Mountainsmith Mystic 65 Backpack

Mountainsmith Mystic 65 Backpack

This is the Mountainsmith Mystic 65 internal
frame backpack. Despite the lightweight construction for a pack of this size, it is capable of
carrying a lot of gear, heavy loads and doing so comfortably. Let’s take the Mystic 65 off and take a look
at its suspension system. It seems like the right starting point for really any backpack
discussion is taking a look at how it is going to carry and what is going to give that support,
that stability and also that comfort. So peel this ack. You can see that there is an actual
suspended back panel. Turn that slightly so you can see the breezeway back panel. The
design here is such that you are getting the support. You are getting padding to kind of
bear the brunt of that load, but you have also got space between your back and the pack
itself. It lets air flow. As you are on the go, as you are carrying a pack this heavy
or, depending on conditions, heat is going to build up and you want that warm air to
go somewhere. The breezeway back panel allows that to occur. Excellent padding here, though it is strategic
to help keep weight to a minimum. So down both columns, basically, of the back, around
the spine. Nice beefy padding in the lumbar area as well as on this movable waist belt.
When I say movable, it will flex. It will give with you as you are on the move. So nice
comfort there while the pack itself retains its stability. It does so with a PE frame
sheet in behind and also some steel spring framing that gives it a bit more structure,
enables this pack to actually carry up to 55 pounds and do so comfortably. Some contouring to the shoulder straps, which,
again, adds to comfort, gets it away from possible rub points, wear points. Load lifter
straps here on top. An adjustable, sliding sternum strap as well. Certainly adjustability
on the hip belt itself, so you can fine tune matters. We want to show you the ladder lock design
here on the harness. It enables you to lift it or lower it. So this pack will comfortably
fit users ranging from 17 inches all the way up to 22 inches in torso length. So that gives you an idea how the Mystic 65
fits, how it carries. Let’s take a look at how you get into the pack and its organizational
features. Turning this around you can see the large
lid here. The Mystic 65 is a top loading back-pack. So to access the main pack bag you are pulling
the lid back and going in through the top draw string closure. Large pack bag, 3966
cubic inches inside the pack. Lots of space inside here. There is an extendable spindrift or storm
collar at the top of the pack bag that actually gives a little bit more capacity. During the
day you might heat up, started with layers that you are discarding later on. They fit
right here in top without eating into any of the 65 liters of capacity inside the pack.
And then that drawstring closure ensures greater protec-tion to the contents of that pack bag. You do have the lid here. We looked at that.
That actually is a large zippered pocket here on top. I have got some extra layers up there.
So some nice storage capacity up on top. There is also a very large pocket here on
the front of the pack. And it does allow pass-through to that interior of the pack bag. So you can
get into that main compartment from the front. Loading it still works best from the top. There is an additional entry point to the
Mystic 65 and that is down here below. This would be your sleeping bag compartment. You
could put other things there, too. But this dedicated pocket is perfect for a sleeping
bag access. There is a shelf between the sleeping bag
compartment and the upper pack bag, so you have got some separation. There is toggles
that allow you to undo that if you want to convert the Mystic 65 to just one big, large,
single compartment. Some other nice features here on the Mystic
65 that I certainly want to call out. You have got daisy chain gear attachment points
that run on either side of the face of the pack. You have got some trekking pole or tool
attachment points as well as down here. Com-pression straps across that bottom sleeping back compartment
expand. You certainly could run a sleeping pad through there. You have also got side
compression straps so when you are not carrying a fully packed load you can really cinch things
down. It really keeps the contents secure and in place. You have got stretch mesh pockets
on either side. You can see I have got a water bottle in here and run the compression strap
over top of that to secure that in place. The same thing on the other side. Again, trekking
poles, tent poles, other gear. You can run down into that mesh pocket, cinch that down
with the compression straps to really keep it in place. There are small stretch pockets on the waist
belt. Not a lot of space there, but you could keep keys or, you know, small essentials close
at hand. On the inside of the pack you do have a lined
reservoir sleeve and there is also a hydra-tion hose pass-through here on the back of the
pack. So it doesn’t come with a reservoir, but certainly hydration system compatible. All of that combines, that rolled up feature
set, capacity, carrying comfort at a relatively light weight for a pack this size, really
makes the Mystic 65 an excellent option for multi day or extended backpacking trips.


  1. Great lookin backpack.  Because I don;t  drive I always have a pack on me.
    (that mini-you   in the bottom right hand corner startled me for a second.)

  2. Thank you for watching. The approximate weight of the Mountainsmith Mystic 65 Backpack is 5 lbs 2 oz. Please note that all detailed specifications can be viewed directly on our website at

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