Like its namesake – the Bob Marshall Wilderness – this expedition pack is expansive, accessible and full of surprises. Sitting on the sturdy, new Guide Light MT™ Frame, you can load it from the top via the shroud access, get to all your gear from the side through the full-length, dual side zips and store a sleeping bag in the bottom Speedzip™. After a long stalk and a clean shot, the OVERLOAD® feature allows you to push the weight limits of what’s humanly possible on a packout. Expedition hunts feel like second nature when you carry the MARSHALL.
The new GUIDE LIGHT MT™ FRAME (Mystery Tech) continues the load carriage tradition of the tried- and-true Guide Light Frame™ and its rigid yet dynamic frame system, but with a few discrete changes. Utilizing custom-developed SJ Autolock buckles throughout, this new hardware collection provides the perfect blend of strength and weight. The 500D Light Plus fabric delivers high tensile and tear resistance, key characteristics for a robust, purpose-driven hunting frame.
The five-point waist belt incorporates the highly functional Redirect system and delivers solid weight distribution and eliminates slippage over your hips, regardless of the load.
OVERLOAD® feature provides functional expandability via a load sling between the pack and the frame, allowing you to put the bulk of the weight closest to your back for optimal comfort.
Removable Daypack Lid with shoulder straps
Top-loading shroud for easy/secure packing
Hydration reservoir compatible
Two external long pockets for rapid access and sized for spotting scopes
Daisy chain for attaching accessories
Speedzip™ compartment for easy access to sleeping bag
Bottom and side compression straps
Side zip for easy access to main bag
Quick attach frame cap hardware provides easier OVERLOAD™ feature conversion
Removable Quick Attach Zoid Bag included (attaches on inside of side zips)
Waited over 6 months for the Marshall and it was worth the wait. I don't like digging through my pack to get items. The 2 torpedo pouches on the outside hold all rain gear and shelters. The top removable bag hold thing that I got to throughout the day. I use as a day and multiple day trip pack. As a day pack it collapses down nicely. Worth every dollar. Tell your friend's the Marshall is back in town.
Pros: good materials/durable, varied storage, large tube pouches. pack lid is nice having two pouches bottom access is well designed and should last. straight zipper = less wear. strong zippers. side access is sometimes handy. "usually not but sometimes".
Cons: Overload feature is useless, the pack may hold 150lbs or more but the overload forces weight too far back. good luck with that! 5 point belt / hip load carrier is flawed. causes a severe anterior "forward" tilt of the hips which can lead to a slough of back, hip, and knee issues. I alleviated the issue by unclipping the buckles and straps holding the shaped spacers which force that tilt. i tied the spacers to lie flat and if this works well over time I will cut them off completely..... much more natural and neutral hip position now. still holds weight well enough with little slip. Harness attached poorly to frame especially for a 5'6" person. causing excessive pull backwards. the frame is designed for 5'10" I think and without further design for changes of harness position and how the load tightening straps will change angle. I fixed by tieing the shoulder straps tightly to the frame after setting height of back panel. took 2 full days of screwing with and doing hikes with weight to get it right. Minor gripe. the top pouch is useless as a day pack. too small and weird shape. those extra straps and buckles are a waste of weight as it will never be used. functions fine on the pack however. when day lid is removed the long cinch straps that connect to it have nowhere to go and snag on brush even when tied/rolled. also there could be a top flap "also a place for buckles for those pesky straps" to shed minor precipitation without the lid for day hikes or light loads. Minor possible issue. the locking buckles could break with use in very cold weather. ie. Alaska cold. I will carry spares..they are also a pain to use as it takes two hands to adjust them. they are secure though for whatever that is worth. Carries about 50 percent of my body weight fairly well. this is a con only in that I have used other packs that carry well at 60-80 percent. take that as you will as it is an opinion based of my body type. 5'6" and lean 125lb.
I waited to write a review for a few months now to make sure I wasn’t just trying to justify to expense of this purchase... but let me tell you, I am genuinely satisfied with this pack.
I got this pack anticipating western game hunts; however, because of the design of the compression straps it compresses down nicely for quick trips, thru-hikes, or other non-expedition style trips. To date, I’ve put around 75 miles on it in two months. I use it to ruck every few days. The comfort of this pack is unlike any other I’ve experienced. I’ve experienced the yoke system on the Hotshot packs our state crew uses, which sold me on MR Packs.
For comparison, I ruck with 60-80 pounds regularly, and the pack before this one was a Vietnam era Medium size Alice Pack. After the second mile you could feel every ounce of that weight. With the Marshall, it feels almost like half the weight. Its distributed so well I can ruck twice as far and harder because I’m not in discomfort, my shoulders dont feel assautled, and it conforms to your body well. The flexible frame is awesome when I take my Dane on the trail with me. She has to be leashed and her tension on the leash changes my posture. With the Marshall, its not as big of a deal, she tires out and quits pulling before I become uncomfortable unlike my old pack.
Lastly, I purchased the MR large Hooded Fly since we’ve had so much wet weather. Holy cow, that combination is a game changer. Nothing but quality from MR. I’ll be purchasing more packs for my Fiancé and my step daughter.
