Glacier is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11.
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SKU: WS19 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 draw cord 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
WS19 Glacier-Adobe-S888564177815
WS19 Glacier-Adobe-M888564177365
WS19 Glacier-Adobe-L888564176856
WS19 Glacier-Adobe-XL888564178331
WS19 Glacier-Galaxy-S888564177822
WS19 Glacier-Galaxy-M888564177372
WS19 Glacier-Galaxy-L888564176863
WS19 Glacier-Galaxy-XL888564178348
WS19 Glacier-Wood-S888564177839
WS19 Glacier-Wood-M888564177389
WS19 Glacier-Wood-L888564176870
WS19 Glacier-Wood-XL888564178355
DUNS Number:059122783
6.4 lbs
4320 cu-in)
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 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 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 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 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, A Backpack Done Right!After trying almost every backpack imaginable on the market, I came across a forum suggesting Mystery Ranch. Whenever you research backpacks (or anything really), you'll usually find a blend of positive and negative reviews and try your best to choose a product that tips the most on the "positive" side. The odd thing was, I couldn't find anything negative at all on any product by MR. I always had one major frustration in the backpacking market: materials. It is beyond me why anyone would take the risk of using low-durability materials just to save barely half a pound. Not sure about others, but my trips usually don't allow me to gently place my bag on a plush sofa every time I need to get something out. After having torn up several bags over the years, I learned that I probably added more weight to my load from all the duct tape I had to carry than I would have just using a better-built pack. After absolutely abusing an old everyday-carry Cordura pack for the last few decades without a scratch on it, I was dying to find a larger backpacking style pack built from this material, and landed at the Glacier. Between the material, design, and reputation of MR, I pulled the trigger on it...and I am so glad I did. On top of my discontent with the common materials used on other packs, there were always just design flaws that seemed to lack any common sense, and I can confidently say that MR actually uses logic in their design. As a small example, I always hated lid compartments because other manufacturers always design one zipper in the very back for the whole pocket. On most packs, half the gear in the lid falls towards the front, and the other half falls towards the back, which all falls out as soon as you open it. MR designed the lid with both a front and back section with the zipper higher up on both sections so things don't fall out. Also, I've had those little "clip-on" sliding sternum straps break off a couple times on other packs, nice to see MR stick with the webbing so this doesn't happen. I could go on forever, but someone finally figured out these simple little things. The Glacier is very comfortable, but you do have to invest some time into making sure it's properly adjusted or it will dig in the wrong places. Once you adjust it correctly though, it carries 60lbs like nothing with no pressure points or abrasion. I've always made the argument that a great warranty means nothing to me when I'm already several days out with a failed pack (unless they're willing to send out a helicopter to my location with another backpack ready to go within 30 minutes). I watched a MR video with the founder, Dana, and he paraphrased that exact same argument. Much rather have a pack that will never break than a pack that will be repaired once I get home 4 days later after carrying it back home on one strap. Have a few hundred miles on this pack and it looks brand new despite the punishment it's already taken. Kudos to MR for making a pack that is the best of all worlds, thank you for thinking smart.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Backpacking PackGreat pack, used it on a few weekend trips and a few climbing trips. Solid design and felt good on my back and hips once sized right. My only suggestion would be to switch to the other frame to shave a few pounds off of it, it does happen to be a fairly heavy pack for being 4200cuin.
Date published: 2015-08-04
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