The Mystery Ranch Sawtooth 45 Pack features 270-degree access with a low-profile silhouette ideal for backcountry hunters and hikers. This 45-liter pack features a Guide Light MT FrameTM system that creates a rigid yet dynamic frame to provide the perfect blend of strength and weight for easy hauling. The five-point waist belt ensures optimal weight distribution and prevents slippage, while the patented Futura Yoke micro-adjusts to your torso length. Plus, the Sawtooth pack includes compression loops for carrying a tripod or trekking poles as well as compression straps for carrying your bow or rifle. Burly yet lightweight, the Mystery Ranch Sawtooth 45 Pack features a low-profile silhouette and ingenious organization perfect for your next backcountry adventure.
Side stretch outer pockets
Hydration reservoir compatible
270-degree duffle-style access
Zippered top accessory pocket
Lightweight SJ Autolock buckles
Four internal pockets for organization
Futura Yoke micro-adjusts to torso length
Compression straps for carrying a bow or rifle
Compression loops for tripod or trekking poles
Five-point waist belt optimizes weight distribution
I have worn this on a couple hikes and weekend turkey hunting trip. The real test will come this fall on my September elk hunt, but I feel that I have used it enough to give a fair assessment.
This pack is great, especially for how I plan to use it. (Mainly day hunting and packing out elk and deer).
The pack has features I didn’t know I wanted. The 270 degree zipper is incredibly usefully. The interior open pockets with elastic top is also very convenient. I used the pocket closest to the zipper for cold weather (beanie, gloves, etc). I like the exterior pockets that can be used over the side tension straps.
The pack was was relatively easy to adjust. Took a few tries to get the macro adjustments. It’s easier to do with two people, but can done individually. I made some minor adjustments in the field and the pack is very comfortable! Max weight I have carried so far is about 35 lbs over only a few miles. The pack was great.
I find the pack to have ample room for day use, but can be cinched down tightly if you have only a small load.
I bought this pack for hunting season and haven’t had it out yet. But, fit and feel so far is great! I packed it with the usual gear for a day hunt (that includes the essentials for unplanned overnights and put it on to check sizing, weight distribution, etc. Just that “test run” has me looking forward to getting woods. I run a MR fireline pack at work so I have no concern about quality.
This is a nearly-perfect day or ultralight weekend hunting pack. Little needs to be said about the quality: Mystery Ranch deserves its top-tier reputation for quality, and this pack is no exception. The Guide Light MT frame is a stunning thing, disappearing on your back with light loads and settling in nicely with ~100lbs or more. There's nothing comfortable about carrying 100lbs on your back, but none of the discomforts came from the pack itself on a ~4mi packout with half a bear on my back last fall. I hope to repeat that experience many times :).
My only nitpicks are about the design. The 270 zip is its own animal, and it requires a bit of adjustment of expectations when packing the bag for a trip. Nothing wrong with it, it just falls and folds differently than true top loaders. When you're stumbling into camp after a long hike and need to get to your gear quick, that 270 zip really shines.
The main reason for a 4 rather than 5 star rating is the omission of a feature that IMO is obvious and glaring -- the bottom straps that secure the pack to the frame do not have buckles. This makes it extremely annoying, if not impossible, to use the straps to carry a tent, sleeping pad, etc. Given that this is a 45 litre pack, the ability to (easily) strap things to the bottom of the bag would be extremely beneficial when pushing it into an overnight or weekend trip. The only other nit to pick is the lack of any elastic bands on the shoulder straps for securing/managing hydration tubes.
All in all, this is a typically excellent pack from MR.
I haven't had a chance to put it to the test in the field yet, but I love the design and the quality of the pack. It is very well engineered with quality hardware. Sits nice on my back and hips with plenty of room for adjustment. Can't wait to take it on a long hiking and camping trip.
