A tactical expedition pack with room for everything.
For extended RECCE missions or bulkier items, the 6500 is our classic top loading tactical expedition pack. One of our most popular packs, this classic top-loading design features our Speedzip™ sleeping bag compartment on the bottom and a removable Day Pack lid. Based on the NICE Frame system, this pack can carry 70 pounds in comfort and will stabilize loads surpassing 100 pounds. A side zipper allows quick access to the internal contents of bag.
- The NICE Frame is a rigid yet dynamic system that moves with you. The frame consists of three vertical and three horizontal carbon fiber stays and a full fabric panel between the stays that absorbs shock and increases the flexibility of the frame. This patented construction allows the frame to flex with your body, resulting in top-down load transfer to comfortably carry heavy loads. The Futura Yoke easily macro adjusts to the torso length allowing the proper amount of stand-off between the back and frame.
- The BVS – Bolstered Ventilation and Stability system– allows for a stable, secure fit over body armor.
- Classic top-loading design for easy packing
- PALS webbing accommodates MOLLE accessories
- Speedzip™ compartment for quick access to sleeping bag
- Side bottle pockets keep hydration handy
- Removable Daypack Lid with shoulder straps to move further without all sustainment gear
- Vertical back long pockets
- Side zipper access
- Built of custom spec’d 500D CORDURA® with Teflon® and PU coatings for maximum durability, UV, and weather protection
- YKK® zippers
Made in the USA
The results are in Based on 6 Reviews
My 6500 is beautifully made , with great quality materials, as expected comfortable to wear even with a 40 kg load as are all my other mystery ranch packs.
However I can see some things that could be improved in terms of external and internal stowage.
First and foremost, as the rear zip has gone now (I never used the one on my wolf alfa as I use an internal liner) it has been replaced with a wavy row of MOLLE tape, this appears to have no practical use whatever, I would suggest that either the bolsters be increased in width to take up the additional space, or,........preferably , the tape be sewn In horizontally, from the top of the sleeping bag compartment to the top of the pack of the to allow the attachment of single strap MOLLE pouches, for , torches , pocketknives, multitools,, cyalume holders, and other multi use pouches of that size,.
This would be a great improvement in utility over what is there at present, as there is precious little space on the pack sides for these things once you attach two 2 Ltr bladder pouches on each side.
Next the pack sides, the one thing that this manufacturer of excellent packs, often fails to do is put sufficient MOLLE on their product, the outside of a pack is an important area for stowage as is the inside
I recommend around four extra rows of MOLLE on the upper pack sides and at least one extra on the lower, this will allow for the attachment of an extra 2 Ltr water bladder on each side.
My new pack has a spacious compartment for a I qt canteen , cups canteen metal, hexi stove and cover.
However my wolf alpha has a compartment for a 2 Ltr bladder instead, and this is a preferable arrangement as a 1 qt canteen cover can easily be attached each side of the pack on the belt pad instead.
The ability of a pack to carry the maximum literage of water on the outside , in an environment where there is no water resup available, is very important.
The rear zip has now been replaced with two side zips, this provides me with no problems , but as before I myself have no use for that feature due to my use of a large liner, however the well made zip covers are bare of MOLLE, once again this reduces the amount of surface area that can be used for the attachment of small pouches, or a field knife and sheath.
Its frustrating because as with the old rear zip area this could easily have had had MOLLE fitted during production, at a much lower cost than I will have to pay to have it sewn on now.
Also the pack would benefit from large internal mesh pockets, covering the walls, to hold flat things, (the komodos do have a couple of these ,so the materials are already in use at the production facility).
Now there are some who would look at these suggestions and say but this will be extra labour time during manufacture and extra materials and this will add to the cost.
YES it will,............but these are premium quality packs, the retail price is secondary to the features and quality of the product.
I currently pay around $1400.00 for a 6500, another $150.00 is not going to matter to me, (though I doubt adding these features would add that sort of cost) and I am sure I am not alone in this, (and this is in a market where you can buy well made competitive packs for around $700.00).
Keep making these great packs, but I would suggest online surveys about what features your customers would like to see before you release new products, its easier to build them into new design before they are finalized or manufactured.
I've used this for personal backpacking/protracted expeditions, multi-day narcotic enforcement back-country and coastal operations, and also law enforcement tactical deployments (mainly in back country/rural properties).
All in all, this is the best ruck/pack I've ever owned and that includes my military enlistment period with the 325th PIR (82nd ABN DIV) and 187 INF (101st ABN DIV). I seriously wish I had this pack back when I was enlisted for we did not have state-of-the-art packs back then (just U.S.G.I. gear).
Without a doubt, the Mystery Ranch framing system (which accompanies this pack) is a piece of art in and of itself. One cannot go wrong purchasing/obtaining/deploying this pack.
I picked up one of these a few years ago before a multi-week military training exercise and it was worth it's weight (which was a lot) in gold. I have trained with this pack, deployed with it, and used it for backpacking trips in the Rockies and the Appalachians it has stood up to anything that I could throw at it. Spacious, comfortable and durable, would recommend this or any Mystery Ranch pack to anyone.
Mystery Ranch 6500
I used this pack during multiple military deployments to Afghanistan. Outstanding piece of equipment. Extremely well designed and very durable. In my opinion it is one of the very best, if not the best, packs on the market for long term missions or civilian backpacking trips. Highly recommend it.
It can take a beating!!
This pack is Awesome! I work in the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare industry and have logged more than 850 field days (rough estimate of 6 years working more than half the year on expedition) with this pack already and it's still going strong! Only things that have needed replacing are a few buckles. This bag has seen more field time than most guides will ever see in their professional lives and more than any weekend warrior will see period, all it shows for it is a minor wear hole in the exterior pocket and the material of the yoke has the lightest amount of fraying. I've never been able to fill this bag despite food, water, gear, and toys. It's been packed to 95-100 lbs and doesn't feel much heavier (once it's on) then it did at 60lbs. It's awesome!