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Made in the USABerry Compliant

Minimalist fire pack for initial attack.

The Hotspot is built light and fast, designed specifically for the initial attack fire environment. Whether you're protecting neighborhoods in California's sprawling urban interface, supporting a burn on a massive campaign fire, or running a hoselay through big brush, the Hot Spot is your pack of choice.

  • Hotshot Yoke for maximum ventilation
  • M4 Lumbar Wrap for comfort
  • Drop-Seat Load Sling feature supports the weight of hosepacks
  • Fusee pocket holds 3 Fusees securely
  • Fusee strikers are covered by easy-pull flaps
  • Spandura construction on essentials pocket expands to control load
  • Made of 500D and 1000D CORDURA®
  • Weatherproof YKK ® zippers
  • Waistbelt accommodates MYSTERY RANCH and MOLLE/PALS attachment accessories
  • Adjustable quick release haul loop for miscellaneous items
  • Built-in shelter pocket rides in the lumbar
  • Crew patches sewn free of charge
  • Volume: 250 cu-in (4.1 L)
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs (1.95kg)
  • Frame System: Hotshot Frame
  • Country Of Manufacture: USA
  • Intended Use: Engine / IA

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:

Marmot Warranty:

(888) 311-2900

Mon - Fri : 7:30am - 5pm (PST)

Boulder Mountain Repair:

2200 Central Ave. Suite F

Boulder, CO80301

(303) 499-3634

Rainy Pass Repair:

4415 Stone Way N.

Seattle, WA98103

(206) 523-8135


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 Mystery Ranch Hot Spot is ideal for working initial attack off of an engine. When used with the Hydro 2L, it provides the capacity to carry what I really need along with a hose pack. The “drop seat load sling” transfers the weight of a hose pack to my hips, instead or bearing the brunt of the weight on my shoulders. This makes carrying ANY hose pack much more comfortable and easier on my body. When I am on a single resource assignment, I drop in the Hot Crewbag for additional carrying capacity. The quality of the gear is amazing. I have been using mine for well over 5 years without a glitch. The comfort and fit is unequalled. Because of the design and adjustability of the gear, we have been able to get a comfortable fit for every member of my department so far. It is worth the money. This is likely the last fireline pack you will purchase.
Lets be honest, we get paid for the neck down and our job destroys our body. This pack is amazing when it comes to comfort! Yes it is heavy and it doesn't breath as much as my old web gear but I hike all day with this pack! If you are looking for a pack to save your body this is it. Weight distribution is amazing, the padding is in all the right places and i have to yet to get any chafing using it. The molle webbing is a huge plus! My old line gear was just cheap department issue. don't get me wrong, it got the job done, but this pack allows one to customize it to YOUR needs, not the guy designing it. My one complaint is that it is a little on the heavy side, but it really isn't noticeable once your wearing it. My pack as it sits loaded comes in at 18lbs and i am surprised about how light it feels once wearing it. Hose packs ride a little better with the load shelf and the weight rides perfect. Heavily recommend this pack for anyone on an engine.
Exceeded my expectation in every way. I'll be working on an engine this season with U.S.F.S. C.G.F. and needed a convertible pack for IA. This pack handles weight like nothing i've ever used. This pack's ability to adjust to the user is brilliant and the build quality is top shelf. Another nice surprise was the way M R designed the small but pack around the fire shelter pouch. This little bit of extra space is very much appreciated. The only issue I have is the daisy chain stitching on the waist belt is not sown even. This prevents me from using my MOLLE style accessories. This is a bit of a bummer on a $500 pack. I'll be doing a detailed review on my Youtube channel