Initial Ascent IA8K - info needed

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I bought an AI as well. They stood out as my favorite at the show packing around weight and great guys to deal with. Plus Ken^^^ said I looked cute in it so that sealed the deal.

Rodger did a phenomenal job of fitting the pack for me when I tried it on. You could try the best pack ever made, It will feel terrible if its adjusted incorrectly!

We can matchy matchy hunting in Southern Idaho now lol
 
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How tall is the initial ascent frame?

I’m thinking about getting a “hauler frame” so I’m not getting my pack bloody every time I help someone pack a critter… the IA daypack would fill the niche well

I’m leaning on just getting a 26” k4 with a load crib and lid, and I know it hauls weight well, but I always like testing new stuff too, and the IA is an interesting option for what I want it for
 

cumminsbassguy

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How tall is the initial ascent frame?

I’m thinking about getting a “hauler frame” so I’m not getting my pack bloody every time I help someone pack a critter… the IA daypack would fill the niche well

I’m leaning on just getting a 26” k4 with a load crib and lid, and I know it hauls weight well, but I always like testing new stuff too, and the IA is an interesting option for what I want it for
I'll measure mine when I get home. I like it the few times I've hauled meat with it (moose 1/4s) longest pack out was 2.5 miles with the front 1/4, skull and all my gear, 134# was my pack weight when I got back home. It did an amazing job.
 

cumminsbassguy

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How tall is the initial ascent frame?

I’m thinking about getting a “hauler frame” so I’m not getting my pack bloody every time I help someone pack a critter… the IA daypack would fill the niche well

I’m leaning on just getting a 26” k4 with a load crib and lid, and I know it hauls weight well, but I always like testing new stuff too, and the IA is an interesting option for what I want it for
My frame is 22" from the bottom of the lumbar pad to the top where the handle is. 25" if you count the load adjuster pillars. A wide range of adjustments for torso heights. For load handling wise, my moose quarters (46') stuck up as far as my rifle barrel did, and with the load carrier and bag cinched down. It didn't wobble or wiggle at all
 

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Here’s photos of the updated 8k and 5k. I ordered an additional frame so my wife can run my old one with the 6k. I don’t know about the “harmonization” with Wolf grey but the addition of roll top and new front stretch pockets seals the deal for me.
Have you hiked with the 8k yet? 5k is too small for my longer hunts but that horseshoe zipper goes up pretty high on the bag. I wonder how it compresses down without being full.
 

deadend88

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I haven't run the 8k fully loaded yet. I will be taking my family on a run as soon as school gets out this week. I can take some photos of the compression for you when I am loading up. I have gotten a few in the 5k, and the little tweaks and roll top compared to my 6k are money.
 

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Have you hiked with the 8k yet? 5k is too small for my longer hunts but that horseshoe zipper goes up pretty high on the bag. I wonder how it compresses down without being full.
This is what worries me! compressing down the 8k would make it unusable with so much material pressed in.
Thinking I will go to the 5k and buy the 8 if needed* later.
 
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I haven't run the 8k fully loaded yet. I will be taking my family on a run as soon as school gets out this week. I can take some photos of the compression for you when I am loading up. I have gotten a few in the 5k, and the little tweaks and roll top compared to my 6k are money.
Just curious if you got out and did that run with your family? Was wondering what you thought of the 8K.
 
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