View Full Version : Updated best all round pack on market?????.

Crown backcountry
04-10-2013, 01:10 PM
Hi guys, a lot of these posts r as old as 2 years. I'm sure there are some new packs on the market now and updated versions of the paks talked about. I am looking for a pack that will function well as a day pack as well as being able to carry my rifle on long hikes into the hills. Would also like to be able to pack my meat out with is pack. Am looking for a comfortable pack I can wear all day. Also would like the option of being able to haul my gear into back woods for 4-7 day hunts. But be able to compress pack down once camp is set up for a functional day pack that can haul my water, rain gear, and changes of clothing as the weather changes in the mtns of BC where i live. And haul my rifle on day hunts as well. I am a tall guy and have been discouraged by reading some of these reviews. I am 6'2" and 225lb with 36" waist.
I thought I was sold on the Eberlestock J34 till I read that it was not good for taller people. Then I thought I wanted the Blue Widow by the same company. Until I read that bladders for water go into the side walls making for and unbalanced ride (what a terrible spot). Bladders should be close to the frame in my opinion. Also considered the Dragonfly j107. But read that it is hard to take advantage of the load adjustment straps close the shoulders designed to put the load more on your hips than shoulders when u already have the shoulder straps as high as they will go on the frame. Spent last 2 days researching bags. And now I am leaning towards the Mystery Ranch CrewCab but read how someone complained about being too tall for it. Or one of the Kuiu bags. Does anyone who is my size own and love any of these bags listed above? Also have looked at the Badlands OX pak but seems to load and clunky....

04-10-2013, 01:57 PM
Check out kifaru packs as well as stone glacier.

Crown backcountry
04-10-2013, 04:10 PM
Do they make a pack that u can haul your meat out between the frame and the pack? Looked at review for one kifaru and buddy was loading all the meat into his pack....

Crown backcountry
04-10-2013, 04:18 PM
Just looking at stone glacier. They look good

04-10-2013, 06:10 PM
Do they make a pack that u can haul your meat out between the frame and the pack? Looked at review for one kifaru and buddy was loading all the meat into his pack....

With the bikini frame/highcamp yes you can however putting it inside the bag is just as good of an option if not better some argue.

The accessory you would end up getting would be the heavy load out kit.

Bitterroot Bulls
04-10-2013, 06:42 PM
The Stone Glacier integrated meat shelf is very funtional.

The Kifaru Heavy Load out kit works fine also, but I prefer the Generation 2 hanging meat bag with the Kifaru.

These are the two best packs on the market, IMO.

The MR Metcalf might be up there too, but I haven't seen it myself. the other MR NICE packs like the 6500 are comfortable, capable, durable packs, but pounds heavier than the SG and Kifaru bags.

Kuiu makes a great pack as well, but I put it behind the SG and Kifaru. Some will prefer its high levels of organization though.

Crown backcountry
04-10-2013, 08:24 PM
Bitterfoot What's your favourite Kifaru pack?

Crown backcountry
04-10-2013, 09:39 PM
Been on the Kifaru site and their paks look good. Like how every one is custom fit. Interested to hear from people who own and their pro's and cons. For kifaru is the hanging meat bag a separate pak. Or can u use it with the frame from their packs? Also same question about the heavy load out kit. Also how do they like the rifle attachment?
Been on the Stone Glacier site. Their packs look pretty good. Does anyone own one and have any experience with them? How do they hold up on the mountain? They shoulder straps are adjustable by Velcro. Does this break down over time? Seems kind of hoaky. Interested in hearing from someone with experience with their paks. Also how do they like the rifle attachment? pro's and cons as well for this company.

04-11-2013, 09:55 AM
I don't have either of theses packs but have been doing a lot of research like you. The best resource I have found for that has been rokslide.com. There are many posts on various packs, especially Kifaru, as well as videos. Currently there is a comparison video of Stone Glacier and Kifaru being done by Bitterroot Bulls. Take a look.


