The METCALF is Mystery Ranch's go-to pack for most Western hunts, at 71 Liters (4333 c.i.) it offers the sweet spot in volume that suits most Western hunts - from weeklong backpack hunts to serious day hunts without sacrificing on either end. If you're looking for a one pack solution, the METCALF is the ticket.
Built on the Guide Light Frame, it has the vertical rigidity you want for heavy pack outs and the horizontal flexibility for day-in day-out comfort. As a plus, you can swap pack bags on the Guide Light Frame, so if you want to diversify your pack assortment the investment is now significantly smaller.
The organization the METCALF brings to the table is hard to beat, double lid pockets, a lower exterior pocket on the left side for quick access, and a mondo full length side-zip on the right side, and a large water bottle pocket on the right. We use the water bottle pocket for tripod storage and load our spotting scope just inside that side zip - so you don't have to root around in your pack to access the gear you need midday.
With ample compression straps, featuring beefy locking buckles, the load stays secure all day long and the burden of the pack is transitioned away from the oversized side-zip.
When you punch your tag, the overload shelf opens up to accept big heavy loads. For years we ran great big packs with excess capacity to pack game and camp out, at any point in the hunt. The well-designed Overload Shelf this pack offers allows us to expand useful volume and load meat, head, and capes for the pack out.
Volume: 4333 cu-in (71 L)
Weight: 6.1 lb (2.8 kg)
Dimensions: 32.5"x13.5"x11.5" (83x34x29cm)
Frame System: Guide Light Frame
Country Of Manufacture: Philippines / Vietnam
Intended Use: Backpack Hunts, Day Hunts
500D CORDURA® fabric and YKK® zippers
Side zip access
Bow and rifle carry via compression straps
Hydration reservoir compatible
Detail side pocket for small items
Guide Light Frame™
Telescoping yoke for custom torso fit
Available in GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Subalpine pattern to seamlessly add another layer of superior gear to your system