3 Reasons You Need A Pack Frame
External frame backpacks are great for carrying a lot of gear, and almost irreplaceable if you’re carrying meat out of the backcountry
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Internal-frame packs have dominated the backpacking market for decades. But when it comes to packing out game, there is still a case to be made for external-frame packs. In addition to serving as a standard backpack, an external-frame pack can be stripped of its bag and used exclusively as a pack frame. As long as it has a load shelf and tie-out points, an external-frame pack can effectively haul anything you can carry. Here are a few other reasons you should own one.
Use a full external-frame pack while hunting or hiking just like any contemporary internal-frame pack. When it’s time to get an elk or moose out of the woods, just collapse the bag or strip it from the frame to avoid carrying any unnecessary weight. This is especially useful when making return trips for meat. Look for a quick-release system for detaching the pack, and an adjustable pouch for carrying your rifle when in hiking mode.
If you just want a meat-hauler, or maybe a second frame for a buddy willing to help retrieve game, consider investing in a frame only. They’re easy to keep in the truck or cabin and give you the option to equip a second set of shoulders for the heavy lifting.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to double your hauling capacity. Any frame pack with a load-out shelf, adequate hip and shoulder padding, and plenty of attachment points can serve as a pack board.