The Stone Glacier Sky 6900 Backpack: The Ultimate Hunting Backpack
I’m confident in promoting these packs to any hunter because I’m speaking from a couple of years of experience hunting with these packs. But even more than that, many of our friends are also running these packs and have all sung praises similar to mine.
We have been using the Sky Talus 5900-6900 and the Terminus 8700. But as you’ll see on the Stone Glacier website, there’s a wide range of other packs and gear – all of which match the same performance and quality I’ve seen in my packs.
But for the sake of this blog, I’ll focus on the Sky Talus 6900 as it’s been my used and, in my opinion, the best size and model for NZ hunters.
One of the standout features of the Stone Glacier Sky 6900 Backpack is its ample storage space—more importantly, how that space is laid out. The main compartment of the backpack has a 6400 cubic inch capacity. Additionally, the pack features various external pockets, allowing you to organize your gear and keep essential items within reach. But this is where you can see that the pack has been designed by a team of experienced hunters (Unlike the Tatonka packs) because the layout of the pockets has been shaped and placed in positions making it easy to find and access the essentials on a multi-day expedition.
Another great feature of the Stone Glacier Sky 6900 Backpack is its ability to compress into a tight slimline day pack. One of the most significant issues, when I used a Tatonka is that when I tried to use it as a day pack, it was just far too big and bulky to try stalk in. A lot of our hunts go something like this; Packs full for a long walk in – make camp, drop 90% of our gear – then go for a day hunt that only needs a few essential items. So I need a pack that can compress and stay out of my way when stalking.
As for the comfort… Finally, a pack that can fit me well and hold weight comfortably even on the 6th day of walking. I’m sorry to keep talking shit about the Tatonka, but those packs are uncomfortable for most people, including myself. If you think they’re comfortable, it’s probably because you haven’t used a good pack like SG, Mystery Ranch, Kuiu or Exo. Stone Glacier offers a range of comfortable, adjustable harness systems. The shoulder straps, hip belts, and load-lifter straps are all fully adjustable, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your body. This makes it possible to carry heavy loads over long distances without experiencing discomfort or fatigue.
One thing that sets the Stone Glacier backpacks apart from other hunting packs is their durability. The packs are constructed from high-quality materials, including rugged fabric, reinforced stitching, and heavy-duty zippers. This means that the backpack is built to last, even after years of use in the rugged terrain of New Zealand.
While the Stone Glacier pack is one of the best hunting backpacks on the market, it is also one of the most expensive. The Sky Talus pack retails for over $700 in New Zealand but also add on duty tax and postage… making it a significant investment. However, given the quality of the backpack and its long-lasting durability, many hunters believe that the high price is well worth it.
Stone Glacier is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for the ultimate hunting backpack. With ample storage space, a comfortable harness system, and durable construction, this backpack has everything you need for a successful hunting trip. Despite its high price, the packs are a long-term investment that will provide years of reliable performance and make your hunting trips more enjoyable.
SPECS & FEATURES
- 2 lbs. 8.4 oz. (bag only)
- 5 lbs. 4.6 oz. on Krux Frame w/ medium belt
- 5 lbs. 8.6 oz. on Xcurve Frame w/ medium belt
- 6,400 cubic inch main bag
- 4,750 cubic inch bivy-mode
- 113 L main bag and Sky Lid
- Full center zip for access to the main bag
- 4 external side pockets
- 150+ pound load rating
- Hydration compatible (Hydro Sleeve – Sold Separately)
- 2,500+ cubic inch expandable load shelf
- Belt attachments
- Heavy-duty YKK #10 zipper
- Cordura 500 and Xpac fabric
- Heavy-duty, 1″ Duraflex military approved buckles and webbing
- Made in the USA