Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Review | Durable Carry-On Travel Backpack With Simple Organization

Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Review | Durable Carry-On Travel Backpack With Simple Organization


6 thoughts on “Mystery Ranch Mission Rover Review | Durable Carry-On Travel Backpack With Simple Organization

  1. These are great reviews. Highly detailed and covers all those little details that often get missed in other reviews: I mean, the discussion about the two handles is one of those things you often don't see covered… and I've hauled around an open bag numerous times while packing in my travels. And I love it that you're just across the river! Ha!

  2. That things HUGE! It’s insane , so stupid the laptop is on the front. That alone makes the bag useless even if you want the size.

  3. I found your review true to life, as I compared this against the GORUCK 45L GR3 and the Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack in my quest for a larger one bag travel companion. My primary pro for the Rover is how easy it makes packing. The compartments are like taking a rollaboard and adding the packing cube like compartments, similar to the Evergoods CTB40. I usually have to go through some mental gymnastics on packing cube geometry to optimize efficiency the first time I pack a bag, but didn't need to with the Rover.

    My chief complaint (and the reason I returned the Rover despite getting a great price for it on Huckberry) was the the straps. When fully packed out, the Rover pulls you backwards, as the design of the strap mounting is lower to accommodate their ability to be stowed.

    This did not make for a pleasant experience, especially compared to other Mystery Ranch packs like the 3 Day Assault Pack (3DAP) or the Urban Assault series like Tom mentioned.

    I wasn't as worried about the 500D Cordura material. Although my GORUCK rucks with 1000D do feel more robust, in practice 500D is more than enough to withstand most travel and wear and tear. I have a small abrasion/partial hole in my GORUCK GR1, and that's made in 1000D. I think Mystery Ranch used this lighter material to reduce overall weight (perhaps because the knew the strap design would have been even more noticeable with extra pack weight). The lack of a waist belt option to distribute load is a noticeable omission.

    TL;DR – This is a good bag if you are moving from rollaboards to a one bag solution, or do not want to deal with packing cubes. I would suggest trying it around the house, wearing it packed like you would for travel to determine if the straps will be sufficiently comfortable for your body or not.

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