Real nice pack. Once you get it adjusted for your height and waist belt angle it feels like you’re carrying much less weight than you actually are. Quality zippers and pockets are in the right place. I highly recommend
I’m extremely happy with this pack. Perfect size for an extended day hunt as well as an overnight if desired. Ample storage and inner pockets are nice for stowing optics. Pack is very comfortable and easy to adjust. Mystery Ranch did a GREAT job with this backpack. Very happy!!!
Search the internet over and you won’t find a single review that doesn’t list this pack as a daypack or “quick overnighter”. If you are like me, and carry the lightest most minimalist hunting gear, this pack has plenty of space for you. I use it to elk hunt in my home state of CO and can easily get 4-5 days of gear in this bad boy. Excellent purchase. Highly recommend.
Prefect volume for a day pack or over night bag that still has the strength, support, and functionality of a meat hauler. Well designed and fits as advertised. The internal layout and zipper structure are perfect to secure and organize gear, but also not an inconvenience to regularly access.
I was torn between the sawtooth and the Pinter. I decided to go with the sawtooth just because it was slightly bigger. I like how it opens. I will be ordering the hunting day pack lid for a bit more room.
I purchased this pack last spring prior to turkey season. I had never hunted with a pack with as much support and rigidity as this pack has. It was so rigid, in fact, that it took a while to break in. For the first month or so, I did not like this pack. After I worked on adjusting tightness of straps, location of waist belt and length of torso (and miles in the hills with the pack on my back, it finally felt comfortable to the point that it is now part of me when I hike, hunt and backpack. I first tested out the load carrying capabilities by packing out a tom. It worked! I was able to stuff the entire bird in the load shelf and off I went. Much easier than carrying the bird over my shoulder. I felt that the pack was lacking in pocket space. I purchased the Hunting Daypack Lid and added that to the top of the pack. It doesn't fit on the top of the pack like a normal lid, but stretches from the top of the pack across the entire front of the bag. I use these pockets to store food and a water filter for ease of access. I also purchased pouches that secured to the MOLLE webbing on the waist belt. These pouches secured well. I was then able to put things like gloves, a facemask, a beanie, licenses, tags, credit card, calls etc. and even my sidearm in these pockets. I also purchased a Mystery Ranch Bear Spray Holster and attached that behind the pouch on my right side for ease of access. I liked the roominess in the pack and the 270 degree zipper and how I was able to layer the contents of the bag as I needed it (rain pants on the bottom, sherpa sweatshirt, puffy, lunch, camera, rain jacket etc.). If I needed something on the bottom, I just unzipped the bag all the way down without having to take everything out of my pack. I liked the side pockets on the inside for storing an extra water bottle and an emergency kit. I use the water bladder pouch for game bags, my rain cover for my pack and the rain cover for my bino harness. The mesh pockets I used for TP/baby wipes and knives/batteries/chargers. The very top mesh pouch I used for paracord, trail cameras and accessories, and whatever odds and ends that I had. The side pockets were deep enough for my Nalgenes. Even when I used my 48oz Nalgene, I was able to strap in the top part of the bottle to keep it from falling out of my pack. I was able to comfortably carry a tripod on the other side and strap that in as well. I packed a bear out using this pack in August. My wife and I hauled the bear out in one load (luckily less than a mile from the truck). I had two game bags full of meat and a game bag of hide/head in my pack. I was able to place all of these in the load shelf and position them in a way that was comfortable. We slowly waddled down the trail. The pack held up and made the packout much more comfortable. I put this pack to the ultimate test on a couple of backpacking trips. The longest was four days. We pack ultralight when we backpack. I was able to stuff some food, the tent, sleeping bag, inflatable pad, inflatable pillow, clothes, hunting gear and cooking utensils inside the bag and in the load shelf. I was able to compress the bag against the frame to hold some of the bulkier items. I had my accessory pockets filled to the brim as well. I may have looked like a walking garage sale, but it worked! We were able to split the load, which made things easier. I think this pack is a bit small for a single person to tackle anything more than three days. I really like this pack. It's very roomy for a daypack and almost too small for multi-day backpack trips. It took a while to break in, but once it did, it felt like a part of me. My favorite pack to date.
