versatile and durable are just a few words that describe the EMR
II, but here at Kifaru we just like to call it a kick ass Extended
Mission Pack! The base design for the EMR II is very simple;
deliver a pack with the ability to expand to 8,000+ ci, but also
transform into a sleek and functional daypack when needed. We were
able to accomplish this by adding a full length center zipper to
the main bag, and also add 1,200 ci wings to each side. The options
of the EMR II allow for quick access, mass expansion and/or
compression and the versatility that is rivaled by no other large
pack on the market today.
Take a look at
the videos and you will quickly see why this pack will be setting
the bar for foot soldiers and backpack hunters alike.
From Brent Toone of Ammon, Idaho on 1/5/2017.
I received the EMR II in ranger green in between archery and rifle season this year. I only had it a couple of days before it was loaded up for a few days of chasing elk and spike camping in Montana. It was mounted on my trusty old MMR 24" kifaru frame, so the carry and fit was familiar to me, but the organization was far better than anything I have used up to this point. Most of my gear went into the main bag, which allowed easy access thanks to the front zip. Small essentials were put into the outside pockets, and the pack maintained a nice, streamlined profile. The ranger green is my favorite color so far, and it blends well with my highlander accessories. I managed to harvest a nice bull elk on day 2, and moved most of my gear into the bat wing pockets allowing the meat to take up the main bag. Comfort on my back was not an issue, but my legs told me that I needed to work harder before next season. Thankfully, that first load out was by far the heaviest. The next morning I stripped my pack down to bare essentials, leaving the first load of meat and extra gear at the truck, and went back in for the next load. The huge bag sucked up to almost nothing, and was able to expand for the next load by simply lengthening the straps. I have had a couple more chances to take a trip into the mountains this last month, and although I have a fair assortment of packs, this is the one I grabbed. It may not be the lightest pack I own, but it is the closest thing I have found to "The One" pack. BTW - blood washed off with no problem.
From Paul Kuphall of Hustisford, Wisconsin on 11/7/2016.
I have only used this pack for a short while and so far only on training hikes. But I can tell when it is time pack out a harvested big game animal this pack will step up to the occasion.I am looking forward to packing out some animals with this pack for a long time.
Just too big for my needs
From Jack P of Groton, Massachusetts on 11/6/2016.
I gave this a 4 because the size was just too big but the quality was top notch. I need a pack and frame for Alaska moose. I ordered the EMR as well as Kuiu's Icon Pro 5200 and the Stone Glacier Sky Talus 6900. I talked extensively to each manufacturer and Kifaru video and support suggested that moose quarters should be packed in the EMR bag rather than sandwiched between the frame and pack or using a Cargo Panel. So I ordered the EMR assured that it could pack down to bivy size. Well, I have to say that at bivy size it looks like a rhino skin on a rabbit. The Stone Glacier did a better job of compressing elegantly, and the Kuiu looked like it was made for a day pack when compressed (sure they are smaller, to begin with). The EMR was simply too big for anything other than moving a family and packing out quarters. I want my quarters to be exposed to as much air as possible and I want to use this bag for something other than a once in a lifetime trip so I returned it for a Mountain Warrior and a Cargo Panel and am happy as punch. I also have another review on the frames for all 3 of these competitors and Kifaru's frame is the hands down winner... So this (the above) is all about my thoughts on the size of this thing and the utility of packing meat in a bag instead of on a frame. But if those two issues are not critical to you, this pack is beautiful. It is well made and will certainly last a lifetime.
Best pack ever
From Landon Woolsey of Snohomish, Washington on 10/28/2016.
I've used a lot of packs. This one beats them all. Worth every cent. I was out hunting alone for bear, and had about 4 days worth of gear with me and was about 6 miles in. I ended up getting the bear the day I wandered in, and packed the entire bear, along with all my gear, back out to my truck. No issues with any part of the pack. Super comfortable, plenty of space for anything you could ever want to bring. I use it all the time now, on everything from day hunts to long family backpacking trips to extended back-country hunts. I would highly recommend this product to any hunter who needs a versatile pack, one that can handle huge and heavy loads but also compact down to a day pack. Great pack!
