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Kifaru's AMR Bag—Up to the Task
By Brock Akers, Rokslide Moderator

When it comes to bag selections, Kifaru offers many choices. There is something for every style of hunting. For the type of hunting I do (backcountry, three to seven days) I had an idea of what I was after. The T1 proved to be an excellent choice for many trips, but when Aron Snyder told me about the Australian Mountain Ruck (AMR) that was soon to be released, I knew that I needed to have it. The AMR is a 7800 Cubic Inch (CI) bag that can be compressed down to next to nothing. I like the ability to pack all the gear I need for the week, hike in, set up my camp, then compress the bag down to "day hunt" mode for the rest of the hunt. The reason is simple: If I am lucky enough to shoot an animal, I can bring back a load of meat to camp rather than wasting that trip retrieving a full-sized pack.

 

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Buying A Backpack  A-Z

By Aron Snyder, Rokslide Prostaff

It’s that time of year again and all the hunting forums seem to get overloaded with “what pack do I need for my upcoming hunt, “ so I figured it was a great time to go over the key steps in getting a pack fitted for you as well as what size of pack may be needed on your upcoming hunt.

I will be breaking this down into several sections, starting off with what I feel is the most important!

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Mystery Ranch NICE Metcalf

By Matt Cashell, Rokslide Prostaff

I started tesing Mystery Ranch's updated Metcalf last summer.  I was able to drive to their Montana location to meet the Mystery Ranch crew and get fitted for the Metcalf.  I posted my initial thoughts after some short trips into the field last August.  To see how this testing process started off, check that post here.

Fall was at my doorstep before I knew it and due to an unexpected delay on a home improvement project, I found myself missing the first two days of archery elk camp.  My buddies Jared and Kenny had wisely left without me. I could only cyberstalk them as I received SPOT messages about their camp locations in some of my favorite Western Montana elk country. Finally, though, all the tile mortar was setting in the home addition and I was free.  The next day I was off in the early morning dark headed for the September woods with weeks of vacation ahead of me. The Mystery Ranch NICE Metcalf rode shotgun, ready for the challenge.

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Paradox Pack Review

By Jared Lampton, Guest Contributor

"It's lightweight yet very strong. It's rigid yet flexible. It's simple and efficient yet incredibly versatile."

These were the claims being made about Paradox Packs over a year ago while I was trying to decide what new pack to spend my hard-earned dollars on. Fitting descriptions, I thought, given the name of the pack. But, could this young pack company deliver on their claims? I decided to give them a shot.

In the fall of 2013, I bought a Paradox Evolution frame, 6300 cubic-inch pack bag, with a lid and the Day Talon from Seek Outside. By my calculations, I logged a total of at least 290 miles scouting and hunting during 2014 with this pack. About 72 of those miles were off-trail through rough terrain and about 17 miles with loads exceeding 80 pounds. Probably about one-third of the total miles were with backpacking gear, weighing approximately 25-35 lbs. In this review I'll go into detail on some of the unique design features of the pack and talk about how the pack performed for me.

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