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.
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 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
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 Wranglerstar.com