SKU: Blackjack 50
The BLACKJACK 50 is designed after the new standard-issue packs for USSOCOM, the SPEAR ASSAULT. The BLACKJACK 50 features lightweight, full carbon frames, Dyneema-CORDURA® laminate, IR-compliant zippers, and lightweight bolsters.
The commercial version of our standard SOCOM SPEAR issued pack.
The BLACKJACK 50 is a 50 L, top-loading pack with two external pockets that each have internal, mesh pockets. The pack has full-length zippers on each side for fast access to the main compartment.
- The Military Light Frame (MLF) is a rigid yet dynamic system that moves with you. The frame consists of four vertical and three horizontal carbon fiber stays and a reduced fabric panel using a stiffer, more structured CORDURA® Dyneema laminate at the points of connection resulting in shock absorption and increase in the flexibility of the frame. This construction allows the frame to flex with your body, resulting in top-down load transfer to comfortably carry heavy loads. The Futura Yoke easily micro 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. It also features a Redirect waist belt system that secures in a natural forward pull direction that requires less effort to tighten. With patented features and construction methods, the waist belt cants and conforms over the hips to effectively transfer and distribute the weight eliminating slippage down over the hips. The MLF is 2 lbs lighter than its predecessor, the NICE Frame, by using different materials and construction methods and reducing the profile of the wing and belt.
- The BVS – Bolstered Ventilation and Stability system– allows for a stable, secure fit over body armor and can be easily removed.
- Quick-release Futura Yoke
- Zipper port for antennae, cables, and hydration access
- Top-loading access has a spindrift collar
- 1" compression webbing and buckles
- Full-length zippers on each side
- Bolsters can be easily removed
- 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pigface22 from Too much spaceSoo much space, me and my buddies died on interchange and the guy just fit all our loadouts into his one bag. 10/10 would recommend
Date published: 2021-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by Old Turret Head from This could have been a perfect pack..........but..The pack is made to the usual Mystery Ranch high quality of materials, workmanship and design comfort.The fitting of internal sleeves for 3 ltr water bladders is a welcome addition (though they don't fit Source 3 ltr bladders and that's a problem), the internal MOLLE panel is useful for among other things fitting a bladder pouch for additional internal water carriage.An additional mesh pouch in the detachable lid would be useful as the mesh pouches in the two rear pouches are unusable if you are putting ration packs in them.The lack of a pass through on each side is to me inexplicable as the other packs in the series have them, and if like me you fit machete to your field packs its a problem.While we are talking about pass throughs i think they should extend right up to the top zip with at least one layer of MOLLE above so you can attach a machete inside the sleeve (or any other long object ) without stopping you fitting pouches also on the MOLLE outside.Finally we get to the major failing of this pack, and that is the deliberate decision to restrict the MOLLE to three strips on each side to me this is utterly inexplicable, unless it is part of the ongoing process of removing features from your pack range in order to speed production time to improve profitability, that Mystery Ranch seems to have been engaged in for some time.Note to manufacturer you also sell pouches, the less MOLLE on your product ,the less of your pouches the owner is going to buy, because there is no where to put tNote to manufacturer, this is not a mistake your competitors appear to make.The positioning of those three strips is a problem because the upper tension strap runs right over the center of them, forcing you to crush down your pouches under the strap or not use it (and i have an RFAK there), really there is no excuse for this sort of design failure, is seems almost as if no one bothered to fit the prototype with typical pouches that their customers might use.It would have been far better to run MOLLE from over the top of the canteen lid right up to the top zip, this would allow the user to place an RFAK or other pouches under the top strap and others over the top strap, both allowing the strap to do its job properly unencumbered by pouches, and the user to fit those very important small pouches on the available space on the outside of the pack which is currently wasted space.Note to manufacturer, the outside surface of a pack is an important a location for storage of small items, the interior is best left for bulky things.Of course fitting full length pass throughs each side and a proper full height each side of MOLLE tape will add to material cost and production time.So do it and CHARGE MORE, we buy Mystery Ranch because of the quality and the features (mostly the features) the price does not come into it, if it did we wouldnt buy your packs, as we can buy larger packs (not the same quality) with all the features you are cutting back on for half your price.The fact that this is a variant of a SOCOM pack dosent matter as you have alreadymade a change for the civilian market, fix these small problems.PetePete
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Amazing PackMy wife grabbed me this pack for Christmas after hearing me talk about it every since SHOT Show last year. Just in the time Iâve received it I have used it to: carry up groceries to our condo (we live in a 5th floor penthouse and the elevator has been down since Hurricane MarĂa) and just returned from 11 days at Disney where I carried it both to pack in my clothes on the plane and to carry our stuff at the park (I have a 3 year old and it was actually cold and raining in FL while we were there). All in all, for our trip we walked close to 70 miles based on our trackers. The Good: it is the most comfortable pack I have ever bought or been issued. It cinches down nice and tight to the body. The shape of the frame contours well to the body. The toggles that âlockâ the zippers is a nice touch to keep thit zippers closed up. Waterproof zippers are great. Back support is comfortable me even when folded back so as not to use the belt. It holds A LOT of gear and has no issue handling the weight. Side zippers that allow access to the pack without opening the lid. The locking strap buckles take some getting used to but work well for their intended function. The wish list: a few more strap keepers. The straps to adjust the pack to your body dangles over your shoulder pads and can get in the way. Quicker/easier belt adjuster from when you are going from bulky clothes or a plate carrier to just a T and jeans. The Bad: I havenât found any as of yet.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by George from DisappontedI was pretty disappointed when I received this pack in the mail. First of all, the color is not even close to as advertised. The pack is much closer to Army Green than it is to "Coyote" or beige. The website photographs are hugely misleading. Lastly, overall, it's lacking the touch and feel of a $750 backpack. The buckles are plastic and nylon doesn't feel anything superior/special. Feels like a sales gimmick and commercial play on their actual military products and reputation.
