Metcalf is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 119.
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SKU: WS20 Metcalf
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The King of bivy hunting backpacks.

The upgraded METCALF is a versatile workhorse with enough volume for a week in the field but compressible enough for an afternoon stalk. Built onto our Guide Light MT™ Frame, the METCALF has ample heavyweight capacity, and the OVERLOAD® feature keeps bag contents clean when packing out game. With a detachable lid, dual stretch-woven side pockets and full-length side zip access, this pack is a favorite among hunters looking for versatility and all-around utility.

  • The new GUIDE LIGHT MT™ FRAME (Mystery Tech) continues the load carriage tradition of the tried- and-true Guide Light Frame™ and its rigid yet dynamic frame system, but with a few discrete changes. Utilizing custom-developed SJ Autolock buckles throughout, this new hardware collection provides the perfect blend of strength and weight. The 500D Light Plus fabric delivers high tensile and tear resistance, key characteristics for a robust, purpose-driven hunting frame.
  • The five-point waist belt incorporates the highly functional Redirect system and delivers solid weight distribution and eliminates slippage over your hips, regardless of the load.
  • OVERLOAD® feature provides functional expandability via a load sling between the pack and the frame, allowing you to put the bulk of the weight closest to your back for optimal comfort.
  • The patented Futura Yoke easily micro adjusts to the torso length allowing the proper amount of stand-off between the back and frame.
  • Removable lid with zippered pockets
  • Autolock buckles prevent slippage
  • Interior Removable Quick Attach Zoid Bag attachment points (Zoid Bag sold separately)
  • Bottom, front and side compression straps
  • Top-loading shroud
  • Hydration reservoir compatible
  • Quick attach frame cap hardware provides easier OVERLOAD™ feature conversion
  • Side zip for easy access to main bag
  • Bow and rifle carry via compression straps
  • Side water bottle, rifle or tripod pockets
  • 500D LP CORDURA® & 500D CORDURA® (Subalpine)
  • YKK® coated zippers for durability and water protection
  • Autolock SJ buckles on compression straps
NameUPC Code
WS20 Metcalf-Coyote-S888564183045
WS20 Metcalf-Coyote-M888564183151
WS20 Metcalf-Coyote-L888564183052
WS20 Metcalf-Coyote-XL888564183069
WS20 Metcalf-Foliage-S888564183076
WS20 Metcalf-Foliage-M888564183083
WS20 Metcalf-Foliage-L888564183090
WS20 Metcalf-Foliage-XL888564183106
WS20 Metcalf-Optifade-S888564183113
WS20 Metcalf-Optifade-M888564183120
WS20 Metcalf-Optifade-L888564183137
WS20 Metcalf-Optifade-XL888564183144
DUNS Number:059122783
5.7 lbs
4333 cu-in
frame system
Guide Light MT Frame
harnessing style
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent pack, but needs some workLove just about everything. Well worth the purchase...too much to go into detail, but the wait belt needs to be wider. Too narrow. Especially when hauling heavy loads. Second. Very frustrating when the hip pouches move all over when you unbuckle the waist belt. They constantly need adjusted when you unbuckle due to the design of how they are held in place by the webbing and only stay tight when the belt is buckled. Last. No external pockets and the pack is a little heavy. If those deer items were addressed, hands down would be the best pack out there. What MR is doing, especially here in 2018 is very promising and exciting. Thanks.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and dependable, it is the best pack ever built for the back country hunter.I first heard about Mystery Ranch when I was deployed in 2012. I thought, "What better proving ground than some of the most demanding conditions in one the most in inhospitable mountain ranges in the world." When I returned stateside, I put a Metcalf on my wishlist for Christmas. On Christmas morning my wife surprised me with a OD Green version of the pack. I've now had this pack for 5 years and I can attest to its construction. It is bulletproof. I've thrown everything at it from oversized loads to demanding environments to small day packing. It does it all and asks for more.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fits well, wears on the hips, bad stitchingI bought this about a month ago and was able to use it packing out a couple of mule deer. The fit was good, but for some reason it really hurt my hips where the ball of the femur meets the pelvis. I was able to get the deer packed out; over 4 miles. When I unloaded the pack I noticed that there was a seam on the cinch portion of the top of the pack that had come un-stitched. I was able to go through the Mystery Ranch Warranty procedure and get the pack in to get it repaired. I guess I would just say that I am used to a higher quality pack from Mystery Ranch, without the small oversight like stitching coming undone. I had higher expectations I guess.
