Avoid the rock slide.
The only thing standing between you and that beautiful lake is a field filled with loose rocks, so tread carefully with Mystery Ranch's Scree Backpack holding all the trekking essentials you need for a day. This spacious daypack could even handle a minimalist overnight backpacking trip, which means it has plenty of room for full days at climbing crags or on the trail. Mystery Ranch's 3-ZIP design lets you open the pack like a traditional top-loader or a full front panel access for easy packing and unpacking.
- Spacious daypack for trekking and climbing
- Mesh padded back, shoulders, and waist for breathable comfort
- 3-ZIP access for top and front panel opening
- Hydration compatibility with reservoir sleeve, tube port, and clip
- Pockets designed for water bottles, electronics, and essentials
- Q & A
I've been running the Scree since March 2018. 55 day hikes and a few overnight ventures find me very pleased with this pack. I have carried loads of between 23 and 35 lbs on hikes of between 2 and 8hrs in duration. The pack is very comfortable and carries well on steep ventures off trail as well as more pedestrian sorts of hikes. The shoulder straps, waist belt, and sternum strap are easy to adjust on the fly. Compression straps are perfectly placed and have a great deal of adjustability. The 'T-Zip' feature took a bit of getting used to but i really love it now. Only a few 'cons' i can think of: the pack is a bit on the heavy side and the top pocket on the lid could be a bit bigger for convenience sake. Oh, and I wish that the Scree was available in a 50 liter version as out of my quiver of six different packs by various makers, the Mystery Ranch Scree has become my hands-down favorite! This pack is fantastic!
Great day bag
Iâve used this bag on day hikes in Kentucky and Wyoming in temps ranging from the 90s down into the 40s and I really enjoy this bag. It carries weight extremely well, but the bag is cavernous. I carried my layers, water, food, water purifier, med bag, stove and cook set, my fiancÃ©âs and my sisters layers, and still had room to spare. The only downside of this bag is the back is not very breathable, itâs comfortable but the padded mesh back could be upgraded to a design more in line with their high end military and hunting designs. Overall, if youâre looking for a day bag, or a bag to do multi day trips I would highly recommend this.
Sturdy 1-2 day pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This backpack is the perfect blend between my day pack and multi day pack. So far Iâve used it for splitboard touring, an 800-mile motorcycle trip and 2-nighter backpacking trips in the Eastern Sierra backcountry. The 3-way zipper function is definitely one of my favorite functions and the build of the pack is far from fragile. Heavy duty stitching means I can count on this pack not ripping when removing my snowboard from the back or hiking through tall sage. Iâm 5â9 and the medium pack fit me perfectly and was very easy to adjust. All of the straps and buckles fit nicely and donât pinch like Iâve had other bags do. Each of the side pockets are built tough as well and are roomy enough to hold a Nalgene and more. The top pockets are a great addition making it easy to access the âgo-toâ items. One is smaller which is great for maps, wallets and other items that are a bit smaller and flat while the other top pocket is a bit larger making it great for snacks and gels. The only issue Iâve had is the hip belt pockets are pretty small meaning I cannot fit my iphone 7+ in it (not a deal breaker though). Iâve received many compliments on the pack and would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a sturdy 1-2 day pack.
Great day pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A nicely sized day pack, about 35L when compared to my 40L and 30L ski packs. Some of the key features I noted right away were some really tough fabrics and a unique zipper configuration! The pack was simple to adjust to my torso size after watching a quick video. Basically there is a plastic piece behind the shoulder straps that can be removed and used to separate velcro that holds the yoke (shoulder straps) down. Once fit the pack feels great with all manner of weight in it! I'd filled up all my water bottles and filled it up to 30lbs and it felt pretty good. I'd heard a lot about these packs while skiing at Big Sky Montana where Mystery Ranch is based out of, stoked to get one! There is 2 pockets in the lid, one big enough for a phone and keys and the other large enough for a book, head lamp and sunscreen. With a mesh backing I assume is to keep the pocket ventilated(?). Water bottle holders on each side are big enough for Nalgene size bottles yet can hold small items loosely. 2 hip belt pockets for sunscreen or chap stick but not much else. Full zipper on the front, different and awesome!
Pros: The zipper configuration is awesome! Using it like a top loading pack is cool, but when you need that thing at the bottom BAM! Front zipper goes nearly all the way to base of the pack making those normally hard to reach items a cinch!
The harness of the pack is burly, it feels like it could handle more gear than the pack can actually fit inside. I think the fabric will last longer than I will, its so tough! This thing is comfortable, with just a camera and water bottle to a full days worth of climbing gear it will feel the same.
Cons: The hip belt pockets are too small for snacks or a cell phone. Compression straps for me would be better on the side (for carrying skis) yet very functional for clipping gear like climbing shoes and a jackets. Its a little heavy for its size, yet that goes with a tough built pack meant to last a lifetime.
All in all I really like this pack. I plan to use it on a few light overnights if it ever warms up. It would be a great "do it all" pack for hikers, climber, photographers and even backcountry skiers.