Hello everyone! I am new to this forum. So far its way cool and lots of good info. I saw someone talk about it over on AT and thought I could get some advice. I am on a budget and I have to buy some new gear for my backcountry adventures next fall. I am going to buy a one man tent or bivy. What is everyone's opinions? I am a little nervous about a bivy for the claustrophobic factor but I know they are a little cheaper. I am not opposed to them just nervous. Most of my ventures will be 3 to five days with the occasion overnighter. I will also be purchasing a new pack. I tried to just make due with a pack frame and my 2800 attached to it. I can't stand that anymore. My original thought was to just buy a pack and have a budget of $600 but now I am thinking I need to stretch that for both my tent and pack. I have looked at the tenzing packs, badlands ox, eberlestock, mr crew cab, kifaru (i am thinking there out of my price range) and kuiu. I was just curious what you guys think of packs within that price range. I can probably raise my max dollar a little to get both but not much. I hunt bear, elk, and deer so meat packing out is important factor.