Exo Journal

Our 2022 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Our 2022 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Like most backcountry hunters, we are passionate about the gear we use. At the end of each year, we like to highlight some of the favorite gear we have used for hunts throughout the year and discuss why those particular items made a difference for us personally. Here is our favorite gear from 2022…

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Mountain Goat Hunt Gear List & Lessons Learned In Alaska

Mountain Goat Hunt Gear List & Lessons Learned In Alaska

Having just returned from a challenging but successful Mountain Goat hunt in Southeast Alaska, I want to share my full gear list, talk about some higher-level themes related to gear for a hunt like this, and then share some newer or notable gear that stood out to me from this hunt...

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Before You Build A Custom Rifle for Mountain Hunting...

Before You Build A Custom Rifle for Mountain Hunting...

When it comes to custom hunting rifles, there are endless options. Although there is an overwhelming number of rifle builders, rifle components, and rifle cartridges, there is a lack of depth and transparency about custom rifles AFTER they have been used for years in real-world conditions. Here is my experience...

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Post-Hunt: Archery Elk in Colorado — Lessons Learned, Gear Highlights, and More...

Post-Hunt: Archery Elk in Colorado — Lessons Learned, Gear Highlights, and More...

Fresh off of an archery elk hunt in Colorado, Mark shares the notes he made during the hunt about the events experienced, lessons learned, and thoughts encountered throughout the hunt. He also shares his gear highlights, full gear list, and info on making DIY dehydrated meals for backpack hunts...

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Boring Backpack Foods & The Importance of Variety Over Perfection

Boring Backpack Foods & The Importance of Variety Over Perfection

It isn't enough to have the right amount of calories or the perfect macros for your next backpack hunt. If you fail to consider the psychological impact of food, you will be vulnerable to a problem where we have the calories we need in our packs, but can’t actually consume the foods as we should. Let's fix that...

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How To — Fly With a Rifle (and Gear) For Your Next Hunt

How To — Fly With a Rifle (and Gear) For Your Next Hunt

Flying with firearms isn't as difficult as you may think it is. There are some very specific rules to follow, and I have also learned some helpful strategies for transporting rifles, handguns, and other hunting gear in checked baggage. Here are the things that I have found helpful when flying for hunts...

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Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

The hunt was a success. But now you are miles from your vehicle with more than a 100lbs, or maybe several-hundred pounds, to pack out. With heavy packs and difficult terrain, there is a lot of work ahead. Let’s discuss a few safe pack out practices to follow, which can minimize the risk of injury when coming out heavy…

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10 Day Dall Sheep Hunt Gear List — What's In My Pack?

10 Day Dall Sheep Hunt Gear List — What's In My Pack?

Just hours before leaving for Alaska, Steve Speck shares the full gear list he is packing for his 10-day backpack Dall Sheep hunt. Steve is using the Exo Mtn Gear K3 3200 Pack System for this hunt and has a total pack weight of 43 pounds. Watch Steve go through every item in this "What's In My Pack?" video...

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Plan for Performance in the Backcountry

Plan for Performance in the Backcountry

Anyone going on a backpack hunt does some level of planning and preparation. Most hunters do some hiking, practice with their weapon, pack some gear, grab some food and go hunt. That’s general planning and preparation. It’s average. But if you want to have the best experience possible, you need to plan for performance. Here are some tips to get you started...

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The Best (and Budget) Clothes for Backpack Hunting

The Best (and Budget) Clothes for Backpack Hunting

There is no shortage of high-end, high-performance technical hunting apparel these days. You can get a piece of clothing for every hunt you can imagine. Regardless of the specific season or species, there’s a piece of clothing for it. That’s great. Until it isn’t. Here's how to decide what clothing is truly needed...

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