When I am hunting, I literally live in my back pack, I am not the type to drop my pack to pursue an animal or to glass, so it is important to me that my pack fit me perfectly. Not to mention, there is nothing worse than a wasted trip once you have an animal down, so I look for versatility and functionality in my packs. Up until a couple of years ago, I was using 3 different packs depending on what I was doing. Well luckily Bryan Martin introduced me to Kurt Racicot, a die hard sheep hunter, a couple of years ago and it turned out to be a game changer for me.
Kurt, started making packs for himself and a few friends as he couldn’t find a strong, lightweight and functional pack that worked for him. Needless to say, he never imagined that his homemade packs would turn into a full blown business. Thankfully for those of us who use his packs, it did. Stone Glacier Packs are simply amazing. They are super light, yet incredibly strong and durable, but best of all they are customizable and functional no matter what style of hunt you find yourself on.
Kurts goal was to design an ultralight technical load-carrying system that just worked. To deliver on that goal Stone Glacier only uses the toughest and best quality materials available when building their packs. Their bags are made from military grade X-Pac Cordura 500, Duraflex Berry Buckles and something that many pack makers overlook – heavy-duty UV-resistant thread that will stand up to weather, abuse and the sun.
When it comes to frames, Stone Glacier stole my heart with the XCurve, it is hands down the most comfortable and customizable frame system I have ever used, as you can easily adjust for torso length and load carry preference. So now you have a lightweight technical load carrying system, that is a beast as it can handle 150lb plus loads, so it doesn’t matter if you are packing out an entire boned out deer, or a massive moose quarter, the XCurve and KruX frames can handle it.
One of my favorite things about Stone Glacier is their load shelf system, which lets you put a heavy load on the pack close to your back even when you have a bag full of gear, so there are no wasted trips. So now no matter where or what you are hunting you can securely carry your gear and meat to get to where you need to go.
I have used my Sky Archer pack on everything from Elk, to Brown Bear to Marco Polo and Ibex hunting, and no matter what I throw at it, it just works. Best of all, once you have a frame, you can purchase other bags and accessories to upfit or downfit your pack depending on what you are doing. These packs are completely designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. So if you are in the market for a true technical hunting pack, make sure to check out Stone Glacier. https://www.stoneglacier.com/