An agile daypack for carrying your core gear.
Nothing makes you feel more one with the woods than trekking effortlessly and silently. The SCAPEGOAT 25 is designed for this purpose. With a minimalistic, highly compressible bag, the narrow body-panel framing allows for movement and flexibility. A full, “U” shaped zippered main compartment provides “fillet” style access to your gear. With generous stretch woven pocketing on the front and sides, you have ample storage and quick access to necessities. Designed on a burly yet lightweight frame to carry heavier loads.
- This Internal Frame is an HDPE (high-density polyethylene) sheet that provides rigidity and yet is flexible. The waist belt system with belt wings allows you to cinch the frame/load onto the hips and distributes the weight evenly.
- The patented Futura Yoke easily macro adjusts to the torso length allowing the proper amount of stand-off between the back and frame.
- Horseshoe zipper for main compartment access
- Two detail pockets on lid for small items
- Full side compression to attach extra gear or accessories
- Two stretch-woven side bottle pockets
- Zippered waist belt pockets for small item access on the move
- Stretch-woven pocketing on face and sides
- 500D CORDURA® (solids) / 610 HP CORDURA® (camo)
- YKK® zippers
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The results are in Based on 5 Reviews
Stout everyday carry light overnight pack
This pack can carry 40 pounds comfortable and is bigger than it looks I can fit all my overnight gear in it and then put six smart water bottles in the outside elastic pockets and have three or four days of food if strap my jacket to the outside of the pack I could fit more. The compression straps on the outside of the pack could easily hold a fishing pole or rifle. I could fit my sleeping bag in the bottom of this still have enough room for my gear most of the time I use it as a Daypack. Zippers solid, double layer cordera on the bottom heavy duty hip belt the overall The Pact could be made lighter I feel like it can hold 50 lb the way it's built maybe even 60 which could easily happen if you threw a a few boxes of ammo on top of everything else
I purchased this pack for day trips in the backcountry in order to hold a hydration system, optics, and DSLR camera gear. Although it is advertised as a 25 liter pack, it holds far more than I expected and seems to be closer to a 35 liter. I can fit all of the gear listed above including rain gear and food without overloading. It has a strong frame and a rigid hip belt. The hip belt is very comfortable when supporting a larger load, but a bit combersome when carrying lighter loads that don't require the belt. The pack is extremely durable without being overly heavy. The weatherproof zippers are incredibly smooth and strong, unlike most from other companies. I would certainly purchase this pack again.
A well designed day pack, but not particularly well thought out as a hunting pack. Since the waist belt has pockets on each side and is not detachable or accessible there’s no place to attach binoculars or range finder pockets ... no place to hang a knife, and surely no way to carry a pistol holster.
Struggling a bit with shoulder straps interfering with rifle sling too.
Good quality and well constructed.
Almost, but not quite.
Recently received the pack, and it lives up to everything you'd expect from Mystery Ranch. Great ergonomics, very adjustable and comfortable. I love how slim and tall it is, and how close it sticks to my back. I can comfortably secure the pack close, so it doesn't swing around while I'm doing whatever I need to do. Easily accessible, easily adjustable, and nearly everything I was hoping for. Just a few things to keep it from 5 stars.
Like the other reviewer mentioned, it needs some MOLLE webbing, on the sides at the very least. The elastic pouches on the sides are annoying and rather ineffectual. My nalgene slides out far too easily, whether I am bouncing while biking down a trail fast, or bending over to pick something up. In addition, when the main pack is filled up, the side pockets loose space, putting pressure on anything in the side pocket, which thing (typically my nalgene with gatorade) become even more inclined to slide things out the top. The compression strap doesn't make it worse at all, but it won't keep a smooth object in. Coincidentally, I have an awesome little molle attachment that allows me to secure a Nalgene to webbing, and not have it go anywhere. I just wish I could use it on the side of the pack. So, ditch the side pockets and put on some molle.
The main elastic webbing on the front of the pack is more functional, but is butt ugly. If it could match the Desolve Bare camo pattern of the main material, it would be great looking (like the Scapegoat 35, that is a beautiful pack). As it stands, I'm going to take off all the elastic webbing, and put some more functional webbing on.
