Economy Packs

Semorbux

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Spent last Deer season using a Badlands Reactor pack with an old Navy seabag rolled up and attached incase I got a buck ( I know, pretty ghetto but the best I could do) and I just want something better suited to hauling game out if I punch my tag.

Money is tight so I'm looking to spend less than 300 preferably around $200 if possible. I'm looking for something that's hydration compatible, with a meat shelf. From what I've seen, my best options are probably a Full Curl G2 lite combo, a Spika Dover, or an ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Commander X Frame and just attach my Badlands for this season.

Do any of you guys have any experience with any of these options or maybe something else I haven't thought of?

My typical hunt will be between 1-6 miles total with very minimal gear. I usually just pack a headlamp, backup flashlight, batteries, water bladder, phone, sweatshirt, mini binoculars, lighter, toilet paper, plastic shovel, Gerber folding saw, tiny Allen pop up camo netting with collapsible sticks, snacks, 2 knives, game bags, gloves, head netting, light emergency poncho, zip ties, pen, ammo, license and keys. I'd like to pack a tiny collapsible chair, and maybe a pop up blind or larger camo netting but it's a bit much with the reactor. Any info would be appreciated.

Oh and by the way, I'm 5'11, 240# if that makes a difference.
 
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Semorbux

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I should probably mention I'd like to keep it 40l max, preferably smaller. I mostly still hunt in heavy growth, think CA river bottoms, a large pack will get me busted but that one would be nice in the mountains for a couple day trip.
 
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bobinmi

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For around 300 you could pick up a decent (ie; kifaru, stone glacier)frame used. Jerry rig an attachment system for your reactor and and have some real load hauling capabilities and you're halfway to an "expedition" style pack when you're ready.
 

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I'm your size, actually about 30 pounds heavier and in my 50s.

Have a Horn Hunter Mainbeam XL pack and its nice.

Decided I don't go far enough to justify a full size pack all the time and sure don't want to wear one around here (FL), so got a lumbar pack. Absolutely love it.
 
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Semorbux

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I'm your size, actually about 30 pounds heavier and in my 50s.

Have a Horn Hunter Mainbeam XL pack and its nice.

Decided I don't go far enough to justify a full size pack all the time and sure don't want to wear one around here (FL), so got a lumbar pack. Absolutely love it.
That was exactly my thought. I don't mind having the option to go bigger but if I do, I'll only spend a weekend at most in the mountains all season so a smaller one like a MR 18 or 28 fits my style of hunting alot better. Just can't justify 350 atm.

I'll be heading up to Reno this weekend so hopefully I'll be able to try a few on at Cabela's while I'm up there.
 

wind gypsy

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Forgot to mention that one actually. I've seen this pack mentioned alot and it should have been on the list, ty.
They are nice day hunting packs. I wouldn't want to do serious meat hauling with one but the guy who taught me how to elk hunt packs out his first load (usually around 100#) with one almost every year. I wouldn't want any part of that but he's harder than woodpecker lips and I've never heard a word of complaint about it during a pack out.
 
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Semorbux

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Well after hitting every Sportsman's Warehouse, Scheels, And Bass Pro between Chico, Sacramento and Reno I ended up ordering a Full Curl Hybrid Frame.
It hits all the marks I need on a pack atm. It has a hydration pouch, has a meat carrier, enough pockets to fit everything that's currently in my Badlands pack and I can buy a larger bag to throw on it if I decide I wanna spend a couple days packing into the woods. Hopefully it works out for me.
I really wanted to get an Emberlestock X2 like traveler suggested but that thing is way too small for me. I got to try one in Chico and my torso is just too large. I couldn't see myself being comfortable in it with my current gear and no way could I pack a deer with it. Thanks for the tips guys, they were appreciated.
 
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Semorbux

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Ty Zap, I strongly considered that but ended up ordering a Horn Hunter Full Curl frame.

Mods can close this if they want. It's ran it's course.
 
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Desk Jockey

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Nothing wrong with a mil surplus pack, alice, ilbe or similar......check ebay. All made in USA and heavy duty.
+1 for this. I have hauled some soul crushing loads with Alice packs in my youth.

if you can do without the meat shelf (you can) then look at a FILBE or ILBE for about $50. Throw in a mystery ranch NICE frame and you have a hell of a hauler for $200 or less. Mystery ranch was also supply a pack called a SATL that can be had cheap on eBay and other places that is outstanding.

another angle is a mystery ranch crew cab or mule. Both are just a daypack / load shelf / frame combo. Newer ones can be found on sale. Used are pretty cheap. I have a crew cab on a nice frame that is my dedicated heavy hauler and training pack.
 

lnewton

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Spent last Deer season using a Badlands Reactor pack with an old Navy seabag rolled up and attached incase I got a buck ( I know, pretty ghetto but the best I could do) and I just want something better suited to hauling game out if I punch my tag.

Money is tight so I'm looking to spend less than 300 preferably around $200 if possible. I'm looking for something that's hydration compatible, with a meat shelf. From what I've seen, my best options are probably a Full Curl G2 lite combo, a Spika Dover, or an ALPS OutdoorZ Extreme Commander X Frame and just attach my Badlands for this season.

Do any of you guys have any experience with any of these options or maybe something else I haven't thought of?

My typical hunt will be between 1-6 miles total with very minimal gear. I usually just pack a headlamp, backup flashlight, batteries, water bladder, phone, sweatshirt, mini binoculars, lighter, toilet paper, plastic shovel, Gerber folding saw, tiny Allen pop up camo netting with collapsible sticks, snacks, 2 knives, game bags, gloves, head netting, light emergency poncho, zip ties, pen, ammo, license and keys. I'd like to pack a tiny collapsible chair, and maybe a pop up blind or larger camo netting but it's a bit much with the reactor. Any info would be appreciated.

Oh and by the way, I'm 5'11, 240# if that makes a difference.
I would suggest ebay and getting a used Mystery Ranch. You can get a mid 2010-2011 model with the nice frame for around 200.00. Good luck. I would rather have a good quality used one than an economy new one.
 

seand

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ive got a couple old mountain smith packs about 6000 ci or so (frostfire I think?). Just weighed one, 4.2# on my fish scale. This photo is 130# in the pack, loaned it to my buddy on a mule deer hunt. I’ve seen them used for pretty cheap. They collapse down pretty darn small and light. 26” aluminum stays.

this is a pre-kifaru kifaru.
 
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Semorbux

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Ended up sending the Full Curl back. Didnt fit me well but would be great for a smaller guy, I'm 250

Got an MR pop up 28 on order now. Just missed a sale on Bob Wards this morning, they have them on sale for $260 but mines already shipped and I'll have it in 2 days instead of a week so no worries. Heard good things about that pack so hopefully it's a better fit for me. Got the XL.
 

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