I use this pack for day hunts, both bow hunting and rifle. My weapons are easily attached to the outside of the pack. It rides very nice and I end up being able to hike a lot longer than I used to. All the weight rides on your hips. It compacts down very small when empty and can get pretty huge when you need to pack an elk out. I could easily get 2 quarters out in one trip (if I had super strength). My only complaint so far, is that the stitching on the load tensioners is fraying.
I was afraid to spend $600 on a pack but finally pulled the trigger after months of flirting with the idea. I have no regrets. This pack, paired up with a pair of Crispi Mountaineering boots and I've never been so comfortable hiking in my life.
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The king of bivy hunting backpacks.
The Metcalf is an all-around workhorse -- enough volume for more than a week in the field but compressible enough for an afternoon stalk. Built onto our new, the Guide Light Frame™, the Metcalf has ample heavy-weight capacity, and the Overload shelf™ keeps bag contents clean when packing out a carcass. With a detachable lid for day use, side detail pocket, and full-length size zip access, this pack is a favorite among hunters looking for versatility and all-around utility.
- Built with 500D CORDURA® for long-haul durability
- Top-load design with side-zip access to necessities at a moments notice
- Side zip is large enough for full-sized spotting scopes
- Detachable lid transforms to a shoulder pack with two pockets for a kill kit, rain layers, water and food for the day so you can drop your pack and stalk with precision
- External detail pocket on left side sized to fit headlamp, SPOT, batteries, flagging tape, and neck gaiter
- Single stretch-woven side pocket for tripod feet or bottle
- Hydro sleeve with toggle hang loop for any bladder type
- Face compression for bow/rifle or shed antler carry
- Overload Shelf™ to securely carry meat or dense additional gear between the Metcalf bag and Guide Light Frame™
- Volume: 4325 cu-in (71 L)
- Weight: 6.1 lb (2.79 kg)
- Frame System: Guide Light Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: Philippines / Vietnam
- Intended Use: Backpack Hunts, Bivy Hunts, Day Hunts
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
I researched packs for about 3 months before deciding on the Metcalf. Let me tell you that I'm glad I did! I have now used this for 2 years on multiple hunts. Packed 2 different elk out with it with way more meat than I should of been hauling with each trip. The pack handled it great and have yet to have one problem. I'm also hard on this pack with throwing it around and going through thick brush. Super easy to set up for hauling meat. I love this pack!
Used Mystery Ranch packs for 6 years fighting fires. Best pack I had ever used. So when I needed a new hunting pack I got the Metcalf. In the first year of use I did a backpack hunt (killed my biggest deer), shot a second buck, and killed a cow elk on an extra elk tag. All meat packed out in this pack. Couldn't ask for more. Even with all the weight it shows how well the yoke system is designed and built. This pack is excellent for day hunts, and it's ability to expand out for backpacking and backpack hunts. Most comfortable pack I have ever worn, and will continue to wear.