Mystery Ranch Men's Stein 65 Backpack

Mystery Ranch
Men's Stein 65 Backpack

Mystery Ranch Men's Stein 65 Backpack is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 24.
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The Mystery Ranch Men's Stein 65 Backpack is a durable haul pack for backpacking without the weight. At 4.9lbs, it features carbon stays and lightweight foam to comfortably carry loads for a week in the backcountry. Exterior pockets have been trimmed down to drop weight with compression straps and ice axe loops for hauling the extras.

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Product Description
Item No.   10416437

FEATURES of the Mystery Ranch Men's Stein 65 Backpack

  • Stein 65 is the latest version of the award-winning Stein 62 pack
  • Version truly focuses on maximizing weight efficiency as a full-feature
  • Durable load-hauler in a sub five pound pack
  • Developed with lighter-weight fabrics and trims
  • Simplified exterior pocket configuration
  • paired-down compression system
  • Stein 65 is ready for bold, backpacking adventures
  • Featuring carbon frame stays and lightweight foams
  • Signature load-bearing prowess of Mystery Ranch is now rendered in this bantamweight workhorse
  • YKK zippers
  • Convertible Daypack Lid feature
  • Side compression straps
  • Two, exterior pockets
  • zippered lid compartment
  • Speedzip compartment for easy access to sleeping bag
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Hydration reservoir compatible lid and main pack bag
  • Full length, urethane side access zipper for full access to main bag
  • Daisy chain webbing on face of packsack
  • Two ice axe loops for carrying tools

Product Specifications
Features: Water Bottle Pockets, Sternum Strap, Hydration Compatible, Compression Straps, Ice Axe / Trekking Pole Loops
Weight: 78.4 oz
Pack Fabric: 210D and 330D Robic
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 5
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Gender: Mens
Best Use: Hiking, Camping, Expedition
Pack Capacity: 65 Liters / 3967 Cubic inches
Trip Length: Weeklong
Frame Type: Internal
Pack Access: Side, Top
Product Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stein 65 - my new favorite pack I’ve been backpacking for 34 years including 10+ years as a Wilderness Ranger and NOLS Leave No Trace Instructor. Big, heavy packs used to be the name of the game and Dana Designs were kings of load carrying. I had a bomb pack, Glacier, Terraplane, and an Astralplane. I also carried Madden, McHale, Osprey, and Mountain Tools. All good, but the Dana’s were the best imo. Multiple knee surgeries, hamstring reattachment, and aging have had me lightening my load and after going through a string of lightweight packs (Golite, MLD, Zpacks, etc.). All of these were inadequate, immature designs IMO and after reintroducing myself to Dana through Mystery Ranch YouTube videos I realized I needed to return to a pack that was designed by someone with real experience and what a revelation the Stein 65 is. The tried & true familiarity along with the modern innovations is exactly what I have been looking for. My base weight is around 18lbs now and I try never to exceed 30 lbs total but with this pack my load has never felt lighter and is rock solid stable. Thanks Dana and crew - great work.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stein 65 is a nice pack A couple of years ago I bought the Stein 62 and used it many times in the High Sierra and loved it. I now have the Stein 65 and also love it. With snow, rain and a bear can and 2 man tent my base load is 19-20 lb including the 4.7 lb Stein 65 pack. Yes, I measured 4.7 lb for the 65. I got the 65 because there were a few things on the 62 that bugged me. Now they are all fixed. With the 65 I can now use the lower external side pockets when a sleeping bag is crammed into the lower compartment. It is a Marmot 15 degree bag that incidentally didn't fit well in the 62 (I needed to free up the divider which was not adjustable on the 62 to fit it in.) Also, I like my tent on the outside but it is difficult to strap a tent (Zpack Duplex) to the outside of the 62. The 65 has straps on the bottom that are perfect for this task. They beefed up some of the zippers and added a place for keys and stuff you just don't want to loose. Also added is place for internal water bag (which I don't use). The connection from the hip belt to the frame is still stiff but a little less so as they have removed some structure. Really can't tell when it is on especially since the older structure could likely carry a moose but alas, it is only a 65L pack so no worries by me. The lid compartment fits better on top and the shroud on the main compartment works better. I have had many packs and the 65 will be my new favorite. I have much lighter packs but there is nothing like a waste band that can transfer nearly all the weight to you hips without sagging, so, I like the comfort of this pack and that is why I use it.
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality build Bought two of these for my boys for a summer trip to Philmont. They are comfortable and functional. Mystery Ranch has high quality standards. Only one surprise, as a 65L, the speed zip sleeping bag compartment is too small for a winter sleeping bag to fit through the zipper (unless you stuff it without the bag's stuff sack). We had to detach the divider and push the sleeping bag in from the top. This was a bit disappointing, however, the functionality of the Stein and its features make up for this minor "hiccup."
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great - only if full to capacity Former Army SOF, mystery ranch has a great reputation in the military community. Bought this pack to hike the Colorado Trail, completed in 2018. Pro: great load bearing support, tough material, really meant to be used for heavy loads over long distance. Con: If it’s not full to capacity the top lid looks goofy and doesn’t cover the top - this pack has got to be totally full to function without looking sloppy. As I whittled down weight over my hike I realized that 62l was just too much for me. The top lid won’t cover the pack opening if you cinch everything down. Very durable pack that I’d take with mission equipment, fire gear, climbing tools, etc. Next time I hike for fun I’ll take a smaller Mystery Ranch pack as this one doesn’t feel great if it’s not doing it’s job hauling heavy loads.
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MR Nailed It!!! The Stein packs are the PERFECT balance of weight, comfort, stability and functionality. Like many, I’ve been lugging around Dana Gleason packs since the mid-90s and he continues to innovate and meet the demands of his customers! Anyone who is not an ultra-light elitist should simply purchase and enjoy this pack, hands-down!
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tradition lives on - Rock solid ! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I just returned from 4 days trip in Yosemite (backpacking/fishing) and I used the Stein 65 for this trip, like my other 7 packs from DD and MR (Astraplane, Terraplane, Alpinelight, G5000, G7000, Scree 32, Sphinx60 ). Mr. Dana Gleason, you have done it again! This pack performed very well (load balance, features, no sores hips) and this AARP loved it ! This will be my go to pack for an extended weekend trip from now on. Congrats to Mystery Ranch team for a job well done. I would like MR has more choices of colors...
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what we needed! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I purchased four of these to outfit a team I took abroad to compete in a military ski patrol competition. These packs held the right amount of gear for the three day challenge and were easy to ski with. Equipment was easy to access and the fit was spot on. I highly recommend these for everything from multi-day hikes to the out-of-the-blue ski patrol competitions! Team held crampons in one of the top flap pockets and were able to strap their skis to the side with ease.
Date published: 2020-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great This is an initial review having received my pack yesterday. I was very excited to receive this pack since it's my first MR pack and I have heard nothing but good things about them. The Good - Top notch build quality, the pack feels very solid and the materials are great - Very comfortable, the hipbelt is just something different, it fits unlike any other hipbelt I've tried, it cradles the hips better and seems to offer a bit longer coverage where I always find other packs to be a bit short (circumference wise). The foam is also unlike any other hipbelt foam I've tried. All in all it appears to carry extremely well. The lumbar pad also does a great job at keeping the pack from sliding down. The shoulder straps also work really well in terms of shape and comfort. - Good organization between the different pockets and the side access is very convenient - Good amount of daisy chain and other straps and attachment points The Bad - The water bottle pockets are very hard/impossible to access when wearing the pack and even if you can pull out your bottle, almost impossible to get back in - I like the idea of split compartments in the lid although you lose some space. That being said, the one that functions as a water bladder compartment is very oddly shaped. It has a good amount of space and could easily hold a 3L bladder but I have yet to find a bladder that can fit in the space - The lack of pockets / molle attachment points on the hipbelt. Would have been great to have some molle or pals webbing on here. I ordered the forager pocket which someone said can be attached and although you can somehow do it, its not ideal - The front 2 pockets are a bit pointless in my opinion. They eat into each other's space and don't fit an awful lot. Would have been much more convenient to have a proper stretchy pocket here where you can stuff in extra layers or wet gear - The hipbelt pulls work in an odd way. When I try to pull the ends to tighten the hipbelt, they don’t budge, instead I need to pull the straps close to the buckles in order to tighten and then feed them through the fabric toward the front. Not a huge issue but it is a bit cumbersome, especially when you have pockets/pouches installed as they can obstruct the part of the straps you need to get to. Although the list of negatives seems long, all in all I do really like this pack. The bad points are all nice to haves whereas the pack does what it's fundamentally built to do, carry loads efficiently and comfortably, very well. If this pack came in an 85L version with better watter bottle access and webbing on the hipbelt, it would be my go to pack.
Date published: 2020-01-22
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Size Guide

