The Mystery Ranch Pop Up 28 Pack is an expandable pack ideal for hunting or hiking in the backcountry. The Pop Up 28 pack has a unique Pop-Up Frame that allows the pack to convert between a low-profile daypack and an expanded pack that can carry loads up to 80 lbs. This expandable system along with the OVERLOAD® feature makes the Pop Up 28 a great choice for hauling boned-out game. Plus, this Mystery Ranch pack has plenty of pockets for storage, including a zippered back pocket, a zippered lid pocket, and side pockets ideal for storing water bottles, rifles, or tripods. Designed for versatility, the Mystery Ranch Pop Up 28 Pack is an excellent option for day hunts.
Zippered lid pocket
Zippered top and front pockets
Rip-Zip main compartment access
Compatible with hydration reservoirs
Autolock buckles keep pack from slipping
Bottom, front, and side compression straps
YKK® coated zippers for durability and water protection
OVERLOAD® Feature keeps bulk of weight closer to back
Side pockets for water bottle, trekking poles, rifles, and tripods
Pop-Up Frame expandable system allows pack to carry up to 80 lbs.
Large zippered back pocket with mesh elastic dividers for organization
I bought this pack for saddle hunting and it is perfect. Can put my platform and sticks in the meat hauling section perfectly and still have the rest of the pack for other stuff. I am 6'4" and 235 lbs and I got the L/XL frame and it fits perfectly. This pack is definitely the best hunting pack I've ever had and will be using it for years to come. I wish they would have given me a mystery ranch a sticker though lol. But overall great quality product and great customer service. Will be ordering from them again when I'm ready for my mefcalf pack.
I have owned one for two seasons now. I’ve used it to pack out whole quartered antelope and elk quarters as well as summer hike in fishing trips and scouting. To be honest I have beat the heck out of it and it has functioned perfectly. If you do a lot of day hikes and day trip hunting this really does fit that niche perfectly. It’s light, well built and does everything it says it will for a great price point! I am ordering one for my son for this fall.
I have had this pack for 1 season. I do not know what I did before. My back and shoulders do not hurt while hiking or after. This pack allows you to pack more weight than you need to. I have added a 300lb Black Bear to it with all my gear with out any issues, and it was still comfortable. The comfort is Amazing and I can adjust it to fit my wife or kid if needed. All around stellar and highly recommend. The price is high but well worth the money. The material is alittle louder but given quality its worth it.
Mystery ranch packs are Awesome. The popup 28 is very well made and I love the meat hauling design. The only thing I would change, is adding a few more pockets on the outside to allow for storing the smaller stuff and organize. Other than that its perfect.
I got this pack after my last season this year to try out as a day pack with the capabilities of hauling out a successful harvest. I am impressed so far. I bought my brother one for his birthday so we can both put them to the test.
I bought this pack for the load hauling capability it offers while still keeping a smaller pack for hunting within 5 or so miles of camp. I was worried at first seeing how small it was compared to some of the other models/ competitors packs, but it ended being exactly right for my needs. I was able to pack out a bull elk with no issues from the pack. I packed 2 Elk out with it this year and it did well enough that my buddies have since bought a Pop Up 28.
Just packed out my first deer with this, split the load between my hunting partner and it was not much of a challenge for the Pop Up. Half of a small muley and it seemed like the pack could have held the whole animal. Pack is plenty adjustable and has the necessary features, nothing extra that you don't need. Overall I am very happy with this pack, and after a season of regular use, it still looks brand new.
Bought this pack for two reasons. I hunt whitetail out of a tree stand and wanted a pack I could haul in my hang on, sticks and my days worth of water and snack. This bag is perfect for that. The second reason was to run it with a dry sack full of camp gear for spike camping away from base camp. Have not done that so can’t comment just yet. Lastly, I love a company that supports our military. Thanks Mystery Ranch
This pack is another example of the consistent quality from Mystery Ranch. As with our wildland fire packs this is yet another pack that is well built, rugged and dependable. When going in unloaded or light I sometimes put a strap around the pack (horizontally to keep everything tight and quite. I have just recently packed an entire antelope out and I'm pleased with every aspect!
I've had this pack for 6 months and it's been my primary hunting pack this season. I bought it due to the fact that it was a small day pack that also had a meat shelf. Overall the construction and quality of the pack is good. BUT there are some big design flaws that could easily be fixed. The pack is unable to stay tight to the frame. The biggest annoyance with this is that you CANNOT access anything in the pack without loosening up multiple side straps. If Mystery Ranch would simply make points of contact to keep the back of the bag itself attached to the frame independently of the compression straps this bag would be untouchable! But since you can't secure it to the frame it's hard to get the load to distribute as it should on your body. I really really really want to like this pack but I'll most likely just sell if after this season.
I use the pack for saddle hunting in the south. Works great for carrying my platform and sticks. The only think I don’t like is the side straps are attached to the front of the bag, so when I cinch it down, it collapses the entire bag, making whatever is inside squeezed to the frame. If it was like my Beartooth pack, the side straps would be on the back of the bag to attach to the frame, and the bag itself would have addditional squeeze buckles. But it’ll do for what I need.
