I had researched several packs before heading to Cabelas. I narrowed my search to Barney’s Pack, Dana Pack and Cabelas brand packs. I decided on an external pack as it will be more versatile than an internal frame. My justification for trying a Cabelas pack before Barneys or Dana was simply money. I normally don’t allow dollar signs to get in my way of getting the best gear, but I felt that if Cabelas fit me good, I’d go with it and if it didn’t work out in the long run…well then I could always attach the pack to a Barney or Dana frame.
After trying on virtually every pack in stock, I settled on the Extreme Alaskan Outfitter Frame Pack. When I put it on, it just felt great! Amazing, actually! I adjusted it and readjusted it to fit perfect. Pulled and yanked, twisted and turned, checked every fastener for strength and squeak, put it back on the shelf, had lunch, went back and did it all over again, threw it in my cart!!
When I got home today, strapped a 45lb plate weight to it and hiked up and down the stairs at school. It felt good, but the pack is creating a few pressure-points near my neck and collar bone. I will test a few more times to determine whether it is a result of 1.how I have the suspension adjusted, 2.it is the packs fault, or if 3.I am just a sissy and out of shape…I’m thinking it’s a combination of #1 and 3!