Glacier is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
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SKU: Glacier

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Our signature, backpacking pack with all our proven design elements.

The new rendition of the classic GLACIER features all the Expedition Series updates. From fit and sizing to fabric and frame, it offers superior Load Carriage™ and comfort for your long weekend outing as well as more extended backcountry trips. It’s a top-loading pack with a dual drawcord shroud to increase weather resistance and allow for upward expansion. Our Speedzip™ sleeping bag compartment will accommodate even the warmest, bulkiest bag. The lid has two compartments for Type-A organization and is easily converted to a summit pack by transferring the main packs’ harnessing over to the lid.

  • The Astral Frame is a robust frame that supports large loads. The mainframe is comprised of four vertical, composite stays, dense foam for flexibility and for torsional rigidity. Through patented features and construction methods, the mainframe transfers the weight of the load into the wings which relay the weight and equalizes the contact around and into the belt. The waist belt cants and conforms over the hips to effectively transfer and distribute the weight and eliminate slippage down over the hips.
  • The patented Futura Yoke easily micro adjusts to the torso length allowing the proper amount of stand-off between the back and frame.
  • Top-loading design for easy/secure packing
  • Convertible Daypack Lid feature
  • Side zip for easy access to main bag without unpacking
  • Two, exterior vertical long pockets
  • Speedzip™ compartment for easy access to sleeping bag
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Tool carry attachment between back, vertical torpedo pockets
  • Cross compression with buckle release for accessing side zips
  • Hydration reservoir compatible
  • Five-point lumbar belt system
  • Built on the NEW Astral Frame
  • 500D Lite Plus CORDURA® fabric
  • YKK® zippers
NameUPC Code
Glacier-Del Mar-S888564197998
Glacier-Del Mar-M888564197981
Glacier-Del Mar-L888564197974
Glacier-Del Mar-XL888564198001
DUNS Number:059122783
6.4 lb
4320 cu-ins
Frame System
Astral Frame
Harnessing Style
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged and comfortableExtremely happy with my glacier, carried 51lbs this past weekend with no problems. The hydration sleeves on the sides hold a Nalgene bottle and you can access it on the fly without help. The molle on the waistband is super convenient for customization and using any size pouches you need to fit your style. The suspension is comfortable and holds the weight well. Only complaint is that the straps (waist and shoulder) loosen as you hike so the pack starts to drop lower on your body as you bounce around and move. I’m 6’3” 260 and well built, I used a large which fit my very lengthy torso and small waist for my frame.
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Well Built PackJust finished a JMT hike. I needed a pack that would comfortably carry 45-50+ lbs to support both my wife and I. This pack delivered on all levels. It was very comfortable and never felt like I was carrying 45+ lbs. In fact it was much more comfortable than my previous pack ( Deuter 65+10 ) with only 35-40 lbs. The roomy main compartment held all the bulky gear and the twin zippered outside pockets allowed me to efficiently organize my gear and have quick access to a jacket and rain gear. The side pockets were roomy enough to hold water filtering supplies and tent poles. I used a Mystery Ranch bottle pocket attached to the waist belt for easier access to water. I wound up carrying the tent ( BA Copper Spur UL 3 ), 1 BV500 ( horizontally) and the occasional extra 1-2 liters of water in addition to my sleeping bag, pad and miscellaneous clothes ( base weight of 18 lbs). I'm very pleased with my purchase and look forward to using it for many years. There might be lighter packs, but I doubt I'd find a more comfortable one. For me, comfort tops everything.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Great PackI purchased this pack for predominantly multi day winter packing trips, and it performs very well! Pros: Good fit, I am 5’7” and 200lbs, Large pack on the lowest settings was the perfect size for me.-fairly easy to adjust-massive interior -fairly quick break in time -easy to strap things on the backCons- I did not enjoy the straps to the top of the main pack. They are sometimes difficult to buckle in in the right way.-water bottle holders on sides could be bigger(I carry 2 48oz nalgenes)
