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#3631753 - 03/31/14 01:47 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Crosshairy]
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Mud Dauber
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Interesting. I looked it up and found this:

When it comes to outdoor gear, aerogel holds tremendous potential. A mere 3 millimeters of aerogel insulates better than a layer of goose down 10 times as thick. But there’s one big hurdle to overcome before aerogel starts appearing in ultralight, ultrathin, and ultrawarm winter gear. Conventional forms of aerogel are relatively stiff and inflexible, which makes it problematic for use in gear like clothing and sleeping bags that require a soft and flexible drape to provide warmth and comfort.

I'm guessing that technology will change over time, though.
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#3637371 - 04/06/14 07:53 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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Nice set up😉
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#3653549 - 04/23/14 06:02 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Crosshairy]
turk870
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poser,you get your ultra yet.i wound up ordering a kifaru longhunter with bikini frame.they had a sale on the bag.shouldnt have to wait too long since they have the bag on hand.now just have to get an under quilt
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#3653783 - 04/23/14 10:13 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: turk870]
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Poser...heads up if you're wanting an Ultra 6000.
http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...age#Post8805137
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#3653989 - 04/24/14 08:38 AM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: turk870]
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 Originally Posted By: turk870
poser,you get your ultra yet.i wound up ordering a kifaru longhunter with bikini frame.they had a sale on the bag.shouldnt have to wait too long since they have the bag on hand.now just have to get an under quilt


No, not yet. I probably won't have anymore extra gear money until later in May. IRS set me back. My buddy just put a order in for the Kifaru + bikini frame.
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#3653993 - 04/24/14 08:39 AM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: UPSman]
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 Originally Posted By: UPSman
Poser...heads up if you're wanting an Ultra 6000.
http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...age#Post8805137



Appreciate it, but don't have the extra cash at the moment. I do, however, have a individual free shipping coupon from Kuiu that is good until June, so should be able to get the same deal.
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#3706966 - 07/10/14 04:31 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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Well, after months of diligent research and changing my mind multiple times on which one to spend the money on, I ended up going with the Exo Mountain Gear 5500: http://exomountaingear.com/pack-features/

For awhile, I was convinced to go with Stone Glacier, but the latest reviews of the Exo in relation to the price point sealed the deal. Literally, everyone is raving about this pack. There is a video on the site of a 250 pound load test. http://exomountaingear.com/videos/

While I'll never put 250 pounds in it, I've definitely been training hard to deal with loads up to 150 pounds. The reviews on the Kuiu packs just aren't adding up. Everyone says they are fine up until 60 pounds, but seem to have too much flex for heavy loads and "extreme" loads over 80 pounds have been getting terrible user feedback. There is also a questions of durability.

The Stone Glacier is a solid choice, but coming in about $100 higher than the Exo. My partner went with the Kifaru, which is also a solid choice, but with the upgrades, he dropped quite a bit of cash. I tried the pack on with weight and its a solid design, but I'm not a huge fan of the tubular, butterfly storage system. I went down that road with my Erblestock pack. I prefer a single, large compartment.

The Exo uses a titanium frame. http://exomountaingear.com/frame-features/

Stone Glacier and Kuiu are carbon fiber. Kifaru uses a mixture of aluminium, titanium and wood. Mystery Ranch also was a consideration for awhile, but not being a hunting specific pack, it does not have a meat load shelf. It is however rated for extreme weight. You may have to ditch the contents of your pack in order to haul meat with it. Its going to be a month before the pack is ready to ship, but that should still give me enough time to get it properly fitted and dialed in.

Man, hunters never had it so good with pack options. 2014 is the year of the hunting pack with multiple boutique, American made companies putting out well designed, products using high end materials.
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#3707375 - 07/11/14 07:20 AM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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Poser, when are you going?
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#3707416 - 07/11/14 07:48 AM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
Poser, when are you going?


Leaving on the night of 9-18, arrive afternoon of 9-19, acclimate (9,000 feet) that night and 9-20, hunt 9-21 thru 9-28.
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#3707770 - 07/11/14 05:11 PM Re: Backpack Elk Hunt: Where to Shave Weight? [Re: Poser]
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That's a good looking pack. I haven't heard of them until now. Hopefully you will get to tote some meat and horns out of the Rockies with it.
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