- October 1 2011
This pack has enough room for a jacket, water, snacks, camera, and much more on day trips. I chose the Day pack rather than the Touring because I also wanted to use this pack to bike to school, and needed it to fit my laptop (13 inch), or a couple textbooks. I am a female and the pack is a little large for my body, but with the amount of stuff I carry the size is perfect. For hot days, this pack is great as your back doesn't get sweaty. I have no back pain wearing this as the lumbar strap keeps weight off my neck and shoulders. I would not carry a heavy load using just the shoulder strap, as the pack is really designed to be worn as a lumbar pack. As other reviewers said, it can fall away from your body if not worn properly. But I find that using both the lumbar strap and shoulder strap and tightening the delta straps fixes this top-heavy problem.
- June 30 2011
Best Lumbar Pack Ever!!!
This Lumbar Pack is so awesome, one of my friends had one a few years ago and i always wanted to get one but for some reason i couldn't find one. Saw this one on Altrec.com and couldn't resist, bought one for myself but my brother stole it so now i have to run and buy another one right away before they run out. Great Bag! Mountainsmith Rocks!!!
- November 13 2009
Comfortable, roomy, simple.
I was looking for a pack for more extensive day hikes and with the addition of the Mountainsmith strapettes, I found a pack for multi day lightweight treks. I like the simplicity of the inside and the bright yellow interior. Many companies make a big deal out of all of the cool organization pockets inside their bags but in fact I almost never make much use of them so the simple open design is more useful. The weight distributes well and in my test hikes I determined you can use this pack to carry in the low 20 pound range at least for the beginning of the hike.
- October 24 2011
best lumbar pack
I use this to haul my work computer and some books around with great ease during the weekdays. On weekends I pack it full of what ever trip I am off to. The interior hanging pocket works great for keeping the wallets and sunglasses and other things you need in a hurry in a quick reach spot. I recommend the Strapette accessory for carrying heavier things for an extended period, the lumbar straps do a great job of carrying loads less than 20 lbs on the hips. This is the second one I have bought, the first one I bought over 10 years ago and have used it daily. I use it on day and overnight hiking trips, cross country and backcountry skiing. The bag is watertight enough to handle just about any downpour and snow you can throw at it. I have and do recommend this to anyone as a great alternative to backpacks and this is the leading lumbar pack I have found anywhere, moutiansmith is a great company that makes intelligent products for those of us who love the outdoors.
- August 1 2010
This Mountainsmith lumbar bag I received from Altrec and its great. Two comments to help you with purchase: it is with one large compartment, and only a tiny pencil-cased size interior compartment other than the large main compartment, plus one exterior pocket. I agree with another review here about benefit to a single large compartment in most lumbar packs, but with the overall size of this one, itd be improved to have several inner compartments as its hard to dig for belongings when its so deep. As an aside, the water holders can be used as compartments (e.g sunglasses) because of their nice fabric, not completely see-through. Some lumbar packs have straps only for waterbottles--this fanny pack's more utilitarian. Second, this pack requires a set of Strapettes. The shoulder strapette is mandatory because, even completely empty, the top of this pack leans away from your body. The hip belt is at the bottom of the pack, so without the straps, there is no top support. The hip belt, in my opinion, should have been placed at the middle of the pack for better weigh distribution. That said, the Strapettes work very well with this pack, they are comfortable and make this fanny pack great for day hikes. Much less sweaty on the upper back than a traditional day pack (but a traditional day pack is preferred for warmth in fall/winter climates, however). I wish the manufacturer had added tabs/velcro on the back of the Strapettes to attach walking sticks, carabiners, etc. as, unlike a full sized pack, there is no pace to carry these items. I will likely add some velcro loops on my own. This is a great lumbar pack for the purpose of carrying large items, day hiking in summer. Just be sure to buy the Strapettes, made by the same manufacturer