I have some very specific requirements for a laptop bag for work, which this bag nearly perfectly satisfies. I want something that looks good enough for my (relatively casual) workplace without looking too stodgy. Most of the time I carry it like a briefcase, unless my hands are full in which case I use a shoulder strap. Except when I'm biking, I want to be able to wear it as a backpack. Except if I have a larger piece of luggage on my back, in which case back to the shoulder strap.
As such, I love the versatility of this bag. I have only a few minor design tweaks to suggest:
- It could use a place or two to secure keys - straps or a rings to attach a carabiner to, on the inside. As it stands, there is absolutely nowhere to put my keys that I don't worry they'll fall out or get lost.
- I would like more than just the one zipper pocket, especially since the bag is sideways when in backpack mode. Stuff in the organizational pockets falls out.
- The cushion on the bottom of the laptop section is pretty stiff, seems like maybe it ought to be a little squishier.
The buckle on that front flap is one I've never seen before. It's magnetic, and basically you can just let it flop anywhere near its other half and it finds its way home. Very cool.
I haven't used the expandability feature yet, but I definitely will - expanded, I expect this to be just about perfect as my only bag for trips of just a night or two.
All in all, I'm very happy with it. Though I would've preferred that it be made in the USA, it seems very well made from quality materials.
3 Way Briefcase Expandable
Convertible, expandable laptop bag for organized everyday carry.
With new refinements for Fall ‘17, the 3-WAY offers a convenient range of carry methods – briefcase, backpack, or shoulder carry. Featuring a large, central compartment, this versatile briefcase can be expanded via a compression zipper. A Rip Zip opening gives you ready access to detail pockets. A dedicated, padded sleeve fits laptops up to 15”. And there are various other accessory pockets.
- 500D CORDURA® fabric and YKK® zippers
- Padded sleeve fits laptops up to 15”
- Zippered main compartment has multiple accessory pockets to organize your daily kit
- Expandable zipper provides five extra liters of storage – zips out of the way when not needed
- Front rip-zip accessory compartment has magnetic locking buckle to secure contents when you’re on the move
- Fully cushioned backpack straps tuck away in a dedicated compartment when not in use
- Removable shoulder strap stores in a dedicated, interior pocket
- Volume: 1343 cu-in (22 L)
- Weight: 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
- Dimensions: 17"x12"x10" (43x30.5x25cm); Expanded: 17"x12"x12.5" (43x30.5x32cm)
- Country Of Manufacture: Philippines / Vietnam
- Intended Use: Everyday Carry
Frequenty Asked Questions
We're moving to a kitted system so that we can design and build packs and frames that are optimized for integration based on the function of the product. There are some cool new things in the works. In the meantime, we may be able to accommodate pack only orders based on available inventory - contact MR Customer Service or call 1.833.548.1999
As much as we would like to be able to offer our military/LE/ firefighter customers a discount on our packs, we have government contracts in these markets that prevent us from doing so.
MYSTERY RANCH accepts returns for a refund within 60 days of the original purchase date. Items must be returned in brand new, unused condition, and shipping charges are non-refundable. Please give us a call at 1.833.548.1999, and we can get you set up with a Return Authorization (RA#).
PLEASE NOTE: All Closeout Sales are Final
The only repair that we can offer on Dana Design products is a replacement back foam pad on packs with the ArcFlex body panel design. We can ship the foam to you and you can easily install it yourself without having to send the pack in to be repaired. Replacement back foam pads are $15.00 plus $5.00 for shipping. For any other Dana Design pack repairs, please contact Marmot or try the following reputable gear repair companies:
We are not set up to perform custom work on individual orders and no, we cannot build a pack for you in a custom color. If your concern is in regards to sizing please give us a call at 406.548.3234.
Also, please know that modifying your MYSTERY RANCH pack may void the lifetime warranty, so please think first before you start ripping straps off and cutting holes in your pack to make it more aerodynamic for winged flight.
First, start by washing your pack with hot water in the shower. Use a mild detergent like Dawn to get minor dirt and grime out of your pack. Dry the pack out of direct sunlight. DO NOT USE HARSH CHEMICALS TO CLEAN YOUR PACK. If you need to get odors/blood out of your hunting pack, please use Atsko Sport-Wash Laundry Detergent
For full cleaning and care instructions, see here
We always recommend that you size down for the waist belt. If you fall in-between sizes on the yoke, we recommend that you size up.
Why did you add a production facility in the Philippines and Vietnam?
MYSTERY RANCH added these facilities because of the increased demand for our product. We needed the additional facilities to build for customers who don't require (Berry Compliant) US production and / or don't want to pay a premium price for products built in the U.S.A. With these additional offshore facilities, we are able to focus our domestic facilities on the Berry Compliant orders.
How do I know if the pack I want is made in the US, PH, or VN?
It will be noted on the product page on our website and you are always welcome to call us and ask if you don't see the "US" or "world" icons that denote production location.
Is the quality of the packs the same?
Yes, absolutely! We carefully select the highest quality materials and ensure that all production facilities adopt our quality standards and techniques to deliver products consistent with the MYSTERY RANCH legacy. Our distributors who have received product from the US, PH, or VN are unable to tell the difference without looking at the label.
How do you ensure consistent quality?
Our factory resources use the protocol defined by our team in our production packages in order to deliver consistent quality gear. Upon introduction of new products, our product engineers visit our factory resources to work with them to develop new styles. As the product goes to production, our QA and QC teams will then visit our US, PH, and VN factories to ensure the finished goods meet our MYSTERY RANCH standards.
For professional travel/business purposes, I love this bag. This pack works brilliantly on the road for long business trips or day to day commuting. I kept this bag as a dedicated laptop/electronics bag. For everyday carry, My 15" MacBook was very padded and protected. The expandable main compartment was great for storing cables, mouse, super drive and accessories. There is also an an internal "sleeve" for easily sliding documents in and out, without disturbing the contents of the bag.
For longer business trips, having the extra room to expand the main compartment was appreciated. I was able to add large over-the-ear headphones, and additional accessories for my other electronics.
The hook and loop panel sewn into the main compartment is obviously useful for concealed carry purposes, but I was able to uses aftermarket hook and loop accessories, attached to PALS compatible pouches, and simply stick additional pockets to the inside of my bad as needed. This was very welcome, as I was able to avoid damage and store my external memory drive in the bag, and keep it up and elevated off the bottom and away from the sides of the bag.
The ability to convert the bag into backpack carry mode was also very useful. This made scurrying about airports with large luggage bags much easier, and the carry-on process much easier.
My only critique of this bag is the asymmetrical shape the bag takes on as it is expanded and loaded down. This makes the use of the outside cover/flap very limited to storing/organizing tiny items. There appears to be some wasted space that could have been designed better.
Overall, I love this bag for professional, computer, everyday carry. it does it all.
Its held up very well to all my travels across the country. was able to replace my SOC bag with this.
At fist i didn't think it was going to be big enough, its plenty big. I can hand double of everything in this guy. After replacing the strap with something less squeaky very happy with the product.
I guess the new version has a magnet for the clip. sounds nice.