From Cody Bras of Kalispell, Montana on 10/18/2016.
I never knew a pack could fit this well. I have had multiple packs in my life, and nothing compares to this. I was hesitant buying such a large model but the way it tightens right up into a smaller unit I'm glad I did. SOLID SOLID SOLID. The pack feels like it is glued to your back with no shifting whatsoever and is as comfortable as putting on brand new socks.
American made gold
From @hayhunting of Edmonton, Alberta on 9/17/2016.
Firstly the customer service provided by Aron and Frank was beyond outstanding. The bag is functioning well, I am using it on the 26" tac frame with composite stays. It rides super steady holds all my gear with ease with room to spare for meat and horns. Though after seeing a new pack video on the Gritty Bowman I wish the compression straps on the EMR functioned slightly different. It would be the absolute best pack out there if there was some way to control the amount of compression independently on the wings and the main bag, to make it easier to remove spotter/tripod/rifle without losing compression on the main bag. Small little thing, definitely not a deal breaker, this is still one of the best bags I have seen on the market for people who need a large bag to pack lots of gear or doing longer trips. It's hard to beat American/North American products. The craftsmanship on the bag is wonderful. Now if only the Canadian Dollar will improve so I can get more Kifaru gear, the $1.33 exchange stung a bit when I purchased the bag.
Perfect pack for serious hunters
From Doug of Fairbanks, Alaska on 9/15/2016.
EMR II is the perfect pack for me. It has accessible pockets from the outside so you don’t have to unstrap everything to get something. Bottom of pack can be closed off so you can use as a day pack or for hauling out heavy loads. The construction of this pack is by far the best I have ever used. There is enough space in the EMR II to pack for a 7 or 10 day hunt and still pack out the meat. I utilized the pack to haul out a whole caribou in one trip (something I would never do with my other packs). There are other packs on the market that are lighter and cheaper, however, they will not fit or function as good as a Kifaru (I learned this the hard way).
From PAT POWELL of TRINIDAD, Colorado on 9/13/2016.
Purchased just before sheep hunt in B.C. Fantastic bag. Works from day bag to heavy hauler. I bought the grab it also and it is very useful. From Canada hunting elk in day mode to back packing my double bull blind and chair to remote pronghorn waterhole. Most useful pack ever. Had a problem with forward pull on waist belt but Kifaru customer service promptly fixed and had me going again.
The best pack
From Bobby T of Bloomington, Indiana on 9/3/2016.
Just got back from hunting Dall sheep in the TOK. The pack was able to fit all of my gear in for a 10 day hunt. This includes enough room for 80mm Spoting scope, and sheep etc... The pack carried like a dream. I have owned 3 other high end packs close to the same weight, size, but they where uncomfortable, and made a lot of noise. I had the duplex frame, would recommend to anyone who wants a solid pack.
From Aaron J. Cooper of CDA, Idaho on 5/2/2016.
At one point in my life I was living out of bag. I bought some gear from a name brand store. I was so upset when I got done with my trip, I wanted to set fire to it. I called another Marine Buddy of Mine, he said, "I know what your talking about, you should go Kifaru."I said, "Bless you." He said "No." Kifaru. I said okay. I researched I read forums, I asked questions for 3 months. I can't stand gear that does not work in the field. I bought an EMR2, Guide lid, Duplex frame. One of the guys in the shop, an experienced vet, he called me up and asked me a couple questions. Got me to change my mind on one thing. I appreciate what he did, he was knowledgeable to know what to ask. I can't tell you how pleased I am with This Pack System. I loaded it up a good 50lbs and put it on my friends wife, who was too small to pick it up. Soon as I settled the straps on her shoulders Her eyes lit up and she said "Wow, the weight is gone, it feels like it's half the weight it should be." Totally sold. I am a former Marine, like many, I have packed my own gear and then some on the soil of at least 5 countries, in the crappiest holes you could find, either Desert or jungle. I would take this pack and its versatility and abilities to any campaign and then some. This is what you want to depend on. I've broken a few ALICE Packs to know, this is it. It will take all you got and give it back in spades. EMR2 and Duplex frame.