Mystery Ranch Men's Packs

Men's/Unisex Framed Sizing
Torso Waist Torso Waist Torso Waist Torso Waist Torso Waist
13 - 18 in 26 - 32 in 15 - 20 in 26 - 32 in 15 - 20 in 31 - 36 in 17 - 24 in 35 - 40 in 17 - 24 in 39+ in
33 - 46 cm 66 - 81 cm 38 - 51 cm 66 - 81 cm 38 - 51 cm 79 - 92 cm 43 - 61 cm 89 - 102 cm 43 - 61 cm 100+ cm
Men's/Unisex Limited Sizing
Torso Waist Torso Waist
S/M One Size (OS) L/XL One Size (OS)
15 - 20 in 30 - 40 in 17 - 24 in 30 - 40 in
38 - 51 cm 76 - 102 cm 43 - 61 cm 76 - 102 cm
Men's/Unisex One Size Sizing
One Size (OS)
Torso Waist
S/M One Size (OS)
15 - 20 in 30 - 40 in
38 - 51 cm 76 - 102 cm

Getting Your Size
Waist Circumference: Measure around your waist just above the top of your hip bones (roughly two fingers below your belly button).
Torso: Use a tailors tape measure or string and have a friend measure between the bony bump at the base of your neck (C7 vertebra) to the spot on your spine that is just behind your belly button.

In Between Sizes?
If you are between sizes on the waist belt, Mystery Ranch recommends you size down. If you are between sizes on the yoke or if your measurements fall outside standard sizing, please contact Mystery Ranch Customer Service. Purchasing packs outside of standard sizing is possible through our Custom Sizing Program. There is typically an additional cost associated with this purchase.