Made in the USABerry Compliant

Our interpretation of the classic ALICE bag design.

The Mountain Ruck is our version of the classic ALICE bag design. Compatible with the original ALICE frame but designed for superior comfort of the Mystery Ranch NICE Frame, this bag combines the desirable shape of the original with the ingenuity and usability of a Mystery Ranch product.

  • NICE Frame for comfort and stability under the heaviest loads
  • PALS webbing accommodates MOLLE accessories
  • Bolstered Ventilation and Stability (BVS) system increases stability of the pack over armor
  • Autolock buckles prevent slippage
  • Rip-Zip pockets give rapid access to the essential items
  • Two internal hydration pockets
  • Compatible with H style jump harness
  • Compatible with Daypack Lid
  • Remarkable load range: 30 - 120 pounds
  • NSN#: Coyote 8465-01-571-3552, AOR1 8465-01-577-2660, AOR2 8465-01-577-2662, MULTICAM 8465-01-582-0405
  • Volume: 4800 cu-in (main bag); 500 cu-in (Rip-Zip pockets)
  • Weight: 6lbs 15oz
  • Dimensions: 23"x16"x12"
  • Frame System: NICE Frame
  • Country Of Manufacture: USA
  • Intended Use: Assault and Sustainment, Assault Pack

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 mean time, 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:

Marmot Warranty:

(888) 311-2900

Mon - Fri : 7:30am - 5pm (PST)


Boulder Mountain Repair:

2744 47th St.

Boulder, CO80301

(303) 499-3634


Rainy Pass Repair:

4415 Stone Way N.

Seattle, WA98103

(206) 523-8135


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 think that you qualify for a pro discount, please give us a call at 406-585-1428. Thanks!

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

Ordered this ruck while deployed and couldn't wait to see how it held up. Way more space than our issued rucksacks, making this thing the definition of sustainment. I've used it on ruck marches, ranging from 6-12 miles, with upwards of 80 lbs. This usually kills you by the end, but the frame and weight distribution made rucking a breeze, I felt like I could go forever. A bit pricey, but you only get one back/spine so this was worth every penny. Thank you MR for the quality ruck.
I'm a U.S. Army Veteran. Former 11H and 18B. I ETS'd way back in 1995. So I got out before everything changed and got all "high speed". I spent a lot of time using the Alice pack and carrying "unbelievable" weight in it. I never really hated the alice and its old frame but maybe I was just to young to know any better. I ordered the MR mountain ruck out of nostalgia. I too enjoy the wider short layout of the ruck. Obviously... what I like best about this ruck is the nice frame. It makes carrying a sizable load way more comfortable. I can only imagine how much wear and tear this frame might have saved on my body (specifically my shoulders). The three exterior pockets plus the pocket in the lid gives me access to often needed items during my bushwhacking adventures. Molle on the exterior allows me to attach pouches for canteens or other items I might need quickly like rain gear or food. I have had this ruck for about 2 years. It has proven durable and has had no breakage or malfunctions whatsoever. The only two issues I have had is with the waist belt. 1) I'm old school and used to wearing the old LBE. You of course can't wear the old LBE with a Modern ruck if you want the full comfort of the ruck. 2) I ordered a large waist belt and have since lost about 15 Lb. so now with the waist belt fully cinched down, wants to slide over my hips and impinge on my upper leg/buttocks/hip muscles which after awhile cramps the muscles to the point where I can't walk. This of course is not the fault of MR. I will be checking into getting a smaller waist belt. If you are into the Alice pack, give this one a shot. I think you will enjoy it. Yes, it's expensive. Buy once cry once, Blah, blah, blah. I personally feel that it's worth it. If your priority is with durability and weight of the pack is not an issue with you... get this pack. It would make a great pack for someone who is still serving in a Ranger Bat, Team, or infantry unit. Even if your a civilian I feel this ruck would serve your back country needs and will last a lifetime. No worries about this ruck blowing out on you!
So over the years I have had a couple mystery ranch rucks, started small with the 3 day assault and then the overload and worked into a few others. The last ruck I purchased from them was the Mt. Ruck and I have to say I'm disappointed with myself for not getting it sooner.

This ruck is absolutely crushes any of my issued or personal rucks in this size. I really prefer this shorter wider style pack and the easy access and external options. It carries very well, easy to load and balance and you can fit copious amounts of kit into it.

The nice frame and waist belt are so comfortable its very easy to carry 100 lbs and not smoke your shoulders. All the weight is comfortably on your hips and I felt like I could ruck all day. It also doesn't interfere with my legs and I can move through the mountains and forest easily. The molle on the waist belt is perfect for mounting my pistol on one hip and a couple reloads on the opposite side.

As with all mystery ranch rucks I have its built tough although its not very light. However the weight doesn't bother me as it carries so well and transfers weight to the hips.

The one thing it was lacking was sustainment sleeves on the sides, so I went into the ranch as I was in Bozeman and found two sustainment type sleeves. I think these were originally intended for hydration bladders and had some rigid plastic on the backside. They required a little adaptation and a few buckles (used existing compression straps on the ruck and added a couple buckles to cinch down over the added sustainment pouches) I had at home to make it work but its the perfect ruck for me. Easily accepts mag pouches and other molle pouches and I cant tell you how much I like this ruck.

In my opinion this is the perfect multi day mission ruck for snipers, recon or lrrp's. I would also take this ruck on regular backpacking trips and plan to do a few! I wish I had owned this on all my previous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan it would have been ideal.

The price is steep, no doubt but like another reviewer said you only get one back. After several years of operating around the world I will not accept anything less than ideal when I have a choice and this is ideal.

Do yourself a favor, if your profession requires you to ruck up mountains and operate in the shit holes of the world obtain quality tools. I will never look back and this was money well spent, thanks mystery ranch!