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Joe Fehr

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Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« on: March 13, 2013, 05:11:09 PM »
So I finally got home picked up the pack and came back to work where I can take a few minutes to do a quick review.
This is a copy and paste from the Stone Glacier site:

Weight 3.63 Lbs (complete with frame)
- Spotting Scope Pocket 4.1oz (0.26lb)
- Hip Pocket 1.25oz (0.08lb)
- Load Cell 3.5oz (0.22lb)
Total weight: 4.19lbs (I haven't done a real world weight on it)

-130+ pound load rating (check Design page for load rating info)

-3334 cubic inch main bag

-2100+ cubic inch plus expandable load shelf

-Hydration compatible

-Full zip for gear access

-Ice axe and gear loops

-Belt attachments

-Heavy duty YKK #10 zipper

-Cordura 500 and Xpac fabric

-Heavy duty, 1" Duraflex military approved buckles and webbing

-Double layer re-enforced bottom

-1 exterior pocket, 1 interior pocket

-Made in USA

To begin I guess:

- All securing / compression straps are 1" in width with buckles. They are all well secured and the seams are excellent.
- The Krux frame is very stable when the pack is on with +/-30lbs in it, being carbon fiber it is cross braced nicely and totally covered to eliminate splintering
- Load lifters work excellent to bring the weight to your body and on to your hips
- The shoulder straps are 3" wide and comfortable again this is with only 30lbs or so in the pack
- Waist belt has a 1 7/8" web strapped to a 5" 1" thick foam waist belt
- Load shelf deployment is simple and quick
- Spotting scope pocket is going to be plenty for any scope out there, if you pack a small tripod you maybe able to fit that in beside a smaller scope
- Hip belt pocket will fit a range finder and GPS if the GPS is a smaller style
- The main bag is very nicely constructed, there is a lid pocket which is not huge but will hold smaller important items (pain meds, band-aids, moleskin, poopin paper..... ;D) and allow for some more items also.
- It takes about 30 seconds to totally remove the bag from the frame and about the same to reattach it if you can thread the buckles (4) that hold it in place
- There is hydration ports on the bag itself allowing access from either side with the drinking tube but they suggest having your bladder between the bag and frame which would work well
- Inside there is a medium sized pocket with velcro strap to hold it semi closed. Decent spot for change of undies, socks, etc away from the load shelf. Entire back of the bag is a plastic fabric backed material which should keep things clean and dry.
- I really like the construction of the pack. Sewing is top notch, no loose threads, buckles seem top notch hold the straps nice and are easy to manipulate
- The meat sack is nice but the fabric is light, hopefully stands up to a bit of abuse.


If you have any questions or requests post'em up and I'll do my best to help you out.











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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 08:10:09 PM »
Just under $700 shipped as it sits if I remember correctly lol

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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 08:28:05 PM »
It's still costing me and will cost me for a long time lol my wife has a long memory when I spend on big ticket items.

I hope it works as good as I think it will.

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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 08:34:21 PM »
I'm hoping she never figures out how much I spent on my finnlight! If she does it'll probably cost me a new Grand Cherokee..... :o

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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 10:02:20 PM »





A few more pictures....

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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 09:10:49 AM »
Good packs for sure! And Kurt is a great guy to chat and deal with. I'm sure the customer service will be impeccable. I have some bodies in Alaska that hunt sheep all over the world every year and swear by these packs.
And a note there is a bigger bag available as well. It's called the Terminus and is 6000ci with the expandable 2100ci load shelf. And comes in just under 5lbs without accessories. It is listed at $609US.
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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2013, 09:39:54 AM »
Good packs for sure! And Kurt is a great guy to chat and deal with. I'm sure the customer service will be impeccable. I have some bodies in Alaska that hunt sheep all over the world every year and swear by these packs.
And a note there is a bigger bag available as well. It's called the Terminus and is 6000ci with the expandable 2100ci load shelf. And comes in just under 5lbs without accessories. It is listed at $609US.
I think if I need more room I'll get the Approach and strap it on. It'll give me more room plus a smaller pack for day trips from camp. Or I'll get the Terminus and the Approach and take the licks from the wife......  :o
Once I get out of the bush and can load it up and see if I made the wrong choice again lol

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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2013, 10:21:06 AM »
By the reports I've gotten from Mike and the crew at CaptivateM Outdoors you have a great pack. They have abused them and they have held up. Look forward to your future reports. If I wasn't in the market for a new backpacking tent I'd be ordering a Terminus this summer.
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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2013, 11:25:11 AM »
What are you looking at for a tent? I maybe looking for one of those to replace the Hubba Hubba......... Dam good thing my wife doesn't know about this site.......  :-X ;D

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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2013, 11:44:52 AM »
Pretty sure I'm either going back with a Big Agnes or else a Mountain Hard Wear. Thought about a Hillenburg but not sure as I can get way better deals on the others and I don't see a huge difference in quality for the cost difference. I'm pretty sold on Big Agnes tents after owning two and being on some rugged harsh weather trips in them.
What kind would you go with??
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Re: Stone Glacier Solo Review (Pre-use)
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2013, 12:34:25 PM »
I'm not even sure yet, I've had the Hubba Hubba out once and it did a fine job, no bad weather tho. Easy to set up, enough room for 2 guys or one guy and gear. The 2 doors, with vestibules on either side really was nice with 2 guys in the tent. Might just pick up a siltarp to complement it in case of bad weather.......