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Mystery Ranch Vs. Cabela's Alaskan Freighter..I tried both

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  • TWA
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    I will say this about Barney's...

    When I stopped by Barneys after my hunt, I showed the owner my Helly Hanson Impertech jacket, where I had ripped off two buttons. They tore off while I was hauling my moose out. He promply took them back and tried finding me a new one in the store, yet was out of my size. He sent me one within a couple weeks. THAT I APPRECIATE; NO QUESTIONS ASKED, JUST GIVE ME A NEW ONE.

    I do think the Cabela's pack and frame would work just fine for me; yet I always seem to be looking for the extra edge, a true fault. Thus, If the frame makes the hauling a bit easier, then possibly it's worth it for me.

    Kind regards,
    TWA

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  • IFLY4U
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    Camptrails made the 1st Barneys pack

    The original Barneys packs were made by CampTrails to their specs. I have one that I bought from Barneys in 1988. I hauled alot of stuff with it and it has never failed although I a sure that there has been quite a few upgrades over the years. The lifetime warranty is for the life of the pack to be determined by Barneys. If you are guide and wear it out in 3 years, that could be the life of the pack as determined by Barneys. If you do 1 or 2 hunts a year and the frame breaks after 5 years, it may be replaced.

    That it the way it was explained to me when I was inquiring about a new harness.

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  • fishlakehome
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    choosing gear

    We all have to make decisions based on want or price. Most of the posters on here are just trying to give their honest opions based upon years of experience. It is up to you to make the decision on your own. Myself I like learning from others mistakes, its usually safer and cheaper than making my own. I started hunting with cheaper packs and when I discovered sheep hunting was in my blood I knew I had to upgrade. I looked, borrowed and researched everything I could find and bought the barneys pack. I am sure I made the best decision for me. The pack will haul more than you are able to and stand up to everything you can do to it. My hunting partner bought a Cabelas against my advice and likes it but knows he will be buying the barneys soon.


    If you cant afford to do it right the first time, what makes you think you can afford to do it twice.

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  • Formerly Montana Bob
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    Thanks for the input

    Originally posted by wolfkiller View Post
    I have owned both the cabelas and barnys packs and you could not pay me to take a cabelas again. For instance I have not found any wiggys geer that impressed me.
    Thanks for your opinion.
    I think I have gathered enough info from the other posters here on this site and others who have given their REASON for their likes, dislikes for the different types of hunting that goes on here and have made up my mind on most gear selections.
    I try and take all of this into account for my purchases.
    Example
    I have learned that down bags have there down sides here for the type of hunting I wish to do.( Floats, Fly-ins, Winter trips which are new to me) Might apply to Goat or Sheep, but doesn't interest me at this time.
    In Montana I hunt out of a Wall tent, out of a base camp and gear is packed in with my horses, wieght is not a great issue and use cots.Pretty much our Elk season is over by the end of Nov.Down Bags work for me here as moisture is not an issue.
    Whole different ballgame up here.
    No one who has posted say's Wiggy's bags have failed them. The military uses them, Most that own them like them, Lifetime warranty, Company has been in business for awhile. Good resale value ( Checked Ebay) Locally produced.Excellent explanation on web site on how bags work.
    Cabela's packs I have personal knowledge of and have both strapped an Elk hind quarter to the frame and stuffed over 100# into the pack itself ( Separate trips)for several 2 and 3 mile high mountain packs back to the horses.Pack was comfortable and held up well and seems others up here use them and they held up.
    I am just trying to gather information on what the locals use, try and incorporate that into the style of hunting I wish to do and not spend unnecessary money.
    Thanks again for your input.
    Last edited by Formerly Montana Bob; 01-23-2007, 00:10.

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  • BRWNBR
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    for what i do, the barney bag is HUGE advances over the cabela's bags...not a wiggies fan either, or gor tex...lol

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  • wolfkiller
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    not loyal

    We are not loyal to local merchants. It just so happens that that some of the local merchants seem to know what the local terrain demands. I do not consider myself loyal to anyone but my wife. I have owned both the cabelas and barnys packs and you could not pay me to take a cabelas again. For instance I have not found any wiggys geer that impressed me.

