There are definitely some pluses to this pack. The frame, pack bag, and overall functionality seem to be solid. I have had this pack for one season. I packed out three elk and spent roughly 2 weeks in the field. The 2 star rating is because I have major durability concerns with this pack. I intend to either return this pack or get it repaired and sell it. After packing out the first elk of the season my belt began to tear. This appears to be a major design flaw. Inside the belt is a white piece of plastic with sharp edges. With time this will wear straight through your belt. I assume they sewed this plastic in to help the belt keep it's shape but something else needs done. (Wish I could attach a pic) Next is the stitching on the pack. There are multiple areas where the threads are fraying and looks like they are going to pull out in no time. I haven't even had this pack in the rain or snow and can only imagine how it going to hold up after multiple seasons. At $475 I had much higher expectations for the durability of the Pintler.
A streamlined, bowhunting pack for overnight hunts.
We all know those hunters who obsess on minimalism -- a drilled out toothbrush with no handle, a 2 lb sleeping bag, a catfood can stove. And then we face a series of brutal uphills and get a little jealous. Join the light side with the PINTLER. It's a pared-down, narrow, weekend pack that carries several days worth of essentials, while maintaining the secret weapon of the OVERLOAD™ feature for the packout. It's built onto our new, Guide Light Frame™, so get comfortable with your ultralight self.
- 500D CORDURA® fabric and YKK® zippers
- OVERLOAD™ feature
- 3-ZIP design for rapid and complete access to gear
- Bow and rifle carry via compression straps
- Single lid detail pocket for small items
- Side stretch-woven pockets for tripod feet or bottles
- Hydration reservoir compatible
- Four internal pockets for organization
- Guide Light Frame™
- Telescoping yoke for custom torso fit
- Available in GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Subalpine pattern to seamlessly add another layer of superior gear to your system
- Volume: 2502 cu-in (41 L)
- Weight: 5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
- Dimensions: 30"x15"x9" (76x38x23cm)
- Frame System: Guide Light Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: Philippines / Vietnam
- Intended Use: Backpack Hunts, Bow Hunting
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#).
PLEASE NOTE: All Closeout Sales are Final
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.
I always had to hike back to base camp after harvesting an animal because I needed my external tubular aluminum pack frame and my game bags and that wasted hours of time, so I bought that time back with the purchase of a Mystery Ranch Pack. I decided to purchase the Mystery Ranch Pintler, and it is awesome. I can fit my Nalgene and calling tube on the side pockets, overnight survival/first aid kit, jacket, kill kit, food, rain gear and everything else inside the pack. I purchased 3 Mystery Ranch Zoid pouches along with the pack to sort and organize said gear and they work well also. Because of the size and overall volume of the pack, it means that I can no longer haul 2 elk quarters at a time but this pack has given me more than I need in terms of comfort, space and overall satisfaction. I can most definitely haul out an elk quarter and a rack on my back though. Highly recommend this pack to anyone looking for an overnight, multi-day (up to 3 days) or a day pack for any kind of big game hunting. Best part of it all is that I went from hunting with 3 different packs and now the Pintler is the only one I use besides a Metcalf when I'm backpacking. To the team at Mystery Ranch, thanks for making this pack so well, I am sure that I will have it for years. These packs are a bit pricey but like they say, you do get what you pay for and this pack is awesome. Cheers.
Just received my Pintler. Once adjusted the fit and comfort is outstanding. I would recommend getting a size smaller than you measure.. I measure at an Extra large Yoke on the chart. However once the pack was adjusted I was as short as I could go with the XL Yoke. The internal layout of the pack is great. Love the sleeve pockets on the inside of the pack. They make a great place for tripod and spotter and it is super easy and quick to get to. I think I am going to used one sleeve pocket for the stuff you may need through out the day. (first aid kit, TP, and small water filter) I am not sure what the "hoop" pockets are designed for on back/sides on the inside of the pack.. I love the Tri-Zip design. It makes it super easy to pack and to get to stuff on the bottom of the pack once loaded. The Overload Shelf is the bomb! What a great idea and design. It allows you to expand for packing in camp, Compress to daypack for the hunt, and Expand back out to haul meat and camp back out.. Looking forward to many years of hard comfortable use.