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#43943 - 08/11/15 11:56 AM Mystery Ranch Backpacks
lynn-a-roo Offline

Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 627
Loc: OrangeCounty
I have a favorite day pack made by Dana Designs. I searched the internet to discover they no longer exist. Instead I found this website. I believe these packs are Made in USA. I thought the WZ had a Made in USA thread but I could not find it in my searches. I was going to post this in that thread but since I am not sure these are made in the USA I have created a new topic, Mystery Ranch Backpacks (I really like the name). I have never seen these packs mentioned on the WZ but then again I have not been on the WZ much lately.

#43961 - 08/13/15 05:59 AM Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks [Re: lynn-a-roo]
Fishmonger Offline

Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 1034
Loc: Madison, WI
I looked at this company's product line a few years ago when I was looking for a large high volume winter pack. They are definitely high quality, but they are heavy. They are primarily selling products to the US military and hunters, so their design caters to support very high loads.

I may not be what you call an ultra light packer, but even for me these packs were simply too heavy. And they aren't cheap either. What they now call "Carson Mountain" was the pack I was interested in, but at 10lbs 8oz and over %600 for a 98L pack, I hesitated, plus the bigger packs are all camouflage, not my favorite color. All their packs that go over 100 liters are even heavier and more expensive.

I ended up with a made in USA Gregory Denali instead (the only pack they still make in the USA) and have been happy with it. In fact, all my large packs have been Gregory since around 2008.

Looking at the MR web site today, it appears that since my last visit a few years ago, they have expanded their non-military line significantly, but still subscribe to a durable design philosophy.

#44028 - 08/19/15 04:57 PM Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks [Re: lynn-a-roo]
Pistachio Offline

Registered: 07/30/15
Posts: 11
Loc: Arizona
I used a Mystery Ranch Swift backpack two weeks ago when summiting Mt. Whitney. Very comfortable and supports a load very well. The construction is well conceived and the feature set is also quite good. Items within the pack are very accessible given the zipper placements and there are ample pockets on the outside. Two outside water bottle pockets hold these items securely, within easy reach, and internal sleeve easily holds three liter bladder. Well placed zippered pockets on the waist belt are of appropriate volume.

Highly recommended.

#44195 - 09/01/15 08:48 PM Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks [Re: Pistachio]
lynn-a-roo Offline

Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 627
Loc: OrangeCounty
Hi Pistacho, I just read a review of the Swift Pack on the Mystery Ranch website after reading your recommendation. That person also summited Mt. Whitney and they took the pack on a 22 day hike. Sounds like a good pack. Thank you for the recommendation. The specs say it's a 4 lb. 8 oz. pack. That does not sound like a heavy pack. The previous comment said Mystery Ranch packs are heavy and expensive. I will have to do some price and pound comparisons. $265 and 4 lb 8 oz. seems like a fair price and good weight for a pack that can take a hiker on a 22 mile trek...and it's made in the USA.

Edited by lynn-a-roo (09/01/15 08:52 PM)

#44281 - 09/14/15 10:48 AM Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks [Re: lynn-a-roo]
goldscott Offline

Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 114
Loc: San Diego, CA
That's a very heavy pack!

For example, the Osprey Exos 58L is 15L bigger and 2 pounds lighter. I use this pack on all of my hikes - it's like a cloud on my back - very light and comfortable.

#44453 - 10/06/15 12:50 PM Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks [Re: goldscott]
Doss Offline

Registered: 10/06/15
Posts: 1
Loc: Sprinter Van
Mystery Ranch is the company Dana started after selling Dana Designs....