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BenInMT

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I went Stone Glacier because they are based in Montana and I like most everything about it after maybe 5 elk packed out so far. Exo look pretty well thought out and I would like to try one someday. I would not consider Kirfaru.
 

manitou1

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Another vote for Kuiu.
Their new pro series are even better... plus they usually have a good day after Thanksgiving sale.
 

Cornbread

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I hated this. I guess it depends how far from truck you are hunting. I have the EXO 4800 and have been pleased. The minor (1-2lbs) increase in weight over my “day hunting” pack is 100% worth it. I have one pack, all my essentials are always there, no switching between packs etc. and on the rare instance I kill something here in Montana the first trip out is not wasted as @Talk2elk mentioned above.

Also as mentioned they are made in USA and great customer service. If you want a pack that can haul meat the three I would look at would be EXO, Stone Glacier and Mystery Ranch. All quality and made in US. Idk about Kuiu, I was not impressed with Seek, their frame is composite or aluminum? neither of which is costly but they command same price point as others - the one I saw was just a large duffel. EXO uses titanium, Mystery Ranch and Stone Glacier use carbon fiber.
I just got a Stone glacier Sky 5900 and I'm impressed. I just ordered that outside bag that attaches over the beavertail zipper (forgot what they call it, sorry) and I ordered 2 large accessory containers that get put on the belt. Yeah, they don't cheap, but hey are American made!! Made in Bozeman. It's the reason I only buy Leupold scopes. PUT AN AMERICAN TO WORK. As I was narrowing my choices, I called SG and a guy I believe named Ryan helped me. He's featured in one of the Spring bear videos. Super nice guy. I'm taking this setup up to Penna for the 2 weeks of deer season starting Sat. It's pretty sturdy. You do have to watch their videos on Youtube to see how everything works. It can get complicated. I basically bought it for it's meeting hauling capabilities, American Made, excellent reputation.
 

Tjd

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Kuiu….. sold for life after packing out a 152 lb. AK brown bear cape. Carbon fiber frame is legit.
 

Hilljackoutlaw

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Kuiu 1800 ultra is my go to day pack. I also have the stalker pack that which is perfect for warm weather whitetail hunts when you only need to pack a couple things.
 

IDFireLass

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Idaho
Other half and I went with KUIU packs this year. Game changer. So far he's packed out 2 elk and no problems. I helped pack out his elk last week with the 1800 pack and it was sure nice compared to what we used last year. We have the gun harness and strap the rifle rides under your arm. Love how that works really don't know you're packing your rifle. Coming out loaded the other day with the rifle had no problems at all. All from KUIU.
 

HiMtnHntr

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Dec 13, 2016
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Wyoming
I have an icon pro and got my wife a kids mystery ranch popups. Way better design for meat packing. I have packed a lot with the icon, but it isn't set up as well for meat packing.
 

adamgoodwin_23

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
Heres my mystery ranch Metcalf with a full rear quarter and euro'ed head. This was yesterday and packed out 3 miles. Full elk in 4 trips. Ive hauled out many deer/pronghorn/bear/elk with it and I wouldnt buy another pack.
 

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BRI

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Anduhconduh, Montana
I have KUIU and Mystery Ranch Sawtooth and have packed plenty with both. Can't go wrong with either but the KUIU generally sits as a back up and I almost exclusively use the MR.
 

manitou1

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Once I got the new Kuiu pro series that came out AFTER the Icon, I sold my M.R. Metcalf.
For ME, the Kuiu Pro is way more comfortable, Carrie’s better, and has a more functional layout. But… the only way to really evaluate/decide is to try them.
 

Lilhowie83

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Heres my mystery ranch Metcalf with a full rear quarter and euro'ed head. This was yesterday and packed out 3 miles. Full elk in 4 trips. Ive hauled out many deer/pronghorn/bear/elk with it and I wouldnt buy another pack.
I will second this. I borrowed a friend's Metcalf to pack out my sons elk this year, because I couldn't get the horses I planned to use, and I will be getting a Metcalf before next season. The amount of meat and gear you can load it up with is amazing. Plus it is the most comfortable pack I have ever put on my back.
 

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