As serious Western Hunters, the right backpack is a major solution. But what works for day hunts, short multi-day hunts, big backcountry trips, and packouts are seldom the same solution. When we finally put our grungy little mitts on the Mystery Ranch line-up, we knew we were as close as anyone has every been.
The Pintler has the right Kung-Fu to haul big loads, due to its overload shelf and Guide Light Frame™ but has the compact footprint that makes it a day hunter and short-term backpack hunter's perfect, or damn-near perfect solution. With just the right amount of organization and it's handy Y-Zip opening it is a clean well-organized pack for serious optics-centric hunters, open the pack and everything you need is right where you need it.
First and foremost, this pack's critical foundation is their Guide Light Frame™. It offers a bizarre match if vertical rigidity and torsional flexibility. The combination of these two things, which are seldom found in the same pack, is insane load bearing capacity and out of this world comfort.
With 41Liter (2502 c.i.) capacity, it really nails the volume needs we hold in the Southwest for optics-heavy day trips, and shifts gears neatly into a 2-3 day lightweight backpack setup.
Run it with a reasonably lightweight backcountry set up, like a floorless shelter, Pocket Rocket 2 stove and Sea to Summit collapsible cookware, Sea to Summit LT1 and Inflatable pad and you have an incredibly compact setup ready to go explore new unseen country, and be able to park on a great spot when you uncover it.
500D CORDURA® fabric and YKK® zipper
3-ZIP design for rapid and complete access to gear
Bow and rifle carry via compression straps
Single lid detail pocket for small items
Side stretch-woven pockets for tripod feet or bottles