Thought I would follow up on this:
Originally Posted by tttoadman
I ended up getting the Stone Glacier Solo(3300 capacity). I got the gun sling and the meat bag. Total weight still under 4#. I like the SG because he has a simple 2" belt that is similar to my old daypack. I load up the belt with shooting sticks, knife, ammo, range finder,.......I picked up a pair of "hump" bags from a recommendation on another post. The intent for me is to use the hump bags to carry bulk food and water to get in. These mount on the bag toward the front instead of on the back like many other add on bags. This keeps the weight forward. By having these bags mounting loose, it also allows me to mount them all the way forward even with the shelf expanded. All of this with the idea to keep as much weight forward as possible. As I thin down throughout the hunt, these can be rolled up and stuffed in the Solo bag.
I have also experimented with StatPack hip bags. I have always been interested in this concept. The only ones I ever saw years ago came with a dedicated belt, which doesn't work with other packs. These bags are quick on and off, super light, and the volume is pretty impressive. They use elastic straps on the legs, and i have tested these for quite a few miles without any discomfort. I am not quite dedicated to these yet, because they block access to the hip pockets on my pants. The idea with these was to have something that can be easy access to water and snacks without taking off the main pack.
As you can see, I brain$%%^ everything. I just wanted to share on my latest ongoings.
I don't have a lot of experience hunting in the west,2 backcountry elk hunts in Idaho and a turkey hunt in the black hills. I use a bull pac frame with my badlands 2200 and the rest of my gear tied on until we get to our spike camp,and then use the 2200 for day hunts. I am really happy with both packs. I have 6 points for deer and elk in Wyoming so I am heading there soon, just havnt decided where to go yet.
I use the Tenzing TZ6000 and the wife used Blacks Creek Barbarain
Eberlestock J34 when I want the room or meat packing ability, Eberlestock X1A1 for day hunts or when I want a little smaller pack, Camelback Stryker when I am going real minimal chasing my buddy who is in better shape than me. He lives at high altitude, I only visit.
I've got the Kifaru bikini timberline 2. Great pack and I hardly even know I've got a load on, and compresses down to daypack mode quite nicely.