Mystery Ranch Glacier
Stunningly well made backpack — American made in…
Price Paid: $425
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 pack bag is extremely well thought out — a reincarnation of the old Dana Design Terraplane/Astralplane design, but modernized with a much improved sleeping bag/bottom compartment, and improved access, materials, and design at every turn.
I'm thrilled to find such a great durable pack at a reasonable weight. After having and witnessing failed packs on thru hikes and long trails, I'll sacrifice a bit of weight for durability any day, but the Glacier is paired back a bit from the bigger and heavier g-series packs so it's pretty reasonable in the weight department.
All this, and at a price that compares to the Chinese made inferior packs that are "top of the line" from all of the other big name makers.
A scaled down version of the Guide Series Frame, the G-Light Frame of the Glacier has a lighter lumbar system that increases flexibility, making this pack ideal for mid-sized loads. A classic top loading design with dual draw cord shroud increases weather resistance and allows for upward expansion.
The Daypack Lid separates top load into two compartments for better organization and load control. A built-in waistbelt converts the lid into a hip sack complete with ports for a hydration reservoir. The SpeedZip sleeping bag compartment can handle the largest bags while remaining easy to close. Plus it can be sucked flat to reduce the size of the pack’s volume for smaller loads.
Vertical Long Pockets are perfect for rain gear, fuel canisters, water bottles, toilet paper and trowel. Ice axe loops and dual compression will help lock on tools and other overloads. This is the perfect pack for weekend trips, or for young adults and women looking for a pack that will carry everything you’ll need on a backcountry trip.
Intended use: Multi-Day Backpacking