MR Sawtooth 45 or Exo Mountain K3 3200??

MR Sawtooth 45 or Exo K3 3200?


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River rat23

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Hello all. Upgrading my smaller pack. Have narrowed down between these 2. I was 100% set on the Exo, then I saw how similar the weight is on these 2, and how many storage spots there are inside the MR and it really caught my eye.

MR is quoted @ 5lb 5oz. Exo is 5lb 6oz to 5lb 9oz depending if you have the lid attached. So the weights are basically the same , even though the MR is a couple hundred ci smaller.

Price difference isn't a concern.

Used for 1-3 day hunts. Possibly for packing out meat. Taking the place of a Kuiu 1850 and Kuiu 2300. Just want 1 pack to do both jobs. And for my own reasons, I'm done with Kuiu frame packs. Still have a Kuiu Venture 2300 for light duty.

Thanks in advance for any input! I really appreciate it. Cheers!
 

Rob5589

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Sep 6, 2014
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W Sac CA
I love my Exo 3500. Looking at the MR, it looks as though there are some longish pockets inside where as Exo places them outside. If using them for a tripod, spotter, etc, the Exo looks to be a more efficient design. I'd prefer not to break into the pack every time I need the tripod. The MR uses a smaller pocket outside that looks like you could use for a tripod. Not sure if you could stuff and secure a spotter in there. Plus you would lose that for a water bottle, if that's your deal. MR has pouches built into the pack, Exo uses separate stash pouches. Having a removable lid is nice if you want to run it in day mode and "slim" out the pack some.

Buy both, give them a try, send back the one you do not prefer. Exo has a 30 day return policy. MR likely has the same kind of deal. Good luck , hard to go wrong either way.
 

51camohunter

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Jan 15, 2019
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I have the sawtooth and packed out 3 elk last year in Colorado. Worked great on packing out, very comfortable. You can carry a tripod on the outside, not sure if I would carry the spotter there. Belt has molle for water bottle pouch if needed. MR also has a new lid you can add to the sawtooth for extra capacity.
 

ArcherAdam

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Jun 18, 2019
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I have no experience with the Exo however I just got this sawtooth. It is no comparison to the 2009 badlands 2200 it replaced. No meat hauling yet.

I had it out the other day training for the fall. I do intend to get the lid, hip pockets,, and the blaze stick-it down the road. Now I did not have my camelbak bladder inside but as pictured I had 3 days worth of food, spotter and tripod, sleep system, etc to last me 3 days. I had no room left however I am confident in this pack and confident that I can get a 3 day stay out if it. So far it is the best pack I have owned.


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Young Blood

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Dec 24, 2018
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Kalispell, MT
I have no experience with the new guidelight MT frame (outside of trying it on at the local store... but they all feel good empty) but I bought a pintler with the guidelight last year and had terrible slippage with greater than 40 pounds in it and it put an incredible amount of pressure on my lower spine with the small lumbar pad they provide. I contacted MR for help fitting to no avail. There are threads here with guys experiencing similar slippage with the new frame also so I suspect the results are similar for people with my build even with the MT frame. I finally sold it and bought a K3 4800 and I can tell you without a doubt it is night and day difference for me. The Exo didn't slip once last year packing out 3 elk in 4 days and i didn't have any sore spots at all. I was impressed.
 

CougarBlue

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Mar 2, 2020
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Looked at, tested and returned a number of backpacks from the top makers and settled in on EXO. Not to say Mystery Ranch doesn't make a great bag. They absolutely do. But the fit and comfort for me was significantly better with the EXO.
 

joebow

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Jul 29, 2020
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I have no experience with the new guidelight MT frame (outside of trying it on at the local store... but they all feel good empty) but I bought a pintler with the guidelight last year and had terrible slippage with greater than 40 pounds in it and it put an incredible amount of pressure on my lower spine with the small lumbar pad they provide. I contacted MR for help fitting to no avail. There are threads here with guys experiencing similar slippage with the new frame also so I suspect the results are similar for people with my build even with the MT frame. I finally sold it and bought a K3 4800 and I can tell you without a doubt it is night and day difference for me. The Exo didn't slip once last year packing out 3 elk in 4 days and i didn't have any sore spots at all. I was impressed.
What is your build? I'm 5'9" 165lb and I have a lower back issue. Slightly concerned that a MR would give me similar results as what you experienced
 
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