Mystery Ranch Italian Special Forces pack
Some months ago, we had in our webstore a Multicam® pack by Mystery Ranch, rumoured for the Italian Special Forces. It is a beautiful and neatly designed pack. Fast forward a couple of months, we found ourselves another pack rumoured to be part of that series. This new pack seems to be more of a sustainment pack.
This pack stands at approximately 76cm tall, 38cm width and 24cm deep, having a capacity of approximately 70l or about 78l (expanded). From the feel of the fabric, it seems to be made with the 500D Cordura and the typical Mystery Ranch buckles on the regular military offerings. Zippers are the usual YKK water resistant zippers. It comes with removable BVS, Futura yoke and a NICE frame! The pack is a top loading pack with a drawstring closure reminiscent of the ALICE pack. This same drawstring closure can be extended upwards by 8”, adding another 8l capacity. The top lid is similar to the previous pack which has a large mesh underside compartment that spans the entire lid. The lid is not removable but has the same 2” and 3” tabs that allow the top lid to be rolled up. Same dual tail to tail zipper for what I would imagine, are radio antennas to stick out of the pack. Also at the lid, but behind the dual tail to tail zipper is the hydration port for hydration tubes. The interior of the pack contains 2 inner back compartments, 1 with a zipper enclosure and 1 with 2 side release clips. The zipper enclosed compartment is where the hydration bladder goes and the compartment with the 2 side release clips is where I think radios will go. The pack has a large U shaped zipper for access to the interior of the pack. There is another compartment at the bottom which can be accessed both from the front and the top. The interior of this pack is essentially a large compartment with an internal drawstring enclosure to separate the main compartment from the bottom compartment. Users can choose to separate the compartments if they have footwear or additional layers of clothing which they can access to easily without having to dig through the top. The pack comes with 2 side pockets for bottles whatever fits in there. At the base of the pack, there is a small compartment with a Velcro® enclosure where rain covers would go. There are 8 rows of PALS webbing at each side and a total of 11 rows of PALS webbing at the front, not to mention the vertical webbing and paracord attachment points. Shoulder straps seem standard but with the jettison function, same as the previous pack. Waist belt are seems standard and not the Redirect type waist belts.
This is a pack rumoured to be part of the series that Mystery Ranch made for the Italian Special Forces and not available for retail. As a pack, this is clearly a sustainment pack which would be very well suited for multiday trips into the field. With its pedigree and touch of mystery, it is one of those packs where you would feel just that tad special wearing it in out there in the wild.