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Mystery Ranch Terraframe 50 External Frame Backpack Review

Mystery Ranch Terraframe 50 Backpack Review

Mystery Ranch Terraframe 50 Backpack Review








Beefy External Frame Backpack

The three-Zip Terraframe 50 is a exterior body backpack with a load-sling able to carrying heavy or awkwardly-shaped gear. Weighing 5 lbs the Terraframe 50 is heavy for a backpack with solely 50L of capability.

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The Mystery Ranch Three-Zip Terraframe 50 is an exterior body backpack with a load sling that’s good for hauling awkwardly formed and heavy masses that gained’t match into a traditional prime loader or roll prime pack. Load sling packs (additionally referred to as breakaway packs), just like the Terraframe 50 and its huge brother the Terraframe 80, are in style with hunters as a result of they make it straightforward to haul heavy meat, packed in recreation luggage, after it’s been subject dressed and de-boned. Mystery Ranch might be one of the best recognized firm to promote load sling packs into the overall outside recreation market, however they’re additionally obtainable from Search Outdoors, Kifaru, and Kuiu.

Specs at a Look

  • Sort: External body w/ load sling
  • Adjustable Torso size: Sure
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Weight: 5 lbs
    • Frame w/ hip belt: Three lbs 2.5 oz
    • Pack bag: 1 lb 13.5 oz
  • Pockets: four
  • Supplies: 330 Cordura Lite Plus Pack Bag, Carbon Fiber Frame
  • Max advisable load: 150 kilos (that’s not a typo)

Load Sling Functionality

With a most beneficial load of 150 kilos, I have a tendency to think about the Terraframe 50 as a working “persons” pack as a result of it will possibly carry an axe, path upkeep instruments, or perhaps a chain noticed, between the body and pack bag. Nevertheless it might simply as simply be used to hold a pelican case, tender cooler, rope bag, base camp tent, or packraft for extra leisure pursuits. That’s as well as you something you’ll be able to match contained in the pack bag or strapped to its exterior.

Breakaway backpacks are external frame packs with a load sling or shelf (center) that you can rest more gear on, slotting it between the frame and the pack bag. Load sling backpacks are exterior body packs with a shelf (middle) that you could relaxation extra gear on, slotting it between the body and the pack bag.

The pack bag is related to the body with thick webbing straps on the prime, backside, and alongside the edges when the load sling functionality shouldn’t be in use. The bottom of the pack is related to the body with an prolonged piece of cloth, forming a sling or shelf, that can be utilized to hold further instruments, gear, or stuff sacks.

Breakaway backpacks are good for carrying heavy or awkwardly sized loads. This chain saw is fairly comfortable to carry, for instance. Load sling backpacks are good for carrying heavy or awkwardly sized masses. This chain noticed is pretty snug to hold, as an example.

As an example, should you have been a path maintainer and needed to hold a chainsaw to take away blowdowns from a path, you can place your noticed between the pack and body to hold it (as proven above). Subsequent, you’d sandwich the noticed between the body and the pack bag (as proven under) by attaching its webbing straps to the body. This makes it potential to hold fairly heavy objects or stuff sacks to a base camp, as an example, however nonetheless have a daily backpack that you need to use in the course of the day for aspect journeys.

The pack bag is connected to the frame with webbing straps, securing the item between the frame and the bagThe pack bag is related to the body with webbing straps, securing the merchandise between the body and the bag.

If don’t want the load sling functionality, you need to use the Terraframe 50 identical to you’d any backpack. Actually, it feels extra like an inner body pack when worn than an exterior body pack, as a result of its middle of gravity is near your hips. That is very totally different from old-school exterior body backpacks just like the Kelty Trekker 65 (see evaluate), the place the middle of gravity is greater up and nearer to your mid-back.

Backpack Storage and Group

The Terraframe 50 consists of an exterior body and a pack bag. The pack bag has three zippers, one vertical and two diagonal so you’ll be able to open up all the bag or simply entry stuff within the higher half. There’s a hydration pocket inside and a single hydration port that comes out between the shoulder pads. The pack again additionally has two prime lid pockets that shut with zippers and two open aspect water bottle pockets. The highest lid pockets are on the small aspect, however handy.

The Terraframe 50 pack bag has three zippers which open to provide full access inside.The Terraframe 50 pack bag has three zippers which open to offer full entry inside.

Nevertheless, the aspect water bottle pockets can solely match a single Nalgene and quite snugly at that. The pockets not reachable whereas sporting the pack and whereas they do have cutouts to empty moist gear, like a dripping water filter, their small measurement makes them troublesome to retailer a number of gadgets.

When I open the central zipper my gear spills out willy nillyOnce I open the central zipper my gear spills out willy nilly.

I don’t notably like central zipper on the Terraframe 50, as a result of I discover my gear spills out of the pack willy nilly once I open it. It’d be much more helpful if the pack might relaxation flush with the bottom, however the pack has a really strong hip belt which prevents it from mendacity flat. The Terraframe 80 has a extra typical design with many extra pockets and compartments for gear group. I want it was obtainable in a 50L or 60L measurement as an alternative of simply 80L.

