So many possibilities.
Filling the sweet spot in your quiver between bare-bones daypack and behemoth backpacking pack, the Mystery Ranch Women's Cairn Backpack is a mid-sized technical pack that is capable of handling all-day treks and minimalist overnighters alike. Its women-specific, adjustable yoke lets you dial in a custom fit for comfort when hauling heavy loads, and the innovative 3-ZIP design provides unfettered access to all your gear.
The 3-ZIP design opens up the entire front of the bag so you can reach what you need without sifting through all the rest of your gear and throwing it out of order. Side water bottle pockets and a hydration-compatible sleeve make it easy to stave off thirst when you're taking on ambitious day hikes. Meanwhile, two rows of daisy chains allow you to attach extra gear to the front of the pack when you decide to spend the night out in the backcountry.
- Mid-sized pack for long days or quick overnighters
- 3-ZIP design offers easy access to main compartment
- Double-layered bottom for long-term durability
- Women-specific adjustable yoke allows custom fit
- Two rows of daisy chains let you secure gear to exterior
- Zippered lid pocket organizes smaller gear
- Hydration compatible (reservoir not included)
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Don't want to bring your 70+ liter pack on that overnighter? Go for the Cairn. It is the perfect size for 2-3 days out on the trails. The Y zipper construction allows for smart weight distribution and easy access.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I gave this a a gift and the recipient loves it! fits true to size and carries a good amount of gear!
Hard Working Pack
Owning a Mystery Ranch backpack has truly been a pleasure.. seriously this pack has a lot of features you'll want when searching for that perfect pack. Typically Mystery Ranch backpacks were/are designed with the hard working American in mind. Whether that be firefighters, military personnel, hunters, police officers, or outdoor enthusiasts, etc. This pack was meant to work as hard as you do. Aka, it needs to be durable.
The Cairn Backpack is made of 420 denier nylon, why is this relevant?.. Just a brief history lesson- this specific material was actually developed for the military for use in parachute backpacks- the only thing on the guys back that holds the parachute!
This material is durable, high tenacity, smooth, and incredibly light. In addition to the 420d nylon backpack simply being a beautiful, densely woven, tough-as-nails fabric, its smooth surface entirely lacks an affinity for pet hair, lint, sweater fuzz, and snow.
I actually really like the Y-shaped zippers. They're very convenient for the specific way I like to pack my gear. Typically when I'm loading up my backpack, I'll put the heaviest gear centered and next to where my back would be. I pack my medium weighing items toward the top, and on the outsides, I put the lighter gear and then, of course, my sleeping bag towards the bottom.
The shoulder straps are comfortable, as they are made of a padded mesh material that sits ergonomically without any annoying seams rubbing or chafing. The waist belt is adjustable and also just as comfortable. For proper sizing, I'd refer to Mystery Ranch's Fitting and Sizing chart.
If you're looking for a women's specific pack that is well-fitting, comfortable, durable, and versatile, the Cairn is a solid choice. They call it a mid-size daypack but it is more than capable of carrying enough gear for a week long excursion!