The Mystery Ranch In and Out 22L is a lightweight and highly versatile packable day pack. Designed and built to be a fully functioning daypack, this pack is also light enough and packable enough to be your summit pack or “go” pack for travel and other adventures. When not in use, it stuffs down into its rear pocket making it easy to pack in a carry-on bag, suitcase, or a larger backpack for summit attempts. The In and Out 22L is also available in a 19L size with a U-shaped top zipper instead of the fold-over top lid used on the 22L model reviewed below.
Specs at a Glance
- Weight: 14.4 oz / 408 g
- Gender: Unisex
- Packable size: 8.5” x 4.5” x 4”
- Volume: 22L
- Materials: 100D Cordura; YKK zippers; Duraflex buckles
Backpack Storage and Organization
The Mystery Ranch In and Out 22L is a wide, top-entry pack with drawstring pull and durable lid-style flap covering. I did end up tying a small knot in the drawstring so that it wouldn’t retract all the way when I opened the pack. At 22L in volume, it was large enough to hold my hiking ten essentials, rain gear, and more. My laptop also easily fits in this pack should I wish to use this pack for an airline carry-on, etc.
On the front, there are two zippered pockets. One is a large breathable mesh pocket (8.5” x 4.5” x 4”) that is large enough for my lightweight raincoat, and it also would make for a great map pocket. Being “packable,” the entire pack stuffs down into this pocket, packing down to an item the size of a water bottle. The second zippered pocket is about 5.5” deep and could hold a camera, knife, keys, snack, the largest of smartphones, pencils, and/or first aid and the like.
There is one side stretch fabric pocket that fits a smaller water bottle. With an elastic top edge and side compression strap, it held my 1L water bottle securely in place. One liter Nalgene-styled water bottles will not work in this pocket.
Inside the pack is a hydration bladder sleeve pocket and side port, large enough to accommodate a 2L bladder. This newer 22L model only had a port on the left side; the 19L model has a right and left side port.
A sturdy loop handle allows you to carry the pack or hang it from a peg in a hostel or on a branch nub on a tree.
For an ultralight daypack, this pack has nicely contoured and comfortable shoulder straps. Made of a breathable material, they are wide, yet soft and flexible. Shoulder straps are sewn into the pack, providing a fixed yoke. The shoulder straps are reinforced with webbing that holds the adjustable sternum strap. Mystery Ranch utilizes interesting slide buckles that allowed me to quickly and easily adjust the sternum strap and kept it secure so that it would not slide up or down. A hip belt is not included.
Compression and External Attachment System
Upper and lower nylon compression straps on both sides of the pack give this packable pack a true “day pack” feel when loaded. Durable nylon daisy chain straps on the front of the pack will allow you to add gear, pouches, carabiners, hang items to dry, or whatever you need.
An interesting feature is that the lower “tool loop” end of the daisy chain webbing is adjustable, so while you could use these for tool loops, you could easily imagine how you might secure an umbrella, fishing gear, collapsed trekking poles, or the like.
Bungee tie-offs for your trekking poles round out the attachment features that make this such a versatile pack.
The Mystery Ranch In and Out 22L is a fully functioning daypack that could be a great addition to light hiking, basecamp or hostel use, airline travel, or anytime you might envision wanting a “go” bag for your adventures. For something so lightweight, it was very well engineered and carried on my back quite comfortably. Its pockets, compression straps, and attachment points make this pack highly versatile for a wide range of use and activities.
Mystery Ranch employed durable materials, such as 100D Cordura to make this pack bomber tough. Also, all seams and stitching are reinforced, making it possible to carry some weight in this pack. This durability comes at the expense of “ounces,” making this pack a few ounces heavier than other packable packs, but it’s a Mystery Ranch Pack thru-and-thru and will get you IN & OUT, whatever your mission might be.
Disclosure: Mystery Ranch provided a pack for review.
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Last updated: 2021-06-25 02:31:08
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About the author
Beth Zimmer is an expert backpacker who’s backpacked all over New England and Eastern Canada, with a long list of hiking accomplishments to her name. She’s section hiked the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail, climbed the New England Hundred Highest and the New Hampshire 500 highest (mostly bushwhacks), hiked all the trails in the White Mountain Guide (1440 miles), and climbed the White Mountain 4000 footers several times over. Beth also teaches GPS and off-trail navigation classes as a volunteer for the Appalachian Mountain Club and is co-chair of the New Hampshire Excursions Committee, which oversees all volunteer hiking and leadership training activities. When she’s not hiking and backpacking, Beth resides in New Hampshire where she can usually be found sipping coffee and planning her next adventure.