I'm not going to lie, I bought this pack for hiking, not firefighting. I wanted a pack that was a bit bigger than a waist pack, smaller than a full size back pack and wanted something that had ample padding around the waist and shoulders for long trips. The fire shelter case that comes with this pack is outstanding for storage of food/survival equipment instead of the fire shelter it was designed for. The process for adjusting this pack takes only a minute and THAT is why this pack is amazing. I can custom-fit the torso length, shoulder yoke angle, and where the pack rides just by a few small adjustments when the pack is off. If I want to hike with only the fire shelter and shoulder system (hot spot system) the main crew bag comes off easily in mere seconds, then I take my Camelbak system out of the crew bag, put it in the Mystery Ranch reservoir bag and attach it to the Hot Spot and I'm on my way. There is more than enough room for day hiking, and you can attach a minimalist shelter along the top of the pack for overnight excursions if you want. The pack is almost entirely Cordura and I'm perfectly fine with the added weight of this system over the garbage bag-type PET material packs are made of today.
This pack would also make an excellent pack for search and rescue personnel, law enforcement officers/medics who are responding to active shooter incidents and medical personnel who have to hike into people at their point of injury. I also use this pack for back country fishing to get all my supplies. The uses for this bag are virtually limitless, and don't think for one minute that the fire shelter case can only be used for a fire shelter. You can easily fit two military MRE's in the shelter pocket, a Katydyn water filter in the accessory pocket on the shelter, and a small first aid kit also.
I use the 100oz Camelbak Short bladder, and if I need more water the two open side pockets can each fit two 32oz Nalgene bottels easily, plus room for other small things., and there are grommets on the bottom of these pockets for water drainage (another nice touch).
The weather resistant zippers are an excellent idea, and the zippers themselves are heavy duty YKK zippers.
Hot Spot + Crewbag
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.
A modular system of unparalleled versatility.
The completely kitted Hot Spot and Hot Crewbag provide a modular system of unparalleled versatility. With this kit, the Hot Crewbag expands the Hot Spot from an initial attack platform to an extended attack system with an additional 900 cu-in, and gives firefighters the most versatility of any MYSTERY RANCH fire pack. Built for Engine Operators and Overhead who run light but need the versatility to go on single resource or handcrew assignments, this modular system carries you comfortably into the next burning period.
- Complete kitting of the Hot Spot and Hot Crewbag
- Built with 500D and 1000D CORDURA®
- Weatherproof YKK® zippers
- Hotshot Yoke for maximum ventilation
- Internal sleeves and port for hydration reservoir
- Multiple pocket options for securing fusees
- Large side pockets will hold three Siggs or three one-quart bottles in each
- External accessory pocket
- Spandura construction on essential pocket expands to control load
- Rip Zip opening for quick access to main bag compartment
- Daisy chains for external accessories
- Adjustable quick release haul loop for miscellaneous items
- Drop-seat load sling feature supports the weight of hose packs
- Built-in shelter pocket rides in the lumbar
- Waistbelt accommodates MYSTERY RANCH and MOLLE/PALS attachment accessories
- M4 Lumbar wrap for comfort
- Crew patches sewn free of charge
- Volume: Hot Spot: 250 cu-in (4.1 L) + Hot Crewbag: 900 cu-in (14.7 L) = Total volume: 1150 cu-in(18.8 L) Note: Volume does not include shelter pocket.
- Weight: Hot Spot: 4 lb 2 oz (1.9 kg) + Hot Crewbag: 1 lb 12 oz (0.8 kg) = Total weight: 5 lb 14 oz (2.7 kg)
- 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.