June 13, 2024

Backcountry Bowhunting

Off The Beaten Path… No Regrets

Buck PakLite Elite

2 min read

These knives should be in your hunting pack. Bold statement, I know. If you are looking for lightweight, durable, easy to carry hunting knives, these are what you’ve been looking for. The Buck PakLite Elite offers a boning and caping knife in one compact sheath.  Let’s look at some pros and cons and we’ll unpack each one a little more in depth.

Pros: lightweight, s30v steel, sheath, durable

The combined weight is 5.6oz making this a perfect setup for the backcountry. If you hunt the backcountry you know how precious lightweight gear is. Every ounce counts. I purchased these knives at the beginning of the 2015 season and am glad I did. They were there when I needed them and forgot I had them when I didn’t. For me, that is the perfect sign of great backcountry gear.

Simply put, S30V steel is amazing. It is durable and has some of the best edge retention on the market. You won’t need to stop and sharpen when dressing out your animal. S30V is also extremely rust resistant.

The S30V and plastic sheath combined make this one of the most durable knife sets on the market  These are built like tanks. As long as you don’t lose them, these will make an awesome hand-me-down present to your great grandkids.

The sheath is made from a durable plastic and nylon. There are holes on the sheath which save weight and allow the knives to dry if they get wet. The sheath also support belts up to 1.5 inches.

Cons: Can be difficult to sharpen

While the S30v steel is some of the best steel in the knife market, it can be difficult to sharpen without a good sharpener. This did not deter me from purchasing these knives due to the end retention. Sharpening is few and far between. Buck also has a sharpening service you can send your blades to during the off season.

Overall impressions:

You should pick these up. Backcountry Bowhunting approved!

We’ll see you on the mountain.

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