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.
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.
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
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 1.833.548.1999
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.
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 1.833.548.1999, and we can get you set up with a Return Authorization (RA#).
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 $5.00 for shipping. For any other Dana Design pack repairs, please contact Marmot or try the following reputable gear repair companies:
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 406.548.3234.
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
For full cleaning and care instructions, see here
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.
Why did you add a production facility 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.
I work for a municipal FD, and this pack is perfect. While in the city I take the "Hot Spot" off and keep it in my locker to save on the limited space we have on our engines. This pack is a great IA pack and is great for our short term local incidents.
When I go out of county, I attach the "Hot Spot" and have plenty of room for all my needs. A full line EMT compliment fits inside with enough room for a full lunch. You just have to be creative with how you pack all of this. I have had multiple other packs and none have the fit and quality that this pack offers! No matter whether you are cutting line, burning operation, hiking, structure protection, or punching in line this pack moves with you, not against you. This pack will not fatigue you like other packs out there.
Everyone who tries this pack on (in both configurations) is instantly jealous and says they want one!!!
Get one, you wont be disappointed!
As a Hard Headed Old Timer who still runs a hand crew, I have slowly realized that a heavy pack is not needed on every fire. There are those several small fires where the crew can cut line around it in a few hours. After back surgery, I had to start thinking about the long term. The goal was to make it to retirement without sacrificing working with a hand crew. So I thought I would try a pack for the small IA fires that are out on arrival but still need hand line cut around them.
If you add a hydro system to this pack, then you have everything you need: water, shelter, fusees for a small fire. Yes, I still wear the bigger pack if I can't see the entire perimeter but this has been a career saver for the small jobs.
Thanks again for another great product!