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Location: portland,oregon
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Got my pack

Well I ordered my pack and got it a few weeks ago, I got the cableas Alaska guide pack/frame, its the 5300 cuin pack. It normaly retailed at $239 i think and got it on sale and some other discounts for a final price of $150. Heck of a deal. I loaded it up with my gear i will take on my trip and it topped out at 45lbs and is very comfortable.

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I always thought that looked

I always thought that looked like a super pack for the price.

I've been using a badlands 4500 for a few years now and although it's super comfortable I think it's a little overpriced for the features that it has.

Gotta love the cabelas discount cards.

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Dang!

Dang, if I knew you were looking I would have offered you mine a lot cheaper.  I bought the pack frame for packing out moose quarters but never used it.  If anyone else is interested in a Cabela's Alaskan pack frame - let me know.  Shipping will probably cost more than what I would sell it to you for! 

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my extra pack frame has been sold

For future reference - my pack frame mentioned in the post above has been sold so is no longer available.

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i have that pack. i heavily

i have that pack. i heavily modified it (i have the older, heavier framed version). because wieght was a severe issue (it was 12.5 pounds empty without the hydration pack)

over the years, i've even taken a tubing cutter to the frame. it works much better for me now. i used the spare pieces of frame to make a spotting scope mount.

i've cut about 5 pounds off of it. extra backpack straps, tiedown straps, rain cover. i even took padding out of the back of the pack. now, it's more comfortable and more efficient for mountain hunting.

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here are some pictures of

here are some pictures of what i did to the old alaskan guide pack. since i didn't explain it very well at all.

i cut the "C" shaped extension of the frame off with the tubing cutter, and now, i can go from mobile- to spotting in no time. with all of the tensioning adjustments, you can tighten down the rig so it doesn't move while you walk. and the amount of weight it saves me is rediculous since i don't carry a regular tripod anymore. that coupled with the Burris compact spotting scope i use is instrumental in my hunting rig.

i like to be effiecient when i hunt, and i try to cut out all the mistakes i made when i was younger.

plus, i LOVE to tinker with stuff.

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