The TERRAPLANE is MYSTERY RANCH's most time-tested, expedition pack with a top-loading design, long "torpedo" pockets, and a detachable lid for ultimate organization, versatility, and load control.
Our iconic pack for your boldest, backpacking adventures.
The TERRAPLANE is our most revered, time-tested expedition pack. While its legacy lines are easily identifiable, it incorporates our latest material suite, new Astral Frame, five-point lumbar belt system, and fit and sizing. The core features and top-loading design stay true to the original, yet you’ll find significant advancements in construction and fit. The TERRAPLANE represents both our heritage as well as our latest Load Carriage™ vision.
- The Astral Frame is a robust frame that supports large loads. The mainframe is comprised of four vertical composite stays and 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by ontheedgeandscaredtodeath from Timeless packsIn the fall of 1992, after wrapping up my first season on a hotshot crew, I used a chunk of my hard earned money to buy a Terraplane. For years it went with me on climbing expeditions to Pakistan, Patagonia, Ecuador and all over the western U.S. in between fire seasons. I'm now a middle aged attorney, and used that same pack last weekend (in July of 2016) on a climbing trip deep in the San Juans. I was thinking it is perhaps time for a replacement (though honestly I'm not sure it actually needs to be replaced and will probably be given to one of my kids) and was wondering what happened to the original Terraplane- so happy to see it is again available!
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by pj_jumper from Quite possibly the best pack ever made.Like many others, I bought my Terraplane in the 90s for my summer work as an instructor. This pack has taken everything I've thrown at it and more. Mystery Ranch has been my company of choice through out my career. I have jumped, swam, ran and climbed with their bags. Deserts, mountains, jungles, all of it. Well over 20 years of backpacking, mountaineering, and deployments. My original Terraplane is with my son now, and still trucking. It may not look special, but it will outlast and out carry any other pack in the field. I can not recommend this pack enough if you spend time with a load on your back. This is the best piece of gear you can buy for 400 dollars.
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Johnnysteg from Terraplane still goingI purchased my Terraplane in 1996 in Calgary and have used it extensively over the last 19 years. It has been treated hard in places like the Yukon, Canadian Rockies, Montana, and Washington State on back country hiking and ski trips. Took it to Europe, India and even on operations in Afghanistan ( used a camo cover) and several trips to South America. It still fits like a glove and is the most comfortable pack ever. Although it is a bit heavy these babies are bomber and will last a lifetime if taken care of! Thank you Dana Gleason for making my last 19 years of humping a massive ruck so much more enjoyable.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by Montanan from A couple decades laterI bought my Terraplane X in 1997. 22 years and thousands of pack miles later, I'm finally ready to replace it with a new Terraplane. I'm so glad this pack is still in production. It's been amazing. From easy summer trips to fully-loaded winter excursions, it's held my gear easily. I'll miss it. The fabric has started to wear through at the corners and the zipper on the top compartment gave out a couple years ago (I sewed some velcro on to hold it closed). Lots of fond memories and can't wait to see how the new one does. And -- I'm glad the weight has come down on it! If only just a little bit.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by TomG from Love it. So did a mouse.I have a Terraplane I bought back in the late 90's. It's a blue-purple color. I love it, it fits like a glove. My only real complaint would be that it's a heavy bag. Everyone seems to be going ultralight these days, so I'm thinking about how to get my base weight down to something more reasonable. An 8 pound backpack might not be necessary if you don't carry 50 pounds in the first place - but hey, if you're going to carry that weight, best do it in a Terraplane. Love it. So did the mouse that chewed a hole through it. My poor blurple backpack! Bring that color back! ;-)
Date published: 2019-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew E from Best Expedition Pack Ever. Period.I still have my original 1996 Dana Designs Terraplane OK, handmade in Bozeman, Montana. It fits like a tailored suit and, thanks to the brilliant ArcFlex system, makes a 90lb load feel like 60lb. The 1000D fabric is pretty bomber, too. It's great to see that Mr. Dana Gleason is still working his magic. Yes, the pack is heavy but it's built to last and to withstand the harshest conditions. The heavy duty, nickel plated YKK zippers are still perfect. The original accessories, like the Wet Rib bottle holder/snack/camera pocket, the Beaver Tail, extra side pockets and the hooded pack fly are all still part of my current gear set today. For long, remote mountain trips, nothing beats a Terraplane.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from There's just no comparison.I've been using a Terraplane since 1988 or 89 I think. Last year I replaced that Terraplane with the new Mystery Ranch Terraplane and couldn't be happier. (The previous/first one lasted over two decades and 4 continents. It is still being used in the mountains of Kurdistan by mountain folk to haul food to their village.) With how long a Terraplane lasts, I actually have wondered how Dana's business model works. They are incredibly durable and you bond with the pack. There's no review that can accommodate a pack this iconic and there's just nothing that compares. I've known dozens of hard core off piste hikers, climbers and adventurers who love Tyler Dana/MR pack, they all agree, the Terraplane when you have started using it, becomes your standard. Enjoy your pack, it will carry anything your legs will support.
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hiking Mike from Revisions neededI bought the Terraplane to replace my original Dana Terraplane from 1995. A couple of issues though. The 2 section top pocket is a waste of space and added weight. I never know where I put anything up there in the 2 small pockets and it won't take a map unless it's folded up small. The one pocket top pocket as on the original is more functional. The sleeping bag compartment seems much smaller than the original Terraplane. The buckle system on the sleeping bag compartment is just more weight and will wear more rapidly. Seems good for carrying weight but the 2 mentioned downfalls are a definite minus.
Date published: 2022-11-18