Let me start off by saying I recently purchased this pack, and have not taken it on a hunt. I am currently loading the pack with different weights to learn the packs capabilities, as well as my own. The following is just my initial review. First impression of the pack is that it really looks and feels great. I looked over all of the seams and stitching and everything was well attached and put together. There were no loose corners of stiching, nor was there any area that looked like it was an oversight in the quality review process before sending the pack off to me. Next was ease of setup, and getting the pack adjusted to my physical frame. This was easy. I did a good amount of research, and knew what to expect with adjusting the hook and loop or "velcro", and to be completely honest, I expect to make some minor field changes if needed once I have a awkward or uneven load on the frame. Again, the changes where easy enough to make. Load hauling. I have loaded the pack with different weights and different volumes, and feel that I'm able the carry more weight for a longer period of time with more comfort (+,+,+). These three factors are exactly why I chose to switch from the packs that I had been using for the last 8 years to this new system. I think I'm going to be pretty happy with this pack for years to come. Finally, I will explain a couple concerns. Empty pack weight (ounces = pounds, pounds = pain). When talking about this pack and considering the competition on the market. The Sawtooth 45 is not the lightest pack and frame when empty and unloaded. This is something I considered, but ultimately didn't change my mind from making the purchase. Next is the fabric the the pack is made with. When rubbing it against branches and twigs (kinda like walking through a thicket of buck brush) it makes an unnatural sound. There are other packs on the market that have a soft shell that doesn't translate to much of any noise. And lastly, waterproofing. It would be nice to have a specific location within the pack that is engineered to keep important items from getting waterlogged. I will be creating my own waterproofing options within the pack, but having some really nice rubberized pockets internally could be a benefit. Just my two cents. Overall first impression is great, and I'm excited to take this pack out in the field this year. I want to load it up with a few quarters and fill a couple tags! Best of luck to everyone, and thank you to Mystery Ranch for a great quality product.
This bag is well thought out and has plenty of storage. The zippers are rugged but quite, even when dirty. Customer service is the best around. Load shelf is fast to access and is easy to put a heavy load in and go. I can load an elk quartet in this bag in probably half the time my friends can in other name brand bags.
The Sawtooth 45 was my first Mystery Ranch backpack purchase. I was looking for a bag just big enough to hold everything you need for a late season all day hunt, along with a load shelf for packing out the meat. This bag was exactly what I was looking for and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the weight is distributed once you weigh this thing down. As an added bonus, with all the straps compressed down, I was able to take it as a carry-on aboard four airplanes with no issue.
Maybe it’s because I have always used old military packs that are old technology and very well used but this is by far the most comfortable pack I have ever used. Love the 270 degree zipper for easy access and the organization pockets inside. May purchase the lid to add a little more space.
Used this in Colorado elk hunt this year fully packed with cold/wet & emergency gear, stove, water under 22 lbs. I got it adjusted perfectly to keep weight on the hips & it handled the weight of rifle on a gun bearer no problem. It packed out an 80lb Hind quarter 3 miles 1500’ elevation change like it wasn’t there. I’m over 60 looking for any advantage in the mountains- this pack is a big one. Will add the new hunting lid to add a little capacity & then it will be perfect for long day elk hunts or an overnighter.
Amazing pack. Can pack anything you want out on this pack. Not overly large/bulky to get in your way. Used it for a 10 day diy elk hunt in Colorado. Hauled everything I needed. Can pull your bow back with it on your back too. Used it for whitetail in Iowa too. Perfect pack.
I got this pack several months ago for hunting on public land and have put on a lot of miles wearing it. I wanted something that could carry a lot of weight and gear when needed but wouldn't be huge and floppy if I didn't have much in it, and this is right in that sweet spot. With the expanding shelf it has plenty of room to pack in a full one person camp for multiple days, and it compresses down to a small size when it isn't fully loaded. The design is simple and keeps your things well organized. You're able to adjust the pack to fit your body just right and the frame and straps prevent the load from shifting, no matter how heavy, which keeps you comfortable throughout the day. I recommend this pack to anyone looking for a well made, versatile pack that can do it all.
