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    Default Mystery ranch Metcalf: worth the cash?

    Hey guys, on the final pice of the puzzle for my otc elk hunt in Idaho this year. My old pack is heading to retirement as of now. After listening to a few pod casts and reading reviews and whatching YouTube videos Iím looking at the metcalf. 525 dollars is a mountain of cash to dish out after already buying a tag but the pack is no place to skimp I know. Kuiu looks like they have some good stuff too but for what Iíve seen the metcalf seemed to handle heavy loads best. What do you guys think? Thanks for your time.



    Rod from Minnesota

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    I love my metcalf and mystery ranch products. You do pay for them, but if you look at most other comparable quality packs stone glacier, etc. you'll see they are all in that ballpark. My metcalf has done everything I've asked of it. I used mystery ranch when I was fighting fire on an IHC crew. 16 hour days with 45 lbs and a saw and it never let me down. Went through abuse like no other and after 6 years was still comfortable. That was my reason to go to MR because I got to test the quality first hand and see the capabilities. So as you can see I am a little biased lol but I do believe in their products. My father uses the stone glacier, and that from what I've seen is also a great pack worth the price. Remember, the comfort and longevity of any quality pack will far outlast the initial blow of dropping the $$. If you are planning to start doing any amount of backcountry hunts the emphasis on a pack that has a solid frame and can comfortably handle good amounts of weight should never be overlooked!
    Last edited by BishopB7; 04-16-2018 at 10:14 AM.

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    Try it before you buy it as yoke and belt fit matter more than who made it. Lots of great packs, I found KUIU to be great for me after years of great service from the MR Crew Cab, but there are now many top manufacturers that make hunting specific backpack hunting packs.
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    Also check out Camofire and classifieds, MR often shows up in both for decent savings. Good luck

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    I own KUIU, MR Metcalf, and EXO 3500... EXO 3500 is by far my favorite. It is VERY similar to the MR Metcalf except 2 pounds lighter!!

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    Buy once, cry once. Yes, it's worth it.

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    They're worth it. I run a Kifaru as does my brother, my father runs an Exo, my best friend and wife each run Mystery Ranch. They're all great pack companies and are worth the price. If you're patient you can find them discounted on the classifieds here or on rokslide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAbearclaw View Post
    Also check out Camofire and classifieds, MR often shows up in both for decent savings. Good luck
    Agreed Camofire I know has had a lot of MR lately. I got mine for about $375 but I believe that was a black friday sale at gohunt.

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    I just got a MR Metcalf, have about 10 miles on it and am so far very happy. This is an upgrade from Kelty Cache hauler and a day pack I strapped to it. Any of the above brands are quality, don't skimp, just bite the bullet. FWIW, they sell this on the GOhunt website and you get about $60 back in credit at the store.
    "There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm." ~TR

    "He was a mighty hunter before the Lord." ~Genesis 10:9

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    I researched the Metcalf and EXO K3500, ended up with the 3500, but both are great packs and well worth the money. Also, Rokslide is a good place to buy a slightly use Metcalf.
    What doesn't kill you, hunts like hell.

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    I have two MR packs to get this year . My son is in the game this year ! From what we have seen and heard you just can't go wrong with MR !!

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    Mountain archery has the metcalf in multicam for 420 shipped right now just ordered one to try out..

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