Let me first say this pack, is hands down the best pack I have ever owned/used. Having used military and civilian packs, nothing compares. Dana Gleason and the amazing people he employs at Mystery Ranch know what they are doing. The meticulous thought about the end user, can only be experienced by putting it to use. There packs are constructed in the United States and everything about the Tactiplane is easy to use and consistanly performs under the heaviest loads.
I used this particular pack on a 30 day backpacking trip through the Absarorka Mountain Range in Wyoming. Starting the trip my pack weighed 72 Lbs. Nothing but essential gear, food, fly rod and must have Helinox Chair. At first it was a heavy load to bear, but once you get this pack dialed in to fit perfectly, the heaviest loads are carried with ease.
The pack has a classic top load design for easy packing and a zipper that runs straight down the center of the pack. This allows easy access to gear anywhere in your pack, just like a duffle bag. We all know there is nothing worst than having to pull everything out, just to get gear at the bottom. Especially in a rain storm.
The speed zip compartment for quick access to sleeping bag is yet another great design feature of this pack. This allowed me to access my sleep system, without disrupting the rest of my pack. I could easily fit a Big Agnes 0 degree Storm King Bag and sleeping pad in the compartment.
The removable side rip-rip pockets allowed me to store gear I needed quickly and readily available, like extra socks, after river crossings and rain gear for the occasional drizzle. The vertical back long pockets worked great for fuel bottles and carrying a tent body, fly and stakes, as well as any other regularly used gear.
The pack also comes with a removable daypack lid. It worked great once reaching a base camp and wanting to trail hike, fly fish or do anything that involved leaving the area, with a small amount of needed gear.
Overall if you are looking for a great pack, that fits amazing, distributes weight evenly and can hold all that you need in more look no further.
A RECCE pack for the heaviest loads.
Designed for multi-day operations, the TACTIPLANE is the the standard issued RECCE pack for SOCOM. Designed to function under the heaviest loads, no other internal frame pack adapts to the realities an operator faces when carrying a load like the Tactiplane.
- Classic top-loading design for easy packing
- PALS webbing accommodates MOLLE accessories
- Removable Bolstered Ventilation and Stability (BVS) system increases stability of the pack over armor
- Speedzip™ compartment for quick access to sleeping bag
- Removable side Rip-Zip Pockets
- Vertical back long pockets
- Removable Daypack Lid
- Redirect waist belt for effective weight transfer
- Center zipper access
- NSN#: Recce Pack Coyote 8465-01-571-3552, Recce Pack AOR1 8465-01-577-2660, Recce Pack AOR2 8465-01-577-2662, Recce Pack MULTICAM 8465-01-582-0405
- Volume: 6000 cu in (98l)
- Weight: 9 lbs 10 oz (4.4 kg)
- Dimensions: 34.5"x16"x14.5" (88x41x 37cm)
- Frame System: Mountain Frame
- Country Of Manufacture: USA
- Intended Use: Expeditions, Extended Missions, RECCE
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 had this pack as a member of ODA 5422 and ODB 5420 for about 2 years. It was phenomenal.
I gave this pack hell and it went through it all with a smile. I have fallen on, kicked, tripped over, dropped with heavy load, and done all manner of things to this pack and it barely showed a sign of it. During deployments your pack usually gets tossed around A LOT, even with 80 pounds of gear in it - dropped from the back of trucks, dragged out of a CONEX, hitting the ground first in combat jumps, used as a stool... the list is infinite - we even fit one of our terps who was really tiny inside with his head poking out when we were joking around.
This pack saw Lebanon, Jordan, and Afghanistan, and environments ranging from 105 degrees Fahrenheit to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.
This pack can carry anything, and on one missed held over 100 pounds of gear.
I always keep everything in ziploc bags so I never noticed any water penetration in the main compartment, but it seemed pretty much waterproof in the first place.
I carried this pack on hikes anywhere from 5 to 15 miles with an average weight of about 60 - 70 pounds.
Favorite features: separated bottom section with its own access - I usually put my sleep system down there. All the extra outside pockets - 2 side, 2 long back ones, and the cupholders on the sides were useful for a myriad of things especially odd shaped or long items. I used the detachable top piece for a small backpack both in rough terrain and urban areas. Loved the center access zipper for getting in without having to unbuckle.