New Packs from Mystery Ranch

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  1. LFowler

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    Mystery Ranch has been releasing a lot of new packs lately, and it is worth taking a peek at their website if you haven't in a while.

    One in particular seems worth posting here, the Pop-up 18:

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    In its basic configuration it looks like we finally have a hunting/hiking version of the hotshot packs some of us have been asking for for so long. Nice big bottle pockets, some decent lash points, lookin' good.

    but it gets better:

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    pull the pack away and flip up some aluminum gizmos and you have a hauler frame. This could be a one pack solution if most of the time you do short trips but want to be able to add a dry bag for longer treks, or if you need to transport heavy and bulky items (decoys, tree stands, trail maintenance or homestead tools) but don't need a huge pack bag at the same time.

    This probably won't be the load hauler that the larger pack frames are, it is pretty narrow and the frame is not fully rigid like a welded frame. MR's other frames (the Guidelite, NICE, or Terraframe) have a much wider and more stable load platform with better compression, but for the occasional use this might be perfect.
     
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    I have been eyeing that or the Mule, for a new hunting pack.
     
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    Well dang. I just got my Hotshot a little before Christmas and this is what I was looking for! I do like the top loading aspect a lot better on the hotshot though vs. the zipper top but that things still looks great. The load shelf capability is a great feature; if not packing out game then for blankets/sleep gear, extra water, etc.
    For a mil aspect that would be a great way to carry a radio or spare MG/mortar rounds.
     
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    Looks pretty cool. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Really nice to see them add green to their color choices. I finally scored one of the only two 3DAPs they made in OD Green, and now they offer it in the CL model, LOL
     
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    I'm going to try and make it to Bozeman in the next couple of weeks- I really want to try out one of the pop ups; it's a great concept
     
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    Thanks for posting this. Haven't been on their website in a while. This looks like it could handle 95% of what I do.
    MtWarden. Could we get a review if you get your hands on one.
    Thanks
     
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    I hope to try one out at a trade show next weekend, hopefully have some more pictures at the very least.
     
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    Those are some great new design ideas. The pop up series look pretty good.
     
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    Thanks for posting, I ordered a 18 and it is on the way. Should be just right for a day hunting pack. And if not, a dry bag in the hauler is an option to expand the capacity a little.
     
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    Would like to see some pics/hear your thoughts when you get it if you have time.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
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    Yup, eagerly awaiting review!
     
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    Nice! The Pop Up 28 also looks good. It's cool to see their 2018 lineup but I had almost decided which pack to buy before they released all the new models and colors! Now it's back to square one again!:34::D
     
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    Been watching different videos on the 18. The bag is completely removable which is a nice option in my opinion. I would assume the waist belt is to, if somebody gets their hands on one, could you confirm this? Looking forward to some reviews on this pack.
    Thanks
     
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    I’m at SHOT Show, I’ll do my best to track them down and post pics.
     
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    if you have time, see if they have any sandbags or such- would be nice to hear how it feels with 60-70 lbs.
     
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    Can you get a shot of the mule? I' like to see the inside if possible.
     
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    Looks like a really cool option. Especially since I have a few dry sacks of various sizes. Almost limitless possibilities.

    If the price isn't too extreme (don't know if mentioned anywhere, haven't looked) I will probably pick one up.
     
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    $279 for the 18, $299 for the 28 (going off of memory which isn’t always the best :4:)
     
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    MR waistbelts are weird. Typically some parts are removable to swap sizes, but almost never the whole belt. In this and other cases at most the inner padding would be but the outer "wings" with the stiff foam and PALS webbing are sewn-in. From my memory of the newer packs I don't think any part of the belt is removable.
     
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    No sandbags, but here are the pop ups and the mule. Interior pics are of the mule, pretty simple inside. I’ll do a few at a time.

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    Thank you so much for the pictures. I never understand why the manufacturers don't show the insides.
     
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    Apologies if there are dupes, just signed up wth Imgur - not as intuitive as photobucket was.
     
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    MR has some pretty nice military packs, too. They were sequestered in the Law Enforcement pavilion. It’s a fun show, but man - my dogs are barking after 4 days of it. Plus Range Day on Monday, so, 5 days. And I’d rather visit the dentist than Las Vegas.

    Can’t wait to get home (after midnight tonight). Shipped home 22.5 pounds of catalogs this morning, and carrying another 10 pounds of catalogs in my carry on.
     
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    You’re very welcome!
     
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    IMG_2152.JPG IMG_2153.JPG My pop18 came today. The bag can be removed but the belt can't. I may email them and see if they plan to just sell the bags in the future.

    I put a 25lb weight on the shelf and it was comfortable. I will try add another 25 and a couple tens and then do some elliptical this weekend to see how it rides. The tag says it is rated up to 80lbs.

    It has just enough room for my kill kit, lunch kit, fak and poop bag. If I were to try bring along my glassing pants/jacket I would need to get the bigger bag or use a dry bag.

    Loaded up with all that though it weighs the same as my empty Kifaru woodsman on the 22in frame.
     
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    I dig that setup
     
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    Nice! Thanks for loads of great pics.
     
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    Thank you for the pictures! My trade show was a bust, MR booth but no pop-ups :(

    I kind of doubt they'll ever sell just the pop-up bags by themselves, they may work on the guidelite frame but I think the special smaller frame is such a core feature they won't separate the two.
     
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    IMG_2158.JPG IMG_2159.JPG IMG_2160.JPG I emailed them about buying just the larger bag just to see. After loading it up with a dry bag though I think the 18 will be just right.

    I also noticed two small details I like. The sternum strap has some bungee for holding the tube from a water bladder and the ends of straps are the width of the zelcro.
     
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    Looks perfect for the September to mid October early season when it is still warm out and for day hunts by the truck.
     
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