Mystery Ranch Glacier ($375)

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6 lbs. 6.4 oz.

Nylon (500D)

Premium build quality, super tough, and fantastic carrying comfort.

Extremely heavy and no included hipbelt pockets.

Mystery Ranch is relatively new to the world of backpacking however, it is able to trace its roots back to the creator, Dana Gleason, to the Dana Designs legendary packs from the 1990s. The current collection, however we recommend the heavy-hauling Glacier It is built to withstand rough, high-end expedition usage and is loaded with unique design features. Particularly the lid that is floating has been one of our top picks thanks to its two large pockets that can easily be converted to a practical daypack. And we are awestruck by the quality of the build, which is why everything starting from the decals and foams, to zippers is an elegant, long-lasting, premium feeling.

A Glacier’s major rivals are its main rival, the Osprey Aether above. Both pack models offer superior transporting comfort, durability, and all the whistles, bells and other features that you would want from a top hauler. Two essential features that aren’t included on The Glacier include hipbelt compartments, as well as an enormous mesh shove-it pocket in the back. The Aether is also more comfortable with back airflow, though it’s not quite as good as the material durability or quality as the Glacier. In addition, due to its incredible ability to haul, we’d like to see a larger capacity version of the Mystery Ranch. If those aren’t a problem for you, then the Glacier is a well-constructed backpack that’s built to last.