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Mystery Ranch Sphinx 60L Backpack

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Sphinx 60L Backpack

Whether you're the sort of backpacker that's cramming micro brews in whatever available space is left in your pack or the kind of minimalist that's chopping their toothbrush in half just to save a few extra grams, you're sure to find all the space you need for those two-day glam-backpacking trips and minimalist week-long treks with the Mystery Ranch Sphinx Backpack. Weighing just over five pounds, the Sphinx is by no means an ultralight pack, but it is built to last with some seriously burly materials that will take some use and abuse on the trail. It does sit on the lighter end of Mystery Ranch's line of backpacking packs and implements a more streamlined design than any of its more expedition-oriented packs like the Glacier or Terraplane.

Based out of Bozeman Montana, Mystery Ranch uses the rugged mountain ranges that crisscross the Western half of the state to inform its designs, so it should come as no surprise that the materials used to build the Sphinx—210D Robic honeycomb and 330D Robic nylon—are designed to withstand the wear that comes with off-trail route finding and extended forays into remote wilderness areas. The fit of the pack can be easily customized to match your torso via the height-adjustable shoulder yoke, which consists of a hook-and-loop panel along the top of the back panel. Packing the Sphinx is made easy with its large top-loading design, and unpacking it is even easier thanks to the full-length front zip that grants easy access to the main compartment of the pack. If you are looking to trim weight from the pack for those lightweight trips, both the top lid and waist belt can be removed from the pack for a more minimalist layout.

  • A versatile pack for week-long treks and weekend getaways
  • Supportive Adventure Frame with height-adjustable yoke
  • Futura Yoke adjusts the torso vertically for a precise fit
  • Traditional top-loading design with convenient front zip access
  • Waist belt and top lid can be removed to save weight
  • Built with durable fabrics, molded buckles, and YKK zippers
  • Two large vertical torpedo-style front pockets
  • Adjustable loops for ice axes or trekking poles
  • Mystery Ranch designs its packs in Bozeman, Montana
  • Item #MYT002T

Material
210D, 330D Robic
Volume
60L (3662cu in)
Support/Suspension
Adventure Frame (composit rods, aluminum lumbar stay, HDPE frame sheet), Futura Yoke
Shoulder Straps
padded, adjustable, sternum strap
Waist Belt
removable, adjustable, padded
Hydration Compatible
yes
Reservoir Included
no
Access
top, front
Pockets
2 water bottle, 1 zippered lid, 2 front, 2 waist belt
Ice Axe Carry
yes
Trekking Pole Carry
yes
Detachable Daypack
top lid
Compression
side
Dimensions
32.5 x 13 x 11in
Claimed Weight
4lb 12oz
Recommended Use
backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 5

Just as good as I thought it would be

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
xl
Height
5` 10"
Weight
190 lbs

I had to take a deep breath on this one because I was downsizing from 80 liters. I figured that if I couldn't fit it into a 60 liter pack then I had to reinvent some things. Happy to say that it worked out just fine. What attracted me to this model was the organization most of all. The top has two compartments sized perfectly for personal hygiene (small) and quick access items (large). The waist belt has two generously sized zipper pockets, one of which I used to store navigational stuff. The main compartment has a waterproof zipper down its full length. and there are two external torpedo pockets. Goodbye to burrowing down to the bottom of the pack for anything! Adjustability, both initial and ongoing, is easy. The fit is very comfortable once you have it dialed in. On my shakedown cruise, I tweaked the arrangement of weight in the main compartment each day and by the 4th morning I realized I was barely aware of the pack while it was on me. I don't think I ever achieved that with other packs; part of it might have been their larger capacity and their height due to that. This rig is less top heavy and better for balance while bushwhacking. Turns out I could have ordered a smaller size; it was not obvious back when I bought it that the difference is really just in the waistband. My pants are M and my shirts etc. are XL so I got the XL. Now I have some extra strap dangling but that does not affect fit otherwise. I would recommend this pack to anyone purely for the organization, but the sturdy build and the comfort deserve mention.