MYS­TERY RANCH PA­TROL 45

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OUR TAKE The Pa­trol is at home on win­ter overnights, but we had no is­sues push­ing it into mul­ti­day use. On a ski tour of Alaska’s Pika Glacier, one tester filled it up with enough gear and sup­plies to last five days. “Con­di­tions were so bad that I needed to bring ex­tra food in case we got tent­bound,” he says. “The big front zip­pered pouch was perfect for stor­ing ex­tra blocks of cheese, pasta, and fuel.” The cav­ernous pack­bag feels more like 50 liters, and the back­panel flays open ex­tra wide, al­low­ing for easy pack­ing. But even when stuffed to ca­pac­ity, the Pa­trol stays rel­a­tively com­fort­able, thanks to two fiber­glass stays and a com­pres­sion-molded back­panel. Caveat: All that pack­able space costs a pretty penny. THE DE­TAILS The 330-de­nier Cor­dura pack­bag can take abuse. “I climbed Mt. Hood with the pack fully loaded,” says one tester. “The vol­canic rock is sharp and I’ve torn plenty of packs up there, but this one still looks new.” A beefy zip­per and a grab han­dle let you eas­ily open the back­panel like a tin of sar­dines, and the Pa­trol has an avy tool com­part­ment. Trade­off for th­ese features: weight. TRAIL CRED “When I drew the short straw for trash duty on a Cooke City, Mon­tana, hut trip, I had to haul out an 15 ex­tra pounds,” one tester reports. “Thank­fully, the frame held the load close to my back while I snow­boarded sev­eral thou­sand feet through tight trees.” $299; 45 liters; 4 lbs. 14 oz. (M); S-XL, mys­teryranch.com

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