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rated 3 of 5 stars Bomber construction, with decent features, but lacks in carry comfort. I have long been a fan of Mystery Ranch products, and the earlier incarnation of Dana Design when they were still made in the U.S. It's difficult to find a brand more dedicated to amazing quality and innovation in a fairly stagnant industry. The three-zip design makes for easy access to contents within, but takes a bit more effort to open and close than a traditional panel or top loader. Classic 500 D Cordura means durability… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars This pack is unsurpassed for heavy, bulky loads. Why own such a large heavy pack? Here's my reason. I hike in the Sierra where a bear barrel is required in most places. Food is the heaviest item I carry. For trips lasting 2 to 3 weeks I use a Bearikade expedition bear barrel, the largest model. It will fit either horizontally or vertically in the G7000, which also has a side zipper for easier access to the main compartment.  The pack will also accommodate all my other gear such as tent, sleeping… Full review


rated 3 of 5 stars I have a love-hate relationship with this pack. It is really comfortable; the frame system carries 50 lb loads really well. I have had this pack for 4 years and it’s held up really well. The only noticeable damage was when an uncovered ice screw cut the side a bit. When I have the pack stuffed completely full is where it shines. What I don’t like is when the back is less than full, the top removable  compartment slides back off the pack. Which shifts the center of gravity uncomfortably backward. Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Stunningly well made backpack — American made in an age of Chinese imitations, with the most flawless fit, finish, function and design of any backpack on the market.   I've worn packs from Mountainsmith, Dana Design, Gregory, REI, Jansport, and North Face, and nothing compares to this. The harness is lush, overbuilt without being heavy, comfortable and easily and infinitely adjustable.  I can't emphasize the durability enough. Pull on straps as hard as you'd like.  They aren't coming off. The… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars First impressions of a new acquisition are excellent. This is a large daypack, 2300 cubic inches of volume. This pack does not have a lot of divisions or pockets, just a main compartment and a small zippered top pocket. It does have two full-sized water bottle carriers, one on each side, that will easily hold a one liter nalgene bottle. First, the pack is exceptionally well-built and solid. Sturdy fabrics, no loose stitches, webbing and hardware is heavy duty. It has two daisy chains running down… Full review

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Dana Gleason, founder of Dana Design, started Mystery Ranch in 2000.

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Mystery Ranch
1750 Evergreen Drive
Bozeman, MT 59715

phone: (406) 585-1428
fax: (406) 585-1792


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