After eye balling this pack for months I decided to order one before deer season this year. I am beyond happy with it. I had no idea that a pack could make this much of a difference. On our pack out the weight was heavy but comfortable, once adjusted properly the pack performed better than I had hoped for.
I used this pack for the first time deer hunting in Northern Minnesota the past two weeks. The space between the pack and frame works great for carrying warm clothes For when I get to the stand. Very comfortable to carry.
I recently got to use the sawtooth on a late season elk hunt, it handled all my necessary gear throughout the day with ease. I finally got to test the pack with a mature bull elk and it handled a quarter and skull very well. Well worth the money!
I haven't been able to use the pack yet but if it's anything like my wildland pack it will be amazing. Feels well built and super comfy. Will try and update once I get an elk and have to pack out some real weight.
Bought the Sawtooth 45 for Elk Season this year. Hauled an Elk front quarter, rear quarter and backstrap/tenderloins out in one haul. Load was very secure and easy to handle. Straps stayed tight and my rifle stayed right in place the whole pack out. I liked the pack so much I used it on my day hunts for general rifle season. Ended up using it as a dead rest to shoot my buck and it was perfect! This pack has plenty of room for all the essentials and then some. I carried a full knife set, extra shells, kill kit, snacks, extra layers etc and didn't even come close to maxing out the capacity. The full side opening (duffel bag style) is my favorite part of the pack. Made it very easy to get to items needed while cleaning/quartering my elk and deer this year. Would highly recommend this pack.
I bought the sawtooth to reduce the size of my pack when doing day or overnight hunts. It is perfect for that! Plenty of room for all of the essentials and provides the ability to keep them organized. I was actually surprised how much I could fit and would even be willing to take it on hunt for a few overnights (obviously depends on the size of your gear. The meat shelf is the main reason to buy this pack as Mystery Ranch is one of only a few that get it right. This pack hits the mark on that as the meat shelf works great and is easy to use while carrying all the gear I typically have in the pack during a hunt. The one thing I can't decide if I like is the zipper opening orientation. When zipped fully open, it flaps to the side of the pack rather than down towards the bottom. Not a big deal and probably just my personal preference. Overall, definitely impressed with the pack and frame. Very comfortable pack and a great choice if you're looking for a pack this size.
I bought this pack for an elk hunting trip. I wanted a product that was versatile enough to be comfortable enough on day trips but also strong enough to pack large game out. I just got back from an elk hunting trip where we walked over 10 miles a day and I found the pack out performed all of my expectations. I did not pack light as my pack was 40lb. Day after day I could not believe how little fatigue I felt from carrying the pack. The weight distribution from the pack was amazing! I would strongly recommend this pack to anyone needing a versatile pack.
I bought this during the GoHunt Fathers Day Sale to use as a daypack / carry on for international flights.
This is the first Mystery Ranch product I've owned. Works well on the planes even though it's just slightly over the carry on dimensions, I've never encountered an issue.
As a hunting pack, it excels! My first backcountry hunt this Sept., I took this pack on a 3 night / 4 day hunt. I was extremely careful not to pack too much but everything fit. I actually had enough supplies for 4 nights 5 days but the smoke moved in and we couldn't glass so pulled out.
The suspension / frame was amazing. On the 3rd day of the hunt, I literally stopped and said to myself " I haven't complained about this pack once. Last year my old pack was killing my hips / shoulders, wouldn't stay tight on my hip belt, didn't handle weight well. This Mystery Ranch had none of my past issues! When you tighten the belt with forward pulls it stays tight. The shoulder harness and belt are very comfortable, the straps all have lots of extra length to fit any load. The locking buckles are a brilliant idea. The zippers are tough as nails - I had this bag loaded over full and everything was solid.
