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#5558955 - 01/22/15 06:58 PM Backpacks
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 1918
Loc: Smith County
This fall I am going on a backpack mountain goat hunt. I need a good pack. May have to back in or a couple of nights at a time. Was thinking about an eberlestock dragonfly, but don't know anyone who owned one. The reviews on line seem pretty good. Any one have any recommendations?

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#5559007 - 01/22/15 07:24 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Corsicana
I have the Dragonfly J107. I have used it for several years.
Here is the good news: it is tough, roomy, comfortable, has pockets in just the right places, and the rifle scabbard is absolutely wonderful. I love the pack.
Here is the bad news: it weighs dang near 9 pounds.

This pack drives me nuts. I have other, lighter, packs and have tried to retire my J107 again and again. But I cannot do it. The rifle scabbard is simply a lifesaver. It gives your hands total freedom, balances the weight of the rifle perfectly for carrying, and keeps it handy because you can just snatch your rifle out of the scabbard. I have tried Kifaru's gunbearer, strapping my rifle to my pack, detachable rifle scabbards, just carrying it, everything..... Nothing works as well for me.

I looked at Kuiu's Icon pack at the DSC show and was impressed. Kuiu has a rifle carrying system they said was the bee's knees. IDK. It just looked like another version of Kifaru's gunbearer system to me. Look at them all-Kuiu, Kifaru, Eberlestock, Mystery Ranch, Badlands, etc., etc., etc. Your mileage may vary.

Meanwhile, I am waiting for Eberlestock or another good company to make a lighter weight pack with the built in scabbard.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (01/22/15 07:33 PM)
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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5559011 - 01/22/15 07:27 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
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Loc: Corsicana
Here it is in action on a recent AZ hunt.

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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5559036 - 01/22/15 07:35 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
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Loc: Smith County
NP the rifle scabbard is the main reason I was interested in the dragon fly. Your right I noticed the empty weight was more han 9 pounds. Thats pretty high for an empty pack especially climbing a mountain after goats!

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#5559053 - 01/22/15 07:42 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Erny
NP the rifle scabbard is the main reason I was interested in the dragon fly. Your right I noticed the empty weight was more han 9 pounds. Thats pretty high for an empty pack especially climbing a mountain after goats!


That sounds like a great hunt!

Honestly, I think the scabbard makes any rifle seem 2 lbs. lighter because it rides right up against your back. Combine that with the other advantages and I still believe the weight is well worth it. Obviously I do-as I keep using it. On that sheep hunt pictured I used my Kifaru Timberline at the start, and couldn't switch out to the J107 fast enough after the first days' hunt.

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#5559079 - 01/22/15 07:56 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
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I have the G4 Operator. Only complaint is the weight but Eberlestock has the best design when it comes to a scabbard that's why I tolerate the weight. You can buy a more expensive pack but I don't think you can buy a better pack than a Eberlestock.

When I was in the market for a good pack I even looked at custom built packs along the same lines as a Eberlestock. Price was north of $1k so I quickly dismissed that option and went with Eberlestock. No regrets.
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#5559214 - 01/22/15 08:55 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: JCB]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
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Loc: Irving, Texas
I have hunted out west several times and my preference is Badlands. I take my 2200 if I am carrying a spotting scope and my Super Day pack if I am not. They are both very comfortable, well made and can carry a lot of gear.

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#5559278 - 01/22/15 09:26 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
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Registered: 06/26/13
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Loc: Nevada, TX
I also have a badlands super day. Great pack if you don't carry a gun in it.

Walter

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#5559707 - 01/23/15 07:07 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
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Loc: Corsicana
Ditto. The Badlands Superday is a great daypack. Super comfortable and well-built.
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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5559924 - 01/23/15 09:02 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
deerfeeder Online   happy
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Registered: 04/27/07
Posts: 7549
Loc: Southwest, Tx
There might be other options here.

http://www.nimrodoutdoor.com/
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#5560037 - 01/23/15 10:02 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
BOBO the Clown Online   content
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41828
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Erny
This fall I am going on a backpack mountain goat hunt. I need a good pack. May have to back in or a couple of nights at a time. Was thinking about an eberlestock dragonfly, but don't know anyone who owned one. The reviews on line seem pretty good. Any one have any recommendations?


It's heavy.

Elberlestock just came out with an ultra light frame. Lot more versatile, with a lot more options.
http://www.eberlestock.com/F1-Mainframe.htm


I'm a fan of the EXO mountain pack. A lot more comfortable then any of the badlands or elberstock packs

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#5560041 - 01/23/15 10:05 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41828
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I have the Dragonfly J107. I have used it for several years.
Here is the good news: it is tough, roomy, comfortable, has pockets in just the right places, and the rifle scabbard is absolutely wonderful. I love the pack.
Here is the bad news: it weighs dang near 9 pounds.

This pack drives me nuts. I have other, lighter, packs and have tried to retire my J107 again and again. But I cannot do it. The rifle scabbard is simply a lifesaver. It gives your hands total freedom, balances the weight of the rifle perfectly for carrying, and keeps it handy because you can just snatch your rifle out of the scabbard. I have tried Kifaru's gunbearer, strapping my rifle to my pack, detachable rifle scabbards, just carrying it, everything..... Nothing works as well for me.

I looked at Kuiu's Icon pack at the DSC show and was impressed. Kuiu has a rifle carrying system they said was the bee's knees. IDK. It just looked like another version of Kifaru's gunbearer system to me. Look at them all-Kuiu, Kifaru, Eberlestock, Mystery Ranch, Badlands, etc., etc., etc. Your mileage may vary.

Meanwhile, I am waiting for Eberlestock or another good company to make a lighter weight pack with the built in scabbard.


Kafuri just came out with one. Eberlestock added the f1

With a lot of the Kuiu, EXO etc that have meat pockets you can buy the elberstock scabbard and add it to them

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#5560266 - 01/23/15 11:50 AM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Nogalus Prairie Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 21126
Loc: Corsicana
Have tried the scabbard. It's not a bad option but still unbalances the load to me. If the meat pocket option puts the rifle close to your back/interior that would be great.

Thanks for the info. You have sent me on a quest now. smile


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (01/23/15 11:52 AM)
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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5563544 - 01/25/15 01:01 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
Zach S Online   content
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Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Mason, Gatesville, Round Rock
I have the Sitka Flash 20 and recently used it on a hunt with Mulie Mike where we went up 7000+ feet and down and had no issues with it at all. My shoulders were not even sore! Fits very well on the shoulders and through the waist and chest. Carries a heck of a lot more than I expected it to as well.
For reference I am 5'9".

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#5564573 - 01/25/15 10:34 PM Re: Backpacks [Re: Erny]
shea.mcphail Offline
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Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 261
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
What about the J34? I've had that sucker on my wish list for a while now.

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