• Kevin Jones

    That load shelf seems to be a brilliant idea/feature. I have used my pack frame and strapped my backpack on it because my pack doesn’t have that feature. I’m glad people like you don’t write the “review” after only having the product a couple weeks and you actually put it to work before writing the post. Thanks for the review.

    • SoleAdventure

      The load shelf is a God-send for the type of hunting that I do. I’m all for “first look” reviews that show the features/design of a product, but like you, I don’t consider something to be a complete review until it has been tested in the “real world”.

  • Rob McConnell

    Great review Mark! After using the pack for backpacking, elk hunting, deer hunting, and now wolf hunting, i agree with everything that is here. Thanks for convincing me to get this pack. After using an Eberlestock J34, and a Kuiu Icon, there is no question in my mind that this is THE pack for back country hunting. After packing out Maria’s buck @ 93lbs up and down hill, it literally felt as good on my back at the finish as it did when i started. There are so many questions out there regarding what gear to use, I feel great knowing that there are no questions about what pack to use.

    • SoleAdventure

      Can’t wait to see what you pack out with it in 2015. Good luck, Rob!

  • Steve

    Great review Marc. This will be my pack this Fall for my first DIY Elk Hunt on public land. Can’t wait for the 2015 models to come out.

    • SoleAdventure

      Congrats on the pack. But more importantly…congrats on the first elk hunt! I know you have my email…stay in touch and let me know how it goes.

  • Tim

    Thanks for the reviews of this pack. I just pre-ordered a 2015 model! Now, if I can just wait until March.!

    • SoleAdventure

      Patience will pay off…it’ll be worth the wait.

      • Tim

        Yeah, that whole patience thing is a virtue that has evaded me thus far in life. I am like a dang kid that way.

        Mark, I don’t know if it is of any benefit to you, but I let Steve know, that I heard about and am getting the pack mainly from your reviews and the high praise you have given it!

  • Kyle Hankey

    I’m waiting to hear from Steve on when I can get mine!

    • SoleAdventure

      You’ll love it, Kyle!

  • Aaron wick

    Now that yours is good and broke in I’m thinking you should sell it to me cheap so I can try it out

    • SoleAdventure

      Ha ha! A buddy of mine already talked me into the same offer. (I’m still using Exo…just got a new one.)