View Poll Results: Which pack do you own, and are you a guide or not?

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  • Any Cabelas Alaskan pack, I am a guide.

    1 0.89%
  • Any Cabelas Alaskan pack, I am not a guide.

    25 22.32%
  • Any Barney's pack, I am a guide.

    9 8.04%
  • Any Barney's pack, I am not a guide.

    32 28.57%
  • Other pack, I am a guide.

    6 5.36%
  • Other pack. I am not a guide

    39 34.82%
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    Default Packs

    Been doing alot of reading in some old threads on frame packs. I bought a Cabelas alaskan 1 last week. Just intested how many people went with Barney's and how many with Cabelas. And how many are guides or not.
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    glad to see i am not in the minority. barneys...

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    Default Cabelas

    But only because I found an old style Alaskan frame and old fatigue style camo pack on Craigslist and bought the new pack to go with it from the bargain cave. All in all I am into the pack for a total of about $85 including shipping of the pack. Couldnt pass that up. May get a Barneys pack in the future and give this one to my son, but for now I am happy! I took the old alaskan II pack off and put it on another old frame I had so my wife or son can use it as well.
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    Default A couple

    Couple of diiferent packs for different hunts...
    Moose, Caribou, and Bear I take my Kelty Freighter Frame with my Badlands 2200, can easily pack out half a caribou and throw the Badlands on it as well. (done it)

    Sheep,Goat or any other mountain hunting, I use Osprey Crescent 110

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    Default Packs

    I packed out my first moose with a Coleman Peak I pack. That was the end of cheap packs for me, and I bought a Barney's pack, and have been using them ever since.

    The best thing about the Cabela's pack and frame is the liberal return policy. You'll need it after you pack out a few critters.

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    Thumbs up Cabela's Return Policy

    Yup, it's a good one.:-) I tried the Cabela's pack and returned it after training with it for a week. Picked up a Dana's pack and never looked back...literally, feels like it's filled with cottonballs when I've got 50 pounds in it! Have yet to use it extensively in the field yet, but pleased with what I have experienced so far.

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    I've got an older Cabela's Alaska II and have carried out one black bear and shares of 15 caribou (does half of 15 caribou make it 7 1/2 caribou?) over the last eight years with out a problem and I like the pack. I got convinced to buy a used Barney pack this last winter so I'll try it this year.

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    I think the Kifaru packs are superior. You should have put them on your list. Jim

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    jdb3,i'll sell mine for 1/2 price,used on one sheep hunt.....pm me if your interested

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    Barney's frame and suspension, a Camp Trails bag that I bought at Barney's years ago. It's time to replace the bag, but I would never have anything other than a Barney's frame and straps.

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    Thumbs up Cabela's

    I have had an Alaskan pack/freighter frame for several years now and it has never let me down. If I did more walk in type hunting I may look at other packs, but for what I do, the Cabela's pack is great. Most of the time, the pack stays at camp unless we are spiking out or hauling meat. If I had to wear it fully loaded for 3-4 days straight it might be a different story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdb3 View Post
    I think the Kifaru packs are superior. You should have put them on your list. Jim
    I went with what I did on the poll because most of the discussions were about the above 2 packs.

    I've been carrying 80+ lbs to work with me every day (about a mile round trip) and a couple 1-2 mile treks climbing with approx. 40lbs...for $79 I couldn't pass it up....I'm very happy so far.
    Hunt not with a gun big enough for what you are hunting, hunt with a gun big enough for what may be hunting you!

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    Love my Cabelas Alaskan pack!!!!!!!!!
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    Default Kifaru

    Another vote for Kifaru. It's my do everything pack for my own trips, guiding and all species. I've done 100+ lb loads many times, many miles. Great company to deal with too.

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    Default Alaskan Guide Models??

    Why do they call it the Cabela's Alaskan Guide Series, if no guides use it?

    Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

    I don't care who you are that's funny right there!!!!!!!!

    The polls are open for a week..FYI
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    no guide uses the alaska guide series scopes either..geeez have you seen those things??i've never seen one on a rifle before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gshepherd View Post
    Why do they call it the Cabela's Alaskan Guide Series, if no guides use it?

    Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

    I don't care who you are that's funny right there!!!!!!!!

    The polls are open for a week..FYI

    They do use the Cabela's guide model tents tho........
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    Default cabelas guide

    have used their pack for a number of yrs,have put more then one should in them,such as a whole hind of a moose,the only problem i have had is needing a little help getting it on the back,once on no problem.

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    Talking I'd be glad to help...

    Quote Originally Posted by gusuk1 View Post
    have used their pack for a number of yrs,have put more then one should in them,such as a whole hind of a moose,the only problem i have had is needing a little help getting it on the back,once on no problem.
    ...put it on YOUR BACK

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    I have used my Cabela's Alaskan Guide pack for three years still going strong.
    The only troulbe I have had is getting it on my back with a boned out 6 1/2 Blackie in it and the four mile hike out !!! Holy Smokes

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