If you could only have one pack

AaronMColeman

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One do it all pack, probably something in the 60L range. I don't pack in for a week so I could be wrong, that's a decent compromise size that'll work for longer trips and compress for day trips.

But a lot of companies make bag only options so why not get a little 25L for days, 40L for cold weather, and an 80L for big hunts. It costs a good amount, but each new bag is about $200 +/- so you never need to worry about one bag to do it all.
 

Centralcoastca

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I don't want to beat a dead horse over this pack or that pack but I need to buy a pack and I'll be a one pack kind of guy...like a large day pack. Most of my hunts are tree stand hunts in SC so a pack is generally not needed but I could see myself potentially using one if I had one. But I do hike and camp some with my boys and we do have some western deer, antelope and fingers crossed an elk hunt coming up next year so, I'm in the market.

I'm leaning towards the mystery ranch pop ups. Would this suit my needs to serve as a day pack and camp pack as well as a small meat hauler or is this going to be too big for a day pack? I realize there's going to be some give and take trying to find an all-in-one but looking for some input from real experiences.

It doesn't look like there's much difference in size from the 28 to 38 when compressed so I assume I'd go with the 38. I like the idea of the side access.

Thoughts on the 28 vs 38? And I hate to ask the ford vs chevy question but are there any other packs I should consider?

Thanks,
I have a mystery ranch cabinet that is great for a day pack that expands big enough to haul a complete quartered blacktail. I used a big stuff sack in the haul area for an overnight trip once. I’ve since moved onto a kifaru reckoning, since I can cinch it all down and make it a day pack or have plenty of room for a multi day trip. I used it for a day pack on my cow elk hunt and it worked great. Hauled out two hind quarters and then some while my buddy hauled out the fronts and the rest. I was impressed how much you could pack it up with. Fortunately it was only for a mile in the muddy woods… the price is definitely a hurdle but I am happy with the quality of their gear, I like having one pack to do anything and it should last me forever.
 

newmexican

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I think the general consensus here for a while was that one very big pack (6000 cu in+) was a great all around choice, so long as it was compressible. Most of the good hunting pack makers make sure that their packs compress flat, so take your pick IMO.
 

68w

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Just started running the exo 4800 this year. I’ve only packed out one deer in it so far but it was much better than any of the previous packs I’ve used.

For hunting/packing out animals I’ve used:
-Marine Corps ILBE which was actually fairly comfortable
-Alps commander pack board/bag combo - pretty terrible IMO gets the job done for cheap but very uncomfortable
- Eberlestock just one 75L - packed out one animal and got rid of it.
-Sitka mountain 2700 - decent but not as comfortable as my exo. Also feels heavy empty. Haven't actually checked the weights to compare

have not run any of the other big names high end bags, but so far very happy with the exo mountain gear pack.
 

RottenOnion

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Kifaru Stryker XL with the camp bag and several pouches attached via Molle is pretty versatile.
 

Pigdog

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For me, my one pack to rule them all is my Seek Outside peregrine 3500. Works great as a day hunting pack, I’ve done minimalist five day trips with it and It’ll haul more meat that my legs can handle.
For what you are talking about, I’d probably not go with one of the “backpack hunting” packs (kifaru, exo, SG, SO) I think it’d be overkill. I’d probably get a daypack that was comfortable and well organized for whitetail hunting and then get a backpacking (non hunting brand) pack for my camping and backpacking and I’d rent a hunting pack for my big western elk hunt.
For what it’s worth, I really, really like the idea of the MR pop up packs and really, really tried to talk myself into getting one for a daypack with load ability. I borrowed a friends and it sucked as both. My ancient cabelas daypack is a better daypack and my ancient alps packframe is way better at hauling meat.
 

Gmr777

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Eberlestock F1 Frame pack. Super customizable and universal. Can carry a ton of weight. Great company and well made.
 

fatlander

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A 4-5k cubic inch bag on a frame that fits you and has a load shelf option. Exo, kifaru, or SG would be the three I’d try.


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Eric375

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EXO pack with an 1800 bag would be perfect. Then you could add a
larger bag if you decide to do a longer hunt
 
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