This is a great bum bag made by the Ranch, it has traveled with me everywhere around the world. It is low profile but can be expanded, distribute weight balance perfectly regardless of worn around the waist (dorky but proven), chest (not so dorky, in fact "cool" in Asia), or shoulder (not the most comfortable). Plenty of pockets, organizer, and adjustability for different purpose.
Mine is very old and has detachable shoulder strap, but I'd assume it is still identical in principle with the 2015 model...
A hip pack to get the monkey off your back!
The Hip Monkey's exterior is deceptively trim, but it can easily swallow an extra layer, phone, water bottle, keys, wallet, thermos, etc. It accommodates up to six golf discs or even a six pack of bottles. The waist belt is designed for an efficient fit whether on the hips or diagonally over the shoulder.
- Built with 500D CORDURA® for long-haul durability
- Specially designed waist belt for carry around the hips or over the shoulder
- Compressions straps
- Detail pocket with keychain clip
- Volume: 500 cu-in (8.2 L)
- Weight: 13 oz (37 g)
- Dimensions: 9.5"x12"x5" (24x30x13cm)
- Frame System: No Frame System
- Country Of Manufacture: Philippines / Vietnam
- Intended Use: Disc Golf, Hiking, Travel
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
I had my eye one this for quite some time and finally pulled the trigger not too long ago. Upon opening the box I was pleased with the construction of the product. I have put it to use and have been pleased as well. The materials are tough and the zippers are solid. The Hip Monkey has a main pouch with a "sealed" zipper, with an internal zippered pouch within. The main pouch is roomy enough to fit a small water bottle, binoculars, gps, snacks, and a compact rain jacket fairly comfortably. Game tags, extra batteries, and a compass are currently within the internal pocket. There is an external pocket as well, which can hold a knife, sharpener, headlamp, flashlight and other miscellaneous items quite comfortably well. What I am trying to get across here is that this thing is fairly roomy, which was an unexpected surprise. The external compression straps are a nice feature as well, but I don't foresee myself ever cranking them down much. The back pad is padded and the pack is comfortable to wear. My main gripe about the pack is that MR should have put a key ring in the internal pocket (on all of their packs as well) but that is just a minor issue. Overall, great quality, domestically made, affordable, roomy, and comfortable. Nice design MR.
I love the hip monkey for short outings and hikes where a backpack is overkill. Perfect size for 1-2L of water, snacks/lunch, wallet, cellphone, maybe a small jacket. Just took it on a scrabble following a creek up a rugged canyon in the desert, using it as a hip pack. It was very comfortable and secure, didn’t really notice it was there and certainly didn’t miss the sweaty back routine. For biking around the city I wear it bandolier style as it’s a bit more urban fashionable. Still, for half-days hikes or in cooler seasons when you don’t have to haul a lot of water, I am a convert to waist packs because of this little guy. The description is correct, it is deceptively roomy and expands and contracts well. Like all MR stuff, is exceptionally well made.
My only criticism of the bag is that the straps flop all over the place. For the main waist/shoulder strap (2”) and for the compression straps (1”) I used these: http://www.strapworks.com/Plastic_Slides_p/ps.htm
Not a big deal for me, I like customizing things, but seems like it would be a good idea if MR added the slides or keepers for at least the main strap in the future.
That said, awesome bag and a great price.