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runninlopes8
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Sep-27-10, 
09:10 AM (MST)
"Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

My wife is thinking about getting me a MR CC for Christmas. I would like to try one on before dropping that kind of cash but unfortunatly we dont have any around near by. Is this pack worth the money? I do not want to buy another pack after this one.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Mystery Ra...  oregonmuley      Sep-27-10   1 
 RE: Mystery Ra...  Thunderclap...      Sep-27-10   2 
  RE: Mystery Ra...  marley      Sep-28-10   3 
   RE: Mystery Ra...  Thunderclap...      Sep-28-10   4 
   RE: Mystery Ra...  alaska_lanc...      Sep-28-10   5 
    RE: Mystery Ra...  marley      Sep-29-10   6 
     RE: Mystery Ra...  cabinfever      Oct-04-10   7 
 RE: Mystery Ra...  Thunderclap...      Oct-04-10   8 
  RE: Mystery Ra...  WapitiBob      Oct-04-10   9 
   RE: Mystery Ra...  runninlopes8      Oct-06-10   10 
    RE: Mystery Ra...  HardcoreOut...      Oct-11-10   11 
     RE: Mystery Ra...  runninlopes8      Oct-20-10   12 
      RE: Mystery Ra...  BigPig      Oct-21-10   13 
       RE: Mystery Ra...  HardcoreOut...      Oct-21-10   14 
        RE: Mystery Ra...  marley      Oct-26-10   15 
      RE: Mystery Ra...  rradams      Nov-09-10   18 
 RE: Mystery Ra...  garywright      Nov-05-10   16 
  RE: Mystery Ra...  HardcoreOut...      Nov-05-10   17 
   RE: Mystery Ra...  goatroper      May-20-12   19 
    RE: Mystery Ra...  woodruffhun...      May-22-12   20 
     RE: Mystery Ra...  marley      May-23-12   21 
      RE: Mystery Ra...  woodruffhun...      May-23-12   22 
       RE: Mystery Ra...  marley      May-24-12   23 
        RE: Mystery Ra...  woodruffhun...      May-24-12   24 
         RE: Mystery Ra...  goatroper      May-25-12   25 

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oregonmuley
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Sep-27-10, 
11:25 AM (MST)
1. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Have only seen the Crew Cab once and tried it on - is a heck of a nice pack but it is tough knowing without trying one on. I can tell you the quality of their packs is about as good as it gets so no worries there. Seems most guys really like their CC so it should be a great pack for you.

About 3 weeks ago I got my first Mystery Ranch pack, a Dragon Slayer which will be my go to daypack. So far I'm real happy with the fit and can't wait to put it to a test next week in Wyoming when I get to chase antelope. Go for it, or give them a call, they are most helpful when calling them.

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Sep-27-10, 
11:27 AM (MST)
2. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Yes, it's worth the money. I've had mine for three years and it does everything well. Some people have compained about fit but that has never been an issue for me. Heavy loads, no problem. Overnighters are a piece of cake. For week long hunts I added the lid but it's still a bit tight. I've heard for longer hunts the 6500 is better.

No pack is perfect but for me this is as close to perfect as I've experienced.

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marley
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Sep-28-10, 
07:18 PM (MST)
3. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I have both and I can say that you should just get the 6500. It will condense down just as small as the CC but still expand big enough for a longer hunt. I can fit everything in the CC that I need for 3-4 days but it doesn't ride near as nice as the 6500. If you collapse the main bag of the 6500 using the cinches and then use the 2 pockets and the lid for your gear it makes a great, very condensed day pack. More versatility with the 6500 IMO. Here's a pick of it as a day pack.

And one with everything.

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Sep-28-10, 
09:41 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Marley those are some sweet pics and a pretty weighty argument in favor of the 6500. Does it weigh much more and how do you have your gun strapped on?

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Sep-28-10, 
11:27 PM (MST)
5. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I agree 100% with Marley. I have hauled out caribou with both a Loadsling (same setup as a CC) and a 6500. No comparison the 6500 carries the weight WAY better. The 6500 is the most comfortable pack I have ever own for a hunting pack and I have tried quite a few. The weight difference between the 6500 w/o the daypack lid and the CC w/o the daypack lid is only 12 oz more and carries the weight so much better that it is worth it. With the compression straps of the 6500 snugged up it gets pretty darn flat on its own.

Personally if wanting just a true daypack on the NICE frame I'd go longbow long before crewcab. But to each their own.

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marley
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Sep-29-10, 
02:46 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Thunder the difference in weight is very minimal but the 6500 rides so much better and carries the weight so much better than the same weight in both packs but feels much lighter in the 6500. I use the Kifaru Gunslinger with the pack to hold my rifle which is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE when packing in very far. I do most of my hunts several miles in no matter what animal I am hunting and it is a lifesaver. You can just strap the rifle to the side of the 6500 without the gunslinger but it rides high and feels top heavy. In the gunslinger I can also get my rifle off of my pack without taking the pack off. GOTTA GET ONE!!

