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Title: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Willdorf on November 08, 2018, 10:43:42 AM
I was curious how the Exo 5500 stacks up against the Mystery Ranch Metcalf. I have the Metcalf, but being a lover of packs and after watching the born and raised outdoors series and seeing them perform for those guys it got me wondering if anyone has used both and had some input on how they compare to each other?
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Boom on November 08, 2018, 02:39:42 PM
interesting comparison.  sadly,  have no clue. 

like you, i have my MR Metcalf and it fits great!!  only done a big handful of trout fishing long distance hikes with it.  i know for a fact that a crayfish trap cinches nicely to the outside. :)
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Willdorf on November 08, 2018, 02:54:02 PM
I feel like they are probably fairly similar
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: jstephens61 on November 08, 2018, 03:06:48 PM
I like the side pockets on the K3500 for spotting scope or what ever you can cram in it. Messed with the Metcalf a while before I bought the EXO. I think they’re both great packs, I just prefer the layout of the 3500.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Willdorf on November 08, 2018, 03:09:21 PM
For me that is my one big complaint about the Metcalf is the lac of pockets to keep your stuff organized. I have a kuiu icon pro and I love the pockets it has in it. But it doesn't carry weight as nice as my Metcalf
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: ericjoppa on December 22, 2018, 09:38:31 PM
I have had a metcalf for the last year-ish. then, on Thanksgiving this year, I found out I won the EXO pack from Born and Raised for their CO giveaway. I got the 5500. So I have hunted with both, but only really packed in and camped with my metcalf. Both are comfortable so that is really not "one is a clear winner". The external pockets, the accessories, and the roll top are all pluses in my opinion. I'm selling my metcalf.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: 87TT on December 23, 2018, 09:10:23 AM

I didn't reply to this sooner because I had no experience with Mystery Ranch. I have a Kuiu and an Exo K3500. Plus I've backpacked for years so several other backpacks as well as assorted Day packs. The Exo is by far the best I own. I only kept the Kuiu for a loaner when friends or family need it. I've seen the others on videos and it only confirms it.
Congrats on the win!
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: backcountry_hunter on January 03, 2019, 07:44:07 AM
I'm an absolute hater of all things pockets, less is more for me. In my icon I loose stuff becuase there's so many pockets. You'd be hard pressed to do better than your metcalf (assuming it fits you well). That said there's absolutely nothing wrong the the EXO either, but I'm not sure I'd dump one for another. Both very very good packs.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Willdorf on January 15, 2019, 12:30:30 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I do like the Metcalf. EricJoppa you won the prize I was crossing my fingers for! HA HA.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: parrotheadkjc on February 01, 2019, 01:12:21 PM
I have an exo. I went that route just from what I read and watched on between the 2 websites. I am very happy with the exo and the way it performs. Have not packed anything heavy yet, but that is to come.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Jmillgreen on February 01, 2019, 02:20:07 PM
Anyone try the Selway 60? Saw some decent deals on them
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: ben782 on February 01, 2019, 02:53:07 PM
I have the Mystery Ranch Pintler - same frame as the Metcalf. One of our hunting group members got the EXO pack last year. We hunted together and exchanged packs to try each others out. We agreed that they are both great packs and the fit is relatively the same. The mystery ranch has a stiffer hip belt but the EXO has slightly more padding on the hip and lumbar. Both packs are capable of carrying more weight than our bodies would allow.
 In short, neither myself nor the EXO owner would spend the money or time to change brands - You can't go wrong either way. Only reason why I have the Mystery Ranch is because the cost is significantly lower.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: hotelhardwood on February 01, 2019, 06:04:48 PM
The elktalk podcast provides a good overview of the heritage of MR and an emphasis on the design, purpose, and materials. Undoubtably both packs will perform well. I have used MR products for 12 years, have a Metcalf, and would like to upgrade to the guide light frame.
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: big44a4 on February 01, 2019, 10:01:22 PM
I have the Mystery Ranch Pintler - same frame as the Metcalf. One of our hunting group members got the EXO pack last year. We hunted together and exchanged packs to try each others out. We agreed that they are both great packs and the fit is relatively the same. The mystery ranch has a stiffer hip belt but the EXO has slightly more padding on the hip and lumbar. Both packs are capable of carrying more weight than our bodies would allow.
 In short, neither myself nor the EXO owner would spend the money or time to change brands - You can't go wrong either way. Only reason why I have the Mystery Ranch is because the cost is significantly lower.

How much weight did y’all carry in each?


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Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: Alberta TS on February 02, 2019, 08:48:29 PM
I just picked up a 3500 , my hunting partner has the met calf ( or bigger MR) we will have to switch on our spring bear hunt. Love the exo thou
Title: Re: Exo vs Mystery Ranch
Post by: ben782 on February 05, 2019, 12:31:36 PM
I have the Mystery Ranch Pintler - same frame as the Metcalf. One of our hunting group members got the EXO pack last year. We hunted together and exchanged packs to try each others out. We agreed that they are both great packs and the fit is relatively the same. The mystery ranch has a stiffer hip belt but the EXO has slightly more padding on the hip and lumbar. Both packs are capable of carrying more weight than our bodies would allow.
 In short, neither myself nor the EXO owner would spend the money or time to change brands - You can't go wrong either way. Only reason why I have the Mystery Ranch is because the cost is significantly lower.

How much weight did y’all carry in each?


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When we packed out our elk, we each had a boned-out rear quarter. Both carried it equally well.