From Anonymous of lake panasoffkee, Florida on 4/10/2016.
Been getting gear from you guys for 12 years. I have 2 panel loaders and a Pointman. This bag is great because there's no need for all that pals and outside pouches. Don't get me wrong I like mounting gear outside the bag. A ghille suit is a pain in the ass to drag around. The bag shrinks down nice, also sorry about the spelling.
From DEHusker of Ft. Collins, Colorado on 3/16/2016.
This pack is a very good option for running one pack for your whole trip. It'll swallow all your equipment for a 7 day backcountry hunt but it'll suck down nicely as a day pack. There are 2 issues I have discovered with using it. When running it as a hauler, you are likely to have it on a 26" frame which is awesome for the "lift" effect. However, when it sucks down for a daypack, this 26" really gets in the way when trying to sneak through the woods quietly. I am still trying to decide if this is acceptable or not. Recently I've gone to just packing in all my gear on the meat shelf of my (large) daypack but at least it is not as tall. The second issue (touched on by many others) is the absolute tangle of straps one must negotiate to open and close or get into the pack. It is insane at times but my gear is secure. Nonetheless, I really like this pack and use it for my summer trips and fall hunts. It's huge when opened all the way out but is surprisingly small when cinched up. BTW, with a frame it is obscenely expensive!! Happy hunting...
From CoonDog of Lake Placid, Florida on 2/29/2016.
Selected this pack for long range backpack hunts. Added 5 accessory pods to the moly tabs around the sides & belt. Cinched the empty pack down and used as a daypack as well. Worked great!
From Kenneth Bartlett of Steeple Bumpstead, England on 1/25/2016.
Very well constructed bag and more than enough room for [far too much!] kit, but always good to have the capacity and capability for carrying large loads; compresses to a fully functional day pack.I added the Guide Lid as well for another 19 litres of capacity [and to act as a 'grab and go' pack for carrying essentials].The three compression straps did take getting used to, and I now run enough spare webbing to loosen each strap so I don't have to undo buckles every time I want to access the main bag.Really looking forward to using this pack, whether hunting or hiking.
From woodys007 of Danvenport, Nebraska on 11/27/2015.
From Anonymous of orange county, California on 11/5/2015.
BC trip in ugly winter weather, pack was greatit had more capacity than I could carry!great design to carry field scope, tripod, etc
Tuff and light
From Douglas Warner of Borden, Indiana on 10/26/2015.
They supplied the pack very quickly, and we're great to speak with...The pack is light and tough, and very versatile. I was pleased at how compact, and conversely how large it expanded to. I have a full kit for winter, including sleeping bag and woobie arctic in it with room to spare. A real winner.
From Paul D. of Lena, Wisconsin on 10/11/2015.
This is a great pack for versatility. It collapses extremely small, and expands to haul anything you would need. I wasn't keen on the separate wings, but after having it a while I've grown to love them. I can get a spotter and tripod in one side along with my water bladder in the slide pocket of the one wing, and use the other for anything I need for daily use so I don't need go into my main bag.
From John of Eagle river, Alaska on 8/16/2015.
This bag is awesome! Packed the long Hunter bag for 7 years and loved the weight it would carry... This emr 2 design is so much better, more organization is key. I believe the most amazing part of the bag is being able to carry 8400 cubic inches on the hike in and then cinch down to such a small day pack. My kifaru bag has packed sheep, caribou, moose, black and brown bear, this bag doesn't care about the weight and is bomber proof!
From Anonymous of nampa, Idaho on 7/26/2015.
