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Mystery Ranch Stein 62L Backpack

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    5 Reviews



    You may be something of a traditionalist when it comes to backpacking, but you're definitely not out there in a pair of lederhosen yodeling from mountain tops—well, at least not during the summer months, but everyone knows that anything goes once October rolls around. Designed for the backpacker that appreciates the durability of a more traditional pack, but still wants something lightweight and streamlined for those long-haul treks, the Mystery Ranch Stein 62 Backpack is the ideal pack for the backpacker that needs a pack that will do a little bit of everything.

    The Stein 62 is designed on a similar chassis as Mystery Ranch's time-tested Glacier backpack, but it weighs around a pound less and has about 500 cubic inches less capacity. In order to keep the weight of the pack down, which allows you to pack more food for longer trips (or more beer and whiskey for those quick weekend getaways), Mystery Ranch used carbon fiber stays, instead of the industry-standard aluminum, and employed lighter fabrics and foams to create a pack that isn't just burly, but also lightweight and comfortable to pack whether you're cruising well-maintained trails in a National Park or crossing rugged terrain in a remote Forest Service wilderness area.

    • A burly and lightweight pack designed for week-long treks
    • Mountain Frame suspension system with height-adjustable yoke
    • Carbon fiber aluminum stays and lightweight foams reduce weight
    • Top-loading design with zippered side access
    • Lid converts into a daypack and is hydration compatible
    • Quick-access sleeping bag compartment at base of pack
    • Large double front pockets with lightweight daisy chain webbing
    • Mystery Ranch designs its packs in Bozeman, Montana
    • Item #MYT0002

    Tech Specs

    400D nylon, Teflon coating
    62L (3783cu in)
    Mountain Frame, carbon fiber stays
    Waist Belt
    Hydration Compatible
    Reservoir Included
    top, side
    2 front
    Gear Loops
    Ice Axe Carry
    Sleeping Bag Compartment
    yes, Speedzip
    Detachable Daypack
    yes, top lid converts to daypack
    36.5 x 17 x 14 in
    Claimed Weight
    4 lb 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    This is an awesome pack in almost every way,

    excellent useable volume, not a lot of small pockets.

    Easily adjustable, great fit

    Rugged materials and design, what I expect from Dana Gleason

    For me the one flaw which is why I am sending it back is the pack lid. Unless you have the pack full the lid slides down the front exposing the underlying loading sleeve. Mystery Ranch, please change the lid design, I want this pack.


    Pretty good.

      Overall an excellent pack, construction seems much more durable than most others.

      Only complaints
      1) too few external attachment points
      2) the modular daypack system is a pain to use, so I just strap on an extra daypack
      3) almost as comfortable as (but far more durable than) the Osprey Atmos AG

      Good Pack for Certain Trips

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I used this backpack out for the first time in mid-May while on a three-day ski trip to Snowking Mountain in the North Cascades. I was very surprised at how much it actually holds, internally and externally. We brought skis and carried them and our boots on a climbing trail for about 3 miles and 2,000 vertical feet. No issues here.

      I am not a fan of a bunch of external compartments and internal dividers. I generally don't buy backpacks like this. That being said, it worked well with this pack. I especially like the design of the pack lid. Separated into two compartments (which seemed weird at first), the bladder compartment fit my 2 liter camel back and the other compartment served well for map, sunscreen, headlamp, snacks etc. The bottom sleeping bag compartment was also nice. No need for a stuff sack as it fit perfectly down there. Side zip to the main compartment was also super helpful.

      The lid detaches and the shoulder straps of the main pack come off to make an awesome and comfortable day pack. Unlike the larger pack however, it does not have any external straps or ice axe loops. This is a major shortcoming for the system. I did not use it for the summit push as it was unable to accommodate some necessary equipment. I instead had to use the larger backpack itself, which synches down to a fairly decent size. My crew and I were camping in a floor-less, Black Diamond Mega Light 4-Person Shelter in the snow. Leaving gear behind in this lightweight and only semi-protected system was not ideal as I emptied the backpack for the summit day.

