* 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.
BreakdownThe new for 2020 version of the Metcalf takes the previous best selling Mystery Ranch pack and adds some very functional features making the bag better than it ever was before. First and foremost the Metcalf is now on the Guide Light MT Frame which offers an improved waist belt and a slightly lighter frame. The Guide Light MT Frame also makes the Overload shelf easier to access. The bag itself has also undergone a couple of minor changes to increase functionality. One of these changes is that the full length side zipper now runs outside of the side pocket making it easier to access gear at the very bottom of your pack. The other change is that now the Metcalf has two open topped side pockets rather than just one. This is a great improvement because it allows you to carry your rifle or tripod on either side of your pack. The 2020 Metcalf is still the all-around workhorse that its predecessor was and is guaranteed to be a favorite among hunters looking for versatility and all-around utility.
*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.
I just hauled 65 lbs of sheep off a mountain. I'm 5'2" and 115 lbs - so while my legs about gave out a few times, the pack amazingly did not contribute to it. The weight distribution is set up perfect for a smaller frame. It held my gun securely thanks to the side pouches and stayed surprisingly dry inside despite constant rain and never drying it out fully. The gun pouches and frame size were the deciding factor - as many women's packs don't have options for this. Only negative I had was the pack capacity - men's packs definitely fit more.
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