Mystery Ranch’s sizing options for the 3DAP and other Futura Frame packs are both a blessing and a curse.
Rather than offering one size fits all, the Montana-based pack maker offers different sized yokes and waist belts to ensure a proper fit. Have you grown in any direction since purchasing your pack? For an extra fee ($85 at the timing of this writing), another yoke can be purchased from Mystery Ranch and swapped out by the user. The waist belts are sewn in (more on than later).
How can any of that be a bad thing? Offering so many options can be confusing at time of order and Mystery Ranch hasn’t helped anyone with their recent changes.
Are you a male over 6’3″ tall? Then, like me, you should probably order a XL pack off their website. Simple enough. However, when you receive your pack, it will have a Large Yoke. Huh?
It gets better. The new M/L is a Medium Yoke. The Medium Yoke fits male torsos between 18-21 inches or 5’6″ to 6’2″ in height. Mystery Ranch finds that fits the majority of people. The Small is a Small Yoke, which is really the only intuitive size option in the bunch. I guess if you’re small… well… you’re just small.
There is a XS Yoke for Ant Man and XXL for the Hulk. If you’re an Avenger, just call customer service and they’ll hook you up.
Waist Belt Size
The NICE frame has individually sized waist belts. Mystery Ranch will just ask for your size. On the recreation packs like the 3DAP, Komodo Dragon, and others… the waist belt is of the universal variety that fits waists up to 52″. That’s why you’re likely to have excess webbing on your waist belt (which you may or may not want to trim). So where do the various sizes that you’ve heard about come into play? That has to do with packs with the Live Wing Belt option and the Live Wing Belt Accessory for packs that don’t like the 3DAP (Note: the Live Wing Accessory has been discontinued and is no longer sold by Mystery Ranch). The sizes are as follows:
25 to 29″ = Extra Small
30 to 34″ = Small
35 to 39″ = Medium
40 to 51″ = Large
52″+ = Extra Large
Of course, you can order different combos in Yoke and Live Wing sizes by calling Customer Service if you don’t fit perfectly within Mystery Ranch’s sizing tiers. They can do that because the Yokes are modular and separate from the packs. The company does offer a Fit Guide to help. But with all the confusing size combos, it really only helps with the Live Wing sizes.
Offering so many size combinations in their packs has resulted in a few recent casualties among their accessory options. Mystery Ranch had to drop items like the Stick It and Live Wing Belt Accessory to free up production for some of their new products. That’s because the accessories were also offered in different sizes which made it even more difficult to manufacture them consuming much-needed capacity.
And, for what it’s worth, the sizes on the Stick It were also confusing. For instance, the Small Stick It fits both compatible mid-sized packs like the 3DAP as well as smaller packs like the ASAP, 1DAP, and Street Fighter. The Stick It also came in a Large Size (presumably just to confuse and torture us).
In review, my properly sized pack would have a Large Yolk, Universal Waist Belt, Large Live Wing Belt, and a Small Stick It. Got that? Good.