Great packs.Myself and two of my hunting buddies are running them. I use mine for everything from a daypack and have gone as long as 4-nights out with the pack. Packs meat well. I don't have experience with other alpha level packs.
In the Marines I used an Alice with/out frame. I have owned Dana Designs, Gregory and Cold Cold World packs for non-hunting uses.
Another hunting buddy just ordered a Kuiu, ill compare side by side in a week or so.
Yeah I purchased the Metcalf in the dissolve camo a little over a week ago, I've only put in about 10mi on the pack and I love how well it compresses and how versatile the pack is in general, not to mention I really like the dissolve camo, it blends well with my kuiu layers. This is the first nice pack I've invested in so I just wanted to hear what other guys are thinking of them. If you could it'd be awesome to hear back from you on the comparison between the two, My hunting buddy is looking at the kuiu 5200 I belive and is on the fence between kuiu and MR.
Thanks for the info!
Use the search bar. You will find several posts with Metcalf in the subject line. I myself posted 2-3 times about Mystery Ranch about 1-2 months ago.
Those had a lot of great info.
I'm still trying to learn my way around the forum, I'll use the search bar I didn't even think to use that to search for threads! So far I love it, I follow alot of Randy Newberg's stuff and hes initially what turned me onto MR.
Sure see below
Another members: http://www.rokslide.com/forums/backpacks/67033-cabinet-pintler.html
My Metcalf vs Pintler post: http://www.rokslide.com/forums/backpacks/65363-pintler-vs-metcalf.html
My original pack post: http://www.rokslide.com/forums/backpacks/61267-beginner-looking-day-pack.html