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Old 05-30-2018, 06:46 AM   #1
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Mystery Ranch backpacks....

Wanted to get a Bozeman made Terraplane as my last backpack when I could afford one. Now I learned that they are AGAIN being made in Asia. Mystery Ranch seems to SWEAR the quality will remain. Even if there is a dropoff in quality from American made to Asian made do you think I'd still be better off getting a Mystery Ranch over and Osprey or Gregory? Arc Teryx? (particularly for carrying heavy loads more comfortably, and for durability)

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Old 05-30-2018, 04:22 PM   #2
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I just picked up an imported Glacier, and compared to my issued Terraplane, it's only slightly different. The belt pad attachment is different, and the new style sternum straps and yoke feel slightly lower quality. I wish I'd ordered the civilian Terraplane instead of the smaller pack.

I would choose MR over Osprey, Gregory or Arcteryx any day of the week, solely because the MR yoke is superior. But I would go with Hill People Gear over Mystery Ranch, if they made a big pack with he exterior pocket options that I like.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:02 PM   #3
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I recently went form a forty plus year old Berghaus to a Snugpak . The main reason was that the waist strap on the old one didnít go around my waist anymore, I think that the belt must have shrunk . Have to say the new Bergan is a nice bit of kit.
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:18 PM   #4
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I would choose MR over Osprey, Gregory or Arcteryx any day of the week, solely because the MR yoke is superior.
Even the now made in Phillipines ones?
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:38 PM   #5
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Even the now made in Phillipines ones?
I haven't put in the miles under my foreign born MR pack yet, but it's a much better build than the Osprey and Gregory packs I've used.

I hate the Arcteryx harness and belt, but the gear is equally solid.


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Old 06-23-2018, 11:59 PM   #6
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I still have my Dana Terraplane Pumpkin Orange. 20 years old but It is like new. It was my winter bag. I have not used it now in a decade, other than to take it on an occasional AT weekend Trek. It still rides awesomely, better than any of my other 5 packs, including my beloved LA Contour 4, but I take my Osprey Atmos more frequently due to size (Terraplane is just too big...)
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:08 PM   #7
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I have the Dana Design k2 long bed an the short bed. I have used the short bed for the last twenty years at least three or more trips a year. The long bed I used once or twice, Imo they don't make them that good any more.
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:51 AM   #8
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I have the Dana Design k2 long bed an the short bed. I have used the short bed for the last twenty years at least three or more trips a year. The long bed I used once or twice, Imo they don't make them that good any more.
They do, but they're just a lot more expensive now. Kifaru, stone glacier, exo mountain gear, seek outside, mystery ranch all make durable, comfortable packs capable of hauling heavy loads. Most, if not all, are sewn in the US with close to lifetime guarantees. They're just going to set you back $500-$800.
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Old 06-28-2018, 01:04 PM   #9
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I'd suggest taking a look at Seek Outside backpacks. They're lighter than Mystery Ranch and many people prefer the comfort to Kirafu, EXO, MR, and others. It's made in Colorado.

I have the Revolution Fortress 6,300 and it is the most comfortable backpack I've ever had and that includes ZPacks and McHale.

https://seekoutside.com/lightweight-backpacks/

There's a lot of information about the SO packs at Rokslide.com.
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