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    pack advice

    Im in the market for a new pack for hunts more than a few nights,
    would realy like a gun strap and a day pack attached although I cant seem to find one.
    anyone have any hot tips?

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    yip.... flag the gun thing, carry it then you can shoot it. macpac cascade. best packs ever!
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    Yes, Macpac Cascade. not to wide in the bush and will last forever! My father had one, I have one and it sounds like Sakokild has one. Thats 3 from 2

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    have had mine for ten years..

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    Mountain Mule liteweight. Everything you wanted in a pack without making the load lighter.

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    Cactus, seriously tough gear, made in NZ and they back their products 100%

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    Buy the lightest gear you can, then fit it into the smallest pack you can. I can do 10 days in Fiordland carrying everything with a 35L stoney creek pack. The latest gear is half the size of the type of gear you would have owned 5 years ago, makes such a difference.

    Note: its stuffed full, so more likely 45L due to the way I pack it in...but it weighs less everyday as I eat my way through it. But then it weights more if I shoot something hahaha

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    Kimjon is on to it, not that i have any experiance, but we did have a lightwight tramping guy show and tell at the last deer stalker meeting, opened up my eyes a heap

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimjon View Post
    Buy the lightest gear you can, then fit it into the smallest pack you can. I can do 10 days in Fiordland carrying everything with a 35L stoney creek pack. The latest gear is half the size of the type of gear you would have owned 5 years ago, makes such a difference.

    Note: its stuffed full, so more likely 45L due to the way I pack it in...but it weighs less everyday as I eat my way through it. But then it weights more if I shoot something hahaha

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    Bugger that, (hardly get my lunch in a bag like that kj),
    bigger pack the better, I've used hallmark Everest frame pack ( good for the munta loads 100kgs+), skin bag for fly camping, currently using either a macpac cascade (if carrying full camp set ups) or kakapo (if using huts)

    get a big pack , you don't need to fill it up, hard to get more in a full small pack tho

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    Last edited by Trusty222; 21-08-2013 at 08:40 PM.

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    Kimjon. I for one would be very interested to see the contents of that 35 ltr pack mate. That is amazing going for a big trip to anywhere, let alone Fiordland. Any chance of a list/photos ??

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    Macpac cascade gets good reviews no matter where you look.

    IMO (I know we are digressing) never skimp on your sleeping bag and tent as these things can save your life.

    At the end of the day if you shoot an animal then its gonna weigh heaps.

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    I have a 90L pack and don't recommend it. If you have the room you always seem to fill it with shit. Push yourself to cut down on S**t by having a small pack....
    But don't skimp on safety!

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    Like I said, the pack is listed as 35L, but the way I pack it, I think its more like 45L completely full. I took the following items (I wore some of the clothes, i.e. they didn't all go in the pack)

    Food:

    BC Meals x10 double, x10 single serves
    Made up some musilie with nuts and dried fruit + added milk powder and pre bagged x10 (just add hot or cold water and eat)
    50x coffee sachet's (yes I have an addiction)
    Some lollies and chocolate
    Musilie bars x20
    1.5L drink bottle
    Gas cooker and 2x Canisters (could Have got away with only one, but not worth the risk)
    Coffee cup (I like plastic, not metal)
    Small dia15cm frying pan/do everything pot and tinfoil for the lid
    Lighter

    Camp gear:
    Fairydown Sleeping bag
    MSR Hubahuba tent
    I used a larger inflatable mat on this trip - but now I have an Epeed sleeping mat which is way smaller again
    Inflatable pillow
    Ridgeline Pikau for day pack use and doubles as pillow slip


    Clothes:
    Hunters Element XTR rain jacket
    Swazi water proof paints (gortex bottoms for Tahr anorak) which I never used.
    Fairydown puffer jacket
    3x sets of thermals (tops and longs)
    2x mid layer polar fleece tops
    1x mid layer polar fleece paints
    4x socks
    1x wollen hat
    Ashley gumboots (the finest foot wear money can buy haha)

    Misc:
    Small film canister of suncream
    Insect repallant
    Mesh head net to keep sand-fly's away (best tip ever!!!!!!)
    Batteries (GPS and Head lamp, I took shit loads)
    EPIRB
    Head lamp
    Pocket knife
    GPS
    Rangefinder
    Bino's
    Windmeter
    Altimeter
    Smart-phone (and USB AA battery powered charger)
    Laminated drop charts
    Rifle (set up for longrange 3-15x zoom scope)
    Ammo
    Ear plugs
    pull through (Otis brand - very good stiff pull through that can unblock a plugged barrel)
    Bipod
    Compass
    Map
    Electrical tape
    Inner tube for lighting fires
    String (10m)
    Leatherman tool
    Roaring horn (aka - dishwashing bottle)



    Proof is in the picture I guess? All packed up with an additional load. If you look carefully you can even see 35L written on the pocket of the pack.


    I think that's about it, no doubt I forgot to list something...but that's the guts of it from memory.

    kj
    Last edited by kimjon; 21-08-2013 at 09:33 PM.
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    Quite impressive. Thanks for sharing that. It sure gives me inspiration to slim down my pack, which is a 65 and always stuffed to the gunnels

 

 

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