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  • Extreme Alaskan Outfitter Frame Pack...

    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!

    Joshua

  • #2
    I'm not sure about the Extreme alaskan Outfitter Frame but the Cabela;s Alaska II frame was redesigned and not to the better, in my opinion. The old frame had an adjustment for shoulder width, you just moved the shoulder straps to one of the three large pins and then moved the spacers. The new frames do not let you adjust for shulder width. As a result, the shoulder straps have a tendancy to ride too close to my neck and collar bone. My brother used it on this last caribou hunt and said the same thing, a little too narrow. I wrote Cabela's and told them of the situation, they said they would pass it on. Check and see if you can adjust the straps. I once bought an older Alaska II frame because the seller did not know you could adjust those straps.

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    • #3
      Bill...

      I checked mine over thoroughly and There is no way to adjust the shoulder straps for width. I can adjust the suspencion straps to pull outward a little bit, but not a significant amount. I hiked the stairs and hallways for about 3 hours last night with the same 45 lb setup on it and fine-tuned the adjustment some more. I will hump it for about 2 hours tonight and see if I can get it to mold to my body better. I am fairly small-framed, so I may get it comfy. If not...back she goes.
      Joshua

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      • #4
        Still not happy

        I took to the stairs last night for about 2 hours with the pack loaded at 50 pounds. Still couldn't get it to fit the way I had hoped it would when loaded. If only it felt as good loaded as it does unloaded;-)

        Going to hit er tonight for another 2 hrs, if I can't get it to feel good...back to Cabelas she goes!

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        • #5
          You are more forgiving than I would be. I don't know why they redesigned the shoulder width feature out, and of course customer service could not tell me. I haven't found that external pack frames mold very well to my body, if they don't fit and can't be adjust, you are generally SOL. I would either give them a call or go back to the store and just ask them what can be done. I know there was some problems with another type pack until people actually called and found out how to adjust the pack to fit. It couldn't hurt.

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          • #6
            Doesn't that pack weigh like 12 lbs? Maybe I'm thinking of a differeent cabelas pack.
            A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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            • #7
              heavy packs...

              The old style was that heavy, Snyd. I think they are around 8-9 lbs now?
              Too heavy for me. Even at 6'6'' 225, I'm a 3-4lb pack guy. That extra 7-8 lbs could be the difference between one trip out or two with a sheep on the back or hauling a bou outside the corridor.
              They are spacious though. I wore a buddies on Kodiak and it was huge and held lots of deer meat. I think in the right application one might be nice to have. Maybe a good moose pack.
              Not a do-it-all pack, however.
              My .02
              Proud to be an American!

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              • #8
                BucknRut, my advice for you is this. If you dont love it with 50lbs in it , send it back immediately. If you think it doesn't feel right on some stairs wait till its loaded with the amount of weight you tested and your 5 miles up a drainage with 5-10 days to go. A proper sized and proper fitting pack will let you know that it will work well for you. Dont cut corners on a good pack because that thing carries your well being and your trophy in it in the field. You can do it with a pack that works, or you can do it with a pack that works well! I have done both and I can tell you that the one that works well is way more fun.

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                • #9
                  She's goin back...

                  Cub, you are right...for four days I've spent 2-3 hours a night humping 50 pounds and I just can't get the right fit. The next choice on my list of potentials is by Dana, but I will entertain other thoughts or ideas of what might fit a small-framed 150 pound guy.

                  Thanks for your insight.
                  Joshua

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                  • #10
                    Snyd

                    Originally posted by Snyd View Post
                    Doesn't that pack weigh like 12 lbs? Maybe I'm thinking of a differeent cabelas pack.
                    Fullkurl has got it. The old style weighed in close to 12lb. This is the "latest greatest" they have, which I had heard good things about it's suspension and fit. Doesn't feel good on me though. The Alaskan Extreme weighs in at 4lb10oz for the frame and 3lb4oz for the pack. The pack is 4700 cu in. My complaints correspond with Bill's. Migh fit better on a bigger guy.
                    my .02

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                    • #11
                      You really need to measure your torso to get the right size pack, any pack. Check out the Dana website, they explain it.

                      It's good to see that they lightened them up. I saw one at a pawn shop once like new but it just weighed to much.
                      A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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                      • #12
                        One size DOES NOT fit all...

                        Originally posted by Snyd View Post
                        You really need to measure your torso to get the right size pack, any pack...
                        yup, I think I've come to that conclusion...Cub PM'd me and has been a great help. If you guys only knew what my first "pack" was like!!

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                        • #13
                          And to think that Northern Mountain Supply cleared all their Dana packs out in 2003 for less than $100, man if a guy only knew.......

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                          • #14
                            wow, those were a steal.
                            Proud to be an American!

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                            • #15
                              Dan Mchale packs they're worth a look

                              I would suggest looking at a Dan Mchale pack. You've probably not heard of him, but he makes packs that leave everything else a way distant second. Dan has a unique system which allows you to send in your measurement, and he'll send you a demo pack. (for a fee) You'll then get to try it out. Load it however you want to pack it around take some pictures of the fit and send them and the pack back to Mchale Packs. When you talk to Dan (yes you will talk to the man making your pack and who has been making packs for 30+ years right hear on American soil w/ materials made in the USA) you can order custom sizes, colors and accesories for to fit your needs. It is worth it just to look at the hip belt and bypass harness. I've used and abused mine, you can make it into a pack for a 1 day trip or a 20 day trip, load it as heavy as you want and it will not fail. I've been a very happy customer. I own alot of gear that I believe is some of the best out there from rifles to optics down to my socks and out of all of them my Mchale pack has been my one piece of gear that is perfect for every use I have for it. I'd at least check it out before I bought a pack that I had to talk myself into liking

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