REVIEW – Mystery Ranch 6500

ITEM: NICE 6500 Expedition Pack



A top loading expeditionary sized, NICE frame compatible pack, of 107L. The 6500 is suitable for missions up to ten days. The 6500 is the NICE frame compatible version of the Tactiplane.


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AAR – The Hat Trick, The Overland Track Sept 2012


Opportunity and desire to go walking came up again.

I haven’t been able to go for any long range walks due to recovering from illness, and real life things like work and the wonderful experience of getting married seemed to keep popping up and delaying planning. Despite all that, this Iceland waterfall is still on my bucket list. I’ve been thinking of ways on how to navigate around Iceland, should it be a car? Or maybe it would be a lot of fun to go camping and rent a camper van from companies like Whichever one I go for, it will be an amazing journey to take.

So it was decided to start preparing for a long walk again. The biggest difference for this trek, was being able to introduce my darling wife to the joys of getting away from civilisation.

A great many destinations were discussed and evaluated for suitability. The Overland was decided upon. There were a couple of reasons for this, primary amongst them being I was likely to have a couple of inexperienced walkers, who I wanted to introduce into walking somewhat slowly – since due to work commitments, we weren’t be able to spend a great deal of time on lead-up walks overnight in the local areas around our home. Since I’m fairly familiar with the Overland from previous trips, and the comfort level of the huts (with attendant toilet facilities), the idea was fairly easy to sell to everyone, especially my darling wife.

It was also an excellent opportunity to show my beloved what I consider some of the most beautiful spots on this earth.


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REVIEW – Crossfire DG-6

PRODUCT:      DG-6 Pack

MANUFACTURER:      Crossfire Pty Ltd

An external frame, large patrol pack with external pockets and a veritable tonne of features.

This item is the Australian company Crossfire’s entry into the non-modular long range or general purpose tactical backpack market. Capacity is listed at 85L (um, 5187 cubic inches).


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REVIEW – Mystery Ranch Tactiplane

ITEM:      Tactiplane

MANUFACTURER:      Mystery Ranch

A large internal frame, expedition sized top loading pack.


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REVIEW – Thermarest Prolite 4 Sleeping Mat

ITEM:      Prolite 4 sleeping mat

MANUFACTURER:      Thermarest

A lightweight, self inflating sleeping mat designed for trekking.


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REVIEW – Mystery Ranch Crew Cab

ITEM:                     Crew Cab

MANUFACTURER:            Mystery Ranch


The Crew Cab is an expandable pack made up of 3 separate compartments and components for carrying loads that are unusual in size and shape. It can be used as a compact day pack of 31L (1900 cubic inches) capacity, or expanded out to 82L (5000 cubic inch) capacity.


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REVIEW – SORD Field Pack, Large

PRODUCT:     Field Pack, Large



This is SORD Australia’s entry into the combat field pack market. It’s an external frame, top-loading pack, with modular capacity for MOLLE pouches.


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REVIEW – Mystery Ranch NICE Wolf Alpha

ITEM:     NICE Wolf Alpha

MANUFACTURER:            Mystery Ranch


The Wolf Alpha is Mystery Ranch’s offering in a classic top loading design. The design is ideal for day trips where cold weather clothing may be needed, but can be used for trips up to 5 days.


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REVIEW – Crossfire DG-8 SF

ITEM:     DG-8 SF Pack

MANUFACTURER:     Crossfire


Long Range variant of the Crossfire DG series. An internal framed, expeditionary sized pack. Straight out of the box, this pack is capable of carrying a whopping 133L+, including all external pouches.


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REVIEW – Crossfire DG-3

PRODUCT:      DG-3

MANUFACTURER:      Crossfire Australia


A modular internal frame Patrol pack. Flexible design that is intended to be used as a general purpose pack/ruck for patrolling for several days fully loaded. (more…)

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