I really like the size of this pack and the double zipper. Great for long packs and day hunting. Great for spotting scope and tripod. Large guide lid is a must. Only one thing I would add is a good center hook or something to hang a bladder in the center of your back.
From Anonymous of Spring Creek, Nevada on 6/29/2015.
Got to try this pack on and a few other company brands while at the Wild Sheep show this year in Reno. The Kifaru crew by far had the best service and took the time to help me pick the right pack (Although they all had their favorites). Teamed up with the duplex frame and guide lid it is hands down the best pack I have ever owned. It is a big pack when needed but sucks down flat when you just need a day pack.I have went the ultra lite route in the past but with that lost durability. This pack is built to last without it feeling like there's a tank strapped to your back. It is definitely a investment but its built in the USA and worth every penny.
great, best pack !
From Anonymous of littleton, Colorado on 6/28/2015.
Best pack I've ever had, perfectly fitted, very sturdy, light weight and comfortable
From Zach Benedict of Salt Lake City, Utah on 6/8/2015.
The EMR II is the do-it-all hunting bag for me. I've had two other bags from Kifaru, and while they've all been awesome, the EMR II is the one for me. I like having a single pack that gives me the option to go into the mountains anywhere from 1 to 7+ days, with the ability to pack out an animal when it hits the ground. The design of the pack is well thought out and the quality is excellent....made in the USA!
From Anonymous of Bailey, Colorado on 4/16/2015.
I've used a number of Kifaru pack and bags over the years. The EMR 2 is my new favorite bag from Kifaru. It is very versatile and can carry quite the amount of gear. One of my favorite things about the EMR 2 is how small it packs down when empty. Yet it can expand to carry darn near the whole house. Awesome bag from an awesome company!
From Dale Scott of Colorado Springs, Colorado on 2/16/2015.
This pack is everything promised and more. Was delivered when promised and is Made in America. I got the bag and Long Hunter lid with the Duplex frame. I will be ordering accessory bags to organize the interior. I have been carrying bags for over 45 years of hunting and 22 years in the Army and I can defiantly say this is the finest craftsmanship and the best thought out system I have ever seen. Thank you Kifaru!
A great and very versatile pack
From Mark Burkett of Midland, Texas on 11/29/2014.
I am still looking for he perfect pack for a 2 to 3-day trip. I have gone from several very spartan packs, including the KU, to packs with too many features. I had settled on the Timberline 1 being the perfect pack for me. However, I wanted a little more room and I like the concept of the "wing" side pockets on the EMR II. When I first got the bag, I was afraid I wouldn't like it. It seemed like too much of a bag. I have since used it on a couple of hunts and I love it. I did not originally like the cross straps but those are very handy. I strapped an elk head on the pack with the cross straps with ease. It secured the load very well. It also works well as a place to hang wet clothes or a wet tent.It is heavier than the Timberline 1 but not by much. It is a great bag with many options and features.
12/17/2016 – What the dimensions of the EMR 2 when fully compressed?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: The EMR 2 compresses down to nearly flat if you have nothing in it. Most of our customers still use the two cylinders for day pack mode. If that is the case, each cylinder is 1,200 ci and 19iin tall x 8in wide x 6in deep. Let us know if you have any other questions!
6/11/2016 – What's the best way to keep the load from sinking to the bottom when hauling meat?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi Robert,The best option would be to fully compress the lower portion of the bag so the meat does not sag or sink to the bottom of the pack.
4/30/2016 – Can you please explain the 500d DWR coated cordura material in more detail and if it is completely waterproof or do you sell a waterproof pack cover for the EMRII?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi Rodney,The DWR finish of our packs gives them water resistance. Our packs are not waterproof. We currently do not carry a pack cover.
2/12/2016 – Does the EMR 2 pack have a frame or does that need to be purchased separately?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi Gregg,The EMR II pack does not include a frame. The frame must be purchased in addition to the bag.
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