A hunting pack called the Mountain Warrior, it must be awesome. My how things have changed in the 4 years since my initial gear up for run-and-gun elk hunting in the mountains. Eberlestock was an option back then, Kifaru was just getting its legs, Badlands was a reputable brand, and Sitka was the standard. Now, options have tripled, even quadrupled, at a minimum. As long-time followers might remember, I’ve run the Badlands 2800 in the original bat-wing style for several hunts running now with absolutely zero complaints. So why consider a change?

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But I did and made a change. I went top tier and bought a lightly-used Kifaru frame off a hunting forum and decked it with a Mountain Warrior pack topped with a Longhunter Lid set-up. The improvements over my past pack are significant. It’s top to bottom bombproof. It’s got a lumbar pad. It’s got more room than my prior packs. It’s got a meat shelf that puts the weight of a packout close against my back. It’s versatile. It’s got a lot of straps. A LOT of straps!! That’s my main complaint, my only gripe actually – it’s complicated. If Stone Glacier achieves an elegant but effective simplicity, then Kifaru offers efficiency with all the bells and whistles. That said, my complaint – Kifaru’s complexity – led me to discover one other huge plus, their customer service. A++ grade in that department.

The most critical part of any good product review remains…bloody it up! Can’t wait to put it through the wringer, chasing elk in Colorado first, and hopefully gunning for antelope in Wyoming in October. Tag results for the second hunt available tomorrow!