*Please note the Guide Light MT Frame has different sizing than previous Mystery Ranch packs. Many people who used to be a large will now fit a medium pack. Please check the sizing tab to ensure you order the correct size.
The Selway hit's he sweet spot for either multi-day or day hunters at 3,783 cubic inches
Utilize the Overload™ feature to pack more into camp or haul that trophy of a lifetime back to the truck
Multiple goHUNT staffers use the Guide Light MT Frame and have hauled numerous animals with it
Uses custom-developed SJ Autolock buckles throughout, provides the perfect blend of strength and weight
500D Light Plus fabric delivers high tensile and tear resistance, key characteristics for a robust, purpose-driven hunting frame
Futura Yoke easily micro adjusts to the torso length to help customize your fit
BreakdownThe Selway – a new, lighter-weight pack for backcountry hunts. It’s the hunting backpack for the multi-day minimalist.
The newest member of the Mystery Ranch Wilderness Series hunting packs, the Selway, was designed to fill the 60 L sweet spot between Mystery Ranch's Pintler and Metcalf. Built on the new Guide Light MT Frame™ utilizing burly yet lightweight fabrications, the Selway is engineered for hunters who obsess over minimalism. It’s a pared-down, streamlined load hauler that carries ample gear for multi-day backcountry hunts – hunting gear, sleeping kit, tarp, a few days’ essentials. It incorporates Mystery Ranch's secret weapon Overload™ feature for packing out your harvest.
*If you are in-between sizes we recommend that you size down. This will ensure that you have the ability to tighten the waist belt under a heavy load and or after having spent multiple days in the backcountry and having lost a few pounds.
**The last picture includes instructions on how to accurately measure your torso.
Had about 70 pounds of stuff and it felt like nothing was there
Great pack! Has just enough room for what I need to carry for overnight packing. Simplistic bag without a lot of pouches or zippers. Easy to stuff and go. Fabric is super tough and the frame is adjustable to provide a custom fit. The meat shelf is the best hauling option I've seen on a backpack. Love everything about Mystery Ranch packs.
After 20 years of use I finally replaced my backpack. I looked at lots of options and it was overwhelming how many pack options are out there (which is a good thing in some ways). My decision was made after talking with a guide who packs out (or helps pack out) 30+ animals a year. He's tried all the various packs and while he personally doesn't use a Mystery Ranch he told me "You can get lighter packs, but you can't get a more comfortable one. Plus you can't beat their warranty". On that advise I purchased a MR Metcalf and wore it with 30-80#s to break it (and myself) in. I liked it so much I bought a Selway for my son. The two packs have the same frame system so load carry and fit are the same. I've done two backpack hunt trips in the Colorado Eagles Nest Wilderness this season so far and the Mystery Ranch frame/harness system does not disappoint. I'm skinny and waist belts always slip down my hips. Not a problem with the MR. Padding and adjust-ability are excellent. It carried the load nicely over tons of miles and vertical with no issues. The Selway is a little sleeker and in my opinion maybe slightly nicer as a day pack. The Selway is also a little lighter (0.5 lbs maybe?) than the Metcalf but notably smaller volume-wise. The Selway has zippers to access the main compartment, so accessing it during hunting (layering up/down) was louder than the Metcalf (which has buckles and slip-draws). Both packs have tons of compression straps and compress nicely. The load haul system works as advertised. Be aware that only an inexperienced fool would expect a load that is 50% of your body weight to be completely comfortable over 6 miles in the mountains no matter what pack you have. Shooting something in the back country isn't for the weak. For winter camping when you need to bring more gear or really long trips the Selway will probably still work for a shorter winter trip (~4 days) or ~7 day summer trip if you are meticulous in what you bring and leave at home. I think you could do 50% more time with the Metcalf using the same mindset. It isn't that much bigger, but that bit of extra volume makes the difference in my opinion. I can't see ever needing the volume of a Marshal. I wouldn't want to carry all the weight that would be associated with that volume anyway. I like a smaller pack, it makes me really think about what I bring and keep things light. My pack was less than 40#s with water and my bow strapped on for 5-nights, but I've been camping for a while and have good light-weight gear and try not to bring any excess. Personally I think the Metcalf is better for me all-round, but if you don't do a lot of longer trips I'd recommend the Selway because it is a little sleeker. Either way you can't beat the updated MR Guide Frame system.
I have yet to haul a load of meat with the pack, but by all accounts it has been great so far. Easy to strap down a bow, shed, etc. With all the straps, it is easy to cinch day for day use and the generous hip belt provides good cushion. My one detraction would be that the side pockets aren't ideal for a traditional water bottle - nalgene or otherwise. They fit fine, but not as secure as you might want when moving through brush and deadfall.
Nice pack. Haven’t used it on a hunt yet but will when season rolls around. Got pack mainly to attach my stand to and sandwich the stand between the frame and pack. Tried it out at home and carried the stand attached to the pack and loaded with normal hunting clothes and it felt very comfortable and handled the load very well. I believe I will enjoy this pack for years to come. Can’t wait to use this fall
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