I have been very happy with my 28 popup pack. Packs elk quarters well, very well designed. Long story short, my daughters shephard ate 3 critical straps off the blood stained pack, they sent me a replacement loaner in ONE day. No charge. Customer service like none other. Repairing my pack right now. Only in Montana and only this company. This is my first and potentially only product review ever. Thanks MR
I've used this all season and I love it for packing gear, kids ; P~, and gear with meat! Absolutely incredible and comfortable. Light enough for a day pack and durable enough to load way down! Hauled all my gear (clothes, food, water, jetboil, head lamps, knives, sharpener, etc), and an elk hind quarter, Backstrap, and neck meat. We were 3 miles up in tracked with garmin and onXhunt.
I bought this pack after the first few sits this year in the saddle and realizing how terrible it is to carry in your sticks instead of packing them in. I researched and reviewed numerous packs and thought I really wanted the Mystery Ranch Treehouse pack, but I'm truly glad I went with my gut and stuck with the pop-up 28. If you're a saddle hunter reading this in search of a new pack congratulations, your search is over, just pick your color/pattern and enjoy. I am running (4) 30" hawk heliums with (3) 2 step 7/64 amsteel aiders and predator platform. The overload feature on this pack is exceptional. No need to raise the frame at all, just being able to drop the bag off the frame stack in your sticks, platform, and fanatic system and cinch it all down is such a great feature. All of my gear is tight and silent while I move through the woods. Having a rigid pack with a frame is also going to be a day and night experience for you if you've only ever used a traditional backpack non-frame bag for carrying your hunting gear. I have zero issues with the noise of the fabric or buckles when I get to my tree and get my sticks and platform ready to go vertical with me. It's not overly bulky in the tree either when hanging from the HYS strap by a biner. This is the answer to saddle hunters' prayers. Buy it, you'll love it. I pinky promise.
Overall a pretty nice bag. I did find that it got heavy over the day of hiking up in the mountains. I couldn't seem to adjust the pack properly. If I could offer up some improvements: For a hunting pack it would be nice if the zippers weren't so loud. Also the fabric seemed to make a lot of noise as well. Would it be possible to make this same pack out of a some sort of brushed fabric?
I have used this pack for a little over 20 days now and am overall pretty pleased. I bought this for the purpose of a day pack with the ability to carry out a load of meat and it does that. For lack of a better term it did take some breaking in. Initially I did not think it was very comfortable but I kept adjusting and after several days of wear seem to fit. I did haul out a load of meat at about 80 pounds and it seemed to flex a decent amount. I would not want to make repeat trips with a large load. Overall for hauling snivel gear, water and essentials with ability to haul out a load of meat it accomplishes the mission. One thing is that the web site recommends that if you are borderline in size buy the smaller size which I did, and regret. I did not think of once I started layering and adding bulk that will start to eat up size. Pretty good but I don't think my search for the perfect day pack/meat hauler is over.
I bought my Pop-up 28 on January 2020. This pack has performed beyond my expectations. I have strapped an 18" chain saw in with no rattling or leaking. I used it to carry my Lone Wolf Sit and Climb and today had my most successful and anticipated pack out of the woods/marsh. This pack does it all!!!
I have this pack, the Metcalf and Pop Up 38. The 28 is a well thought out day pack, that compresses tight, rides well and can handle weight. This is a perfect pack for quick outings and I can get it to fit well on my wife and younger daughter. The adjustable yoke is easy to adjust.
I love this pack. When I got into elk hunting a few years ago, youtube convinced my that I needed a massive pack to carry all my worldly belongings. This year, I decided to do things a little differently. This pack Carries all my necessities, 3 liters of water, plus I can pop it up to carry ground blind, chairs, spotting scope, or whatever. Unfortunatly, I have not had the opportunity to pack out meat with it yet, but I believe those days are coming. This pack is my new best friend
I purchased the pop-up 28 this past spring and took it on numerous scouting trips over the summer. The pack’s fit is great and carried 25lbs well scouting and over the week of my AZ elk hunt. I was fortunate to test its meat carrying capabilities and it performed flawlessly with 80lbs. The only issue I’ve had so far was a squeaking noise in the harness area. Solved that by rubbing some liquid scent free soap on the plastic torso plate. Best day pack with hauling ability out there!
Just got back from Archery Opener this weekend and was extremely impressed. I had done significant research on packs, trying to figure out the best frame-style pack for my needs. Previously, I had just strapped everything to my stand.
The MR Metcalf & another brand that starts with a K (with a bag that ends in 22, topped my wish list. However, those two options were too large for my mid-west whitetail needs... so I decided to reconsider the popular MR Pop-Up 28 and eventually buckled down and purchased.
The MR PU 28 was perfect. With the adjustable frame/hauling mode, I was able to strap my stand and three climbing sticks "comfortably." Pack was "heavy" (~40+ lbs) but all weight was well-balanced on my lower back (I have a 30 in waist and selected the Small size: sized-down as I was in-between sizes). The shoulder straps held the pack tightly on me as well, in a good way (yes, they cut a bit, but solely due to the weight of the pack. I would consider this pack very-comfortable given the circumstance).
