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Mystery Ranch Stein 62L Backpack

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    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, 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

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

    Tech Specs

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    Carries well, design flaws

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this pack because a friend had it and liked it. When I tried it for 10 mins in the store, it seemed like it would work. I am carrying in the 35 pound range with it. It is comfortable and carries well. That is a big plus. Mystery Ranch customer service is awesome. But there are some design flaws that have become bothersome enough that I am going to buy a different pack.
    1. Probably the biggest flaw is that that the top flap of the top compartment does not cover the top of the main pack when the pack is full. Also, the main compartment cinch-ability is really lacking. There is no extra material so you can’t cinch it totally closed if the pack is really full, thus the top of the pack is open more than it should be. That, coupled with the fact that the top flap doesn’t cover the top of the pack is a huge detriment. It lets rain, hail, pine needles etc in. It also looks clunky and not at all streamlined.
    2. The next fairly bad flaw is that the various pouches are not really pouches. What I mean by that they don’t have much extra material so if you put something in them, it takes away space in the main compartment. So, I can fit water bottles in the bottom two holders on the outside, but not if the pack is full. The “stretchy” material is too tight and not really very stretchy. So forget putting Nalgene bottles in there if my sleeping bag is in the bottom. I could not even fit my Crocs in there with the pack filled up. And there are two zippered compartments on the back of the pack, which you’d think would be really useful but again, they are not really pouches. If you try to put something in them, it takes away volume from the inside of the pack. If the pack is already very full, you can’t fit anything with any bulk in those two zippered compartments (like a water bottle or a fuel bottle).
    3. The top two-hump Bactrian camel-like pouch has a lot of room but it looks kind of stupid and is very bulky (sorry guys). It is hard to get items in the section that is against your neck/head such that it doesn’t touch your head, although putting stuff in the back section is fine. I think a single large top compartment would have been better.
    4. Finally there is no way to hang anything from the belt because there is not one loop or attachment point on the waist belt, nor is there a waist belt pouch. I have a separate pouch I like to hang off my belt with stuff I need right away (an energy bar, some medications, toilet paper etc). On this pack I have to hang it from the webbing that is part of the belt system. What that means is that I always struggle to get the belt buckle back to where I can close and cinch it.

    Thanks for the details about your critical points. I would have thought Dana would know better, but maybe some newbie designers that have never packed are responsible. Sounds like a less for more; money that is.

    Bummer

    • 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.

    Bummer

    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.

      Versatile/Organized/Light

      • 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 brhall@backcountry.com I can help you with a free return label if you'd like to try it out! Just hit me up directly!