|Capacity:||> 2500 cubic in|
|Harvest Hauling Compatible:||Yes|
|Multiple Weapon Carry:||No|
Last year I went hunting with dad for elk in Colorado. I had my ALICE pack on a frame and dad bought this as his equipment didn't fit his body any longer after not elk hunting in 30 years. I was fortunate enough to take an elk and had to pack him out. I couldn't get my ALICE open enough to even get the back straps in with all of the gear I was hauling (knives, game bags, rain gear, ect.) so I used dad's rack to load 2 quarters and the back straps on the first hike back to the vehicle, well over 170 lbs. Pack only gave me trouble crossing one fence, but other than that the load never stressed on any one part of my back.
After that experience and getting ready for this season, I bought me one and have delegated my ALICE to backpacking only. I hope I have the opportunity to haul another one or two elk out this year. Unknown on Aug 14th 2016
The SJK Rail Hauler Frame is a beast. It's strong. It looks great. Very durable. I hauled a complete 3-point buck out about a mile in the dark with it (quartered, of course) and it rode well. The shoulder straps and hip belt both work great for me -- I'm about 6'3" 220 lbs. I like the wing flaps, the drop-down load-hauling shelf, and the overall fit and finish. It's a great pack, well-designed. The only thing I would recommend is taping a little hex wrench inside one pocket. Why? After about 50 miles or so, one of the bolts became just loose enough to make a faint squeak. I was bow hunting at the time and I had the right tool on me -- a couple turns and it was sneaky quiet again. If you want a burly, flexible load hauler, you can't go wrong with this pack.
Chris on Jun 20th 2016
I bought the rail hauler frame on close out. Worth every penny. Intended uses are shed hunting, hauling in bear bait and minerals for licks and packing out meat. I have used many different brands and styles of packs professionally as well as for recreation. The only thing I would change on the rail hauler is the lap belt. For a few extra pennies, it could be drawn tight from the back towards the front. It is much easier to get it cinched up and tight that way. Otherwise it is exactly what I want/need for the duties described above. I also have the carbine 2500 pack which fits perfectly inside the rail hauler with extra room to spare for heading in to the wilderness. The carbine 2500 is a terrific pack as well, except for the shoulder strap suspension. It is very weak and flimsy compared to many of the other packs that I use. I fully expect the shoulder straps to fail within 18 months with the amount of use it will get. Dave on Jun 16th 2016
I got the frame in the a week ago and I love it so far! Light weight and sturdy. The load straps are a nice touch! Can't wait to take it hunting this year! Brady Sandlin on Jun 8th 2016
I have had my SJK for a few months now, and have logged no less than 50 miles with varying loads. It has spent most of it life as an aid to my fitness with a few trips into the woods. I have no problems the durability of the pack, but as my title states I feel that it is best suited for loads 40# and less. In my opinion the shoulder are just fine. At 6' tall I wouldn't mind the load lifters being mounted a little higher on the frame. The problem is in the waist belt, and starts with materials. The fabric on the waist belt is supper slick. This makes it very difficult to keep your load weight on your hips. I also think that a denser foam in the lumbar and hip pad with a little bit more realistate would help correct this problem. I do like the versatility of this pack. With a little imagination the possibilities are endless. I wish the compression straps started at least 4" further apart to aid in tightening smaller loads. I would use this pack for backpacking trips or shed hunting, but don't overzealous and pack out half an elk in one load. Andy on May 14th 2016
I really like the pack- it fits nicely and just seems like part of your back. I wish it had a couple of exterior pockets with zippers for small items you would like to have with you. A zipper on the inside flap pockets would also be nice. One last thing if I had my choice- maybe throw on some water bottle pockets onto the belt. I like pockets/water bottle holders I can access without having to remove my pack. I get out in nasty canyons and go for hours, so the pack is great for that, I just have to couple it with a small pack with pockets. Dennis Kitchen on May 6th 2016
Great pack frame. I'm super impressed with how well this frame is built. I've been training with this frame for the Train To Hunt competitions with a 105 lbs on it. This pack frame handles the weight with ease. I can't wait to get this rail hauler frame on the mountains to pack out some quarters this Summer and Fall. Chris on May 5th 2016
Great size and weight, this frame is just all around awesome! Very solid, very well built, I got mine complete with backpack and for me it's the perfect system, I can fit everything I need for a few days in the backcountry and then the hauler will handle anything I will pack out! Great system! Rosscoe on Apr 26th 2016
Best frame pack by far. I guide here in Northern Utah and have used many different packs and frame packs. Hands down this is the best frame pack made!! Jason on Nov 2nd 2015
This pack is a hauler. The frame feels sturdy even under an 80-90 Lbs. load. My first time out with it, there was 3 Ft of snow in the Snowy Range here in Wyoming. It's a beast and carry's well in and out of the trees. The lower profile works nicely in the forest. Great job SJK. Kristopher on Jun 21st 2015
I picked up the Rail Hauler Frame pack to use as my heavy meat hauler for elk hunting. I'll drop my Carbine 2500 along with some camping gear into the Rail Hauler frame for my hike into the backcoutry. Once I have camp set up, I'll carry the Carbine 2500 daily, while keeping the Rail Hauler ready for meat pack out. I've been doing some test hikes with both packs and I've found the Hauler to be comfortable and stable. It can take a heavy load, i've been carrying firewood around the trails, I even pack in my chain saw with this pack. I've found it to be a super versatile big n heavy load hauler. I'm very pleased with the quality and attention to details. External frame packs have come a long way since the old days. I'd be happy to use this pack hunting or backpacking. Thumbs up for the Rail Hauler Frame pack by SJK! Bill on Sep 30th 2014