Date published: 2019-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack-Just make sure it's adjusted right!This is a great pack! Used it for 6 days in the Big Horns. Easily converts from stow it all bag to a slimmed down day pack. Very comfortable with loads. One thing though-make sure you have everything adjusted right. I was able to talk with customer service a few times to get squared away on adjusting the pack. Once the pack was adjusted right, it is very comfortable and can handle good sized loads. Buy with confidence, this is a great pack!
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great packI just recently returned from this years Elk hunt. This was the first time using the MR METCALF. I have many other packs and have become accustom to having lots of organization in a pack. The down side to the pack was needing to get pouches to organize stuff inside the pack, the up side was I got to pick how I organized the stuff with those pouches. Another big plus is I could ride a horse with the pack on just fine with no interference with the horse or saddle. I would purchase another pack again.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Serious pack for serious huntersWhen you want to get serious about back country hunting and are tired of poor performing, low quality packs, buck up and invest in a mystery ranch pack. It will most likely be the last pack you will ever buy and you will thank yourself every time you throw it over your shoulders. I bought this pack about 6 months ago after saving up for several months but didn’t get much of a chance to use it until my early season cow hunt. I ended up dropping a good size cow 2.5 miles out and 1400 feet above the road. Thanks to this pack I was able to get that 150 lbs of meat out in three trips by myself. I’m not in great shape by any means but two of those three loads were heavy enough that I could hardly get up off the ground once loaded. This had me pack concerned about my back and shoulders but I honestly did not have one bit of pain in either during the day and a half it took me to pack that cow out. You can keep your ultralight pack, I’m taking the one keeps me smiling the whole pack out.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pack that changed my life for the better.Bent my spine in 2005 while "site seeing" in Iraq, also torn my bicep tendon and ruined my shoulder. I have had to be careful ever since to rebuild my back and should strength. I drew a Bull tag in Montana's version of hell this year and took a chance and bought this pack. On the way in, my pack weighed 73 pounds. On the way out with a quarter in the meat shelf it was even more. I felt amazing and like I could go back for more... which we did of course. This pack is not only bulletproof it can carry anything you can. This has changed the way I hunt. I'm no longer worried how far from roads I am. It had given me the confidence to hunt where the animals are now. If I had a magic wand I would add molle loops on the waist belt. (I'll sew them on myself). I believe that a company should get your gear 85-90% perfect. It's on us and customers to tailor each thing to us as we are all different people and hunt in different ways. I am now going to be a customer for life. Thanks for giving me back my freedom to hunt how I used to guys.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guide Light MetcalfI bought a new Metcalf in February of 2017 after a ton of research and comparison with another top shelf pack (Stone Glacier Solo). When the packs were loaded the slight weight difference was irrrlevant to me, and I went with the Metcalf because I preferred the bag design, the stout construction, the fit, and the comfort under a load, and I have been very happy with my decision. I've used it for shed hunting, spring bear hunts, summer backpack trips, and antelope, mule deer, and elk hunts so far this year. My favorite features of the Metcalf are: 1) Comfort with a heavy load. This is by far the most comfortable pack I've ever worn, especially with a heavy load, whether packing in camp or packing out meat. The frame does an amazing job of stabilizing the load and the pack and load sling compress down super tight. The waist belt cinches down easily and stays in place comfortably. 2) Durability. This pack is just about bullet proof, and this is coming from someone who is extremely hard on gear. The bag material, zippers, and buckles show no signs of wear after some hard use. 3) Bag design. I can fit a week's worth of camp, food, and gear in the pack, yet it compresses down flat for a day pack that I can slip through the dark timber with easily. The side zip is perfect for getting to a spotting scope quickly. After some serious miles with this pack I've grown to like it even more. It's proven to be versatile and very comfortable and strong with a heavy load. As far as I'm concerned this is the perfect pack for backpack elk hunting. The Metcalf is one rock solid pack.
Date published: 2017-10-16
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