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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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    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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    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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    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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    Pack: I think this is where the biggest weight differential will come in and it will be based mostly on how much you want to spend. I went for a heavier pack, a little over 5 lbs. because I was not willing to spend what it would cost for the lighter packs.

    Bag: I think all good 0* down bags will be within .5lb of each other so it will be more about fit and brand preference (I think they all fit the same-horrible.) I would go with Marmot or Big Agnes. Big Agnes is nice if you are getting the system from them because they have bags that do not have insulation on the bottom to save weight, instead they have a spot to slip their pad into, they have insulated pads for those bags and non insulated bags. I know you already have a pad so that is probably not an option you are looking for.

    Tents:

    Marmot Pulsar 2p is $349, and is 3lb 14oz (does not include foot print weight or cost) and packs to 8x23 inches.

    BA Fly Creek Platinum 2p is $499.99, and weighs 2lb 8oz (includes the foot print weight but not cost) and packs to 5x19 inches.

    BA Copper Spur 2p is $399, and weights 3lb 12oz (includes the foot print weight but not cost) and packs to 6x18 inches.

    As you can see cost will save you some space and lb with the platinum.


    I use the Copper Spur 1P.
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