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Exclusive Release: Mystery Ranch x Carryology No Escape
The wait is over. The Dragon awakens…
Mystery Ranch x Carryology No Escape.
Behold our fierce second collaboration with Mystery Ranch. Forged in the creative fires of The Ranch. Ready to be set loose on the world. Scorching new paths of adventure.
Codenamed the Dragon, this pack is built with the world's toughest and lightest materials, giving it the ability to torch any enivornment that gets in its way.
But just like its mythical namesake, this beast will be mighty hard to trap. So don't delay and catch your dragon before its gone!
(Note, some launch times may differ, please check with your region's distributor)
Japan - A&F Corporation
(In-Store Only, Mystery Ranch Flagship Store, Harajuku Japan)
Taiwan - White Rock
Singapore - Outdoor Life
Funan Mall #02-20, 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105
China - Sanfo
United Kingdom - 2Pure LTD
· Volume: 25L (1526 cu-in)
· Weight: 4.09 lbs (1.86 kg)
· Dimensions: 22.75"x11"x11" (58x28x28cm)
· Multi-fabrication structure with Dyneema®, Dimension-Polyant VX50, 500d Nylon CORDURA®, and 200d Nylon
· Main fabric: Dyneema® and Dimension-Polyant VX50
· Secondary fabric: 500d Nylon CORDURA® and 200d Nylon
· Reinforced with MultiCam Black Dimension-Polyant VX50 on sides
· YKK® zippers
· Scape Artist panel loader design with U-shape zipper access to the main compartment
· Stowable custom Stick-It with double daisy chains tucks into hidden zippered pocket in the bottom
· Deep-dish lip pocket with internal zippered mesh pocket
· MYSTERY RANCH x Carryology limited-edition morale patch
· Velcro on lid for additional morale patches
· Zippered inner side mesh pockets
· Large interior dump pockets
· Floating, padded computer sleeve with PALS web for MOLLE attach accessories
· Computer sleeve access from the frame side of the pack and internally
· Additional zippered mesh pocket on inner of the main access panel
· Full-length plastic frame sheet for structure
· Hydration compatible with port
· Adjustable Futura Yoke for a custom fit
· Grommeted side water bottle pockets with elastic tops
· Fold up, stowable Live Wing belt
· Discreet, dual hidden pockets in the Live Wing's garage
Reborn without compromises
A salute to the super-rare Mystery Ranch Scape Artist. But reimagined with maximalist design. A premium pack built with premium materials. Rugged enough to rampage across the outdoors. Yet sleek enough to stealth its way through urban terrain too.
Our Dragon has been born with no compromises. Just pure carry awesomeness.
A brother to the Unicorn
The Dragon had to be something of its own, but share the same legendary bloodline with The Unicorn. There had to be a cohesive design language. These things were easy. Paracord heat-shrink tubing zipper pullers. Done. YKK AquaGuard zippers. Done. Orange interior lining accents. Done. No exterior MOLLE/PALS. Done. Hypalon puller tabs. Done. The world-class, ultra-comfortable, super-adjustable Futura Yoke suspension system. Done.
Lighter, stronger, built to fly anywhere
A pack is only as good as its fabric. Dyneema®, Dimension Polyant X-Pac, and Cordura. They’re our three favorites for good reason. They’re super technical, modern, strong, durable, drape well, and well… they look awesome.
Working with the R&D team at Dyneema®, we carefully ran through our use cases and requirements, and their team came back with “CT9HK.18/blkwov6” as their recommendation. One long scientific-sounding name for an incredibly sexy fabric. Stronger than steel and technically speaking, Dyneema® is the strongest material on Earth.
We opted for the best of the best X-Pac, based on our professional experience. Waterproof and durable X50 in MultiCam Black. We added this fabric only on the sides. This way, you have a bit of subdued street-inspired flare, but it’s not totally in your face or in the face of someone walking behind you.
Rounding it out, tried and true classic 500D Cordura nylon on the “core” construction of the pack, such as the Futura suspension and the structural areas and base, to give it strength and boosted abrasion resistance where it matters.
The large-mouth U-shaped panel-loader opening allows for killer access to all your gear, opening up to our signature high-vis orange ‘fire breathing’ interior, so you can find everything you need in a blaze of orange glory.
