Well I will start off by saying that I have had the chance to try many pack in my life, and I am always looking for why one pack would be better than the next. I have used Mystery packs for many years fighting fires, and in my opinion there is not a better fire pack out there! I was in search of a new hunting pack this year so I decided to give there Metcalf a shoot to see what kind of comfort and durability it could offer and withstand. I did my research pretty thoroughly and read what others had to say about their hunting packs and saw that the reviews where worth giving them a shot.
I received my pack a couple weeks before hunting season, and took the time to set it up in order to get the perfect fit. I hiked and scouted with it on every weekend leading up to hunting season with know problems, but I new the real test would be when i had to wear it for days on end in the high country. When hunting season came and the pack was loaded to the max with enough gear to get me through my trip I headed off to the high country. During the hike to 11,000 feet I kept waiting for something to start bothering me about the pack i.e. pressure points, comfort, and just overall construction of the pack. I never found any of those things to be a problem, and got to where I really never even noticed the weight on my back. I hunted for five days on the first trip with no problems what so ever, but knew that if I was to shoot something and had to pack it out that thats when the pack would get the true test. I hunted with the pack the very next week and ended up sticking a buck with my bow and new that the time had come to put this pack to the true test.
After boning out my buck and loading all the meat, antlers and gear I headed out of the high country not knowing how this pack would handle the weight of everything that was packed in it. I can honestly say that I never had an issue with anything while coming down the mountain, and was blown away at how good it distributed the weight and the comfort of this pack on my back. I have hunted with this pack for the last month, and have put it to the test with nothing but satisfaction from the pack as a whole. I will stand behind their gear and recommend their packs to anyone looking for a quality product. As an avid hunter we all know how important it is to have quality gear that will do the job, and I can honestly say that Mystery Ranch has cornered the market with their hunting and fire packs!
Satisfied Customer Here!
The go-to hunting backpack for big game.
From day trips to week long adventures, the Metcalf hunting backpack does it all. The Metcalf incorporates a top loading shroud with a full length side access zipper entry. Ten compression straps ensure your load is never going to loosen or shift, regardless of the weight. Fully expanded, with the Alpine Lid the bag reaches 4200 cubic inches, fully compressed you won’t even know it’s there.
- Classic top loading design for easy packing
- NICE Frame for comfort and stability under the heaviest loads
- Overload shelf for meat or extra gear carriage
- Exterior detail pocket for headlamps, maps, keys, batteries
- Detachable Alpine Lid: two Pockets, two Accessory straps for day pack carry
- Customizable NICE Frame Height:
- <5'9" - NICE Frame(4lbs 4oz)
- 5'9" to 6'4" - NICE Frame w/ NICE Lift Kit(L) 4lbs 10oz
- >6'4" NICE Frame w/ NICE Lift Kit(XL) 4lbs 10oz
- Complete Package Includes:
- Metcalf Bag
- NICE Frame (includes yoke and waistbelt)
- Alpine Lid
- Lift Kit (MD & LG Yokes Only)
- Volume: 4200 cu in
- Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
- Frame System: NICE Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: USA
- Intended Use: Backpack Hunts, Bivy Hunts, 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 replaced my crew cab with the metcalf recently and so far it has been the perfect bag. It cinches small for day use but expands enough for multiday trips. It has just the right amount of pockets (one w/o the lid) and the opening are super versatile. The only thing I would add is the lift kit. I'm 5'8 but with the lift kit heavy loads do feel better.
I have had the Metcalf now for three years, and I can confidently say it is my "go to" pack for backcountry hunts in the 3-5 day range.
The size is just right to load up the essentials, and when pared with the Alpine Lid, gives you quick access and extra space for items like a headlamp, food, gloves, calls, camera, etc. To keep the internal organization in check, I load gear in ultralight stuff sacks, which keeps it from turning into a massive gear dump inside. The side zipper is key for access, and something I use throughout the day to get to things like raingear or a puffy jacket.
After I set up camp and ditch the extra gear and lid, the Metcalf cinches down to a streamlined setup, perfect for day hunting out of camp with minimal equipment. If an animal is down, I slip quarters in between the pack and frame, and head out. I have had gear and an entirely boned out deer in this pack, and while heavy as hell, the load carried securely and comfortably. And the durability is second to none.
Lastly, lashing a bow or rifle to this pack is simple and secure. I prefer to hike in with my hands free, or using trekking poles, but I want to be able to get to my weapon quickly -- unclip two buckles, and you are good to go. I use the Longbow for day hunts and the Metcalf for everything else; it is my two pack quiver for the entire season.