Zippers were quieter than expected. Pockets worked well: - Main pocket for winches/straps/tether, food, kill kit, water, clothes, FirstAid - Front pocket for Camp $$, Phone charger, Rain fly, multitool, etc. - Top/quick pocket for calls, scent, food, headlamp, archer allen wrench, etc.
Definitely enough room for my day-hunt needs. As I was unsuccessful this first weekend, I cannot speak to pack-out ability. I would have had to leave the stand behind to pack out, if that is not obvious.
That said, here are a few personal opinions: - This pack is not the best to strap to a tree (I left mine on the ground and wear a fanny pack for the essentials). MR makes the Treehouse pack for that. - I would not strap my bow to this pack. I use a bow sling/slicker. - The design makes the pack inherently heavier than some other options out there. I will take the extra weight for the durability and versatility of the pop-up frame design, however. - 10/10 day-hunt or weekend hunt pack. Would opt for larger option, like MR Metcalf, if multi-day backpack hunting (where you may carry all your gear each day, in lieu of having a 'base-camp').
This is my first Mystery Ranch pack, I wanted more of a day pack that I can still use to pack out quarters. This is the ticket, what an awesome pack, fits me perfect, its adjustable up and down to fit your body. Also it comes in different sizes to assure a great fit. The popup frame makes the pack great for hauling out your meat.
Built tough and fits well. Weight of the pack is okay just too small.
I like it and like the quality, if you were near I would return it for a bigger pack like the pop up 38. I regret buying the pop up 28, not much room.but it is built great. I would recommend the 38 but have not seen it to say for sure. The 28 would be fine if your not going to far from truck or camp.
I got tired of using either a large multi-day pack all cinched down for day pack, or a glorified school backpack without the capability for expansion in case I actually had an animal to pack out. This pack is the perfect solution. There are some nit-picky things that I’ve noticed during fall bear hunting, but they’re mostly just that- “nit-picky.” The pack is solidly constructed with superior attention to detail. The function is great. I love the hip belt, the adjustability for torso length, and the ability for expansion with a meat shelf is fantastic for day hunts from camp. I completely recommend this pack for day hunt use where packout is a possibility.
Picked this up for whitetail hunting and the possible trip out west. I mainly hunt from a saddle and don't like a frame less pack for carrying in my sticks and gear deep into public. Big enough to take into the late season but not to bug to have in the tree.
The Popup 28 is the perfect size for a day pack. It carries everything I need and more. I have not used the overload yet but I have no doubt it will carry anything I need it to. It is the most comfort able pack I have ever worn. You feel very little weight on your shoulders.
I bought this pack last month. It is my third Mystery Ranch pack and is probably the most versatile of my packs with its ability to hold a lot of extra gear between the frame and pack body. That's really my favorite feature. The quality is unparalleled as usual. Love it!
I bought this pack several months back. By far this is the best pack that I have owned do the wide range of versatility and makes for a great day pack. The thing I wish that this pack had was more options for add on’s from mystery ranch to maybe convert this pack into a overnight bag and I know that’s why there is the pop up 38 but I didn’t want the 38 cause I want a liter weight and more nimble pack but all and all love the pack and great job guys
purchased my pop up 28 2 years ago for deer and elk hunting in montana, fits all my gear plus room for extras , I bagged a whitetail the first season. I boned out the animal and was able to get it all in my pack plus the rack. Pack was way overloaded, but got it out in 1 trip. Awsome pack
Another one of those things in life where you get what you pay for. This is NOT your $50-100 big box store bag. I can load twice the weight and carry it with half the effort. Construction is top notch. The only thing I'd like to see is more pockets / compartments to organize things. Very nice bag.
Just got the pop-up 28 and while I haven’t hunted with it yet (spring bear isn’t my thing I have loaded it up and taken it on some long day hikes. Carries the weight really well and what impressed me the most is the fit. I’ve got a short torso and bigger waist and have trouble fitting packs, not a problem with this!
I haven’t hauled a load with the Popup 28, but I’ve hiked quite a bit with it and love it. It’s very comfortable and balances a load nicely. I added 2 quick attach accessory straps to carry my bow. I would like to se it have mole attachments in the back, and a couple small loops on the inside to attach lanyards to prevent loose items from falling out. I still give it 5 stars because it does exactly what it is advertised to do.
I'm upgrading for the Western hunts I recently drew. Previously had a frameless pack and after hauling out one 50ish pound Javelina I quickly realized I needed better. This pack is well made, yet lightweight. It holds just enough gear for a day trip and expanding it for a pack out seems fairly simple. Haven't used it in the field yet, but I'm impressed with the quality for sure!
I was looking for a nimble day pack that could also handle a decent load out when required. The Pop Up 28 fits that task nicely. I used it last year to pack out a mulie buck in two trips. I also used the load shelf for packing a tree stand which it worked perfectly for.