Date published: 2019-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Colorado 10th MTN HutsSUPER comfortable pack for winter trips into the 10th Mountain Hut system. Carries all the essentials and then some. The side pouches keep the cold-weather essentials a zipper away; and plenty of places to lash a shovel to. COMFORTABLE as well; great waist belt; and the water pockets are quite reach-able with no dismount, and no wrestling, needed. Enjoy.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well built but bad frame designI bought and used the 2018 Glacier-- compared to my 1990's Dana Design Glacier, the new Glacier is a big letdown. First, on the positive side, construction of the pack is excellent-- really excellent. Fabric is excellent, as well. Also, the pack is intelligently designed in almost all respects. It is a joy to load the pack, and handle the pack, but it is not very fun to actually carry the pack: the frame design is poor and appears to reflect a need to hold down costs. I ordered the XL size as I am 6'6" tall with a torso length of 22 inches, but when the pack is adjusted properly, I cannot achieve the 45 degree angle with the load lifter straps that Dana recommends, as the pack frame is not tall enough. The load lifter straps simply will not work properly with 50 pounds if their connection to the pack is below the top of the shoulder straps. Thus, you can adjust the XL yoke to its full advertised height of 24 inches (mine was set at a mere 22 inches) but the load lifter straps are useless at that point. They are even useless at 22 inches once you get past 35 pounds pack weight. I think that the idea of utilizing an adjustable yoke makes sense if you want to hold down costs by manufacturing fewer pack sizes, and if you want to make pack adjustments dead easy, but this system only works if you are of average height. Additionally, I found that the new frame is too flat-- it does not conform to the shape of one's spine, and it cannot. The Mystery Ranch website indicates that when loaded, etc. the frame somehow gets forced to fit individual spines/back shapes, but this is just marketing hype; in reality, the frame sheet stays flat and as a result, you have gaps in places (lumbar region) and, in my own case, the plastic frame sheet presses against the middle of my spine and, basically, rubs the skin of my back. You cannot shape the frame sheet-- it does not conform to your back. This is a 'one size fits all' frame design marketed, in theory, as a frame design that will conform to all back shapes, but in my use of the pack this does not actually happen. Finally, the sleeping bag compartment 'envelope' is a joke-- clearly a gimmick just waiting to annoy any serious user. Frankly, sleeping bag compartments on any pack rarely work as they are supposed to, but rather than eliminating the silly thing, Dana devises an overly complex (and heavy) solution when he just could have eliminated the sleeping compartment horizontal zipper entirely. Why not just drop the bag in from the top? Finally, there is the hip belt: again, in what appears to be a cost cutting measure, the hip belt is designed in a modular fashion such that Mystery Ranch will not have to exchange or produce a full range of hip belts in various sizes. Instead, it appears that only the front portion of the hip belt is changed out. This means that the hip belt has two parts and two separate foam surfaces-- the result is a hip belt that simply is not comfortable after a few hours of heavy carrying. It's okay, but not as good as my full single piece Dana hip belt of 1993! Also, the mesh used on the inside of the shoulder straps and the hip belt is rough-- rubbed my skin off when wearing a thin shirt. Nasty stuff! I think that my 1990's Glacier is about 40% more comfortable than this 2018 Glacier.... I wanted to like the new Glacier, but it is not comfortable. I think the adjustable yoke design is the fundamental flaw: it is neat and cute and very cheap to make, but it really only lengthens frames at the top and does not equal the kind of individual sizing you need and used to get from Dana Designs back in the old days.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great with a caveat!I bought two of these packs last year for a Colorado elk hunting trip. Overall the pack is great as long as you don't have a torso greater than 21" which most people don't. I am 6'2 with a 21" torso and my son is 6'5" with a 23" torso. The issue is what what was pointed out in an earlier review. MR only uses a single size internal frame and as such the load lifters only give me a slight lift and for my son they are level to slightly below his shoulders. This is a non issue for me up to carrying a training weight of 75 lbs but between 45 - 50 lbs it puts enough pressure on my son's shoulder that he gets numbness in his hands. Again this is a non issue for most people but IMO Mystery Ranch should offer two sizes the current for the majority and a larger frame for for people with a greater than 21" torso. Love the layout and and the obvious quality built into it!
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glacier in the high desertMy brother drew a once in a lifetime desert bighorn sheep tag for unit 161 covering the Mt Jefferson range in central NV. I picked this pack up because it has a more comfortable shoulder harness than my MR Metcalf. We backpacked in and out of the wilderness area. I hauled around 60 lbs to 80 lbs comfortably. The harness daypack was adequate. Not the most comfortable but added value. I was able to fit a 3 lt camelback, Leupold Mk 4 tactical 12x40 spotting scope and some snacks and field dressing kit in it for the days up on top of the Mtn. I'm 6'2" 220lbs and the xl for perfect.
Date published: 2020-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size and qualityThis is my third pack from mystery ranch it's plenty big enough to hold everything you need for extended trips. I put all my backpacking gear plus 7 days worth of food and fuel in it and still had room to spare. Quality is what you would expect for the price. If I need a different sized pack I'll definitely be getting it from mystery ranch.
Date published: 2019-04-14
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