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#4506969 - 10/16/10 Kifaru Meat bag
Higbean Offline
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 3271
Loc: Durham, CA
Anyone running these? Are they a good way to go?
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#4506986 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: Higbean]
BigWave Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 458
Loc: So. Cal
I used them for the first time this year on an archery mule deer hunt. Boned out my deer and fit the meat easily in 2 bags. I really like them. Used them again for my bear and again, they worked great. I bought 4 of them. I think I'll pick up another 2 just to be safe for an elk hunt. They clean up easily, are super lite and pack tiny. A little pricey but good equipment usually is!


Edited by BigWave (10/16/10)

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#4506987 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: Higbean]
smokepole Online   content
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Registered: 06/30/06
Posts: 15471
Loc: Colorado
They're made for boned-out meat, so if that's what you do, they're good. Not big enough to put quarters in or anything like that. They're kind of long and narrow, built to put in or on a pack. Very lightweight, silnylon. Not waterproof though.
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#4506992 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: smokepole]
BigWave Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 458
Loc: So. Cal
Originally Posted By: smokepole
They're made for boned-out meat, so if that's what you do, they're good. Very lightweight, silnylon. Not waterproof though.


Yep, I forgot to mention that. These wouldnt work for quarters.

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#4507004 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: BigWave]
Higbean Offline
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 3271
Loc: Durham, CA
Plannin on boning out. Are they breathable? Looks like you could hang them, but would it cool the meat at all?
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#4507106 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: Higbean]
Fishkilla Offline
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Registered: 01/02/07
Posts: 261
Loc: Alaska
If its cool out then yes. This is not a substitute for game bags imo. It doesnt breathe, trapping moisture inside. They are good for transporting meat in/on a pack but should be swapped out for a game bag that will allow the meat surface to dry.

If you are close to your vehicle and conditions are right then perhaps you could leave the game bags at home or at the truck.


Edited by Fishkilla (10/16/10)
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#4507291 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: Fishkilla]
smokepole Online   content
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Registered: 06/30/06
Posts: 15471
Loc: Colorado
What he said. I keep some in my pack to transport meat, but I wouldn't hang the meat in 'em for any length of time.
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#4507307 - 10/16/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: smokepole]
tkinak Offline
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Registered: 12/21/05
Posts: 1418
Loc: S.E Alaska
I hear good things about these, have not tried them.

http://www.pristineventures.com/products/game-bags.html

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#4509937 - 10/17/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: tkinak]
rost495 Online   content
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 38948
Loc: La Grange, TX
Run the meat into the mesh game bags... hang to cool... drop in Kifaru meat bags to prevent getting the pack nasty inside.... assuming you bone as noted.

For bone in I still use the big canvas bags.... but they ain't light...
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#4509952 - 10/17/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: rost495]
alaska_lanche Offline
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Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 2071
Loc: Wasilla, Alaska
I have used Kifaru meat bags on two different hunts (neither were my bags as I don't own any....yet). The bags are super light and tough and fit in your pack nicely with boned out meat. That said if you are hoping the the silnylon will keep your pack blood free I have found that you will be sorely mistaken. The bags saturate with blood readily so the only real way to prevent your pack from getting bloody if by placing these meat bags inside trash compactor bags. This works like a champ. So I will use the meat bags in conjunction with trash compactor bags as this setup seems to work pretty well for my uses.

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#4509990 - 10/17/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: alaska_lanche]
Ed_T Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 2736
Loc: Helena, MT
Originally Posted By: alaska_lanche
I have used Kifaru meat bags on two different hunts (neither were my bags as I don't own any....yet). The bags are super light and tough and fit in your pack nicely with boned out meat. That said if you are hoping the the silnylon will keep your pack blood free I have found that you will be sorely mistaken. The bags saturate with blood readily so the only real way to prevent your pack from getting bloody if by placing these meat bags inside trash compactor bags. This works like a champ. So I will use the meat bags in conjunction with trash compactor bags as this setup seems to work pretty well for my uses.


Your pack will get bloody with just the meat baggies. This year I found a lighter, more compact but more expensive alternative to the trash compactor bags - a Sea to Summit 65L eVent Roll-Top Pack Liner. Works great to keep the pack blood free and has a good handle when rolled that along with a D-Ring give a good place to attach a cord for dropping it in the water to cool or hanging if necessary.
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#4510197 - 10/17/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: Ed_T]
Vek Offline
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Registered: 03/15/06
Posts: 789
Loc: Blaine, WA
I took two caribou-size TAG bags on my sheep hunt. They let meat breathe very well in my opinion. I have no experience with kifaru bags. If they don't breathe, I don't plan to buy them. The TAG bags are a bit larger than needed, but they work very well and the material is light enough that you're not carrying too much extra.

Good tip on the drybag. My contractor bag liner was a bit leaky.

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#4510751 - 10/18/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: Vek]
rost495 Online   content
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 38948
Loc: La Grange, TX
I must not have had bloody meat... Dunno.. the 2 times I"ve used them, the pack was fine.
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#4513871 - 10/19/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: rost495]
PeteEinMT Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 495
Loc: G. Gateway, MT
They do make your pack bloody so I stopped using them other than I carry them when hiking in so I can store boned out meat in them to hang. I use what Ed T. uses just not the Event bag which I now need to check out.


Edited by Pete_E (10/19/10)

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#4522481 - 10/22/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: PeteEinMT]
SpenceG Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 06/30/05
Posts: 348
Loc: Owens Cross Roads, AL
In my experience, If you place the opening of the Kifaru bag "up", it minimizes blood leaking out in the pack. I normally strap it to the outside of compressed pack via cargo chair, so its really no issue. I'm very happy with mine.

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#4522751 - 10/22/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: SpenceG]
alaska_lanche Offline
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Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 2071
Loc: Wasilla, Alaska
Originally Posted By: SpenceG
In my experience, If you place the opening of the Kifaru bag "up", it minimizes blood leaking out in the pack. I normally strap it to the outside of compressed pack via cargo chair, so its really no issue. I'm very happy with mine.


Wow man you pack all the meat the furthest away from your body you can get. For me the closer to my back with the heavy meat bags the better. But if the works for ya or just going a short distance without camp to carry on your back also could work. Just thought it was interesting.

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#4522845 - 10/22/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: alaska_lanche]
David_Walter Offline
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Registered: 09/08/04
Posts: 10635
Loc: TriCities, WA
I use Walmart waterproof bags that I bought for canoe trips, then transfer the meat out when I get to the car. They're large and orange, and water proof, and clean out well with cold soapy water, and fit inside my regular pack (Kifaru MMR or Long Hunter Guide)
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#4522881 - 10/22/10 Re: Kifaru Meat bag [Re: David_Walter]
SpenceG Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 06/30/05
Posts: 348
Loc: Owens Cross Roads, AL
alaska,
I wasnt clear. A compressed pack to me, has nearly everything removed so the meat is close to my back, but still technically on the outside of the pack.
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