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Pack Review: The Best Hunting Backpacks

Pack Review: The Best Hunting Backpacks

These are the hunting packs that I will be using when I head into the backcountry this season. I've picked the best pack for each hunting situation I plan to encounter.
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from High Mountain Archer wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Aron, great choices! I have a few questions on pack and hoped you could help. The biggest question I have is the difference between Kifaru and Mystery Ranch. I have a couple of each of there packs and find that the Kifaru's are much more comfortable, but slightly less durable. Would you agree with this?
The next question would be about the Mystery Ranch Nice Frame compared to the Kifaru Duplex frame. What are the biggest differences between the two (in your opinion) and what would be the best option for guys with a longer torso length? Are the Kifaru military packs more durable then there hunting packs? If so, would you say that Kifaru military packs are on par with Mystery Ranch?
As always, THANKS for all of the knowledge and hard work that you bring to the hunting industry!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Larry

All of those companies make great packs and will be a fine option for anyone, but here are some of the options that make Kifaru a great choice.

The waist belt on Kifaru packs wraps around your hip bones forming a cup and this makes it much easier keeping the belt from sliding down your hips and having to re adjust and tighten you belt all the time.
Kifaru model packs also have what's called a "power pull" on their hip belts. This options will allow you to get the hip belt much tighter, much easier then some of the other pack companies hip belts.
Another thing that makes Kifaru a great choicer for me is the fact that the load lifters are extremely functional and adjustable for different torso lengths. The yoke system is also independently adjustable and with these two features, you can make the Kifaru packs fit just about anyone. The EMR for example has 26" stays and that allows me to get a good angle and get the majority of the pack load onto my hips even with 100+ pound loads.The EMR will fit a torso length ranging from 16-23 inches and still get a good amount of lift when needed.
Kifaru also makes several hunter friendly attachments that will make your life a bit easier when heading into the wilderness.... My favorite attachment would easily be the "grab it". When using this you will be able to attach your bow, a deboned elk quarter or just about anything that you could think of. I generally throw all of my gear (after a kill) in a waterproof bag, put the meat inside the pack and then put my waterproof bag in the grab it and start the long haul back to the truck.
Any pack made by Kifaru International is made 100% in the USA and backed with an unbelievable warranty and customer service. So when you purchase Kifaru, you know your money is staying here in the united states.
The owner of Kifaru International (Patrick Smith) at the young age of 64, is in the wilderness more then 150 days a year, so with an owner like that, you can count on the fact that everything he makes has been battle tested!

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from Larry Schwartz wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Aron, you seem to have a definite preference for Kifaru packs. Any reasons you prefer them over Badlands, Eberlestock, or Mystery Ranch?

Larry

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from Larry Schwartz wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Aron, you seem to have a definite preference for Kifaru packs. Any reasons you prefer them over Badlands, Eberlestock, or Mystery Ranch?

Larry

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Larry

All of those companies make great packs and will be a fine option for anyone, but here are some of the options that make Kifaru a great choice.

The waist belt on Kifaru packs wraps around your hip bones forming a cup and this makes it much easier keeping the belt from sliding down your hips and having to re adjust and tighten you belt all the time.
Kifaru model packs also have what's called a "power pull" on their hip belts. This options will allow you to get the hip belt much tighter, much easier then some of the other pack companies hip belts.
Another thing that makes Kifaru a great choicer for me is the fact that the load lifters are extremely functional and adjustable for different torso lengths. The yoke system is also independently adjustable and with these two features, you can make the Kifaru packs fit just about anyone. The EMR for example has 26" stays and that allows me to get a good angle and get the majority of the pack load onto my hips even with 100+ pound loads.The EMR will fit a torso length ranging from 16-23 inches and still get a good amount of lift when needed.
Kifaru also makes several hunter friendly attachments that will make your life a bit easier when heading into the wilderness.... My favorite attachment would easily be the "grab it". When using this you will be able to attach your bow, a deboned elk quarter or just about anything that you could think of. I generally throw all of my gear (after a kill) in a waterproof bag, put the meat inside the pack and then put my waterproof bag in the grab it and start the long haul back to the truck.
Any pack made by Kifaru International is made 100% in the USA and backed with an unbelievable warranty and customer service. So when you purchase Kifaru, you know your money is staying here in the united states.
The owner of Kifaru International (Patrick Smith) at the young age of 64, is in the wilderness more then 150 days a year, so with an owner like that, you can count on the fact that everything he makes has been battle tested!

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from High Mountain Archer wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Aron, great choices! I have a few questions on pack and hoped you could help. The biggest question I have is the difference between Kifaru and Mystery Ranch. I have a couple of each of there packs and find that the Kifaru's are much more comfortable, but slightly less durable. Would you agree with this?
The next question would be about the Mystery Ranch Nice Frame compared to the Kifaru Duplex frame. What are the biggest differences between the two (in your opinion) and what would be the best option for guys with a longer torso length? Are the Kifaru military packs more durable then there hunting packs? If so, would you say that Kifaru military packs are on par with Mystery Ranch?
As always, THANKS for all of the knowledge and hard work that you bring to the hunting industry!

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