Date published: 2019-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by MN97 from Best ruck I've ever usedThis rucksack is awesome. I'm in the US Army, and after rucking over 500 miles in the past few years with the standard issue ruck i've decided to get a replacement, for work as well as for hiking purposes. It's expensive, but if you need a pack like this I don't think you can do better than Mystery Ranch.
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by Nicola from Made in VietnamI purchased this backpack (along with the 100 L version) from an online store based in Utah. With great disappointment, I received a version that is Made in Vietnam and not in Bozeman, MT. I did quite some research before buying, but nowhere I found that there was an alternative INTL version made oversea. The quality is overall acceptable but not when considering the price I paid.Also, my version does not include the buckles on the shoulder straps as shown on this website and elsewhere.As for the colour, compared to my 2014 3DAP, the Blackjack 50 seems a bit more yellowish. Not a big deal for me but I thought it was worth mentioning.This is my 10th Mystery Ranch. I buy Mystery Ranch backpack for their (superior) quality in design, comfort durability and construction. They are not cheap, but I never complained when I got an outstanding product in return. This is not the case, unfortunately.I am not writing this review as an angry customer, rather as an affectionate one and I am trying to be constructive with my critic. The pack is sold as a 50L but the main compartment seems more like 40, let's say comparable to a Komodo Dragon. I did not measure quantitatively, but the main compartment of my SATL is much bigger.The external pouches are a nice add-on but I wish they were slightly bigger (the larger one barely fit a Gore-Tex shell).The top lid is not the same as you get in the BlackJack100 but a smaller version, yet with enough room for a tarp, winter gloves, extra fleece hat and rain trousers.I am a civilian I used this backpack mainly in winter and I would say it fits more than enough gear and clothes for an extended excursion and extra sheltering gear to keep you alive, should you have to spend the night out (tarp, bivy and poncho quilter).I carried up to 30 kg and the load distribution is decent enough (given my age, I would not talk about comfort when I am carrying 25+ kg for 10-15 km in the snow, but it gets the job done better than other packs). Still, the SATL seems more comfortable to me and it fits overall better.My recommendation would be to go for a 3DAP or a Komodo, for something on the smaller side or to scale up to a SATL for bigger sizes. With the price pay for a Blackjack 50, you get a 3DAP and the SATL, just to do some simple math.PRO: design, features and comfort.CONTRA: too expensive considering that it is made in Vietnam, some details not at the usual MR standard.
Date published: 2023-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by SSG J from Best WarriorUsed in Best Warrior Competition. Put this thing to the test. No hot spots, fit perfect. Ran/walked for 12 miles with 40lbs and it never hurt. Worth it. Couldn't be happier with how it fit my body. 5' 9" 180 lbs, lean and it felt custom made. Also pockets worked out for easy gear retrievel. Sturdy zippers and inside pockets held my water bladder.
Date published: 2021-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ranger375 from Bomb proofAwesome pack, well built, I don't think anyone will be able to destroy it. I spent 20 years in the military and now do contract work. This is a great pack. My only wish is that it had side tunneled torpedeo pockets with the compression straps running over them. With tunneled pockets we could still utilize the lower pockets for the end of whatever we need to carry, like tent poles. Over all though you can't beat it....
Date published: 2022-09-03