Mystery Ranch SPEAR Patrol Pack Overview

By Jesse Ables
Written 24 February 2021


The SPEAR Patrol pack is part of the latest USSOCOM pack suite, which includes Assault, Patrol, and Recce packs. All three packs are manufactured by Mystery Ranch and based around a common SPLF frame system. The SPEAR Patrol is the medium-sized pack of the suite, featuring a 5000 cu-in (80L) capacity, compared to the Assault’s 3200 cu-in (53L) and Recce’s 6200 cu-in (102L) capacity.

Features include:

• 500D CORDURA® fabric and YKK® zippers
• Dyneema-CORDURA® laminate fabric
• IR-compliant YKK® zippers
• Lightweight, full carbon frame
• Lightweight bolsters
• Top-loading access has a spindrift collar
• Quick-release Futura Yoke provides adjustment for differing torso lengths
• Zipper port for antennae, cables, and hydration access
• Removable lid pocket with 2" straps that enable it to be used as a bolt/E&E pack
• Full-length zippers on each side
• 3/4" compression webbing and buckles
• Internal, removable radio harness
• Rain fly pouch on the bottom

The SPEAR Patrol has a 5000 cu-in (80L) capacity and weighs 7.4lbs (3.4kg). This is 0.9lbs (0.41kg) lighter than the commercially-available version of the pack, the Blackjack 80.


The SPEAR Patrol includes full-length side zippers to access the main compartment.

The pack includes four external zippered pockets, two lid pockets, and two water bottle pockets.

The frame features removable bolsters and carbon fiber stays.

The three lower external pockets use slim 3/4" binding tape on the seams.

All 3/4" adjustable straps use Duraflex Easy Access SJ Buckles.

The yoke features sizing indicators for ease of adjustment.

Hipbelt close-up and sizing tag.

Breaking from their traditional use of Duraflex hardware, the hipbelt adjustment buckle is a 1.5" American Cord & Webbing VPR Viper Buckle.

Back of the yoke with pull tab for accessing the yoke framesheet/adjuster.

The yoke framesheet/adjuster is a flat piece of HDPE instead of the rigid, molded thermoplastic framesheet found in most other MR packs.

Quick release buckle on the shoulder strap, with steel ladderlock for redundancy.

The bottom side of the lid includes a stowable E&E strap.

Lid rear compartment.

Lid front compartment, which features a small zippered mesh pouch.

The inside of the pack features a PALS grid on the rear and includes a removable radio pouch.

Each side of the main compartment has a hydration sleeve and bladder hanging loop.

Front side of the main compartment with zippered mesh pocket and internal load-control strap.

Product tag in main compartment, as seen through a side access zipper.

Bottom of the pack with long compression/lashing straps.

Rain fly pouch with hook and loop closure.