i have yet to kill a big animal..so i cannot review the meat carrying ability..so that part is pending.
the pack is super comfy. no water bladder sleeve, so i use an insulated camelback bladder and hang it. once i figured out how to carry a spotting scope and tripod in the bottomless "sleeves" the interal real estate really opened up. i have plenty of room for my Sitka 90%, a puffy vest and rain gear. my lunch usually ends up gushed to mush..but that happens in all packs.
the narrow design and minimum load lifters make this shine as a bowhunter's pack. i can shoot my bow while wearing this pack just fine. i have a small hip belt pocket, so i can carry some tiny things. windchecker, etc. my pack is a med/med and it is kinda huge. i could probably snip off a long section of hip belt and still have plenty to grab and cinch tight with. i love the gray pack..not hunter flashy at all!!
you dont know how often i've hovered a finger over the "add to cart" button for the Longbow. i want the meat capacity. but i love my Dragon Slayer so much i owe it and honest elk quarter carry before i judge. the pack is so tough!! no rips, and the fabric really sheds the thorns the AZ desert throws at it. i had a pack..(rhymes with MAD-LANDS), that i had to sit and pick out thorns and burrs..all day, all night. yuck. oh, my bow straps on super secure for those long animal-less hikes out in the dark.
my chest strap is getting stretched out, and i might test the warranty one day.
A light and fast hunting daypack.
The Dragonslayer is our most popular hunting daypack. The 3-Zip design gives you easy access to the bag's interior so scopes, calls and snacks are close at hand. It's trim profile moves with you through the mountains - light and fast.
- 3-Zip design for quick access
- PALS webbing accommodates MOLLE accessories
- Reservoir compatible with integrated hydration ports
- Volume: 2300 cu-in (37.7 L)
- Weight: 4 lbs 10.3 oz (2.11 kg)
- Dimensions: 20"x12"x8.5" (51x31x22cm)
- Frame System: X Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: USA
- Intended Use: Backpack Hunts, Day Hunts, Scouting
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 mean time, we may be able to accommodate pack only orders based on available inventory - contact MR Customer Service or call 406-585-1428
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.
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:
Mon - Fri : 7:30am - 5pm (PST)
Boulder Mountain Repair:
2744 47th St.
Rainy Pass Repair:
4415 Stone Way N.
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 406-585-1428.
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
If you're between sizes on the waist belt we recommend you size down. If you're between sizes on the yoke please give us a call at 406-585-1428.
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 406-585-1428, and we can get you set up with a Return Authorization (RA#).
If you think that you qualify for a pro discount, please give us a call at 406-585-1428. Thanks!
If you are in need of a different size yoke or waist belt, please give us a call at 406-585-1428.
Why did you add a production facility in the Philippines?
We added a production facility at Clark Field in the Philippines because we needed the capacity to build for customers both domestic and abroad who don't require (Berry compliant) U.S. production and / or don't want to pay a premium for products built in the U.S.A
How do I know if the pack I want is made in the US or PI?
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. We still seek out the highest quality materials and construction methods available. We have rigorously run through every product and inspected them ourselves to certify the quality of a good matches our US standards. The quality is the same, so much that we have to mark the product so we don't confuse the two ourselves. Our distributors who have received product from the U.S. and from Clark Field have not been able to tell the difference without looking at the label.
How do you ensure the quality is the same?
Our sewers at Clark Field are trained using the same protocol we use in the United States. We spend the time to send our trainers and inspectors to the P.I. to consult and educate the sewers on our methods and quality standards. The short of it: PI production workers are trained by our people, they are our people.
Will Warranty or Repair procedures change?
No, our warranty and repair will remain the same regardless of production location. We hang our hat on being the most durable and comfortable packs on the market and that will not change.
For more information please contact MR Customer Service or call 406-585-1428
The overall design and functionality of this pack is spot on. It is extremely comfortable and fully adjustable to carry the load/capacity of your gear. The yoke design is impressive, once it is fit to your height and torso length it is locked in. 25 lbs in this pack does not feel like 25lbs. If your questioning yourself to buy or not... start saving because you will be on here shopping for another
This past Spring I bought the Dragon Slayer. I wanted something rugged, light and durable with a trim profile. I read multiple reviews and watched multiple films showcasing this pack. It's the best hunting pack I've owned. I carried 2 sets of Elk sheds out of a deep canyon with no issues. The extra straps and buckle system keeps items close to your body so there's less swaying, minimizing your strain and maximizing your endurance. The interior is my favorite part. The side pockets for a spotting scope and additional gear keep everything from just "piling" up in the middle. I use the middle to put but Sitka Layers and softer items like food, it doesn't get smashed! Excited to test it out this fall on some high country hunts. Highly recommend this for day and minimalist overnight hunts. I don't have any dislikes, this was exactly what I wanted. The team at MR was great to answer questions on weight and be straight forward and realistic.