Stein 65

Stein 65 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 19.
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SKU: WS19 Stein 65

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A full-size Expedition Series pack for lightweight zealots.

The STEIN 65 is the latest version of the award-winning Stein 62 pack we introduced in 2017. This version truly focuses on maximizing weight efficiency as a full-feature, durable load-hauler in a sub five pound pack. Developed with lighter-weight fabrics and trims, a simplified exterior pocket configuration, and a paired-down compression system, the STEIN 65 is ready for bold, backpacking adventures. Featuring carbon frame stays and lightweight foams, the signature load-bearing prowess of MYSTERY RANCH is now rendered in this bantamweight workhorse.

  • The Mountain Frame is a robust frame that supports large loads. The mainframe is comprised of two vertical composite stays backed with a full-length frame sheet. 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.
  • Convertible Daypack Lid feature
  • Side compression straps
  • Two, exterior pockets
  • Zippered lid compartment
  • Speedzip™ compartment for easy access to sleeping bag
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Hydration reservoir compatible lid and main pack bag
  • Full length, urethane side access zipper for full access to main bag
  • Daisy chain webbing on face of packsack
  • Two ice axe loops for carrying tools
  • 210D & 330D Robic fabric
  • YKK® zippers
NameUPC Code
WS19 Stein 65-Black-S888564177907
WS19 Stein 65-Black-M888564177464
WS19 Stein 65-Black-L888564176955
WS19 Stein 65-Black-XL888564178423
WS19 Stein 65-Galaxy-S888564177914
WS19 Stein 65-Galaxy-M888564177471
WS19 Stein 65-Galaxy-L888564176962
WS19 Stein 65-Galaxy-XL888564178430
WS19 Stein 65-Ivy-S888564178089
WS19 Stein 65-Ivy-M888564177648
WS19 Stein 65-Ivy-L888564177112
WS19 Stein 65-Ivy-XL888564178546
DUNS Number:059122783
4.9 lb
3965 cu-ins
Harnessing Style
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stein 65 - my new favorite packI’ve been backpacking for 34 years including 10+ years as a Wilderness Ranger and NOLS Leave No Trace Instructor. Big, heavy packs used to be the name of the game and Dana Designs were kings of load carrying. I had a bomb pack, Glacier, Terraplane, and an Astralplane. I also carried Madden, McHale, Osprey, and Mountain Tools. All good, but the Dana’s were the best imo.Multiple knee surgeries, hamstring reattachment, and aging have had me lightening my load and after going through a string of lightweight packs (Golite, MLD, Zpacks, etc.). All of these were inadequate, immature designs IMO and after reintroducing myself to Dana through Mystery Ranch YouTube videos I realized I needed to return to a pack that was designed by someone with real experience and what a revelation the Stein 65 is. The tried & true familiarity along with the modern innovations is exactly what I have been looking for. My base weight is around 18lbs now and I try never to exceed 30 lbs total but with this pack my load has never felt lighter and is rock solid stable.Thanks Dana and crew - great work.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stein 65 is a nice packA couple of years ago I bought the Stein 62 and used it many times in the High Sierra and loved it. I now have the Stein 65 and also love it. With snow, rain and a bear can and 2 man tent my base load is 19-20 lb including the 4.7 lb Stein 65 pack. Yes, I measured 4.7 lb for the 65. I got the 65 because there were a few things on the 62 that bugged me. Now they are all fixed. With the 65 I can now use the lower external side pockets when a sleeping bag is crammed into the lower compartment. It is a Marmot 15 degree bag that incidentally didn't fit well in the 62 (I needed to free up the divider which was not adjustable on the 62 to fit it in.) Also, I like my tent on the outside but it is difficult to strap a tent (Zpack Duplex) to the outside of the 62. The 65 has straps on the bottom that are perfect for this task. They beefed up some of the zippers and added a place for keys and stuff you just don't want to loose. Also added is place for internal water bag (which I don't use). The connection from the hip belt to the frame is still stiff but a little less so as they have removed some structure. Really can't tell when it is on especially since the older structure could likely carry a moose but alas, it is only a 65L pack so no worries by me. The lid compartment fits better on top and the shroud on the main compartment works better. I have had many packs and the 65 will be my new favorite. I have much lighter packs but there is nothing like a waste band that can transfer nearly all the weight to you hips without sagging, so, I like the comfort of this pack and that is why I use it.
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality buildBought two of these for my boys for a summer trip to Philmont. They are comfortable and functional. Mystery Ranch has high quality standards. Only one surprise, as a 65L, the speed zip sleeping bag compartment is too small for a winter sleeping bag to fit through the zipper (unless you stuff it without the bag's stuff sack). We had to detach the divider and push the sleeping bag in from the top. This was a bit disappointing, however, the functionality of the Stein and its features make up for this minor "hiccup."
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great - only if full to capacityFormer Army SOF, mystery ranch has a great reputation in the military community.Bought this pack to hike the Colorado Trail, completed in 2018. Pro: great load bearing support, tough material, really meant to be used for heavy loads over long distance.Con: If it’s not full to capacity the top lid looks goofy and doesn’t cover the top - this pack has got to be totally full to function without looking sloppy. As I whittled down weight over my hike I realized that 62l was just too much for me. The top lid won’t cover the pack opening if you cinch everything down. Very durable pack that I’d take with mission equipment, fire gear, climbing tools, etc. Next time I hike for fun I’ll take a smaller Mystery Ranch pack as this one doesn’t feel great if it’s not doing it’s job hauling heavy loads.
