Looking for some suggestions from those of you who backpack hunt for elk. The last couple times I went Elk hunting I was able to use a friend’s external frame backpack. I am in the market to buy one but I am not sure if I want and external or internal frame. Thanks
This is a good question, I’d like to know myself. Saves the “fun” of finding out the hard way! There are a bunch of opportunities out there to spend your money and go wrong. Out of curiosity, wouldn’t how much weight you were able to handle play a big part in what size and style would work best? Or is this one of those deals where you buy overkill and hope you don’t need it. Guess what’d work for elk would work for black bear, eh? Both are a multiple trip proposition.
For that length of time you can get away with a 3000-3500ci pack. I personally think an internal frame pack is much more comfortable. Not to mention lighter. Most modern day internal frame packs can handle heavy loads to so using it to pack out game shouldnt be a concern. Manufacturers you should consider are Blacks Creek, Badlands, Eblestock, and Kifaru. All of them offer some great internal frame packs that will last you a very long time.