Time for a bigger challenge.
When you're ready to step things up from weekend forays in the backcountry to week-plus journeys deep in the wilderness, the Mystery Ranch Terraplane Backpack will be waiting. This time-tested expedition pack provides the storage space, support, and comfort you need when lugging a lot of gear across long distances.
The Terraplane offers enough room to carry everything you need when you know you won't see civilization for many days, the top-loading design helps you pack efficiently, and the side-access zipper lets you reach items on the bottom without taking everything else out. Meanwhile, the Mountain frame ensures support and stability so you can carry it comfortably over technical terrain. Cold nighttime temps won't be a problem, since the Speedzip compartment can stash the warmest, bulkiest sleeping bags. And in case you decide to take a quick hike to check out a nearby peak, the lid detaches to create a convenient hip bag for short trips.
- Iconic pack for bold backpacking adventures
- Mountain frame and Load Carriage support heavy loads
- 500D Cordura fabric is tough and abrasion-resistant
- Top-loading design with side zip for easy access
- Speedzip compartment offers easy access to sleeping bag
- Side compression straps lock down load
- Ice axe/trekking pole loops secure bulky tools
- Side water bottle pockets keep hydration within easy reach
- Item #MYT0005
- Q & A
No mystery here...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been using Mystery Ranch bags for years, they have created a lot of great packs for the military and the outdoor-minded folks, from 22L day packs to the big 82L Terraplane that I took out for an eight trip just recently. I needed a larger pack for the trip obviously, and I didn't want to dip into the new realm of 105L packs, so I started researching what Mystery Ranch had to offer. The T100 is a good pack, but it just seemed too large. When MR says "82L" it is much more cavernous than that. It isn't your typical 80+ pack. The two torpedo pockets on the outside are good for (properly stored) crampons, fuel bottles, you name it! The double pocket top lid is great for anything you may need right away. The zippers and stitching were done very well. The real mystery is how this thing didn't explode at the seams when I loaded it with 65 pounds of gear and hauled it up a mountain. And after all of that, it doesn't look worse for wear! The ice axe loops at the bottom are more of a requirement now than a "bonus" and it needs a better retainer for the axe at the top of the pack, but outside of that, it performs so admirably I can't hold that one detail against it. It handled every variation of weight efficiently, transferring weight to my hips with a cinch of the waist belt and when lighter, transferred the load to my shoulders and back more by pulling down on the straps. If you have any issues with the weight, make sure to align the adjustable yoke with your shoulder blades. It was the very first thing I did out of the box. It paid dividends over the week+ of travel, through rain, snow and sometimes dry conditions. If you're a Mystery Ranch fan or someone looking to get the most out of every liter, this is a great place to start.
Lousy QC and poor weight transfer
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
-great pack bag. Love that the lid and torpedo pockets aren’t compressed by the main bag. The side pockets are deep and are not made useless by the compression straps. Sleeping bag design is good. The pack is huge with a big opening, which I like. This bag (82L) feels about the same size as the 105L Osprey I wound up with. It's definitely bigger than either the 85L or 88L Ospreys I tried.
-I could not get the pack to effectively transfer weight to my hips. Kept sliding down as others have mentioned. Waistbelt just did not work.
-bad quality. I was shocked to see numerous stitching errors, loose threads, and misrouted shoulder straps on BOTH packs I tried (ordered a second because I thought the first had to be a ringer). In addition, the hipbelt on the second had an obvious and major deformity in the foam. It is made in the Philippines. My Mystery Ranch stuff made in Vietnam is of great quality.
-lazy design. No hipbelt pockets, no key clip in the lid, not even an ice axe keeper like the Glacier has. Come on guys. It says it’s hydration compatible but there is no sleeve for a bladder. Why is there a Mystery Ranch tag stitched right through the sleeping bag compartment, compromising waterproofness? I actually liked the simple design but you need to add a few things and fix the QC issues.
What is the weight limit of this pack?
Hi Blake. Mystery Ranch doesn't quote that, but it's likely about 70 lbs.