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    Need a backpacking system (tent, pack, and bag) for $1200 or less

    I am getting back into short (2-5 days) backpack hunts. This year in Wyoming for elk, next year in Alaska for Caribou. I have a budget of $1000 to $1200 and need a pack, tent, and a sleeping bag (guessing a 0 degree bag). Would like it to be a pretty light system. Hunts mainly in August, September and early October. Any advice?

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    Do you not need a sleeping pad? Must have in my opinion. You could get a brand new marmot helium 15* bag on ebay for $300, BA fly creek 2 for $300, that would leave you with $600 left for an Kuiu Icon 7200.

    If you want 0* bag instead I'm sure your can find one for a similar price.

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    Thanks Rob...

    I have a pretty good pad already, so I think I am square there. Been looking at the Icon 5200, but I keep running across some negative reviews about how the frame/suspension rides under load. Also looking at the Blacks Creek Solution, Eberlestock J134, and the Mystery Ranch Bighorn. As for tents, I am clueless.

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    How tall are you, jschaffer?

    Do you want a double wall tent? Tarptent? Floorless? Bivy? 1 person or 2?

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    6' tall, about 190 lbs. As for tent, probably a light 2 person, three season (can't imagine I'll be out much to require a four season, especially to get the condensation issues that I have heard come with those). A good one person tent may also work, but I would like a bit more room than what a bivy would provide.

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    a good bivy sack will save on pound issues and space issues. lintonoutdoors is one hell of a cool site for all your gear.

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    Ok here is my recommendation:

    Pack: Stone Glacier Solo ($560, 3.63 lbs.)

    Sleeping Bag: Kelty Ignite Long ($210, 2.94 lbs)

    Shelter: GoLite Imogene UL2 ($250, 2.68 lbs.)

    total cost: $1020
    total weight: 9.25 lbs.

    That is at the low end of your budget, and at a low weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    Ok here is my recommendation:

    Pack: Stone Glacier Solo ($560, 3.63 lbs.)

    Sleeping Bag: Kelty Ignite Long ($210, 2.94 lbs)

    Shelter: GoLite Imogene UL2 ($250, 2.68 lbs.)

    total cost: $1020
    total weight: 9.25 lbs.

    That is at the low end of your budget, and at a low weight.
    Solid suggestions here. I wish I had BB to consult with before I had purchased all my stuff.. I'm pretty sure my pack alone weights 9.25 pounds..
    My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

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    Look at Kifaru packs. I bought one before hunting Alaska last year and really like it. With a removable top that can be made into a day pack, the pack has huge capacity, but can be cinched down to be really compact. It is relatively light compared to other packs that have 6000-7000 in. Capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnHunter View Post
    Look at Kifaru packs. I bought one before hunting Alaska last year and really like it. With a removable top that can be made into a day pack, the pack has huge capacity, but can be cinched down to be really compact. It is relatively light compared to other packs that have 6000-7000 in. Capacity.
    I would have also recommended the Kifaru Timberline 2, Bikine/Timberline 2, or Bikini/Highcamp, but the wait time on one right now will put him well into hunting season. I think Schnees might have the Stone Glacier in stock, and it is a fine pack as well, and a bit lighter.

 

 

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