Not high on the list of hunter priorities but its two-tone pattern breaks up your shape if you are unlucky enough to have the prey behind you.
Robust is probably the best way to describe it, much the same as the other Mystery Ranch packs that I’ve unsuccessfully tried to destroy. They are built fit for purpose, even if that means getting dragged over shale, through blackberries or just sliding around in the tool box for weeks at a time. The tough carbon fiber frame with tubular webbing allows it to flex and form while still carrying heavy loads and transferring the weight efficiently.
The buckles and zippers are heavy duty and functional, all webbing has Velcro to secure tag ends and the three-way weatherproof YKK zips allow for easy access to the entire pack. Little features such as the elastic loop and hook on the chest strap make life better.
The 330D CORDURA® LITE PLUS is a smooth and supple high filament density fabric 6,6 nylon weave that has an excellent strength to weight ratio. It requires less coating for waterproofing but is packable and easily foldable. The tight filament density creates a superior air and water barrier, higher resistance to abrasions, scuffs and tears and a quieter fabric, all important features for a hunting pack.
The Terraframe 50 has a large main compartment accessed by the classic 3-ZIP. There is a single internal elastic seamed pocket along the back wall that is for hydration bladders but I also keep my game bags and knives in there. There is a weather-sealed hole for your hydration hose at the top but otherwise it is pretty sparse. I tend to use pull outs to separate my gear rather than internal pockets; large uninterrupted spaces allow for a versatile pack that can be used for multiple applications.
The pack lid has two pockets, one smaller fully sealed and the other a larger mesh-bottomed one on the lower half. Both have weather-sealed zips. On either side of the pack there are two elastic pouches that could be used for water bottles or combined with the expansion webbing to carry spotting scopes, trekking poles, a tent, snacks, tripod, arrows, etc.
Probably the most important feature of the pack is the OVERLOAD® load sling/meat shelf between the frame and pack, this can be used for carrying out meat, hauling camera gear or other bulky items such as tents and sleeping bags. The shelf is accessible by undoing a number of buckles and can be easily adjusted to the appropriate size and compressed. All of these webbing points can be adapted to carry external loads when not using the load sling. There is also a webbing loading point on the base of the pack that is ideal for sleeping bags/mats, tents or wet gear. There is a single daisy chain running across the bottom of the pack for load securement.
Camera & Tech
I run a bulky DSLR with multiple lenses and a tripod which doesn’t always make the packing list depending on the severity of the terrain or the state of the deep freezer. I use an f-stop module that goes in the middle back section of the main compartment above my sleeping kit. The OVERLOAD® sling/shelf could also be used to carry a more significant setup with longer lenses and multiple bodies. My other electronics such as a phone, charge pack, headlamp, GPS and cords all live in the top sealed lid pocket.
With the exception of my wet weather gear and puffy jacket, all of my clothes go in a pull out in the main bag. This serves two purposes: it keeps them contained but also if the need arises I can strap them to the exterior of the pack. The puffy packs into its own pocket and lives at the very top of my pack, while the wet weather gear is either at the bottom or top depending on the day.
In the top mesh lid pocket I keep snacks, a compass, fire kit, buff, gloves and binoculars. My sleep system goes at the bottom of the pack with food, a cooking kit and camera above then my clothes on top. The top of the frame and the lid make a small shelf with two webbing clips. I found this really handy for storing jackets, cameras and mid-layers for rapid access.
Pack Suspension System
The external webbing covered carbon fiber frame with adjustable yoke combined with shoulder straps, a waist belt and chest strap that have been refined by decades of design experience provide a light, versatile and capable suspension system. Unlike rigid frames the Terraframe can flex torsionally, which helps when carrying loads through difficult terrain. The air space created also helps with reducing perspiration that is generally a real problem with frameless or internally framed packs.