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rufous

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I have a Crooked Horn Outfitters Master Guide pack and I really like it (except the zippers are quite hard to open and close and the water bottle pouches are too short) but I am thinking I need a bigger pack to help pack out meat. I have a large internal frame pack made by Gregory that has worked well for packing out elk legs but I would like one pack that would do it all. I am planning a fly in wilderness hunt and need to consolidate my equipment so need one pack that will do all instead of one pack for hunting and another pack for packing out meat. I am looking at 3 different packs and am hoping for input from you all who have used these packs. The 3 I am looking at are the Bagmaker Extreme http://www.bagmaker.com/outdoors/Pop_Pages/pop_QP368.htm or the Cabela's Dwight Schuh pack http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/horizontal-item.jhtml?id=0015825515445a&navAction=jump&navCount=0&indexId=&podId=0015825&catalogCode=XC&parentId=&parentType=&ri d= or the Kifaru Longhunter pack http://www.kifaru.net/BACKPAKS.HTM but so far I do not know which one to pick. Have any of you guys used these? Thanks, Rufous.
 

1_pointer

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Never used any of the three, but have NEVER heard a bad word about Kifaru. I tried on a Spike Camp in ID last year and loved it. I'm saving my pennies for a longhunter. HTH.
 

ELKCHSR

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I was looking at those packs earlier this year...They look like a very well thought out set up!!! :D
 

Horn Seeker

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Never heard a bad word about Kifaru? Well, heres one, Crap! As in Crap for the money they are asking. My hunting partner has a spike camp and its miserable after 30 pounds. I know someone who had the longhunter and WAS NOT pleased at all. Matter of fact, I might be able to get ya a used one if you are interested.

You might want to look at the Badlands packs. The Schuh pack is pretty cool, haven't looked at the Bagmakers yet, but will in a minute. THe Badlands 4500 is a full sized pack, made of saddlecloth in camo that has a top of the line mountaineering suspension system and an UNCONDITIONAL lifetime guarantee.

I have a Badlands 2800 that I love. I just packed 50 pounds of boned out meat in it with a front quarter (elk) strapped to the back and it was still very comfy.

The 4500 is spendy, but no spendier than the Kifaru and you will get a MUCH better pack. Do some serious research in the mountaineering stores and see what people think about Patrick Smith.

A lot of people have been pleased with the Kifaru gear, so this is only my and a few others opinions that I know of.

Good Luck Ruf,

Hornseeker
 

Horn Seeker

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After looking at the Bagmaker, OF the three choices you gave I'd go Schuh.

Go to Badlands.com and check them out, write the manager a note and see what he has to say.

Once again, I love mine and would love to get the 4500 when I can afford it.

I'd also consider getting a Dana Design terraplane or Bridger and making a fleece cover for it.
 

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