I currently have a New Horn Hunter, Full Curl Pack System (I can still return it) it has the large 3000CI bag. Empty it weighs 7.25lbs. I just bought it for ($300+) to replace a much older one that I had. I really liked my older one, but it was time to replace it. They seem to fit me very well! I have packed out some very heavy loads with my older one of 90+ lbs.
So, I am looking at the new EXO K3 4800. It's right at 5.5lbs, but it's pricey, very pricey! About $700.00 when everything is said and done! Is the money really worth the <2lbs I will lose off the weight? I also really like the way the pack is set up! And I can probably use every break I can get from the weight loss, or at least my knees can! I have cut the weight of everything else I use or can think of... So is it worth it????
BTW, I Have tried KUIU, and I love the packs, but man they just don't fit me! Pain is the word when I wear them. I don't like the weight or configuration of most other packs... Sitka, Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, Outdoorsman etc.
Any thoughts about the cost difference and weight differential would be much appreciated! I can live with my Horn Hunter, just wondering if the "upgrade" is worth it.
I can afford the EXO, so the money isn't the issue, although it might sting a little:/
That’s why I use StoneGlacier it’s just a little lighter. Because it’s not carrying 80# 99% of the time.
It’s in daypack mode 99% of the time. So 2lbs add up.
I kind of looked at the SG as well, and I am just not sure it's really what I am looking for, I think! But I am sure it is an excellent pack! But how do you pack meat on it? do you completely remove the pack from the frame? For me, that's a deal breaker! I want to have some "pack" availability while I am packing out meat!
Buy what you want and like for sure. But, when you are dealing with pack weight, unless you have a flight limitation, fitting is the important thing. And, if the lighter fits and does the job better, then it is the best of both worlds. Just some food for thought. Good luck and God Bless
I didn't say it was necessarily the weight, but the configuration of the pack I want. I know some are lighter, and way cheaper. I am more concerned about the weight vs cost perspective... No doubt there are lighter and cheaper packs, they just don't do what I want them to, unless I am mistaken.
I’d only spend the money that high end packs demand if I were using it a lot. Several lower priced options that don’t sacrifice on quality exist.
Scar, you asked about having pack availability while packing meat? This year I had my entire camp plus a boned out sheep and head packed, and if needed I probably could have gotten more in the bag (at 140# I’m not sure I would have taken it...). Kifaru was a good pack (I did find it heavy, but it was a 7000+ci bag on an older duplex) but I just couldn’t get it to fit me. If the Exo/Kifaru/Whatever doesn’t fit you as well as the horn hunter, save your money. If you can find one that fits you well its worth way more than the extra $400 you’ll pay.
top straps come off at the lifters, loosen lower straps, open load shelf and load meat, re attach and tighten straps, pack out.
If necessary, I might just order both and see which one fits the best. I have time, so I might also just wait and see if I can find a used one.
Thanks for all the in-put and suggestions, it's very appreciated!
Always good suggestions and a great group of guys on here!!
I bought a Kuiu Ultra 7200, more for capacity but the lower weight is nice. If you want to return the Full Curl I could sell you a good used Full Curl with meat bags for half of what you paid for the new one.
Thanks for the offer, I am always happy to save some money!
One of the best things about SG besides their weight is how they fold up into daypack mode. A 6900 ci pack "looks" and "feels" like a 3500 ci pack while in daypack mode. I like to put the meat in the pack when I can and usually carry their "access bag" in my pack with my rain gear and puffy and just strap it to the outside of the pack after a kill. If I have too much for that to work, I simply use the load shelf. Very versatile system. While not as comfortable for me as a Kifaru with 80 plus lbs., I just usually "embrace the suck" for the pack out.
Thanks for all the info and feedback, it's much appreciated!!
I will see what they sell for, I bought a MR Metcalf, but I am not completely sold on it. I still have a week or two to return it.