All in all, I like the pack a lot, but will be making some changes that come down to personal preference. First, and most importantly, it handles weight very well, is well designed(save above mentioned issues), and has everything you would expect from MR. Secondly, and less importantly, it would look much better without the solid Coyote panel of elastic webbing messing with the colors. I'm keeping the pack, but definitely making some adjustments.
Best All Around Daypack Yet - not just for hunting
I have been fortunate to live in the high country West adjacent to wilderness for several decades and to hike several days a week every week of the year. I always carry a daypack or lumbar pack and have heavily used quite a number of packs from all major manufacturers over the years. More recently I have relied on trusted online reviews in picking packs. Even then, up until now, with my new Mystery Ranch Scapegoat 25, I had not yet found a smaller to mid-sized daypack that met all of my demanding criteria.
I tried a number of "hunting" daypacks and tactical packs, but found that almost all of them lacked the ergonomics, adjustability, and comfort required for use on frequent long distance mountain hikes, hunts or fishing expeditions. Popular highly rated hiking daypacks put forth by the biggest brand names were sometimes comfortable with lighter loads, but were poorly designed for serious use. For example, when hiking with groups, frequent stops would be needed so that fellow hikers could unfasten and remove their svelte looking packs, root through them, and eventually pull out camera, sunscreen, snack, bottle, or whatever they needed before putting it back and getting the pack back on. In pursuit of sleek style, the packs lacked good access to essential gear that should have been accessible underway and without removing the pack. When a heavier load was needed, such as more water on an extended high desert hike, the flimsy hip belts and shoulder suspensions were inadequate.
For day-and-a-half trips and day trips where a lot of gear is needed, a few years ago I settled on a Tri-Zip with Mystery Ranch's legendary adjustable shoulder and hip suspension, and found it to be the most comfortable system I had ever tried. There is not enough accessible on-the-go storage, but I solved that nicely by attaching pouches to the abundant Molle webbing. The only downside has been that the Tri-Zip pack was larger, wider and heavier than is needed for the bulk of my dayhiking.
I purchased and used heavily a Mystery Ranch Spartan daypack based on my excellent experience with the Tri-Zip. A good pack and useful, the Spartan had only a light webbing hip-strap and not a full hip suspension as I favor on even smaller daypacks, especially when extras such as more water need to be carried. But the Molle on the Spartan allowed attachment of pouches accessed easily on the go without removing the pack.
Though I had plenty of packs that did not quite meet my requirements, I was quick to purchase the oddly named Mystery Ranch Scapegoat 25 when I became aware of its features. Hiking with the new Scapegoat pack on mountain trails confirms my choice so far. While the size of the pack is modest, the storage areas are well designed and hold a lot for the size. The shoulder and hip belt suspension are full-out Mystery Ranch and capable of comfortably carrying much heavier loads than the pack size would suggest. This is excellent, when carrying extra water in the desert, for example, which is very heavy without being bulky.
The hip belt includes zip pockets on both sides that can be accessed on the go without shedding the pack, and there are large well designed stretch side pockets on the pack that can also be thus accessed. I cannot for the life of me understand why more daypacks aren't set up to allow gear access on the go. I would have liked to see some Molle webbing on the Scapegoat for even more pouches, but pouches can be attached to the compression straps on both sides of the pack if essential.
The zippers and fabric of the Scapegoat are well suited to shedding water and I had no leakage in a moderate rain on my mountain test hike with it. There are a several useful partitions in the main compartment, but none that interfere with the ability to store larger or longer gear such as a packable fly rod. The pack worked well with several of my longer, taller hydration reservoirs that I tried in it and the drinking tube is conveniently held by releasable elastic retainers on the shoulder strap, the best of any I have seen yet.
Comfort while hiking was everything I had come to expect with the larger Tri-Zip, but in a smaller package suited to the majority of my explorations while still including the best "big pack" features, accessibility, and impressive load carrying capabilities.