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: Imported
- Intended Use: Backpacking, Multi-Day Backpacking
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 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 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
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.