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In a sea of ever-evolving materials, trends, and fashion fads, Montana-based Mystery Ranch is known for its commitment to purpose: making bombproof backpacks that will take a beating and won't quit. The maximalist company recently collaborated with SF-based retailer Huckberry on a minimalist version of their longtime best-seller, the Urban Assault pack.
Released today exclusively on Huckerry in a limited edition of just 300 packs, the new Huckberry x Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21L backpack doesn't stray far from tradition, but still features a few key upgrades—inspired by Mystery Ranch's work with special operations teams like US Forest Service hotshot firefighters and the Navy SEALS—make the collaboration noteworthy.
Instead of the 500D Cordura nylon Mystery Ranch typically employs for their recreational packs, for this collab they opted for an even more rugged 1000D nylon generally reserved for their military-grade packs. A Huckberry-exclusive oregano colorway ads a unique touch.
Mystery Ranch's signature 3-zip design allows for quick, one-handed access to all your gear, and the interior's hunter orange color helps with visibility, too. No more lost keys at the bottom of your black hole pack.
A military-style, removable Huckberry x Mystery Ranch morale patch tops off the exterior design details. While on the inside, a 15-inch laptop sleeve and two internal zippered accessory pockets serve city dweller's missions across town, while a fixed harness frame system allows for long days in the dirt, too.
Mystery Ranch founder and outdoor industry legend Dana Gleason understands the need for versatility more than most. In his vision, it's the designers' responsibility to build gear that works however people actually use it.
Mystery Ranch offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects and recrafts packs at its design, testing, and repair workshop in Bozeman—a museum (of sorts) dedicated to the brand's passion for putting its gear through gnarly situations. So feel free to hoof your pack to hell and back. Mystery Ranch has you covered.