04-12-2013, 01:08 PM
Forget about Eberlestock and keep looking at the Mystery Ranch line-up. You mentioned the Crew Cab; that would be a great choice for what you're wanting. I don't know who brought up the height issue but you would not be too tall for it.

Crown backcountry
04-16-2013, 10:09 PM
Thank you all for your input. I decided to go with Mystery Ranch and ordered the Overload 3 Zip pack. Will let u all know how I like it once I have a chance to try it out.

In God We Trust
05-10-2013, 10:33 PM
I have a Badland's Ox. It is a great pack and the warranty is top notch. My brother and myself both bought a large because we are 6'1" and 6'3". The belts on the large packs wouldn't cinch up tight enough so I called badlands and they rushed two new belts to us in 3 days for free, no questions asked. I have also sent my Badland's day pack in for repairs and they did an excellent job. The bag can be removed and the frame pack itself weighs less than 1.5 lbs. I think badland's is one of the top pack companies on the market. The one thing I don't like is they are not made in the States.

09-30-2013, 08:32 PM
I absolutely love my Eberlestock blue widow and my Eberlestock V90. I train with 78 lbs. in the v90 and i just returned from three separate three - four day elk bow hunts using the blue widow every day for the second year in a row. if i had gone in farther with a partner we would have brought the v90 in as well. I've done a little minor maintenance on some abused seams but these things are everything they claim to be and more IMHO. I love all the well thought out engineered features. Tough as nails and resist rain infiltration awesome. Spent up to five hours per day in the rain with no leakage whatsoever. never used the rain cover either. Gannet Ridge in Fort Collins will make you a sweet deal. They did for me.

09-30-2013, 09:16 PM

My Stone Glacier Terminus pack was bombproof for me all month.

I used it filming and hunting since Aug 30th to this past Sat.

After tons and tons of miles of high country use spike camping every few miles and hauling out my first elk on two trips of 2 miles each up steep and nasty terrain, the pack is minimalistic yet highly functional. .

My cardio on the other hand, was not up to par :)

Highly recommend it.


10-01-2013, 09:21 PM
My Kifaru Timberline 1 is fantastic. The build quality, customization, functionality, and comfort are top shelf. I really don't see any reason for me to get another pack for the kind of hunting I do for a long time. Buy once, cry once. <-- It took me four packs so I can't say that I took that bit of advice.

02-25-2014, 06:12 AM
You might look at the paradox pack as well. It is light weight (sub 4 lbs in most configurations ) , can carry a load very well, can be used without a bag for humping quarters or day use , and the frame height is adjustable

Full disclosure I am the co designer


02-25-2014, 07:37 AM
Crown, with Mystery Ranch if you get a bag with the nice frame, you have the option of getting a lift kit for the frame. This will keep your load lifters functional when the bag is separated from the frame to haul meat, or being your case where you are so tall it will benefit you. I just got my Metcalf and have loved it, tons of room for a 5 day hunt, but can also compress down for day hunts. Talk to Andrew at Mystery Ranch he is very knowledgeable and can help you out.

02-25-2014, 09:52 AM
I've owned a Badlands 2200 and 2800, Blacks Creek Westerner and Canadian(neither are made anymore), Eberlestock Blue Widow and J104. All of those packs have made it down the road, I run a Mystery Ranch Nice Frame with lift-kit and a long bow for 95% of what I do, that includes 3 day backcountry hunts, anything longer I'm using my Metcalf. I've used a Stone Glacier once and that was a hell of a nice pack too!! I had to borrow it while I was waiting on a repair to my nice frame, fell out of the truck doing 75mph on the freeway and broke one of the buckles. Spend the extra money now, you'll save yourself thousands in the long run.

04-28-2014, 07:48 PM
Thank you all for your input. I decided to go with Mystery Ranch and ordered the Overload 3 Zip pack. Will let u all know how I like it once I have a chance to try it out.

Bump.. How do/did you like the pack?

I used a Blue widow last year and didn't have any issues with it. This year I'll be using a icon pack.