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    Pack advice

    Hey team

    I am looking at new pack options, having used a 17L badlands monster fanny pack or a Hunters Element Contour (I think 25L) pack. The pack will just be for day hunts, unlikely to be overnight (have a larger pack for that).

    I was considering one of the Mollyme packs from Twin needle, which I liked the look of for the modularity of it, NZ made, and from all reports very good quality. I was looking for feedback about these - and I know a lot on the forum have them. More specifically looking for feedback in terms of the harness and how it sits/ feels worn, as it appears to be basically frameless with just a foam pad.

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    I should note the reason I am looking at another pack is for a bit more space. I really like the versatility of the Mollyme with the scabbard /flap which could work well with extra items / meat carry etc. Also figured I could put some pouches on the side too.

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    Ive tried allsorts of daybags,now have a simple home made polarfleece pikau and kept the 5 pocket bumbag (hint with bumbags,pinch shoulder strap of a carry bag and loop it over one shoulder attached front and back it keeps them off hips) I CAN KEEP STUFF IN BUMBAG INSIDE PIKAU and when get animal,meat goes in pikau and bumbag back around waist... for short day trip,the bumbag stays home and small amount of gear chucked in pikau.pouches etc tacked on outside are pain in arse in tight scrub,forever getting hooked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    Ive tried allsorts of daybags,now have a simple home made polarfleece pikau and kept the 5 pocket bumbag (hint with bumbags,pinch shoulder strap of a carry bag and loop it over one shoulder attached front and back it keeps them off hips) I CAN KEEP STUFF IN BUMBAG INSIDE PIKAU and when get animal,meat goes in pikau and bumbag back around waist... for short day trip,the bumbag stays home and small amount of gear chucked in pikau.pouches etc tacked on outside are pain in arse in tight scrub,forever getting hooked up.
    Interesting that you have this mix Micky Duck. That was basically my deal with my badlands bumbag. Had a big canvas pikau that folded up nicely and squeezed into the bumbag. When needed, out popped the pikau and in went meat etc. Worked alright, but a bit tired of trying to squeeze things in, so kind of keen for a larger single pack for a change. The HE contour has been good,however has a air mesh curved back, which is nice in summer but dramatically decreases usable bag space.
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    +1 with pouches on the outside in tight scrub, never ended up using the scabbard as easier to carry on rifle sling for short time periods.

    Have ended up with a cactus miklat with gear in pouches on a belt inside the pack with the same idea as md. Found the molly me too small despite the pouches, pack opening was a bit small as well. Can fit entire whitetail in the miklat with gear on belt round the waist. Does need a bit of arranging of pouches to get comfortable

    Miklat comes with a waist strap (isn't padded), have always found the shoulder straps comfy enough and do use the waist belt to stabilize the pack more than carry weight. Deer here are on the small side but I'd say it would take 20+kg happily with no discomfort

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    I use a Markhor Macho Montes 35 ltr. It's a little much for day hunts but also suitable for light 1-2 night fly camping trips.
    What I like about it is the wire frame that keeps the bulk of the pack off your back and creates an air gap between your back and the pack. Very nice in summer.
    It has an air mesh against your back and the pack is held off your back by the light wire frame.
    So the contact points are the waist belt and shoulder straps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZQLewis View Post
    I use a Markhor Macho Montes 35 ltr. It's a little much for day hunts but also suitable for light 1-2 night fly camping trips.
    What I like about it is the wire frame that keeps the bulk of the pack off your back and creates an air gap between your back and the pack. Very nice in summer.
    It has an air mesh against your back and the pack is held off your back by the light wire frame.
    So the contact points are the waist belt and shoulder straps.

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    That does look nice - it is a feature I have liked on my HE contour pack, but hadn't seen many packs like that especially larger ones. Will put that on my list as an option! I also was looking at the Tatonka Stealth 35+10, or one of the many recommended cactus packs. I was looking at some of the macpac options - but not sure they would be durable enough.

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    One planet traverse 38 is a very durable canvas pack with an alloy frame of sorts, Australian made and very reasonably priced. Mines about ten years old, and has been stuffed to capacity with meat on many occasions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelA View Post
    Interesting that you have this mix Micky Duck. That was basically my deal with my badlands bumbag. Had a big canvas pikau that folded up nicely and squeezed into the bumbag. When needed, out popped the pikau and in went meat etc. Worked alright, but a bit tired of trying to squeeze things in, so kind of keen for a larger single pack for a change. The HE contour has been good,however has a air mesh curved back, which is nice in summer but dramatically decreases usable bag space.
    difference being,I wear the pikau and carry the bumbag inside,not the other way around..... the strap up over shoulder diagonally down to other end makes a huge difference when carrying a bum bag....it used to drive me nuts with pouches in front if climbing hill.
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    Spika Drover 40L very well made packs and has a load shelf, also the bigger pack which I have as my multi day pack fits on the same frame so only need to buy one setup and then if you need it the smaller/bigger pack will fit onto the frame you already have.
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    Take a look at the macpac range, I found the biggest thing for me was durability. Sliding down banks and pushing through bush is tough on the lighter weight materials. Macpac tend to be made out of tough stuff that will last. And plenty of size options
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    The Soikas feel like the Macpacs used to, I found the new Macpac packs didn't feel as bombproof as they used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addo007 View Post
    Take a look at the macpac range, I found the biggest thing for me was durability. Sliding down banks and pushing through bush is tough on the lighter weight materials. Macpac tend to be made out of tough stuff that will last. And plenty of size options
    I was having a look at these, I may end up popping into Macpac just to have a look and feel of their stuff. The Aztec canvas does seem attractive - and I do like their harnesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelA View Post
    I was having a look at these, I may end up popping into Macpac just to have a look and feel of their stuff. The Aztec canvas does seem attractive - and I do like their harnesses.
    If you let me know roughly how many litres you are after I'll have a look at what I have, I have a few macpac day packs in varying sizes that don't get a lot of use, I can send you some photos and maybe come up with a deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addo007 View Post
    If you let me know roughly how many litres you are after I'll have a look at what I have, I have a few macpac day packs in varying sizes that don't get a lot of use, I can send you some photos and maybe come up with a deal
    Have PM'd you. Cheers

 

 

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