The only issue I experienced was when hauling my rifle with butt end in the lower side pocket, I wish the upper compression strap that comes over the top of the bag was placed a few inches higher to help keep the rifle from tipping over.
I like the rifle on the right side of the pack and that makes getting into the main bag a bit of a challenge. I started park I g the zippers at the top of the pack so if I stop to pack away a layer or get out a puffy it's right there and super simple. Just a little learning curve on my part.
Hopefully next time I'll be able to test out the load shelf!
Used this pack on a 10 day hunt in Idaho. I spent between 2-4 nights in the back country at a time and also did several day hunts. The pack fit the bill in both situations with all of it's accommodating straps and pockets and the overload shelf capability just makes the whole package even better! The new MT Light Frame is an AMAZING improvement upon the previous version. I'm a fan of the old but I cannot deny that the new frame and more specifically, the hip belt has gone through a remarkable amount of improvement.
I just got back from a 10 day Montana elk hunt where I primarily used this pack as a day pack. I was able to conveniently pack everything I needed in the easy-to-access main compartment, or one of the many accessible pouches. When we did need to pack more than a day's worth of stuff it was easy to flip the bag all the open and stuff it however I wanted. The multiple deep vertical pockets make carrying a nalgene, bugle tube, spotter, tripod, etc. a breeze with easy access. And packing out an elk with the load shelf was as easy as it gets. The only wish I have for this pack is more ways to tie down or stow the straps when you're wearing it; I like to keep the belt and shoulder straps tied up and out of my way. Otherwise I would recommend this pack to anyone looking for a day to day pack, or something you might take out for an over nighter or two.
I bought the Sawtooth a couple of weeks back for hunting season. I literally wore it for a week straight without noticing it on my back. The waste belt is incredibly comfortable and the entire pack tanagers the weight nicely. Highly recommend this pack
I picked up this pack about a month ago just in time for South Dakota mule deer hunt. With limited time to break the pack in I relied on the great videos Mystery Ranch has put out. Bottom line this pack is very easy to get dialed in, it fit great and I love the waist belt. Multiple pockets to organize your gear is a plus too. Although i was not able to fill my tag and pack out an animal to put it to the true test I was very impressed with the way it handled the day to day stuff.
Very adjustable once its all set up feels good. My only issue is I can’t reach anything in the pack without removing it. I normally carry water in the sides would be nice to access them without removing the pack.
Awesome pack that is great for day hunting or maybe overnight. The only issue is if you are taking a sleeping bag with you, it takes up a lot of the room inside the pack. The fit is great and you are able to customize the frame to your torso size. Material is very tough and I like the simplicity of the storage compartments.And their load shelf is one of the best ideas I've seen for packing meat out.
I bought this as basically a day pack, with a little extra room and sturdiness for an overnighter/meat hauler. I am definitely not let down with the build quality, sturdiness, and adjustability. It feels great on. The way the main compartment zips down and flips over takes a bit of getting used to- it's not like the traditional top loading pack where you can stick your arm down in there and fish around for what you need- you have to zip the whole thing open. Overall, excellent pack and will keep it for forever.
As crazy as it sounds, I actually returned my Metcalf and swapped it out for this pack. I'm primarily a day hunter who wants to do 1-3 nights max so this pack with all of it's features seemed perfect. I did end up deciding to buy the updated 2020 version so I could attach the Hunting Daypack Lid. I loaded it up with 45 lbs last weekend and did a 10 mile round trip hike to a mountain lake in Montana and spent the night. It carries weight like a dream! I opted to use the 25 liter Roll Top Hauler to carry my sleeping back and tent so I had more room in the main bag for extras (fishing stuff, hammock, etc). Needless to say I love this pack and unless I get to Randy Newberg status (weeks in the backcountry), then I'll use this pack exclusively for years to come!
Receive this as a birthday present. Utilized it for a 3-day archery elk hunt in Wyoming around Jackson last weekend. Took me half a day to get it sized right but worked out great. My only issue is maybe larger top pocket.