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cabinfever
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Oct-04-10, 
06:09 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I bought the 6500 with the nice frame at the expo in SLC this winter. Packed out my first deer with it last week. Most comfortable durable pack I have ever owned. My brother who packed out the other half of the deer with his eberlstock complained the whole way out that his back was hurting. A good way to strap your rifle on is to put the butt end in the side bottom pocket and than use the 3 compression straps to secure it to the pack. It rides nice. You won't regret buying a MR. I can't wait to try it out in AK next year.

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Thunderclapper
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Oct-04-10, 
07:09 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

runninlopes8 I just used my CC for a 2 day scouting trip and it worked supreme. With what these other MM's have said I would seriously consider the 6500.

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WapitiBob
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Oct-04-10, 
11:40 PM (MST)
9. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

If you have any length in your torso, the Nice Frame will ride low. Really low.
I made the Weight Jacker for mine.

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Oct-06-10, 
04:56 PM (MST)
10. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Well I went with the Mystery Ranch Crew Cab. I dont do enough backcountry hunts to justify getting the 6500. The hardest part was convincing my wife for an early christmas present. Ha, I have a hunt in November. Thanks for the help

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Oct-11-10, 
02:55 PM (MST)
11. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I am testing one now. It is an innovative and highly flexible pack. It has one of the best harness systems on the market and Dana has always built a durable pack that won't let you down when things get tough.

I think you made a good choice.

Wade
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Oct-20-10, 
07:38 PM (MST)
12. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Got her in today!!! How do you all clean this pack when it gets full of blood? Thanks

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Oct-21-10, 
09:01 AM (MST)
13. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I love my Crew Cab. Handles loads like a dream. I'd not hesitate to do a 5-6 day trip out of it.

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Oct-21-10, 
09:10 PM (MST)
14. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Runnin

A mild liquid soap, water and a soft scrub brush will do a good job. Rinse it off thoroughly and let it air dry.

Wade
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marley
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Oct-26-10, 
05:40 PM (MST)
15. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I just throw mine in the washer without the NICE frame on a gentle cycle and then let it air dry.

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Nov-09-10, 
05:49 PM (MST)
18. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

>Got her in today!!! How
>do you all clean this
>pack when it gets full
>of blood? Thanks

Per MR advice, I take mine to the car wash and pressure wash it. Works well.

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Nov-05-10, 
09:50 AM (MST)
16. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Morning All,
I am looking to get a new pack, the Mystery Ranch packs seem what I'm needing..........I think. I'm getting older and need a pack for day hunts but if need be I want to be able to carry out as much deboned meat as I can on the first trip and avoid making multiply trips or atleast only two trips. I don't think I could carry a full 6500ci pack loaded. How much more weight does the 6500 carry than the Crew Cab model? Does the 6500 carry lighter loads better than the crew cab? Do both the packs collapsed to a day pack and then exspande to carry loads without any accesories? What accesories would be recomened? Who has the best price? Thanks
Gary
Moscow, Idaho

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HardcoreOutdoor
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Nov-05-10, 
10:27 AM (MST)
17. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Hard to estimate how much weight one pack or the other will carry but suffice it to say that these Mystery Ranch packs can saitisfactorily handle in excess of 100 lbs loads and do so routinely in military applications.

You don't need any accessories with the Crew Cab although they do sell Load Cells which are not a bad idea. Some Granite Gear waterproof stuff sacks will also work.

The two best expandable packs on the market that also serve as very good day packs are the already mentioned Crew Cab from Mystery Ranch and the Eberlestock J34 Just One. Two different ways to do the same thing. My personal preferance at this point based mostly on the frame is the Crew Cab but you may see it differently.

Can't help you with price, I don't pay much attention to that. Sorry.

I suggest buying both, load them up and wearing them around the house. Keep the one you like best.

Wade
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May-20-12, 
04:03 PM (MST)
19. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I just ordered a MR Nice Wolf Alpha..$650.09
seems too but size wise perfect, we will see!

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May-22-12, 
03:17 PM (MST)
20. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Very interesting reviews. I know next to nothing about packs.

Having said this, I will be hunting Aoudad sheep next year. I am looking for a pack that will pack me in and allow me about 3-4 days before I return. Light weight is key and I will be packing in about 9-10 miles+.

Would this be the ideal pack? Would you prefer a frame pack?

I have a decent Sitka frame day pack and thats it. I could realy use some recommendations.

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marley
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May-23-12, 
11:27 AM (MST)
21. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Woodruff.....for what you are doing the 6500 would be perfect.

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May-23-12, 
10:53 PM (MST)
22. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Marley:

Frame, or no frame? Where is the best place to buy one?

Thanks

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marley
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May-24-12, 
08:58 AM (MST)
23. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

the 6500 incorporates the NICE frame which it kind of a hybrid frame. The only place I know of to get one is through the mystery ranch website or calling them. You don't see them for sale used too often for a good reason.

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woodruffhunter
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May-24-12, 
08:36 PM (MST)
24. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

Thanks Marley, I'll probably give it a try..

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May-25-12, 
01:29 AM (MST)
25. "RE: Mystery Ranch Crew Cab"

I bought the Nice Wolf Alpha will be here today
paid $655. plus shipping.... hoping it's what I wanted!
I waited til I saved enough...wanted it for 6 months bad!

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