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Product Review: Stone Glacier Solo Pack

July 16, 2015
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Anyone that’s spent very much time carrying a backpack with any weight in it at all can tell you how bad a poor product will hurt you. Put 50-100 lbs in it and carry it around all fall, and it’ll literally cripple you. Another big concern among hunters is the packs empty weight. There’s no reason to start off with a 10 lb load before you even put anything in it. I struggled for several years to find a pack that was above all else comfortable, light weight, and had room to haul all my gear, plus meat. I tried several different ones that had one or two of these, but couldn’t find one that had all three… Enter the Stone Glacier Solo. 3.6 lbs empty! I’ll have to admit, when I pulled it out the box I was a little skeptical. It was so light, I thought there’s no way it’ll hold up to the abuse I put my gear through,  but I was wrong. I’ve used it a whole season on two continents, and packed out tons of meat in it. The bag will separate from the frame giving you a load shelf to put meat in so you don’t have to put it in the main bag with your gear. I’ve packed out two front elk quarters at one time, a whole boned out mule deer, half of a bighorn sheep, and numerous other quarters and peices. Many of the loads were well over 100lbs and I had to go several miles to get out. Every single time, I got back comfortable and with the load still secure. The other neat part about the bag detaching from the frame is, once you buy the frame, any of the other Stone Glacier bags will fit on it. I just ordered a Sky Archer 6200 bag for an upcoming sheep/caribou hunt in Alaska and I can’t wait to try it out! One more thing I have to say about Stone Glacier that I feel is very important is their customer service. When I bought the pack originally, I bought it through a third party dealer two weeks before I left for a mule deer hunt. In my haste to get everything ready to leave, I didn’t realize the pack had not arrived until two days before I was leaving. I called the store I bought it from and they told me that somehow they had taken to many orders and they were out of the packs. I went to Stone Glaciers website and was going to call them direct and see if they had any. I reached Kurt, the owner, on his cell phone and told him my situation. He was extremely apologetic and said that he was out of town, but he would have his wife go down to the wharehouse, box up a pack, and overnight it to me free of charge. He not only handled everything with the dealer so I didn’t have to pay again, but also included a couple of accessories for no charge. That kind of service is hard to find these days. When you find it, and they have a quality product, you better take advantage of it. I’ll be a customer for life!

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Zach Knowles

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Zach Knowles is a professional outfitter and guide as well as doing contract camera work for an outdoor television show in some of the most extreme destinations anywhere in the world. He thrives in the harsh places and isn't afraid to take on any challenge in any terrain. Zach’s family has been in the hunting and outfitting business since he was a small child and he spent a lot of his young years in Saskatchewan where his father outfitted 70+ deer and bear hunts a year. At 12 years old Zach harvested an elk, mule deer, and antelope on a trip to Wyoming and it was then that his love of the mountains and western hunting was born. Since then he has gone on to guide and harvest many more animals from Alaska to Mexico, to the Middle East. He owns and operates Xtreme Outfitters, running 60+ whitetail, mule deer, mountain lion, and sheep hunts a year. When he’s not guiding or hunting for himself, you'll find him in the team roping arena or at the ranch taking care of his commercial cow herd.