Pocketfuls of gold (and access)
Inside, we’ve added five new accessory pockets, so you can find the right-sized pockets for all your essentials. Pens, multitools, flashlights, you name it.
Two up high out of crunch zones for easy access. Two down low for larger objects or cylindrical shapes (umbrella, camera gear or bottle, etc). And one large vertical zippered pocket on the backside of the front panel.
And while the panel-loader provides extreme access to the interior of the pack, if it’s super full, it can sometimes be difficult to fight around your stuff to gain access to your laptop. So we added a quick-draw exterior vertical zipper access for your laptop too. So you can get to your tech, quick smart.
For those of us who love pouches (all of us?), we’ve added not three but four rows of MOLLE/PALS to allow users to utilize a wider range of pouches to be mounted. Because, hey, we want everyone to load up their Dragon just how they need it.
Adding some spy-level fun, we included two vertical zipper pockets (one on each side near the bottom of the back panel), to stash something like a passport or other sensitive items. Like any good secret agent gadget, you’d never know they were there unless you knew what you were looking for.
A waterfall (when needed)
As many of our Unicorn owners requested, The Dragon’s laptop compartment has a toggle to hang a hydration bladder, as well as a hydration hose passthrough, so folks can carry into the mountains, and be prepared (and hydrated).
Speaking of water. We love a clean aesthetic and generally exterior water bottle pockets aren’t really our… bag. However, we listen to our readers. People begged for our next one to include external pockets to hold their favorite cylindrical vessels to hold this “H2O liquid” we keep hearing all about. The original Scape Artist has bottle pockets, but they don’t play well with taller/larger bottles. So we tweaked the patterns to securely hold vessels or objects of all heights (we’re looking at you, compact tripods).
Hidden magic (Stick-It)
Mystery Ranch’s Stick-It, their version of the “beaver tail”, provides additional exterior storage at a moment’s notice for a variety of different shaped essentials. But on the No Escape it's been given the “Maximalist Design” treatment. It can be quickly deployed and then stowed away, attached into its own hidden zippered pocket at the bottom. It's made from Dyneema® and X50 MultiCam Black to match the rest of the pack. And it has vertical webbing lash points, a nod to the 1DAP backpack (another Carryology favorite from Mystery Ranch). Super minimal and clean when you want it or rapidly deploy it and have a pop of MCB and additional function.
Load-bearing origami wings
Like the Stick-It, we wanted a waist belt for “just in case” scenarios. While we love the function of the Carryology Assault’s hidden hip belt, some said they could feel it against their lower lumbar. To improve on this, we switched to the Scape Artist’s origami folding-style hip belt that folds up and away behind the water bottle pockets.
Branding at the heart
The label. A minor detail, but worth noting. There’s something so perfect and iconic about the woven black and orange Mystery Ranch label. It just so happened that the Scape Artist already used this handsome woven label. We redesigned it to include both brands and in the process, actually shrunk it a few millimeters, making it smaller than the original. And most importantly, for that ideal design balance, we took the off-center Scape Artist location and placed it exactly in the middle. Perfect.
A samurai myth (for morale)
And this wouldn’t be a Mystery Ranch x Carryology collab without a morale patch. A morale patch with a story, symbolism, a bit of magic.
Again, to pair with The Unicorn – the knight holding the grail, riding a unicorn with a shield made from Unobtanium – this is the equal opposite. The dark to the light.
There is a deep dive into the relevance of each of the four symbols chosen for this patch design, which can be read about here in full geeky detail. But they represent things which cannot be attained by mere mortals; a samurai warrior, a dragon, a very special sword (Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi / “Grass-Cutting Sword”), and a five-colored jewel from a dragon’s neck (from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter).
The two patches are meant to be displayed side by side, as a diptych, with the two warriors riding their mythical beasts towards each other. Maybe towards war, maybe towards peace, maybe towards both simultaneously.
Of course, we need to give a big shout-out to the incredibly talented genius illustrator who designed the last patch and who does all kinds of fantastic work for Carryology (one of the founders of Carryology), Hadrien Monloup. Extra shout-out to our friend Alexander Ryu Long in Japan who helped us fact-check the symbolism for the patch design. Thank you!