Lets keep this simple. The Hot 3 and other similar products made by Mystery Ranch are top of the line. If you buy anything else there is a good chance you blew it. Experienced wildland firefighters design and use this gear and are extremely helpful when answering questions about this critical aspect of our life/job. I've seen the evolution of this pack from day one and I have been impressed with the comfort, functionality and durability the whole time. You get what you pay for from this all American company. Buy one
Not NFPA Certified or CAL FIRE Compliant. Please call Mystery Ranch for inquiries regarding NFPA Certified FIRE Packs.
Should the product or size you're looking for not be available, please call us at 406.585.1428 for availability information and backorder options.
Our original wildland fire pack.
The Hot 3 is designed specifically for wildland fire crews. We originally worked with the Los Padres Hotshots to build a pack that rides low on the back and distributes weight through the wearer’s hips and core to maintain mobility and balance during the widely varied operations encountered in the fire environment.
- Hotshot Yoke for maximum ventilation
- M4 Lumbar Wrap for comfort
- Built with 500D and 1000D CORDURA®
- Weatherproof YKK® zippers
- Internal hydration sleeves accomodate up to three reservoirs
- Two smaller side pockets keep fusees zipped away
- Adjustable quick release haul loop for miscellaneous items
- Large side pockets hold three quart-size bottles
- Removable lid can also lock down overloads
- Autolock buckles for mounting a fire shelter under the pack
- Compatible with bottom and vertical shelter cases
- Rear panel pocket with mesh inner pocket for internal organization
- Crew patches sewn free of charge
- Volume: 1500 cu-in (24.6 L)
- Weight: 5 lbs 5 oz (2.4 kg)
- Dimensions: 14"x10"x6.5" (36cm x 25cm x 17cm)
- Frame System: Hotshot Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: USA
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
The one problem I have with my Hot 3 pack is it will not wear out. It gets worn plenty but it is built like a fabric tank. Why do I want it to wear out? Because the new version of this pack has new features based on end user feedback that the Ranch listens to and produces better products.
I purchased packs for our entire crew and was amazed at the improvement in morale. No more whining about how the pack is wearing them raw in the beginning of the season. The pack was designed by a Hotshot based on the hardest conditions faced by firefighters. In a nutshell, it all comes down to load distribution and they have nailed it by the endless amount of adjustments you can make to the pack.
Many of newbies think that the pack is perfect without adjusting but they are wrong. Yes, it feels better than any pack that they previously worn but just about everyone can increase comfort by doing what we hate most, reading the directions. Believe me, it makes a good pack an awesome pack.
It just doesn't sway or bounce like every other pack out there. When you swing a tool, it moves with you and not against you. Gravity doesn't take a break, nor should your pack! It doesn't, which is why almost every hand crew in the nation is wearing them. Those that don't, want to.
The supervisors wear the Hot Top while the crew members wear the Hot 3. As the crew is normally working much harder, the supervisors will carry a little more weight which the Hot Top allows due to a little more storage capacity. We have been very satisfied with our purchase and are waiting anxiously for them to wear out!
I personally was issued this pack my first season. I used the pack for a total of four seasons and never had an issue. I could always trust this pack to be dependable and carry all of the essentials I would need on the fire line. I recently changed organizations and was issued a different brand pack. After doing a PT hike once I could feel pain in my back knee's and ankle's. The next day I ordered my own Mystery Ranch and couldn't be happier with the pack that has never let me down. shipping was quick and customer service even better. Thank You Mystery Ranch for making work easier on my body and being an amazing company serving us with outstanding packs!