Its easy to attach gear to the outside of the pack with the compression straps, even when the breakaway capability is used. It’s straightforward to connect gear to the surface of the pack with the compression straps, even when the load sling functionality is used.

External Attachment and Compression System

There are quite a few exterior compression straps on the Terraframe 50 pack bag, which serve the twin objective at attaching the pack bag to the body in load sling mode or as common compression/attachment factors when it’s used like a daily backpack. They make it very straightforward to hold a foam sleeping pad or tent physique beneath the underside of the pack or hooked up to its entrance.

These embrace:

  • two tiers of aspect compression straps
  • two tiers of straps that loop across the entrance of the pack over the middle zipper
  • two straps that join the highest of the pack bag to the exterior body
  • two straps that join the underside of the pack bag to the exterior body

Sadly, the small measurement of the aspect bottle pockets makes it troublesome to terminate lengthy objects like tent poles, paddle shafts, or axes within the aspect pockets and retailer a water bottle in them on the similar time. These are greatest stowed utilizing the load sling functionality, between the body and pack bag.

Long objects are best carried between the frame and the pack bag. Lengthy objects are greatest carried between the body and the pack bag.

The compression straps are on the Terraframe 50 are fairly lengthy with a view to serve their twin perform. Mystery Ranch supplies velcro twine keepers to wrap up any extra webbing that isn’t wanted and maintain it out-of-the-way. Nevertheless, these twine keepers aren’t sewn to the ends of the webbing, making them very straightforward to lose. Different pack makers sew them to the ends of their webbing straps and it’d be good if Mystery Ranch did the identical.

The Terraframe 50 additionally has quite a few webbing loops that may function attachment factors, to lash further gear to the pack bag. There are 4 such loops on the highest lid and three on the finish of every zipper. The latter allow you to rigidity the zipper for smother operation. There’s additionally a brief run of MOLLE loops on the base of the bag.

The frame can be completely separated from the pack bagThe body could be utterly separated from the pack bag.

Backpack Frame and Suspension

Mystery Ranch has a adjustable-length body system referred to as the Futura Yoke that they use throughout lots of their backpacks. The Futura Yoke enables you to modify the peak of the shoulder pads in order that they correspond to your torso size. That is carried out utilizing a velcro-backed yoke that slides up and down alongside the body and is fairly commonplace throughout adjustable-length pack makers.

What’s totally different concerning the Terraframe’s exterior body, is its flex and form. It has a flat body, somewhat than being curved on the prime and backside, and flexes dynamically with you as you progress. That is achieved through the use of a carbon fiber body with two vertical stays and three cross braces. The Terraframe has a large and stiff hip belt that locks over your hip bones and gained’t slip when worn. It additionally has wings that are tightly coupled to the bottom of the carbon fiber body, moderately than floating free. That is very totally different from most inner and exterior body packs the place the pack bag and the body are indifferent transfer independently from each other.

The Terraframe 50 frame is flat and rigidThe Terraframe 50 body is flat and inflexible

The result’s an exterior body that matches near your physique, making it good for scrambling like an inner body pack, however with the load carrying capability of an exterior body pack. It’s slightly intelligent, however higher fitted to army and searching use the place often individuals carry 100+ pound masses, moderately than the outside recreation market, the place most load weights are significantly much less.


The Mystery Ranch Terraframe 50 is an exterior body backpack that may carry very heavy masses, with a load sling functionality that allows you to carry giant or awkwardly formed gear between the body and the pack bag. Whereas the load sling is beneficial for hauling an enormous tent or range for base tenting, I query the Terraframe 50’s utility for weekend or common objective backpacking since a 5 pound backpack with a small 50L capability isn’t that engaging compared with comparable quantity backpacks that weigh significantly much less.

Whereas I didn’t have an opportunity to assessment the 6.1 lb Mystery Ranch Terraframe 80, that’s a extra affordable base weight for a high-capacity expedition backpack that’s corresponding to a Gregory Baltoro 75 or Osprey Xenith 88 when it comes to quantity and performance. The Terraframe load sling functionality additionally makes much more sense in an expedition context, the place you’d be extra more likely to haul additional meals or technical climbing gear.

What I additionally discover shocking concerning the Terraframe 50 is that it’s not out there with interchangeable pack luggage, in order that you may use totally different quantity pack luggage with the identical body. Whereas that may make the Terraframe system more durable to promote by way of shops like REI, it might definitely present much more worth for shoppers that fall in love with the Terraframe and need to use it throughout totally different sports activities and features. Using lighter weight and waterproof materials like XPac (which Mystery Ranch has used prior to now) would additionally improve the attractiveness of its pack luggage.

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Final up to date: 2018-11-05 01:01:11

Mystery Ranch offered the writer with a backpack for this assessment.

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