Not much more needed to be said other than, WOW! That is what this product does. Every time you think it is done amazing you, wow another nook or cranny shows up to impress. Waited a long time to buy, wish I had not! So many sore backs, begging pack trips to end. Now, you feel the weight but it all sits just right so more comfortable than imagination can comprehend. Awesome pack! Will be buying another for my wife! Thank you for delivering what you said it would!!
My son hasn't had the opportunity to use it much, however this pack is made very well. It it is extremely comfortable, and he can't wait to use it for deer and elk hunting season and pack out an animal. Keep up the great work!
I thought this pack would be way too big, but it works great for small and large loads. When the bag isn't fully loaded it compresses down well and doesn't slosh around, and when you need to expand it and cram tons of food and gear it will hold it all.
I am an avid backcountry hunter and angler, this pack will do it all. I can pack a seek outside with stove 7 days of food, and all my gear and clothes. It carries really comfortably even with a elk quarter on your back.
Once again, mystery ranch meets and exceeds expectations! It’s a great back country back for those archery elk hunts. Great and comfortable fit, true to size, very impressed but not surprised with the quality.
Really well designed. Worth taking the time to adjust each strap. Have not tested it under all conditions (max load size/weight, weather/waterproofness but satisfied so far. Positive it will measure up for the long haul.
Picked this pack up two weeks before doing a blacktail deer hunt in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Used it mostly as a day pack, as we didn't have much success. But when the day finally came, this pack was up to the task. Carried all 4 quarters with ease. Load was secure and stable allowing me to hike back to camp without the need for trekking poles and descend a steep hillside with both hands available to grab and pull as needed.
I’ve been using this pack for two back country elk seasons and I wouldn’t change a thing. It compresses to a perfect day hunt size and expands to carry all my back country gear and then some. The volume capacity helps me way overpack. It’s only limitation is what I can physically carry.
All around awesome pack, durable and built to last. I lived out of this pack for ten days on a Dall Sheep hunt in Alaska. Handled heavy weight no problem, nice watercoating on the outside that kept my gear dry. I really like the front pouches for my spotting scope and tripod, makes it super convenient to have a spotting scope readily accessible. The side zippers are really nice, makes it super easy to find things in your pack. The bottom zipper is optimal and nice to easy access my sleeping bag and pad. Very comfortable pack and super easy to adjust to your body. I was skeptical at first at how much weight an internal frame could haul but I recently got back from a backcountry moose hunt. I packed out a bone in Hind Quarter of a mature bull no problem (roughly 125 lbs.). I also really like the fact that you're not putting bloody meat into your pack while packing out animals, also that you can still haul out all your gear plus meat with pulling the bag forward and putting the animal next to the frame. The only thing I dislike about this pack is the amount of buckles on it. It can get confusing at times, take the extra time to get super familiar with this pack before going out in the backcountry. Overall 5 stars.
The Marshall is the complete answer for your back country hunt. I have been so impressed with the performance of this pack over the last year, I would never go back to life without it. I have had this pack loaded to the gunnels with gear, and meat. I have never doubted it’s ability to preform only my ability to carry what it can hold. I remember when I first got it and struggled a bit with all the adjustments and sinch points, there are a lot of straps, but once you learn how quickly and effectively this pack accepts whatever you throw it’s way your rocking. The quality of this product is second to none. It washes easy, blood stain. Meh. Cold water rinse and a little gentle laundry soap in the laundry tub. Hang to dry, good to go. The zippers are I feel indestructible, the stiching and fabric, is it Kevlar? Must be. I also have the Pintler and Mule Bags all on the old frame system. Would love to try the new Guide Light MT. If your worried about the money on these bags, don’t. Good quality items cost more and you won’t regret it once you see first hand, by far best pack out there. I can still use it for a day bag I compress the bottom shelf, sometimes leave the lid behind, what more could anyone ask for.
This pack is large -- it all fits (within reason). This biggest limiting factor of the pack is my own strength. If you are fit and strong, this pack will let you hunt for many days over many miles. It's rugged, durable and functional. It's the best hunting pack I've used.
For years I’ve tried to find the “best deal” in packs and ended up struggling carrying gear into backcountry. After 3-4 different packs, I decided to spend the money on a quality pack, and it was the best decision ever! This pack holds a ton of gear, yet it feels like you are carrying very little. The Overload system is fantastic and allowed me to carry out way more meat than before from miles out! Can’t recommend this pack enough for carry capacity, gear access, and meat hauling.
I have had this pack for over a month and have been training with it daily. So far it has held up to the abuse of heavy weights and being thrown around.Don't let the size fool you it will compress down to a smaller size to make it handier while working out and going on long runs. But size does matter and this thing expands to fit all my fall gear with room to spare! I found it is very important to make sure you fit it correctly to insure it sits comfortably for the long the haul. It is quick and easy to adjust which is really nice to help fine tune it. If you are looking for a pack that is big enough for any gear, well made with high quality materials, and comforatble to do the job... than this is for you!
