I need a new sheep hunting pack and am rethinking my approach and dealing with sticker shock... The approach I've taken and advice I've given when guys ask about packs isÖ.. 7000+ cubes able to haul 100lbs+ without buckling the frame all in about an 7-8lb pack.
I've been reading about the MR Metcalf and the Stone Glacier Solo. 3300-4500ci bags that pull away from the frame giving you a meat haul area. Interesting concept as opposed to stuffing a bag of meat in with the rest of your gear and trying to get the weight where you want it. Most of the time a guy doesn't need a 7000+ ci bag. But you need a good frame and the ability to haul the meat and gear obviously.
I think I could make either one of these work for an 8-10day walkin hunt. 8-10 days worth of food is my bulkiest heaviest "item". A guy could put it in a bag in the meat area along with your tent. That would leave plenty of room in the main bag I would think. Especially the Metcalf with the Lid.
The light weight of the StoneGlacier packs sure is appealing. MR and SG both use 500d cordura. I suspect the weight savings for the SG packs is the frame.
MR has an excellent reputation and the NICE frame can be used for other applications as well.
Then there's the Kifaru Highcamp. They say you can use the pack as a compression panel to haul meat the same way. No pics though. "Detach the bag from the Bikini Duplex Frame it was designed to work with and the bag can become a "compression panel" for carrying a load of meat between itself and its frame (see our optional Load Haul Kit for details)."
Thoughts-Opinions on these three packs? I like the simple approach, strong "new school" external frames and not having a bunch of bells and whistles.
Mystery Ranch Metcalf $519.00
3600ci 5lbs 12oz
4500ci 6lbs 15oz with Daypack Lid
Stone Glacier Solo $569.00
Stone Glacier Terminus $609.00
6300ci with lid 3.95lbs
4800ci 4.5 lbs $581.00
7000ci 4.7 lbs $601.00
Here's Kifarus approach. The "load haul kit" appears to be a piece of fabric.