Mystery Ranch Beartooth 80
Author: Richard Powell
I have had the privilege of using and testing the Mystery Ranch Beartooth 80 over the last couple of years. The Beartooth 80 is a great pack with a lot of pluses to it and is a pack that I highly recommend to even the most avid hunter and outdoorsman.
I began using the Beartooth 80 in the spring of 2020 during Montana’s spring bear season. I have continued to use it through summer and all of the fall and winter seasons. One thing I immediately noticed upon purchasing the pack was just how sturdy it was built. The frame on it is beefy. I have always felt comfortable that no matter how much weight is added to this frame, it is not going to break or bend under the stress. The fabric and zippers are also built very sturdy and I have yet to have any issues with either of them. The pack itself is one major compartment with 3 smaller pockets, a water bladder pocket, and a front-facing zipper. While some complain this does not leave enough compartments for storing all your gear, this is easily solved by organizing any gear you may need in dry sacks.
The meat shelf design in this pack is, I think, one of the better designs I have seen. The bag itself separates from the pack to store your meat inside, then straps back into the frame, securing the meat against the frame and close to your back. This keeps your load secure and does not give any room for it to wiggle or move on you. I have packed several elk, deer, and bears with this pack and it is the most secure meat hauling backpack I have used. When not hauling meat, the bag itself goes around the frame and buckles, keeping your gear secure as well.
“It is extremely important to make sure and get fitted for the correct size that fits your body properly. If this is not done correctly, the pack is not able to hold weight in the right places and will not function as designed.”
This pack is big enough that I have camped for 3 days out of it comfortably. I can also fit all of my guiding rifle season gear easily and still have plenty of room for meat thanks to the meat shelf separating from the frame. When doing day hunts, scouting, or in archery season when my gear is minimal, the straps on the pack will compress the pack down to a daypack size. This makes the pack extremely diverse.
The only real drawback I encountered with the pack was when I broke a couple of buckles towards the end of a very long season. The pack was still usable and upon finishing the season Mystery Ranch promptly sent me two new buckles which are easy to put on and I was ready to go again.
It is extremely important to make sure and get fitted for the correct size that fits your body properly. If this is not done correctly, the pack is not able to hold weight in the right places and will not function as designed.
Overall, this pack is an excellent product that is built to withstand extreme weight and your toughest hunts. If you are looking for a reliable and versatile pack for your next hunt, the Beartooth 80 is a great pack to look at getting.
Built to last, this “duffel-style” hunting backpack is essential for your multi-day hunting excursion.