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#3608045 - 03/05/14 02:31 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: AT Hiker]
ghosthunter
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Hey poser I'm in the same weight shaving boat. Have you considered selling your current sleeping bags and pack to up grade? You may be able to get enough money out of those to get lighter weight gear with minimal or no extra cost. I use backcountry.com and backcountrygear.com mostly for gear. 850+ fill power goose down is going to shave weight considerably. I've got a heavy Dana Design that I may not be using cause the sucker weighs nearly 9lbs dry. When I was in Kansas City cabelas I bought their alaskan I frame pack that is about 5.5lbs. It cost only $140 and feels surprisingly good with 40lbs corn loaded in it. Do you have a spreadsheet set up? If you would I could email you mine and all you have do is insert the item weight in ounces and it will automatically convert everything to lbs/ounces (not lbs/tenths). It also automatically highlights everything in red that is > than a pound.

Edited by ghosthunter (03/05/14 02:34 PM)
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#3608178 - 03/05/14 04:56 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: ghosthunter]
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 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
Hey poser I'm in the same weight shaving boat. Have you considered selling your current sleeping bags and pack to up grade? You may be able to get enough money out of those to get lighter weight gear with minimal or no extra cost. I use backcountry.com and backcountrygear.com mostly for gear. 850+ fill power goose down is going to shave weight considerably. I've got a heavy Dana Design that I may not be using cause the sucker weighs nearly 9lbs dry. When I was in Kansas City cabelas I bought their alaskan I frame pack that is about 5.5lbs. It cost only $140 and feels surprisingly good with 40lbs corn loaded in it. Do you have a spreadsheet set up? If you would I could email you mine and all you have do is insert the item weight in ounces and it will automatically convert everything to lbs/ounces (not lbs/tenths). It also automatically highlights everything in red that is > than a pound.


Yeah, I have the spreadsheet from the Rokslide forum. -pretty useful.
I have decided that I'm definitely upgrading my pack to a ultralight sub, 4 pound pack.

Sleeping bag: I could probably some decent money for my -20 degree bag. The present version of it lists for $999. I think it was $450 back in 1999. Hmm. That may be the last thing I deal with as my weight shaving situation has improved somewhat. I'll post the updated list soon.
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#3608190 - 03/05/14 05:08 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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What pack you getting?
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#3608205 - 03/05/14 05:34 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: ghosthunter]
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 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
What pack you getting?


Considering the Kuiu Ultra 6000 that launches this month. 3.9 lbs, $350.
http://www.rokslide.com/easyblog/entry/western-expo-kuiu-ultra-6000-pack

I was looking hard at the Stone Glacier and Kifaru packs, but the price tag puts them both out of my league.
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#3608346 - 03/05/14 08:23 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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Wow!! That's incredible to get a pack that light. Definitely something I'll be interested in. I hope you get it. I'd like to hear all about it. Keep us posted.
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#3608387 - 03/05/14 09:19 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: ghosthunter]
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 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
Wow!! That's incredible to get a pack that light. Definitely something I'll be interested in. I hope you get it. I'd like to hear all about it. Keep us posted.


Yeah, there were complaints with their first generation of packs, but, apparently they have been solved on the 2012 and later Icons. Being their second pack design roll out, hopefully these come off with no problems. I've seen pics on the KUIU Instagram page of the weight tests on the frame and it is pretty impressive.
If you look around that the hunting specific pack designs, 2014 is definitely the "year of the pack" with lots of new carbon fiber frame designs, ultralight and capable of carrying up to 150 lbs loads.
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#3608620 - 03/06/14 07:43 AM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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Man, you guys are serious.
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#3609050 - 03/06/14 03:34 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
Man, you guys are serious.


You bet! My pack was like 56 pounds last year and I swore never again😉
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#3609073 - 03/06/14 04:11 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: ghosthunter]
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 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
 Originally Posted By: tickweed
Man, you guys are serious.


You bet! My pack was like 56 pounds last year and I swore never again😉


I agree. The difference between a 40 pound pack and a 50 is HUGE. While its not rocket science to get a 7 day pack under 40 pounds for backpacking, throwing in gear for hunting takes some careful consideration to stay under 40 lbs.
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#3609229 - 03/06/14 07:43 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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Currently I'm under 32 lbs minus water.
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