Just like its smaller brother the Hot 3, the Hot Top is built to ride low on the back and distribute its weight through the wearer’s hips and core to maintain mobility, balance, and athleticism during the widely varied operations encountered in the fire environment. The classic top-loading design provides 200 cubic inches more volume and the dual drawcord shroud is expandable when even more volume is needed.
Our M4 Lumbar Wrap locks the pack to your lower back, and comfortably supports loads up to 50 pounds. The Hotshot Yoke is our slimmest yoke: specifically developed for firefighters to maximize ventilation and support, it features Mystery Ranch’s unique telescoping adjustment to custom fit each pack to its user. The lumbar and yoke systems work together to maintain stability and facilitate speed while digging line in the Northwest’s big timber, operating powersaws in California’s chapparal, or burning off dozer lines in the Southwest.
This yoke is built with a frame panel, compression straps, and an adjustable haul loop that allows you to attach a load directly to it—a perfect spot to attach a Pulaski or med kit. The pack lid provides extra storage, can lash extra loads to the top of the pack, and is easily removed. The waist belt is ready for Alice clip attachments, and the open wing pockets feature daisy chains for hanging a radio, swede hook, or anything else you need. The fire shelter can be worn either on the hip or under the pack, where reinforced Alice attach points are supported by our Auto-Locking buckles to keep your fire shelter locked to the pack, minimizing chafe on the butt and thighs.
The Hot Top allows the wildland firefighter to perform more effectively in the fire environment, improves safety, and reduces the wear and tear injuries that accrue over a long season on the fireline.