Time for an upgrade! I am looking at getting a larger pack for this upcoming fall. The options I am considering is the Eberlestock Dragonfly, the Tenzing TZ5000 or the Kuiu Icon 5200. I am hoping someone with some field experience on any of these could sway me in the right direction.
With the pack, I would like something that I can compress down to a day pack and haul out a good load. I would also the ability to stay out 2/3 nights and still have room to add meat if I'm fortunate enough to have the chance.
I have had quite a bit of experience with the Eberlestock, I've borrowed one for a few years but had to give it back, and it has suited me very well. I like its durability, and the ability to bring out a heck of a load with just a few zips. I like the rifle scabbard so I can carry a walking stick in there and then swap it out for the rifle after a successful trip and hauling out. The weight is noticeable but hasn't prevented me from using it multiple times. Probably because I don't have one to call my own, yet.
Here's the other factor. I live only 45 minutes away from the Tenzing pack at Bass Pro and 45 minutes away from the Kuiu Store in Dixon, CA.
They are almost all the same price and size so I was hoping someone with some recent experience could point me in the right direction in terms of comfort, durability and user friendliness. Any guidance is much appreciate and I'll be hoping for a successful fall for everyone! Thanks!