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    i have a couple different packs but ... I need to pick one for a three to four day hunt. i have a one external , one internal and one no-frame . i will be carrying camera gear plus all the essentials for the trip. i will only hike about two miles to base camp then hike out each day for several hours to hunt . i have the molle II pack and im thinking of carrying the non-framed pack in then using it for the day hikes. what are your thoughts on this? any suggestions would be helpful . thanks in advance.

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    You have hit on a very tried and true system that the Forest Service has used to years. The handcrews that go off into the woods carry 1 large bag that had EVERYTHING to make camp. This has their tents, sleeping bags, clothing, etc. Attached to this "redbag" is a lighter pack called a "line pack" or yellow bag. (The color thing is because the ones they issued were these colors. Not anymore, but hey, I'm old.)

    They would hike in to the main camping area, set up their tents, and store their gear inside. Then they would gear up with the line pack and go to work.

    It is a decent system. I would suggest that you go ahead and pack everything you want to take hiking into the smaller bag, and put it on. See if it is up to the job. The biggest decision as I see it is whether you want the internal frame pack for your daily outings or the unsupported one. Depends on how much gear you carry and how long you will be out each day.

    If your little pack is as light as my small unsupported one, you could just stash it and take all 3. Then use the external frame to carry your main gear. Strap the internal frame to it, and expect to use it for a line pack. But if you make a quick "before lunch" run, then pull out the little one.

    That's just my take on it, with some experience doing exactly that.
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    • #3
      that is exactly what I was thinking. the unsupported is just a ncstar small pack with molle webbing on it to add crap. im of the mind set if it dont fit, it dont ship so no addons for the smaller pack , now the larger one i have addons to it . bad or good idea ? my fear is loosing gear. your thoughts...

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      • #4
        I have some things strapped onto my bags, but I try to make sure that they contour so there is nothing sticking up to snag branches etc. Hope that covers your question.
        "Oh, America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I've come to realize that you can't have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland"

        "The constitution does not guarantee our safety, only our liberty!" Robert Steed before congress 3/2013

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        • #5
          it does thanks for the help.

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          • #6
            Just wondering, do you have one of the Eberlestock gunslinger packs?

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            Dale

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            • #7
              Sorry to drag up an old thread but I ended up upgrading to an eberlestock M5 elk pack. it is a lil small for an extended pack but does great for a 3 to 4 day hunt.

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              • #8
                The Eberlestock is a great choice. They are a little out of my price range. Hope it worked out well for you.
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                • #9
                  You need a pack with an external frame to carry the meat back from the hunt. Make sure you can carry that 60+ pounds every trip to and from the base camp

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