Hey Gary If your not interested in maf's BL 2200, let me know, could be what I have been looking for
Just bought it right now. (Thank you maf) I wanted something in-hand right-away so I knew I at least had that problem solved. After this season I'll slowly and calmly explore perhaps better options. Or maybe not, who knows!Hey Gary If your not interested in maf's BL 2200, let me know, could be what I have been looking for
Those are "old hunters" with lots of experience. I, on the other hand, need every advantage I can afford.Old day camo was...plaid...look at old hunter pics, plaid worked...
http://www.americanbear.org/senses.htmElk is a part of the cervid family as deer are, as such, I could not imagine the the genetics would be so different that they would possess different vision aspects. So in short, my best guess is that their vision is no different.
Bears and antelope are not part of the cervid family, so in all honesty, I know little to nothing about their vision. However, I would think that most, if not all ungulates similar vision characteristics, which antelope are a part of, but not bear. My best guess on bear, is that they have color vision, but I do not really know for a fact, it is just an educated guess. Perhaps one of the DFW boys will kindly inform us.
Nice impartial review hunter.I own and have owned a lot of different packs in the price range you are talking about. I feel that packs are personal preference depending on your body shape, hunting style, physical fitness, and budget. I will give you a brief overview of the ones I have and my opinions on them:
Eberlestock Mainframe w/Batwings - Pros - Light weight. very customizable, can carry a quartered out deer and your overnight gear.
cons - external aluminum frame can make unwanted noise, batwing pockets could use a smaller pocket or two, not as comfortable(for me) as the J107 or the Kuiu Ultra/Pro. load lifters are not super effective.
Eberlestock J107 Dragonfly -
Pros - the Rifle Scabbard is really nice and it has good organization. the pack can compress down small for day hunting or expand out for multiday trips. It is adjustable for a wide variety of body types. It will carry out a full quartered out deer and your overnight gear. It is very tough as well.
Cons - it is a heavy pack by itself. The "load lifter" straps don't have very much lift. It expands out rather than up. can be tough to compress with rifle in scabbard and fully loaded with a whole deer.
Kuiu Ultra 6000 Bag on the Pro Harness and frame -
Pros - Very lightweight! very adjustable to end user. Easy to adjust compared to Eberlestock for torso size. Has a lot of bag options. The 6000 (5500 new version) has enough pockets for organization but not too many. It expands up! It is very compressible and will go from day hunts to multi day trips with ease. It has enough room to pack out a quartered deer and your overnight stuff. load lifter straps are effective.
Cons - Not as durable as other packs but still will take a beating. Doesn't have great options for carrying your firearm. zippers are a little loud.
Kifaru Duplex Light with Fulcrum Bag - pros - so far it has been the most comfortable pack I have used to date... but I have only had it for a short time and have not packed an animal out with it. (just got it 2 months ago) Very good adjustability, splits the weight difference between the J107 and Kuiu Ultra. Seems to be very durable. Has a good amount of organization and large compartments. It is very customizable. Load lifters are very effective. I have been using the Kifaru Gun Bearer for 2 years now on other packs and it has been a nice way to carry the rifle and keep it handy.
Cons - Most expensive of the bunch! Almost too many options to customize it a guy can really get carried away...
All in all it is up to you. I would recommend that you either go to one of the Trade Shows either Sheep Show in Reno, Utah Outdoorsmans Expo or SCI Show and try on different packs or hopefully you have friends with a few different packs to try on and see what you like. I have friends who use all of these packs as well as a few others such as Exo Mountain, Stone Glacier(already mentioned), and Mystery Ranch. There are a lot of companies out there that make great packs and tons of good online reviews as well check Rokslide, longrangehunting.com, and longrangeonly for reviews. I personally do not use or know anyone in my group who uses the Badlands packs so I cannot speak to those.
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