I bought the Marshall for my upcoming elk hunt in Idaho this fall. It is awesome, it is cavernous able to hold anything and everything yet still able to be cinched up for smaller loads. the pack is high quality construction and the is extremely comfortable. Would 100% recommend this pack to anyone.
I’ve had the pack for a couple of weeks now and am going in a couple of days for a test run on the Chattahoochee National Forest in N Ga. The pack is made very well and customer service answered any and all questions I had before the purchase. I am new to backpack hunting so I still have a few wrinkles to iron out but my entire camp and all of my gear fits great with room to spare. The pack is extremely comfortable to wear.
I bought 2 of these packs after tons of research. Planning my first Elk hunt in Colorado and then a hunt for bear and Moose in the Allagash. After receiving the packs. I'm blown away at the attention to detail on the craftsmanship. The features like the divider at the base of the pack is genius. A perfect spot for your sleep system. Also the balloon pouches on the front. For extra storage like a pack stove or kill kit. Even large enough for a spotting scope. The way you can manipulate the pack to your every need is awesome. Also you can compress what you dont need. I plan on setting up both packs for the specific hunts and needs and keep it as it's own kit. I'm so pumped to do some hikes with weight to get ready for the fall.
I took this pack out for the first time the other day and was very surprised. This was my first time carrying a load. I fit 50lbs of gear plus water and had a plethora of room leftover! I took the Marshall on a 10 mile day hike and was surprised with how comfortable the pack was. I cant wait to see how this pack holds up over the next few years!
This pack is everything you want it to be. The quality is unbelievable and the comfort is out of this world. My only concern is why I waited so long to pull the trigger and get the Marshall. You ha e so many options to load this pack for what fits your needs. I can house everything I pack out and I still have so much room. I purposely repacked my old bag for a 8 day sheep hunt, then crossed everything over into the Marshall and it blew my mind how much room I had and how much more comfortable it was on my hips/shoulders/back etc. If you’re looking to spend days in the back country this is the bag you want.
So the shipping timing was prompt. Which seems to be an issue with some companies! If I was short on time i wouldn't hesitate to order anything and be worried about getting it before i left. Haven't been able to use the bag I bought yet but cant wait! Hopefully I'll still get to go this fall we have our first elk hunt to get too. All the covid aside we'll be doing some backpack camping around home this spring! Thanks guys!
The functions and features of this pack have had a lot of thought put into them and being a mountain guide in alaska that spends a majority of his time in remote areas the design and durability is greatly appreciated
I have used, abused and come up unsatisfied with packs from 5 other manufacturers. Without naming names they just didn’t cut it for me. The Marshall on the other hand 100% does. When I’m going in deep and don’t really know when I’m coming back I throw the Marshall on my Guidelite frame. Logical strap placement in combination with the perfect amount of pockets makes this pack shine. It’ll tuck down next too nothing if you want it too but when the time calls it’ll hold more than you can. I recommend this pack too anyone that can handle it.
Having had a previous Marshall before buying this one i knew how great they were. However, the new frame and new additions to the bag were exactly what it needed to put this combo over the top ! Superior comfort with heavy loads and greater adjustability and access from the bag. Looking forward to logging more miles with this combo!
I recently purchased a pack from one of the new "ultralight" companies as it was the most popular one around at that time. When I received it and put it I immediately was not a fan of how small the pads were on lumbar and hip belt. That pack went back. Then I turned to Mystery Ranch. I figured if Randy Newberg is hauling elk out of deep holes at close to 60 years old with these things on then they have to be comfortable. I was right. I love the padding all around on this pack. 60lbs doesnt feel like it for sure. Doesnt matter if you got it all on the hips or shoulders. All of the pads are great. Take it from me. The minimal savings in weight from the other companies dont compare to the comfort from Mystery Ranch. Besides when you add all the pockets and other options that are built into Mystery Ranch packs to the "ultralight" packs. Probably pretty close to even on weight. But the Mystery Ranch is considerably more comfortable. Loving the Marshall so far. Only issue is that my 20-60 x 85 straight spotter will not fit in the outside pockets. That's ok. Was just hoping with the "updates" to increase the size on those pickets that it would.
Recently purchased the Mystery Ranch Marshall backpack for long backpack bow hunting trips. It has a tremendous amount of room and a large main compartment which is ideal for a long hunt. It has more features than I can name and pockets and accessory straps everywhere. Seems very well built, very comfortable,very adjustable and very durable. Only recommendation is more in depth sizing instructions, however you can find videos from mystery ranch online.
I hunt in 4 states and I love this pack so much I bought two of them so I could leave one in Alaska. The features, durability and load hauling capabilities are unmatched. I work at an outfitter camp in Alaska for Sheep and Moose season and this is the only pack on the market that can handle that kind of abuse.
I've used the Marshall for the last 4 years guiding sheep, moose, caribou, goats, and bears in the Rocky Mountains of Northern BC -- approx 500 days in the field. It has been thrown in and out of Jetboats, roped down cliffs in the winter, strapped onto pack horses, and used as a chair and shooting rest. Legitimate 100+ lb packouts and never had a puncture, tear, or seam blow. I was recommended them from fellow guides and outfitters for their comfort under load, and their industry leading durability. Keep it up MR!