After trying almost every backpack imaginable on the market, I came across a forum suggesting Mystery Ranch. Whenever you research backpacks (or anything really), you'll usually find a blend of positive and negative reviews and try your best to choose a product that tips the most on the "positive" side. The odd thing was, I couldn't find anything negative at all on any product by MR.
I always had one major frustration in the backpacking market: materials. It is beyond me why anyone would take the risk of using low-durability materials just to save barely half a pound. Not sure about others, but my trips usually don't allow me to gently place my bag on a plush sofa every time I need to get something out. After having torn up several bags over the years, I learned that I probably added more weight to my load from all the duct tape I had to carry than I would have just using a better-built pack. After absolutely abusing an old everyday-carry Cordura pack for the last few decades without a scratch on it, I was dying to find a larger backpacking style pack built from this material, and landed at the Glacier. Between the material, design, and reputation of MR, I pulled the trigger on it...and I am so glad I did. On top of my discontent with the common materials used on other packs, there were always just design flaws that seemed to lack any common sense, and I can confidently say that MR actually uses logic in their design. As a small example, I always hated lid compartments because other manufacturers always design one zipper in the very back for the whole pocket. On most packs, half the gear in the lid falls towards the front, and the other half falls towards the back, which all falls out as soon as you open it. MR designed the lid with both a front and back section with the zipper higher up on both sections so things don't fall out. Also, I've had those little "clip-on" sliding sternum straps break off a couple times on other packs, nice to see MR stick with the webbing so this doesn't happen. I could go on forever, but someone finally figured out these simple little things.
The Glacier is very comfortable, but you do have to invest some time into making sure it's properly adjusted or it will dig in the wrong places. Once you adjust it correctly though, it carries 60lbs like nothing with no pressure points or abrasion.
I've always made the argument that a great warranty means nothing to me when I'm already several days out with a failed pack (unless they're willing to send out a helicopter to my location with another backpack ready to go within 30 minutes). I watched a MR video with the founder, Dana, and he paraphrased that exact same argument. Much rather have a pack that will never break than a pack that will be repaired once I get home 4 days later after carrying it back home on one strap.
Have a few hundred miles on this pack and it looks brand new despite the punishment it's already taken. Kudos to MR for making a pack that is the best of all worlds, thank you for thinking smart.
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Our signature, backpacking pack with all our proven design elements.
The Glacier is a top-loading pack with a dual draw cord shroud to increase weather resistance and allow for upward expansion. Our Speedzip™ sleeping bag compartment will accommodate even the warmest, bulkiest bag. This pack is ideal for long weekend outings as well as more extended backcountry trips.
- Mountain Frame with adjustable yoke
- Built with 500D CORDURA® for long-haul durability
- Top-loading design for easy/secure packing
- Two vertical “torpedo” pockets for external access
- Speedzip™ compartment for easy access to sleeping bag
- Water bottle pockets on hip belt to keep hydration handy
- Ice axe loops, daisy chains, and side compression straps
- Volume: 4270 cu-in (70 L)
- Weight: 5.9 lbs (2.67 kg)
- Frame System: Mountain Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: Philippines / Vietnam
- Intended Use: Backpacking, Multi-Day Backpacking
Frequently 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 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 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:
2200 Central Ave. Suite F
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
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.
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 are in need of a different size yoke or waist belt, please give us a call at 406-585-1428.
Why did you add production facilities 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 more information please contact MR Customer Service or call 406-585-1428
SUPER comfortable pack for winter trips into the 10th Mountain Hut system. Carries all the essentials and then some. The side pouches keep the cold-weather essentials a zipper away; and plenty of places to lash a shovel to. COMFORTABLE as well; great waist belt; and the water pockets are quite reach-able with no dismount, and no wrestling, needed. Enjoy.
Just finished a JMT hike. I needed a pack that would comfortably carry 45-50+ lbs to support both my wife and I.
This pack delivered on all levels. It was very comfortable and never felt like I was carrying 45+ lbs. In fact it was much more comfortable than my previous pack ( Deuter 65+10 ) with only 35-40 lbs.
The roomy main compartment held all the bulky gear and the twin zippered outside pockets allowed me to efficiently organize my gear and have quick access to a jacket and rain gear. The side pockets were roomy enough to hold water filtering supplies and tent poles. I used a Mystery Ranch bottle pocket attached to the waist belt for easier access to water.
I wound up carrying the tent ( BA Copper Spur UL 3 ), 1 BV500 ( horizontally) and the occasional extra 1-2 liters of water in addition to my sleeping bag, pad and miscellaneous clothes ( base weight of 18 lbs).
I'm very pleased with my purchase and look forward to using it for many years. There might be lighter packs, but I doubt I'd find a more comfortable one. For me, comfort tops everything.