I recently picked up a Swift to replace my '97 Bomb Pack recently, and I have been very happy. The biggest problem for me is that it carries a load so well and it's so easy to organize and get to stuff that I'm tempted to carry more than I should!
It carries 5 to 10 lbs lighter than my Bomb Pack did - I routinely take the pack off and wonder how I haven't really been noticing whatever stupidly heavy load I stuck in it. The Tri-Zip design is absolutely brilliant - easy access to stuff all the way at the bottom of the pack, no more rooting around in a dark pack by feel hoping to find something. The zippers are bomber - I was a bit worried about how they would behave when stuffed, but they seem really solid and are easy to zip against a load using the pulls. I've used this for a number of day hikes since I got it and I love tossing this thing on my back.
In addition, I most recently used it for a two-night backpacking trip with my 8-year old, and it performed admirably at a total load weight of 48 lbs. He carried the sleeping bags, pads, and his clothing. In my Swift I was able to fit a Garcia Bear Canister at the bottom, a 2 liter Stoaway, pot and Whisperlite, fuel, 1 liter Nalgene, plus clothing, day food, fix it kit, etc. On the outside of the Swift, I split the tent into two tent bags and used the compression straps on the side of the Swift to strap them into place. One minor issue there - they wanted to slide down, so I flipped them upside down and used a length of parachute cord to anchor the drawstring to the buckle loop for the upper compression strap. Being able to carry a two-night load in the Swift was great - once we set up camp on the morning of the second day, off we went to go exploring and I still had a reasonably sized pack on my back.
I have made a few customizations. I put together an attachment system for a top-loader DSLR case so it anchors to the shoulder straps and hip belt on the front. I do this with all my packs, a trick I picked up from watching Galen Rowell. No sewing to the pack. For the hip belt anchors, I sewed a small square ring to the 3/4 webbing and then I looped the 3/4 webbing around the hip belt anchor position and passed it through the ring, then out through hip belt tunnel where I have a side-release buckle for attaching to the top-loader. For the shoulder straps, I cut a slot in the middle bar of a tri-glide and popped that on to the webbing on the shoulder straps.
After I got the shoulder harness adjusted properly, I sewed a small loop of red thread on to the padded mesh at the back where it enters the pack. I then adjusted the shoulder harness properly for my wife (it's a hair big for her, but it's not too bad) and sewed another thread. That way when the whole family goes out, she carries the Swift while I carry the heavier pack. After we setup camp and want to go out exploring, I can readjust the Swift quickly to my desired position without trial and error. In the morning, I can reset it for her easily.
I've noticed small design features that make me smile. For instance, the hip pockets close with the zipper moving backwards, which keeps the pockets closed if you catch the zipper pulls on something (and makes them less like to catch). The 2:1 advantage on the hip belt buckle system makes it easier to make small adjustments and requires less force. And I finally discovered why Terraplane users from back in the day loved those vertical pockets. They do a great job of organizing stuff, it's easy for members of your party to get stuff out while the pack is on your back since it's not up high (especially when the other member isn't even 4-feet tall yet), and I can even unzip, fish, and re-zip with the pack on my back if I'm careful!
Finally, it feels great on the back and really moves with me when I'm moving down the trail, scrambling, etc. It has taken a little getting used to on the lower anchors for the shoulder straps - they attach inside of the hip belt, and so they follow the rib cage all the way down, but I think that actually contributes to the integration of the load with my body. Also, I've noticed that I'm using muscles in my lower mid back that I haven't used as much before when carrying a load, but I think that's because I'm carrying in a more upright posture with this pack.
All in all, I love this pack!
A versatile climbing pack loaded with features.
The Swift is a climbing pack with our unique 3-Zip design and two external long pockets. The frame is lightweight enough for quick trips and beefy enough to handle longer days when you need to bring more. The removable Double Wrap re-direct waist belt system integrates directly with the frame for a very comfortable, dynamic and efficient carry.
- 3 Zip Design for quick access
- Vertical long pockets for external organization
- Ergonomic water bottle pockets
- Separate lid pocket for quick access items
- Hydration reservoir compatible
- Adjustable ice axe loops for trekking poles or ice tools
- Double layered bottom compartment for impact and abrasion resistance
- Volume: 2637 cu-in (43 L)
- Weight: 4 lbs 8 oz (2 kg)
- Dimensions: 23.6x”x11.8”x7.0” (59x28x18cm)
- Frame System: Adventure Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: Other
- Intended Use: Backpacking, Climbing, Hiking
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:
Mon - Fri : 7:30am - 5pm (PST)
Boulder Mountain Repair:
2744 47th St.
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
If you're between sizes on the waist belt we recommend you size down. If you're between sizes on the yoke please give us a call at 406-585-1428.
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
The Swift backpack has very well conceived features which clearly demonstrate that a great deal of attention has been placed on gear accessibility and facilitating its use. The various zippered compartments provide flexibility for organization without generating bulk. The pockets on both flanks hold water bottles securely, unobtrusively, but very reachable. Easily holds three liter water bladder with potential for choice of left or right routing of tubing. Zippered pockets on either side of waist belt are easily reached and of appropriate volume. The Swift backpack is very comfortable and supportive of its contents-weight.
I used this pack most recently on the Mt. Whitney trail for a 22 mile day hike. It was ideal given its feature set and comfort.
Very highly recommended.