Mountainsmith Blaze

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The blaze is a poorly designed and poorly made lumbar…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $80

The blaze is a poorly designed and poorly made lumbar pack. Ostensibly, it appeared perfect for my needs as a wilderness instructor: a small lumbar pack with two water bottle holders and pen holders for paperwork along with lots of little compartments to organize smaller pieces of gear.

But the water bottle holders do not secure a standard 32oz Nalgene, and the zippers are fragile and the elastic webbing to secure the bottles breaks easily.

I exchanged the first one because of broken elastic and broken zippers but the replacement has the same issues.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Adventure awaits you with Mountainsmith's Blaze Recycled Lumbar pack. It's made form Recycled PET velocity fabric actually using 6 plastic bottles per pack and saving them from landfill. Great for day hikes, trips to the gym and travel. The Blaze can be carried as a lumbar pack, shoulder bag briefcase, an add on pocket to a full size pack, or as a backpack using the strapette accessory (Campmor Sku# 41686)Removable shoulder strapAir mesh foam back panelTuck-away waistbeltPatented Delta Compression system load adjustmentTwo mesh side water bottle pocketsElastic riggingZippered main compartment fits hiking essentialsInterior zippered hanging pocket Zippered front pocket with key clipStrapette compatible by adding the strapette accessory (Campmor Sku# 41686) sold separatelyYKK zippersBar tack reinforcementsMaterial: 450 D Recycled PET velocity fabric / 800 ballistic nylon body fabric/150 d ripstop liningSize: 12" x 11.5" x 6"Weight: 1 lb 14 ozCapacity: 780 cu in

- Campmor

Use this day pack as a lumbar pack, shoulder bag, briefcase, or as an add-on pocket to a full-size pack. Tuck-away Delta Compression System on hipbelt compresses weight into the lumbar area for a stable, evenly distributed load. Airmesh on waistbelt and back panel wicks away moisture from back for cooler hiking during warmer temperatures. Small zippered front pocket features fleece-lined padded pocket to protect delicate personal items, plus organizer pocket and bungie key fob. Zippered, water-resistant main compartment features interior zippered accessory pocket for additional storage space. Side mesh pockets with compression wings allow easy access to water bottles. EVA padded back panel features storage pocket for airline tickets or passport. Features padded shoulder sling and top grab handle. Constructed of 420-denier ripstop nylon and ballistic nylon reinforcement on bottom of pack for abrasion-resistance. Closeout.


The evolution of our legendary day and tour packs. Welcome to the next level. Features: Interface Suspension Waistbelt with Delta Compression System of triangulated straps compresses weight into the lumbar area for a stable evenly distributed load and com

- Moosejaw

A tough, all-purpose pack that goes from trailhead to airport with ease. Compression straps stabilize load. Top zipper access. Reinforced bottom. Fleece-lined front pocket. Bungee cords, outer mesh water bottle pouches. Padded back panel and waistbelt lined with breathable mesh. Nylon. Padded sling and grab handle. Stowable waistbelt. 780 1 lb. 14 oz. Closeouts. Vietnam.

- Sierra Trading Post

Mountainsmith Blaze


The Blaze has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$49.93 - $72.00

The Mountainsmith Blaze is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 24, 2012 at Campmor.

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