Mystery Ranch Metcalf Pack

Item No. 888564-112372-03740
$499.00 - $525.00


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The upgraded METCALF is a versatile workhorse with enough volume for a week in the field but compressible enough for an afternoon stalk. Built onto our Guide Light MT™ Frame, the METCALF has ample heavyweight capacity, and the OVERLOAD® feature keeps bag contents clean when packing out game. With a detachable lid, dual stretch-woven side pockets and full-length side zip access, this pack is a favorite among hunters looking for versatility and all-around utility.
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 lid with zippered pockets
Autolock buckles prevent slippage
Interior Removable Quick Attach Zoid Bag attachment points (Zoid Bag sold separately)
Bottom, front and side compression straps
Top-loading shroud
Hydration reservoir compatible
Quick attach frame cap hardware provides easier OVERLOAD™ feature conversion
Side zip for easy access to main bag
Bow and rifle carry via compression straps
Side water bottle, rifle or tripod pockets
500D LP CORDURA® & 500D CORDURA® (Subalpine)
YKK® coated zippers for durability and water protection
Autolock SJ buckles on compression straps
Weight: 5.7 lbs
Volume: 4333 cu-in
Dimensions: 31"x14"x12"
Frame System: Guide Light MT Frame
Harnessing Style: Framed

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Customer Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
Beast of a pack
The build quality on this is awesome. The fit and feel is great. I’ve already started training with it, and I can’t wait to take it into the mountains this year. So far, it exceeds my expectation.
May 4, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
Impressive construction
I recently bought the Metcalf pack and while I haven't had a chance to really put it to the test yet I am definitely impressed with the way this thing is put together. I cannot wait to get out in the woods with it. I looked at a bunch of other brands and after a bunch of research and price shopping I found the Metcalf to be the best fit for me and my budget. I wanted something well put together that I could fit everything I need in as well as haul meat because I'm going on my first ever black bear in Alaska this year. This is going to be my "everything" pack for the foreseeable future so I wanted the very best I could afford that would work for everything from antelope to elk. So far it's been very user friendly for getting it to fit comfortably and it fits everything I think I'll need and then some.
April 26, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
I don’t count this as a review.. first impression
I’ve only used the pack on a couple of day hikes. so far I’m really pleased with the quality and fit. Access to the compartments is good. Looking forward to putting it to use on some mutable day scouting trips this summer.
April 23, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
Burly & Comfortable
This is my first hunting pack, coming from an ultralight backpacker background. So to me, this is a tank of a pack, very heavy empty. However, for the purpose of hauling heavy loads, this pack gets it done without the hip bruising I'd get from a dainty pack. I've used this pack maybe 7 days so far, shed antler hunting. I loaded up 7 shed antlers last weekend and while I knew I was hauling some weight, I was able to do it in relative comfort through a wide array of terrain. Both the hip belt & shoulder straps are comfortable. The autolock buckles are awesome, no slipping whatsoever. The awkward shed antlers were locked in place too. Everything about the bag appears well done, and I expect this to last me a long time. I look forward to continued use, and if I'm lucky it will help me pack out my first harvested animal come fall.

Sizing was true to description. I bought a medium. I'm 6'4" tall, ~175 pounds, 32" waist, and the pack fits well. No concern of bottoming out the waist belt (have had this on other packs and it's in the middle of frame height adjustment.
April 22, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Forget the others, pull the trigger.
I spent years carrying a military issue, large, ALICE pack. If you are familiar with those packs, this is a SIGNIFICANT upgrade.
My first impression was positive. The quality of material and construction is top-notch. The connectors are tough, adjustable, and there are plenty of them.
Once I started shoving things into it, I realized that this pack carries much more than I had assumed. I was able to fit everything I need for a 5-7 day backpack hunt and then some.
Online, I did not see the carrying handle, if you want to call it that, that the top of the frame. Makes it super easy to move the pack around when not worn.
I am short, 5'5" 170lbs with wide shoulders, think Frodo that can throw hay bails around.
The frame is super easy to adjust. Multiple adjustment points. I made three adjustments and it fits me perfect. Definitely recommend making incremental adjustments with the last adjustment with >50 lbs or maximum planned load.
Before I made this purchase, I did a lot of research. Did some hands-on with another popular pack manufacturer.
In my opinion, this is the best pack you can buy. Affordability, construction, and adjust ability are what make this the best pack for me.
April 21, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
My Mystery Ranch Metcalf has proven to be comfortable and seemingly very durable compared to other backpacks I own.
April 15, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
So awesome!
-Amazingly comfortable fit from the hip straps all the way up the frame to the top of the shoulder straps
-Ample storage with functional design
-Compactable with compression straps and removable top for short overnight trips
-Easy to attach gear to the outside of the pack on the back, sides, or bottom
-"You pay for what you get" applies to this pack 100%!
April 15, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Very comfortable
Really like this pack and it was very comfortable on my first long hike! Happy I got it.
April 11, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent for packing out game!!
After a good deal of research, I chose this pack as a buddy for the hunt. Easy fit for long days hunting in the mountains. Great conversion into meat pack to carry out the harvest.
April 11, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Get the right size, never buy another pack
Everything you capfuls want in a hunting pack. Running 6 miles everyday uphill with this thing fully loaded and the weight distribution is incredible. Size it right though
April 5, 2021
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