It is plenty big for day hunts. I broke my leg in 2003 and as a result I tend to bring lots of emergency firstaid and "what ifs" in case I have to spend the night out again.
It will handle 75 pounds with ease. I've used it to pack out several Elk, Deer and Bears over the years without any troubles or failures.
I ordered my pack with the pack board that flips down to make a nice shelf for holding meat or extra gear. I also added three of their small bags for the belt and a long side bag. Other wise you have no where to keep small things that are easy to get your hands on quickly.
I used it twice this season for packing in our camp. One four day trip, I started with a 52# pack. and the second trip was three days with a 35# pack.
If I were ordering another Kifaru pack I would get the next size bigger. There is not alot of room in the spike camp bag. But I think the newer design is better. My bag is tapered at the top more drastically than the new ones.
I'm about to pull the trigger on new Kifaru pack and am considering the late season, KU 3700, and MMR Frame with attachments. Just can't decide which!
Good luck deciding. I don't think you will be dissappointed with either.
Several on the Kifaru forum are in the process of trying to convince Patrick to make a smaller version of the new Timberline pack, and if that happens then I'd recommend that pack instead of either that you're looking at.
I've got a Spike Camp and love it. It's carried some heavy loads especially with the Cargo Chair but for day to day hunting especially in northern/colder states the Late Season will carry more clothes and gear as a daypack.
This is a Kifaru Duplex Frame with Cargo Panel. This will work great as a daypack for taller guys or anyone that needs the ability to keep everything separated in different pockets, but also pack 80-120 lbs.
Feel free to shoot me an email with any questions on the packs.
I'm only about 5'6" so I have a short torso & no hips to speak of. Does that change anything or is there a specifc pack I should lean torwards?
Elk Reaper- I watched your packing video and you recommend getting the weight up and against your back. Does this apply for my build as well?
In terms of the "no butt" aspect, it shouldn't affect which pack you buy, but you should think about either getting stays that are shaped for that (Kifaru has differently shaped stays for the buttless) or bending the stays to fit your back (very easy to do - just make sure you trace the stock shape onto a piece of card board or similar before you start bending so you can get back to stock if need be).