Those are the 2 packs I have settled on, I agree, both are great, and different enough that it’s easy to justify keeping both pack systems… glad I don’t have to pick one, because I like my EXO, but wear the kifaru mostly these daysOne thing I really like about the Kifaru packs is the MOLLE attach points. You can use them to attach external pockets and customize the pack to get exactly what you need for each hunt. EXO doesn't offer MOLLE on their packs and I'm sure that contributes to the lower prices. I am really impressed with how comfortable the EXO pack system is and if you don't need the MOLLE attachments, I think EXO is a great choice.
what you think of the initial ascent?So, I just spoke to Dennis from Initial Ascent and went ahead and ordered a pack. Seems like a great guy. If it doesn't work out he said I can return it in 30 days. I am very excited to check this thing out. The Pannier system is what sold me on it.
I really like it. I wrote a little blurb about it on page 2 if you want to check it out and some pics. I love the big lumbar pad and how the belt cinches up to ride on your hips. Very happy so far. I have yet to hike with my main pack, so far its just been with the pannier system.what you think of the initial ascent?