If you pay attention to any of the online, social, and even campfire debates on what the best pack for elk hunting is, you’ll notice nearly everyone agrees to disagree. That said, there are a lot of good packs out there. But what makes the KUIU Packs special or unique?
In the pursuit of innovation, KUIU has made a lot of changes over the years. Their updates and refinements are often overlooked because their packs have kept a similar look and they’re decked out in the same camo patterns as their older versions. Simply put, if you compare an older generation of KUIU’s hunting packs, prior to the launch of their PRO Packs in 2019, they do not stack up to their latest and greatest designs.
KUIU’s Packs have always been known for their bag-swap modularity and ranking among the lightest. With recent advancements in technology, engineering, and materials, they’re also staking claim to the most comfortable and durable.
What Has Improved on KUIU’s Hunting Pack Designs?
First, their patented Carbon Fiber Frame received a major upgrade in 2017. This is when KUIU switch over to Chomarat® Spread Tow Carbon Fiber. The frame kept a similar profile, however, the materials and make up received a complete overhaul. This not only made the frames more durable, but they also optimized the flexibility and stiffness to carry weight more efficiently.
In 2019, KUIU launched the PRO Pack System with a completely redesigned suspension and upgraded bags. The new suspension was game changing for KUIU. While maintaining the ultralight weight they’ve always been known for, the waist belt and shoulder straps are remarkably more comfortable, adjustable, and durable than ever before. The PRO Bags, available in 2300, 3600, 6000, and 7800 cubic inch sizes were upgraded to the gold standard in pack materials: Heavy-duty CORDURA® 500 denier fabric, Hypalon anchored compression straps, Duraflex® hardware, and robust #10 YKK® zippers. The bag layouts were also improved, making it easier to carry and access optics, rifle, and bow.
In 2020, KUIU introduced the PRO LT (Light and Tough) series of bags in 4000, 5500, and 7000 cubic inch sizes. Leveraging a lighter, high-tenacity CORDURA® 330 denier fabric, paired with coated fabric paneling for added water and abrasion resistance, the PRO LT packs are ideal for the elk hunters looking for lightest pack as possible but unwilling to sacrifice pack organization and durability.
In 2022 KUIU launched the Women’s PRO Suspension. With women’s specific ergonomics, they opened the door for women hunters to have a pack built specifically for them. Without compromise, the Women’s PRO Suspension utilizes the same Carbon Frame and PRO and PRO LT bag options.
How Does KUIU’s Modular Pack System Work?
Not every elk hunt calls for the same game plan. The purpose behind a modular pack system is to have one frame and suspension with common connection points so you can swap to any size or style of KUIU bag. This system is not only extremely versatile, but also offers a value other high-end packs can’t match. You can purchase the frame, suspension, and two sizes of bags for around the same price as a competitor’s pack with only one bag.
Carbon Fiber Frame: The Weight-Bearing Backbone
Weighing in at only 11 ounces, KUIU’s patented Carbon Fiber Frame features ultralight Spread Tow Carbon Fiber Technology—built for vertical stiffness, horizontal flex, and ultimate strength.
Available in three sizes, each frame has 4” of vertical shoulder strap height adjustment. Select the size of frame that fits your torso and fine-tune shoulder strap height with their innovative T-Lock system.
Measuring your torso takes a little homework, but KUIU has made this video showing you how it’s done and how to properly fit your pack.