Awesome pack! This pack is very comfortable, regardless of load. I use it as a day pack and a cargo hauling pack. It has hauled chain saws for trail work, tools and parts for back country facility repairs, been used for SAR and hauls most of my EMT gear. Sturdy and durable are built into this pack. Yes it's heavier than some packs but it carries a heavy load very well and very comfortably. In 20 years in the USMC I never had a pack that felt this good under load. Perfect for my new job as a Back Country Ranger.
Our most versatile dayhunting pack.
The Crewcab is our variable-capacity, do-anything dayhunting pack. It can be compressed into a low-profile, 1900 cu-in pack for scouting or expanded to 5000 cu-in for pack out. For additional storage, add the Daypack Lid. The Crewcab excels at carrying weird loads well.
- NICE Frame for comfort and stability under the heaviest loads
- Mystery Ranch Load Cells are designed to fit perfectly in the Crewcab
- Compatible with the Daypack Lid to lock on loads that extend above the top of the frame
- Zippered back panel pocket accommodates up to three 100 oz Camelbak reservoirs
- Volume: 1900 cu in (31l) - 5000 cu in (82l)
- Weight: 7 lbs 14.1 oz (3.57 kg)
- Dimensions: 21.5-81"x12"x6" (55-206x53x15cm)
- Frame System: NICE Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: USA
- Intended Use: Day Hunts
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 $5.00 for 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
I bought this pack on a recommendation from a friend who really liked its versatility. I am a guide in Alaska and have used my pack for day trips, and multi-day backpack hunts. As advertised, the pack works fairly well as a day pack, but its ratio of empty weight (over 7lbs) to function-ability really is hard to rationalize. I find it difficult to disperse a heavy load centered high over my spine...the pack simply lacks the depth of volume and compression straps. Even on day hunts/spike camp hunts, fitting my basic required gear and meat is challenging at best. Based on the nature of the design, heavy loads seem to ride low with weight distributed in the lumbar region (this is not a pack loading technique issue, I have 20 + years of experience carrying/packing loads including time in the infantry). My recommendation to Mystery Ranch would be to increase the depth of the pack load compartment to allow bottom compression in combination with weight distribution high on the back. I suppose if I was to throw 100lbs in the pack and only have to walk a mile or two in easy terrain it would be adequate because the hip belt and shoulder straps are so good. However, if you are humping your gear, a goat hide, and quarters over long distances in steep/sketchy terrain, this pack is not a good choice for you. Fully expanded the pack is too wide, fitting through tight cracks in steep terrain with a load is super sketchy, your pack is so wide it is easy to shift load-balance in these situations because of this design feature. I feel like when fully loaded I am carrying a bubble on my back.
Let me reiterate that he crew cab does have some good features such as good material use, strong construction, and excellent hip belt/shoulder straps. It may work well for some hunters, it simply just doesn't work for me.
The buckles are an issue...I have owned my pack for 2 years and have had multiple buckles fail. The strap release mechanisms pop off easily, rendering that particular strap relatively useless. Another issue is the location of the horizontal compression straps on the rear panel. I feel like no one ever filled the outer pockets with gear and then secured a big load in this pack! The issue is that the connection point of the strap is not correct, the consequence of tightening the straps is that it becomes challenging to access your gear in the outer pockets. This could be a simple fix if Mystery would simple move the attachment point of the straps interior to the pocket zippers.
Bottom line, I would not buy the crewcab for the type of hunts that I do. I am actually going to place it on the chopping block. I do think that Mystery Ranch does make good products and I am not ruling out buying/trying out the Marshal or Metcalf pack. Dana Gleason is the best pack guy around, has been for years so I don't mean to sound like I think that Mystery is making sub par products. Willing to give it another chance, maybe they will even let me pro-demo a pack :)
Until the Crewcab came along, I would hunt with a daypack and then either drag my animal out, or return to the vehicle to swap out packs. With the Crewcab, I'm completely self-sufficient. Stripped down, the pack is compact and conforms well to the body, so it makes an unobtrusive daypack. Open it up and it'll haul as much weight as you can carry, with more comfort and stability than I've experienced with any other pack. The long straps and burly buckles make it easy to load and secure awkward sizes and shapes, like an entire antelope carcass. I've hauled out pronghorn, deer, and elk, often across long distances, and the Crewcab has never let me down. It also works great as a rifle rest from the seated position. In short, this is a great pack and I refuse to hunt with anything else.
Its weight may be higher than other packs but so what? We don't drag our shoebox-sized carry-on luggage behind us on wheels; we pick that shit up and carry it like men. And we can shoulder a seven-pound pack without whining.
Only drawback is that it's squeaky as hell, but I'm told that can be fixed. Heading into the shop next week to have it looked at.