squeaking from the hip swivel point when knew. But it was an easy fix, tightening the straps and on my buddy's pack adding a little lubricant. Haven't had a problem with noise since.

06-17-2013, 11:14 AM
Thanks you guys I really appreciate all of the info!

High Country
06-17-2013, 05:01 PM
For those with ICONs.. How did the load lifters work? How does the pack feel in the 60-100lb range? Any issues with the durability of the pack itself? (Bag or frame?)

Bitterroot Bulls
06-17-2013, 05:40 PM
I have an Icon 6000, a Stone Glacier Terminus, and a Kifaru Bikini/Timberline 1. The Icon is certainly well built and comfortable. I have hauled up to around 80 pounds in it, and the load lifters are fully functional. I like the pack quite a bit. It does not seem as durably constructed as the SG or KF. I have had good experiences with the SG and KF for hauling 100 plus pound loads as well. It seems there have been some improvements to the latest Icon models.

Still, the Carbon is exposed and subject to chipping or cracking. Just something to keep in mind. Kuiu packs are nice lightweight packs, but I recommend taking a look at the other options as well.

06-17-2013, 07:03 PM
The only packs I have owned are the Cabela's Alaskan Guide frame pack and the KUIU 6000 so I don't have much to compare them to. With that being said, my KUIU has packed out a boned out bull elk hind quarter (60-70lbs, not sure how much a quarter would weigh) plus my gear (35lbs) with no issues. The pack felt amazing compared to the frame pack. The meat locker inside is nice to cinch the load down tight, keeping it close to your body. The swivel hip belt helped the load move as your body moves. The pack out was steep and nasty with quite a bit side hilling and I never noticed the weight pulling me in any given direction. The load lifters do a great job of getting the feel of the weight off the shoulders.

06-17-2013, 07:25 PM
Thanks all of you for the info, very helpful.

06-17-2013, 08:20 PM
I had the kuiu, sold it. I now run a kifaru b4800 and bt3. If you wanna check em out, let me know.

06-17-2013, 08:52 PM
Do you know any reataiers around the Reno Carson area fo kifaru, I would love to put one on and test it.

06-17-2013, 09:09 PM
Do you know any reataiers around the Reno Carson area fo kifaru, I would love to put one on and test it.

There isn't any retailers anywhere for kifaru. If you are serious, we can meet up. I'm 5'7.

06-17-2013, 10:52 PM
Im 5'10, and wat would I be looking at for price on a kifaru?

06-17-2013, 11:43 PM
Im 5'10, and wat would I be looking at for price on a kifaru?

700 for a pack and frame with little or no accessories.

06-17-2013, 11:58 PM
Well thanks for all the help Drhorsepower but I think $700 is a little out of my price range, im more in the 3-400 dollar range, thanks anyway though

06-18-2013, 05:56 AM
I have the 2012 frame w/adapter kit and 3000 bag. Paid less than 400 for all. Wish I would have waited and got a 7000 bag and an 1850 bag for day use. With the 2013 frame coming out I suspect some good deals to be had on 2012 setups. Love the setup though!

07-24-2013, 10:24 PM
I have a KUIU 6000 with the older frame/ suspension and a 3000 bag if anyone is interested. I love it, but I wanna do the 1850 and 7200. Most comfortable pack I have tried personally.

07-25-2013, 07:24 AM
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