Mystery Ranch Forager Hip Pack
A well made, nice sized pack for everyday and shorter outings.
- well made
- reasonably priced
- can't bring the kitchen sink :)
Now that I'm retired I find myself hiking the myriad of single-track trails we have close by daily.
I was carrying a 20 oz handle water bottle and nothing else. I'm pretty dialed in to the weather and what to wear, but would sometimes find I wished I had brought gloves or a beanie or a windshirt or a little more water or a snack, etc.
I've got a few day packs that would certainly work, but was looking for something smaller. Enter the Mystery Ranch Forager.
A small (2 liter) lumbar pack. Constructed of sturdy (but light) 300d Robic. The small lumbar pack weighs in at a svelte 6.3 oz. It has a comfortable padded rear that goes against the small of your back. Typical Mystery Ranch construction—very nice and sturdy.
A small flat pocket (secured with a snap) next to the padded section. A main compartment along with a small mesh zipped interior pocket.
When I received the pack my first thought was it's light and it's small, but is it too small?
I put together some bits I wanted to take—small first aid kit, small headlamp, and some other just-in-case pieces.
These bit fits perfectly in the small interior mesh pocket.
Have to have tp and some wipes; these fit nicely in the small flat snapped pocket.
So far so good, but I wanted to carry a windshirt, gloves and a beanie too.
These fit w/o any problem in the main compartment, but I also wanted the ability to carry a little extra water for longer hikes (or hot weather hikes). I played around with numerous containers and limited it to just two that would work. A 16-oz soft water bottle and a small 12-oz thermos if a hot beverage was called for.
Voila—everything fit without too much trouble. Pack is not overstuffed, but it's at its practical limit.
Fine in theory, but how is it working? With a 100-ish miles on the trails I can say—great. The pack, if I'm carrying the extra water or thermos, is about 2 lbs total—less if the liquids are left out.
It carries so well with that weight, that I forget it's on. Already it's saved me some misery. Twice a couple of fast moving storms moved in on me and I was able to add the windshirt/glove/beanie. On a longer and warmer hike I drained my 20-oz handheld with a couple of miles to go and was able to take advantage of the 16-oz soft bottle.
In summary, a nice light/small lumbar pack that carries the necessities, but nothing extra.
A couple of dozen hikes ranging from 4-12 miles (100-ish miles overall)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
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155 cu in
5 x 10 x 4.5 in