Haul all of your hunting gear for a successful overnight hunt with the Mystery Ranch Pintler Pack. To learn more about what makes this lightweight, yet durable pack streamlined for bowhunting, press play.
A Streamlined, bowhunting pack for overnight hunts.
We all know those hunters who obsess on minimalism -- a drilled out toothbrush with no handle, a 2 lb sleeping bag, cat food can stove. And then we face a series of brutal uphills and get a little jealous. Join the light side with the PINTLER. It's a pared-down, narrow, weekend pack that carries several days worth of essentials while maintaining the secret weapon of the OVERLOAD™ feature for the pack out. It's built onto our Guide Light Frame™, so get comfortable with your ultralight self.
The GuideLight Frame™ is a rigid yet dynamic frame system that moves with you. With lightweight carbon fiber stays that flex with your body to comfortably carry heavy loads, it also features heavy-duty compression straps and loads lifters to stabilize the load. It also features a Redirect waist belt system that secures in a natural, forward pull direction that requires less effort to tighten and with patented features and construction methods, the waist belt cants and conforms over the hips to effectively transfer and distribute the weight eliminating slippage down over the hips.
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.
The patented Futura Yoke easily macro adjusts to the torso length allowing the proper amount of stand-off between the back and frame.
3-ZIP design for rapid and complete access to gear
Bow and rifle carry via compression straps
Side stretch-woven pockets for tripod feet or bottles
This is the first backcountry pack I've purchased. I did a lot of research and visited with many other hunters about pack options. Mystery Ranch was frequently recommended. I chose the Pintler and couldn't be happier. I used this pack for a 3 day western North Dakota archery hunt. I carried about 40 lbs of gear in the pack for about 9 hours each day. The fit was perfect and didn't cause me any discomfort. Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to pack out an animal with it yet, but I have no doubt it can handle the job. The only improvement I'd make - I wish it had at least one small utility pocket on the belt.
Very impressive pack. First use for this pack was a week long Elk hunt, in which we were successful. The pack out was mega, 24 hours to be accurate. The Pintler handled the task like a boss. My final load had over 100lbs of meat, plus my hunting gear. I couldn't believe how sturdy that pack holds weight. Not to mention the fact that you don't have to stuff your game bags inside your pack with the rest of your gear. One of the guys in our crew had frame pack which ended up buckling and breaking under the weight. The other three of us in the group had Mystery Ranch packs and no one had an issue, except sore feet. The pack has a great pocket configuration and zipper system. Everyone who has picked mine up wants one. You won't be disappointed
Excellent pack. As a mountain guide and alpine climber, I am very particular about how my backpacks carry, how streamlined they are for heavy activity and performance. Last week I shot a 4x4 bull elk and packed out using my new Pintler and couldn't be more happy with the balance (even with an awkward load including bivy gear, meat AND head/antlers), and function of every feature without having too many bells and whistles. Simplicity and function are key! There is plenty of room for a few days worth of food, solo tent, etc. I'm 5'10" and 155lbs and the Medium fits perfectly with plenty of room for layering up. Nice work, Mystery Ranch!
The Pintler is an absolute stud of a pack. I was torn between this pack & Metcalf. The Pintler won. The weight is exceptional for what you’re getting. Internal storage is A+. I’m running 2-SO Possibilities 4L sacs for organization in the Pintler it’s super clean & light. It’s a perfect daypack for early to late season w/ample room to spare. My main hold up was taking it for backcountry hunts that it would not have enough room. The first weekend of archery elk in MT cemented the Pintler as the right choice. I threw my camp (tent, sleeping bag and pad, cook kit) in a 35L dry bag and used the load shelf to haul it to spike camp. I was able to drop of camp and keep the main bag set up for lightweight hunting during day use. It worked flawless, being the best of both worlds. There’s no doubt this pack will handle the abuse of the backcountry. It’s truly just as comfortable to carry loaded down with camp as for day use and leaves me with little doubt with its integrity loaded with game.
I borrowed a friend's Pintler last year for a spot and stalk mule deer hunt, and was amazed at how easy it was to use. The year before, we packed out 2 mule deer without frame packs and it was miserable. With the Pintler (which I now own), it was like I wasn't even carrying quarters on my back. I would recommend this pack to anyone! Day hunters, overnight trips, etc.
Used it today for the first time. Very impressed. Loaded it with 35# of gear and went shed hunting. I put on 10miles and it rode great all day. Very comfortable. I could probably have ordered one size smaller and been a bit better off but it's still way better than my last pack. Will probably only use it for day hunts but it will also be great for a weekend outing too and maybe longer.
With years of abuse on my aging body, I upgraded from Badlands to the MR Pintler last year. The fit, design and comfort are excellent, as is the load shelf. I can haul an entire deer out in one trip with the Pintler pack design, and more comfortably than with my old pack frame. I liked it so much that I purchased the MR Scree for light duty hiking and fishing trips. MR fan for life.
There are definitely some pluses to this pack. The frame, pack bag, and overall functionality seem to be solid. I have had this pack for one season. I packed out three elk and spent roughly 2 weeks in the field. The 2 star rating is because I have major durability concerns with this pack. I intend to either return this pack or get it repaired and sell it. After packing out the first elk of the season my belt began to tear. This appears to be a major design flaw. Inside the belt is a white piece of plastic with sharp edges. With time this will wear straight through your belt. I assume they sewed this plastic in to help the belt keep it's shape but something else needs done. (Wish I could attach a pic) Next is the stitching on the pack. There are multiple areas where the threads are fraying and looks like they are going to pull out in no time. I haven't even had this pack in the rain or snow and can only imagine how it going to hold up after multiple seasons. At $475 I had much higher expectations for the durability of the Pintler.
I always had to hike back to base camp after harvesting an animal because I needed my external tubular aluminum pack frame and my game bags and that wasted hours of time, so I bought that time back with the purchase of a Mystery Ranch Pack. I decided to purchase the Mystery Ranch Pintler, and it is awesome. I can fit my Nalgene and calling tube on the side pockets, overnight survival/first aid kit, jacket, kill kit, food, rain gear and everything else inside the pack. I purchased 3 Mystery Ranch Zoid pouches along with the pack to sort and organize said gear and they work well also. Because of the size and overall volume of the pack, it means that I can no longer haul 2 elk quarters at a time but this pack has given me more than I need in terms of comfort, space and overall satisfaction. I can most definitely haul out an elk quarter and a rack on my back though. Highly recommend this pack to anyone looking for an overnight, multi-day (up to 3 days) or a day pack for any kind of big game hunting. Best part of it all is that I went from hunting with 3 different packs and now the Pintler is the only one I use besides a Metcalf when I'm backpacking. To the team at Mystery Ranch, thanks for making this pack so well, I am sure that I will have it for years. These packs are a bit pricey but like they say, you do get what you pay for and this pack is awesome. Cheers.