I am starting to think about what gear I want for next year's sheep season. I have all year to buy it so I am starting to do the research now. I am thinking I want to try an internal frame pack this time around. Don't get me wrong, I love the Barney's pack, just want to see if there is a better option out there. I was looking at the Kuiu 7000, but I have heard their carbon fiber frames have problems with cracking, and the straps can break. I was also looking at the Kifaru Long Hunter, and KU5200.
I have a friend that bought a bunch of Kifaru's game bags, and I guess they failed pretty bad on him. If they don't make game bags very well, I am kinda weary about their packs. Anybody have any problems with them? I really like the idea of 2.5 pounds on the KU5200 pack, but am kinda worried about durability. If they shaved that much weight off, where did they sacrafice strength? 5200 kinda seems small too. I would hate to be hiking a sheep out and have my pack explode on me, because it can't handle the weight.
The Long Hunter seems like it's tough, but weighs in at 7 pounds 10 ounces, which is one less than my Barney's pack. But the Long Hunter has a bigger bag, and I would like to upgrade the size of my pack. The Hunter bag I have now, just seems to be too small.
Any opinions, likes or dislikes you guys would be willing to share on the packs will help out my decision a lot. If I am going to spend $600 - $700 I want to make sure I get the right one.