      The 400D nylon with teflon coating was un-phased by the North Cascades brush on the approach and snow and ice on the mountain. Should note that the material is tough as hell but not waterproof. I left it sitting upright on the snow as we assembled camp for maybe an hour. My sleeping bag was in the bottom compartment and was actually a bit wet when I pulled it out. Not a big deal for this trip, but on something extended may prove to be a problem. If I went out again and expected rain in the forecast or to camp in the snow I'd line it with a garbage bag.

      Overall a comfortable, light, tough, well-designed backpack for the right trip. I look forward to taking it later in the summer for some flat backpacking trips. Despite the surprising comfort and ability to carry skis, shovel, probe and an ice axe, I won't be climbing more mountains with it as it is not as waterproof as I want nor is the daypack compatible for ice axe, picket or other technical gear (the daypack is awesome though, and would be great for non-technical trips).

      It takes a lot for me to rate a backpack at 5 or even 4 stars. I expect my rating to change later in the summer as I use the pack for a different type of trip.

      Good Pack for Certain Trips

      Well built multi day pack

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I recently took my Stein 62 on a 3 day trip to the Olympic peninsula in Washington State. I was very happy with the fit and suspension. I have narrow hips and struggle finding a pack that will fit well. The Stein's hip belt is designed perfectly to grab on at the hips and not slide down. I'm a notorious over packet and was carrying 45lbs. over about 20 miles and it was comfortable the whole time.

      I was a little unsure about the lack of hydration bladder compatibility in the main pack. To counter that I bought the wet rib and an additional bottle holder for the hip belt. The wet rib is amazing and I will never go back to a bladder. Being able to move some of the weight to your chest is a game changer.

      The only issue I had with the pack was that the drawstring closer was a little difficult to close all the way, but I expect that will improve with use.

      I am blown away by the build and design quality that comes out of Mystery Ranch. This is my new go to pack and I try to convert anybody who will listen.


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This backpack has been a treat so far. The features on the Stein 62 are seemingly endless.

      This pack designed for weeklong (or more) treks features a carbon stay to cut down on the burliness of the pack and regulate weight. The lid features two pockets that can also convert into a daypack. The transition isn’t the easiest but the daypack is one of the more comfortable I’ve used and is top notch for day hikes or venturing away from the campsite.

      The storage and organization of the Stein 62 continues to impress. The front bottom of the pack has a sleeping bag compartment that is easily accessible. The cinch strap makes this pocket even better because it compresses the sleeping bag to a pretty ridiculously small size. The top two pockets fit cookware and a hammock (in its sack) comfortably, although the added weight to the top was more than a little noticeable while hiking.

      Although I have only used this pack on one trek the design seems primed for the long run. The pack uses 400-denier fabric, which is pretty much “branch armor.” Tree branches, in case nobody followed that. I also treat my packs like I treated my first jeep (not good) so any tear resistance is a HUGE plus for a backpacker like myself.

      The food storage was ideal; I’m not one who likes to skimp on what I’m going to eat while out in the wilderness. You also have an option to throw in a few extra pieces of gear, especially with the compression you get from the cinch strap and sleeping bag.

      Not much negative I can say about this pack. I will say the amount of buckles and straps get confusing because this pack is beyond busy, bordering on crowded. Other than that, I plan on this being my go to pack for long journey for a long time to come.

      (Pictures got deleted on my phone, will add one soon)

      How's the back ventilation on this pack?

      Hey there Kristine!

      Mystery Ranch is an awesome brand. They have some of the most heavy duty well performing packs on the market! They do weigh a little bit more since they are made to be used and abused! While the pack's suspension and support is comfortable I wouldn't rate it super high for its breathability! While this pack is amazing I might not take it on a very hot trip with me while I'm trying to save weight : )

      You can call me at 801.204.4660 or email me at I can help you with a free return label if you'd like to try it out! Just hit me up directly!