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  • Formerly Montana Bob
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    Good Posts

    This is perfect and just what I am looking for as far as info.
    Recently up from Montana looking to see the gear upgrades that are neccesary.
    I have the Cabela's Alaskan guide pack/frame and has served me very well with packing out of numerous Elk in the mountains of Montana and from what I am reading should do just fine up here on Moose..
    I see some of you local guy's are loyal to local merchants and that's great, but in some instances just can't see investing more on marginal stuff unless it gives a huge advantage.
    I have been sold however on a few other things including Wiggy's bags and will be making my way over there shortly.
    Thanks guys and keep them coming.

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  • Vance in AK
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    I'm with Gooch here.
    Guess I'm just a "weekend warrior" too as I've never used my pack to dig holes, but it's been about 8 yrs of weekends for my Cabela's Alaskan II freighter with 0 problems or failures.
    I do have to admit I don't toss 200# in it, but it's because I fear I will come apart, not the pack. It's hauled it's ahare of moose hindquaters with no complaints from it or myself.
    If I were going to buy another frame pack it would be the Cabela's all over again.

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  • Gooch
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    Spruce Hen

    Was supposed to be a joke. Not really funny though after reading it.

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  • Montana Native
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    Good reading... can someone post a link and some side by side pics for us to see?

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  • Gooch
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    Cabela's Frame

    Well, I have 2 cents to add for us 'weekend warriors' It is tough to hear people getting talked out of Cabelas stuff when it does work quite well. Out of my hunting crowd (8 of which own packs), all eight hunters use Cabela's Frames and Packs. Personally, I use the smaller of the three but most have the bigger outfitter version. Sometimes we use just the frames sometimes pack and frame but either way they work.

    Problems - zero
    Cost - resonable, the reason we all own them. Save the $ for a good tent and bag.

    We aren't he men but do hunt hard. These packs have worked great for moose, sheep, caribou, brown/black bear, deer, elk, spruce hen, whatever.

    Never tried a more expensive pack and maybe I would love it but ours have worked great for years. That said I also have a $60 pair of binos.

    Gooch

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  • 4whlr
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    Budget

    If you really want to save money, buy the one from Barney's first. Otherwise you will be spending more money when you buy the Cabela's and then buy the Barney's later. Not saying that Cabela's aren't good packs, they just don't compare to Barney's.

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  • BRWNBR
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    no one faults you for buying cheaper cost and cheaper made gear...we all have a budget. if you don't use your pack like a freakin' animal your cabela's bags, both of them that you are buying, might work out just fine. its like binos. you can spend lots of money for great ones. or spend half that for good ones and be just as happy. you'll be fine with your cabelas until something goes wrong...i mean IF something goes wrong.
    i'll never use one, seen to many that my clients have had and listen to them complain about them. but i use a pack like a freakin' animal so my purpose is different than most weekend warriors or two trip a year kind of guys.
    Enjoy your cabela's bags and show them some fantstic game!

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  • akprideinvegas
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    Cabelas for me, Barneys will have to pass

    Ok you guys. I have gone back and forth on my pack selection and here is what i have come up with. I have posted many times on here and to me there are just not enough benifits from the barneys pack for me to get it. I did not like the kelty freighter so that was just out of the question. BUt now im going wit the Cabelas Extreme Alaskan Outfitter pack. With the total weight at 7 lbs. 14 oz for a 4700 cubic inch pack is leighter than the barney. and i can buy 2 of them and still have money to spend before i buy a barneys. THe pockets on the cabelas zip off and i like how i can manipulate the bag to minimum weight all the way down to bag weight of 1 lb. 11 oz. and the frame minimum weight to 4 lbs. 5 oz. Plus the warranty on the Barneys pack is just on manufacturer defects for life. So if i drop my pack on a rock and it cracks then they will not replace it, or this atleast how i understood it( correct me if i am wrong). I just cant and will not spend that much on a pack when i can save 300 dollars and go and buy a new sleeping bag or almost have enough money for another tent. This is what i have seen and i have spent a ton of time doing my research and fitting. So cabelas gets my money.

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  • Erik in AK
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    Don,
    Cabela's original Alaskan series packs were based on the CampTrails Moose Freighter frame.

    My Alaskan II is now 15 years old and been on dozens of trips. Other than an occasional repair and the addition of a few more grommets its still in good shape. Its not the sexiest pack out there or the lightest but it rides where it should under any load.

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