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This Kelly Cache Hauler pack fits perfectly on my Frontier Gear of Alaska Freighter Frame (only available from Barney's Sport Chalet in Anchorage, Alaska.. online too)..
The mounting points on the pack match the frame mounting pins perfectly! The Frontier Gear of Alaska Freighter Frame and Cache Hauler Pack combined weigh t is approx. 7-1/2 lbs as weighed on the shipping scale at my place of work. This combo carried 67 lbs very comfortable for a weekend 12 mile, 1700 ft vertical climb in the San Bernardino mountains along a stretch of the PCT. The frame is the most comfortable ever! The pack is tough and has a small internal frame to hold the top of the pack bag open for easy access. The internal shelf provides a nice lower-front loading compartment that fit my 2 man tent and 40 deg sleeping bag. The tent poles fit easily in the external (zippered) pocket. 2 external pockets on right side of the pack easily fit a 1+ litre water bottle, sawer squeeze water purification system and first aid kit with room to spare. The top-flap zippered compartment fits my 4 litre MSR dramadary bag with drink tube access for hiking. In addition, I can fit my windbreaker, pack cover and trail snacks in the top cover compartment. The upper (main) bag compartment will fit two large bear proof food containers with room to spare. The back, upper center of the bag has an external zippered compartment that easily fits my 800 ml cookware, stove, wind screen and eating utensils. This external frame and Cache Hauler pack bag is the perfect combo for someone that wants the added comfort and ventilation of an external pack frame with the ability to hold all the gear and food that you need for and extended stay in the wilderness. If you are hiking on trails that do not require rock climbing, have good vertical clearance and you want the maximum comfort and ventilation, the the external frame pack is the way to go. Remember, internal frame packs excel on trails with narrow ledges, rock climbing and heavy brush interference. Trails without these obstacles can be hiked without the burden of less airflow and lower load carrying comfort and limitations that internal frame packs suffer from. Internal frame packs have become a favorite, however, much of that is because people want to be trendy or just don't understand that internal frame and external frame packs both have their place in recreational and hunting applications. Thanks to Kelly, both internal and external frame packs are still available. Good job Kelly..
PS: I own the Kelly Falcons 66 internal frame pack, the 50th anniversary external frame pack, the PCT external frame pack and the Cache Hauler pack bag that I use with the Frontier Gear of Alaska Freighter Frame. Age 62, US Navy Veteran living in Carlsbad, California. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Nelson on Aug 24th 2016
I have not had a chance to use this yet hence the 4 stars. Also, the hydration system needs a lot of work. You have to route the tube out of the side of bag where the top folds over. There is no purpose built way to get the tube out of the pack. Also, there is no built in way to attach the tube to the straps to keep it from flopping around. Some Velcro straps well fix that. The bag REALLY fits the frame perfectly. It will get a lot of use this fall and winter and I expect it to perform perfectly. Ken on Jul 15th 2015
Already owned the frame hauler, combined I think it will work as a great hunting/backpacking setup. Nice little setup for the price. Philip on Apr 8th 2015
Bought the frame last fall for deer hunting, which worked great, did't know that Kelty had a bag that went with the frame. Bag has a lot of room lot o pockets, but the main option I like is that you have 2 tools in 1, a frame and a pack which is removable. Ron on Jan 19th 2012