Why my pack sucks: Kifaru, Stone Glacier, Exo, Seek, Mystery Ranch, Kuiu, etc.

Please select either the first or second choice, then select your current pack brand.

  • I have tried multiple hunting brands

    Votes: 171 52.3%
  • I have used just one hunting brand

    Votes: 83 25.4%
  • Stone Glacier

    Votes: 40 12.2%
  • Exo

    Votes: 41 12.5%
  • Kuiu

    Votes: 49 15.0%
  • Kifaru

    Votes: 32 9.8%
  • Mystery Ranch

    Votes: 116 35.5%
  • Seek Outside

    Votes: 16 4.9%
  • Other Hunting Brand

    Votes: 81 24.8%
  • Non Hunting Brand

    Votes: 17 5.2%

  • Total voters
    327

Shangobango

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Aug 5, 2019
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Just ordered a MR Metcalf on sale from GoHunt for 399. Never dreamed I would spend that on a pack. Here is hoping I don’t find much to list on this thread about it.
 

michsteelguy

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Aug 15, 2014
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Location
S.E. Michigan
Just bought a 2020 MR Pintler on GoHunt Memorial day sale..... for $360. Hoping its to my liking and all is well. Will post any issues if they arise.
 

seeth07

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Oct 14, 2016
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Kuiu Pro 5200 (myself) and Kuiu Pro 3200 (wife)
All Trips my wife and I
- 7 mile hike and haul out of a Blacktail/camp
- .5 mile archery CO cow elk haul and a week and many miles hiking around with fairly light load
- 2 Bull moose packs in Canada of about 1 mile each, single trip with help of 1 other guy. Holy smokes this put the pack to the test with a legit 150-200# on my back with those skulls. Stupidiest thing I've ever done.
- Multiple lope pack outs
- Multiple deer camp and pack outs 1-3 miles common

The main CON I have for the pack is when you take the main bag off after hauling camp in, there is no way to just attach the topper to the harness nor a really good way to strap a quarter just to the harness. I have bungee cords and parachord and make it work but its not convenient. Wish they could have thought that thru a bit more. There is zero need to carry around a big bulky 5200 bag once my sleeping bag and tent is out of it....
 

Gumbo Hunter

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Jun 8, 2019
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Location
Central MT
I have run a MR NICE frame, didn't seem rigid enough under extremely heavy loads (80+ pounds). I also tried a couple SG frames, they just didn't fit my back and again weren't rigid under extremely heavy loads. With both of these packs my posture would change significantly when packing meat.

Kifaru Hunter Duplex frame, very rigid under weight and allows me to walk upright in good posture under extremely heavy loads. I'm not a fan of the strappy, pillow like bags, or the molle attachments, or the open side pockets on my Reckoning. But I do like that they are larger in diameter instead of height (unlike SG) for going through/under brush when hunting/hiking with a full pack.
 

cahunter805

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May 27, 2014
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Kuiu Pro 5200 (myself) and Kuiu Pro 3200 (wife)
All Trips my wife and I
- 7 mile hike and haul out of a Blacktail/camp
- .5 mile archery CO cow elk haul and a week and many miles hiking around with fairly light load
- 2 Bull moose packs in Canada of about 1 mile each, single trip with help of 1 other guy. Holy smokes this put the pack to the test with a legit 150-200# on my back with those skulls. Stupidiest thing I've ever done.
- Multiple lope pack outs
- Multiple deer camp and pack outs 1-3 miles common

The main CON I have for the pack is when you take the main bag off after hauling camp in, there is no way to just attach the topper to the harness nor a really good way to strap a quarter just to the harness. I have bungee cords and parachord and make it work but its not convenient. Wish they could have thought that thru a bit more. There is zero need to carry around a big bulky 5200 bag once my sleeping bag and tent is out of it....
When you say Harness are you talking about the suspension only or suspension/frame? You can remove the bag and use the Load hauler that Kuiu sells also. I also added some extra straps to the frame to help secure quarters.
 

seeth07

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Oct 14, 2016
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When you say Harness are you talking about the suspension only or suspension/frame? You can remove the bag and use the Load hauler that Kuiu sells also.
Kuiu design doesn't have a traditional frame like a lot of backpacks. Their suspension and frame is all one system. Load Hauler? Not sure what that is or why I would buy some extra weight to haul in. When I remove the pack, there are numerous straps left on the harness but they are all loose ends (no clips male or female). Therefore I have no means to use them to attach a quarter. I literally have to take one from each side and tie a knot with them. Mine is now going on 8 years old so maybe newer designs have addressed this and why you have be confused with my problem?
 

mevertsen

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Mar 27, 2016
Messages
225
Location
Rural Nevada
I have an Eberlestock X2 which I like but it is well worn out. I had the Gunrunner, but it is too narrow IMO.

I have gone to a simple day pack from Walmart and I have a $70 aluminum pack frame with a shelf for loading out animals.
 

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2506gunslinger

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Joined
Oct 28, 2017
Messages
6
Location
Twin Falls, ID
Alpz Commander lite (1 yr) was super squeaky and didn’t have anyplace for storage.

Mystery Ranch Cabinet (2 yr) was awkward when carrying any heavier rifles and the waist belt had no molle webbing to attach anything.

Eberlestock Dragonfly (2 yr) had floppy panels all the time and was heavy. Came with a detachable waist pack for a lid that I never used because of the weight.

Eberlestock Team Elk (1 yr) is not a very usable pack to attach big quarters to. Good at a lot of things, but not amazing for any one task. Best compromise pack for me so far.
 
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