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  1. #1
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    Loaded Day Pack Weight ??

    I'm just wondering how much peoples packs weighs that they would carry for a day pack. I'm a little embarrased how much mine weighs. I'm carried a full tripod and big spotting scope, but still. (20 lbs) Am I crazy ??

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    Thanked 74 Times in 59 Posts not crazy. A day pack should always support a full uninterrupted night out, plus emergency kits too. Mine can weigh in at 20 to 30 lbs at times. I pack in more water if I am unfamiliar with an area just to make sure I have enough. I dont pack in a tent, but I do have a light cover that works in a pinch. One full MRE works for enough energy for 24 hours if needed.
    If your comfortable with a side arm, that adds to it, or an AR or even a shorty shot gun. These can weigh in on a pack too.

    The guys you hear stories of that never came back or barely made it are the ones that didnt think it was necessary to take in needed preparations.
    I hunt because........

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    Maybe more information than you wanted, but I've had a thread going for over a year on another forum on what to carry for a mountain daypack list. Here is where I'm at after getting everyone's input. It is much more thorough and lighter than my original list. I also got a postage scale to verify weights last spring, and all weights are rounded to the nearest ounce.

    -Sog Revolver hunting knife (4 3/4"blade + 4 1/2" bone/wood saw) 7oz
    -Benchmade folding knife 4oz
    -Smith pocket sharpener (carbide V sharpener and small steel) 1oz
    -Garmin GPS/2 way radio with lithium AA batteries 9oz
    -blaze orange windshear fleece baclava 4oz
    -GI rain poncho (doubles as tarp) 10oz
    -Marmon 800 fill down jacket 12oz
    -Cabelas windshear camo windbreaker jacket 18oz
    -Spare wool socks 3oz
    -Sitka Traverse bottoms estimated 10oz
    -cabelas dry plus 40gr thinsulate gloves 4oz
    -wool liner gloves 2oz
    -2 7hr handwarmer packets total 2oz
    -Contractor trash bags(2 for groundcloth, rain, or packing meat) 3oz
    -compass & map of hunting area 4oz
    -2 Mammut S-lite headlamps (1 AA battery each) total 4oz
    -spare lithium batteries (4 AA) total 2.5oz
    -camera w/ 2AA lithium batteries (can be stolen as spares) 6oz
    -10 rounds ammo in camo sleeve 1.1oz each for total 11oz
    - 20oz gatorade 22oz
    - 20oz water in stainless steel water bottle (can boil water in it) 26oz
    -4 Cliff bar energy bars total 10oz
    -bag of jerky 4oz
    -Stoney point rapid pivot bipod sitting & prone models total 19oz
    -wind meter 2oz
    -rangefinder w/battery 12oz
    Survival/misc/overnight kit
    -Adventure medical bivy sack 4oz
    First aid kit total 6oz
    -1 roll bright orange vetwrap (can use as ace bandage, trail marker)
    -4 big safety pins
    -small roll athletic tape
    -antiseptic towlette
    -1 tube neosporin
    -quickclot sponge
    -5 4x4 gauze pads
    -50ft bright yellow paracord (marking trail or use as cord) 3oz
    -30yds 143lb braided nylon rope 1oz
    -15yds 262lb braided nylon rope (good spare bootlace) 1oz
    -Frontier water filter straw & potable water tablets combined 1oz
    -blank CD (signal mirror)
    -firesteel & small lighter on lanyard 2oz
    -pill bottle of vaseline coated cotton balls (over 1hr of burn time) 1oz
    -Esbit cook stove with 4 fuel cubes (12 min burn time/cube) 5.5oz
    -Snow peak mug w/following total 11oz
    -4ft folded aluminum foil (windscreen for stove, etc)
    -3 hot tea bags
    -1 hot chocolate pkt
    -ziploc bag meal of rice/jerky/bullion cube
    -shortened spoon

    If I added right, with this list I pack 248oz or 15.5lbs not counting the pack itself. I don't think that weight is to bad including water. I still would like to switch to a separate tarp and rain gear, but the poncho will work for now. I'd like to get a Kifaru paratarp, but haven't spent the money yet.

    Also on my person I carry binoculars, 4 rounds extra ammunition and a 4oz Altoids tin with a firesteel, tinder packets, striking surface, waterproof matches, oven bag (for water), and water purification tablets are carried in my pocket.

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    I always get made fun of for how heavy my pack weighs... Probably around 20-30lbs. I carry a lot of drinks, I drink water like its goin out of style. Plus, after getting lost one time while I was hunting.. i carry a lot of stuff juuuuust in case I get lost again... even though now i never leave my house without a GPS. I was born without a sense of direction

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    I always carry what I think I will need in a bad situation, better to have it and not use it than need it and not have it, If I'm in good enough shape I'm not worried about being to light I don't think 20-30lbs is to much especially when you are carrying a side arm and optics a pistol, spotting scope, tripod, and binocs are going to add quite a bit of weight even if they are light weight models

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    I always pack everything I might need to spend a night in the field, and to take care of any animal I might get lucky enough to harvest. My pack goes with me whether I might be 300 yds or 3 miles from the truck. And it probably weights in around 25 lbs. with water.
    Shoot STR8

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    Mines pretty light and minimal. Most of my weight is spotter/tripod and water. 20 lbs would be a good load for my day pack.

    Spotter/tripod (nomad and high country....under 4.5 lbs)
    Small medical kit (nothing much, band aids, alcohol swipes, suture kit, butterflies, advil, moleskin, matches and lighter).
    Flashlight and/or headlight
    25' 550 cord
    knife and stroker
    Rain gear (if needed, I WILL leave this behind)
    ziplock of snacks (jerky and trail mix)
    compass and gps
    game bags (the cheesecloth type ones)

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    My elk hunting Daypack goes about 20 to 25 lbs, depending on the weather/temps:

    lighter and waterproof matches
    space blanket
    small medical kit
    Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich
    pepperoni stick
    trail mix
    GPS/Radio (Garmin Rino)
    Nalgene Bottle
    Wind puffer
    extra calls
    Small HD Video Camera
    Gorilla Super glue
    I use XXXL ladies panty hose for game bags (4 pairs does one large bull)

    Best of Luck,
    Last edited by elkmtngear; 08-15-2011 at 03:03 PM.

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    I hunt for blacktails mostly and need a lot of water. Daily temps are in the 90's+ so I pack a 100 oz bladder full. I have used an entire one in a day several times. My pack weighs in at 28 pounds. Set of Kaibab binos and tripod included.

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    elkmtngear, Have you used your Steripen much. I have one, but where we have hunted have a lot of free range cattle stomping in the creeks. I trust my MRS filter pump here, but haven't pulled the trigger during my trips with the Steri Pen, being afraid of getting sick. Would like to hear from anybody using it extensively. It's a lot easier than pumping. I don't think I would have such a problem if the cattle were out of the area. I pack it as my back up.




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