TrapperTrent,Great pics BigSurArcher. Do you use the 5200 for all your hunts? Or do you use the 1850 for your day hunts? and is the 5200 a good all around pack? is it too big for day hunts or too small for 4-5 day hunts? Just trying to decide which of the three i need or if i need to get two of them, and get the 1850 and the 5200. (sorry one more question) Have you ever considered hauling everything in your 5200 to camp and bring an empty 1850 with you, and get your camp set up and then take your 1850 and pack it with the essentials you will need for the day rather than putting the few items you will need for the day in the big size of the 5200? Just trying to decide on what i need to pull the trigger on before i buy it, thanks guys!
Like most things, it all comes down to how you plan to use it. I have two of these same size packs (not Kuiu unfortunately) but maybe my size experience can help.
My 1850 is perfect for the all day trip with enough of the basic protective equipment (fire starter, emergency blanket, water, flashlight, socks and a few candy bars) in case I got stuck out over night. With out modification, I have easily fit both tenderloins and a backstrap with all that in the bag to make it back out to the pack frame comfortably. I like the size, so I don't overpack, but wouldnt plan staying out overnight with just that size.
This is where the 3000 came in. For a barely noticeable weight difference, I gained an extra 1200 cubic inches to fill with.. tents, stove, food, sleeping back. All the essentials for one or two nights out. I feel like once I zipped the bag up, no way would I be able to fit much of anything else in to bring back out with me. Other members of my family use packs in the 4500 cubic inch range, and for the slight increase in weight over the 3000, can fit practically anything and everything they can carry. The 3000 is good as a planned day pack to bring out a good load or cape and horns, but I catch myself packing the extra's that I never really use. My next pack will be in the 4200ci range. Hope this helps.