So, I drew DS 137 this year (yes, the Gods have indeed smiled upon me) and will spend up to two weeks hunting sheep in the Chugach. I'm planning to upgrade my frame and pack because my old Kelty is showing her years and doesn't quite have the storage capacity I would like.
As much as I'd love to drop $600 on a frame and bag from Barney's, I would prefer to remain married. Do you guys have any recommendations for a sturdy, quality frame and pack in the $200-$350 range? I would prefer a pack of around 4,500-5,500 cubic inches, and I would think a rifle pocket would be a major selling point since this will be a hike-in. The Cabela's Extreme Alaskan Outfitter caught my eye (4,700 cubic inches, under 8 lbs., under $300). However, I thought it best to check with those who have real experience before purchasing.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.