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable & FunctionalAfter using the Stein 65 for the first time on a 5 day backpacking trip I am very satisfied with the purchase. I'm a big fan of Mystery Ranch as a business and am happy to finally own a pack. I've never been so comfortable carrying a large pack, the features are very well thought out and well built. The adjust ability is superb, at 5'6" the pack fit me well, although if I was much shorter I could see it having some issues.- The sleeping back storage is easy to access and provides additional support.- The lid has plenty of room for easy access items on the hike, and the ability to convert it into a day pack, although I haven't used it yet seems great. - The side access pocket is very nice for accessing and organizing items in the main compartment.- Two exterior pockets are good for additional storage or moving dirty laundry/garbage into as you get further into a trip.- All the zippers are very nice, water resistant & smooth.- Overall build quality is top-notch, you can tell no steps were skipped or shortcuts taken.
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MR Nailed It!!!The Stein packs are the PERFECT balance of weight, comfort, stability and functionality. Like many, I’ve been lugging around Dana Gleason packs since the mid-90s and he continues to innovate and meet the demands of his customers! Anyone who is not an ultra-light elitist should simply purchase and enjoy this pack, hands-down!
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not greatThis is an initial review having received my pack yesterday. I was very excited to receive this pack since it's my first MR pack and I have heard nothing but good things about them.The Good- Top notch build quality, the pack feels very solid and the materials are great- Very comfortable, the hipbelt is just something different, it fits unlike any other hipbelt I've tried, it cradles the hips better and seems to offer a bit longer coverage where I always find other packs to be a bit short (circumference wise). The foam is also unlike any other hipbelt foam I've tried. All in all it appears to carry extremely well. The lumbar pad also does a great job at keeping the pack from sliding down. The shoulder straps also work really well in terms of shape and comfort.- Good organization between the different pockets and the side access is very convenient- Good amount of daisy chain and other straps and attachment pointsThe Bad- The water bottle pockets are very hard/impossible to access when wearing the pack and even if you can pull out your bottle, almost impossible to get back in- I like the idea of split compartments in the lid although you lose some space. That being said, the one that functions as a water bladder compartment is very oddly shaped. It has a good amount of space and could easily hold a 3L bladder but I have yet to find a bladder that can fit in the space- The lack of pockets / molle attachment points on the hipbelt. Would have been great to have some molle or pals webbing on here. I ordered the forager pocket which someone said can be attached and although you can somehow do it, its not ideal- The front 2 pockets are a bit pointless in my opinion. They eat into each other's space and don't fit an awful lot. Would have been much more convenient to have a proper stretchy pocket here where you can stuff in extra layers or wet gear- The hipbelt pulls work in an odd way. When I try to pull the ends to tighten the hipbelt, they don’t budge, instead I need to pull the straps close to the buckles in order to tighten and then feed them through the fabric toward the front. Not a huge issue but it is a bit cumbersome, especially when you have pockets/pouches installed as they can obstruct the part of the straps you need to get to.Although the list of negatives seems long, all in all I do really like this pack. The bad points are all nice to haves whereas the pack does what it's fundamentally built to do, carry loads efficiently and comfortably, very well. If this pack came in an 85L version with better watter bottle access and webbing on the hipbelt, it would be my go to pack.
Date published: 2020-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough BagPros: Quality of construction is super high and immediately apparent. Definitely a lifetime bag, no question here. Very comfortable (once fit; see below). Hip supports are firm and work very well. Zipper pocket all the way down the side is sweet. Endless places to store stuff; feels big for a 65. Lots of cool features here. And honestly, the simple color ways are a big part of the reason I originally ordered this bag...when will more companies realize not everyone wants to look like a bag of skittles on the trail? Cons: The amount of adjustability makes it a bit of a pain to fit...recommend enlisting the help of someone else. I couldn't get a true fit until I'd loaded the bag and took on its first real trip. No side pockets on the hip supports/waist band is a let down. Bottle pockets are almost impossible to reach while you're wearing the bag. And this one's more of a comment, but the hip supports are so firm it actually makes loading and storing the bag kind of a challenge—like having little wings that increase the footprint and make it hard to lay on its back. Overall, I'm always impressed with Mystery Ranch gear, and this is no exception.
Date published: 2019-07-26
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