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Mystery Ranch is a Bozeman, Montana based backpack company. Dana Gleason is the leading designer for Mystery Ranch backpacks and is known for creating Dana Design packs, which was purchased by K2 in 1995. Dana went on to found Mystery Ranch in 2000.
The Mystery Ranch NICE Long Bow is by far the most comfortable, well-built, hunting backpack I have ever had the pleasure to wear. The Long Bow is a 39 liter day pack that is highly capable of doing 3-5 nights in the backcountry. My favorite feature of this pack has to be the NICE Frame that is incorporated into the Long Bow. This allows the user to pack out an animal between the ‘main body’ of the pack and the NICE frame. This gives the hunter the ability to pack the animal out, plus the items the hunter is carrying in the pack already.
I had the pleasure of putting the Long Bow to work on opening day, packing out my good friend Tyler’s bull. I took out a full hind quarter (bone in), and WOW! This pack can carry some weight! The NICE frame really helps displace the weight between your shoulders and hips.
The zippers on the Mystery Ranch packs are rugged and definitely can take some serious abuse.
Upon first inspecting the Long Bow I noticed the 3 Zip design, allowing easy access to the six pockets inside.
There are 6 pockets that will carry a wide variety of hunting necessities, with one pocket being zippered, which we have found great for carrying tags, headlamps, electrical tape, backup contacts, etc.
The Long Bow is hydration compatible, with hydration ports that allow you to route the hose directly to your should strap for easy access.
The quick release buckles give secure tightening and loosening of all straps on the Long Bow.
Every strap on the Long Bow is equipped with velcro ends that allow the user to roll straps and secure. This eliminates any long straps that may hang off the Long Bow.
The hip belt contains two large hip pockets. These pockets are great for easy access items. We like to use these pockets for elk calls, wind gauges, or even to carry some of our smaller DSLR lenses.
Above is a short promo for the Mystery Ranch Longbow, created from some of our 2012 elk hunting footage.
Be looking for the Mystery Ranch Long Bow in action in our Season 2 videos.