Mountainsmith Cairn II
I found this at Campmor.com for $35. I bought it because…
Design: top loading
Max. Load Carried: about 12 pounds
Height of Owner: 5'-10"
Price Paid: $35
I found this at Campmor.com for $35. I bought it because I was recovering from some minor surgery which prevented me from wearing a conventional backpack. I loaded it with my tarp and footprint, extra clothes, some food. I carried my sleeping pad rolled through the elastic straps and cinched my sleeping bag on top through the handle.
All in all, I loaded this little pack up with about 12 pounds (two Nalgenes full of water in the mesh pockets also). I hiked with it so loaded for a weekend hiking trip, and was extremely satisfied with its performance. It handled that load surprisingly well just on my hips and the pack part of it fit nicely in the small of my back.
It's hardy and well worth the $35 I paid for it. It is a bit heavy just on its own and I would think about clipping out the inside pockets and divider in order to cut some weight.
Here's what other sites are saying:
On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountainsmith Cairn II Lumbar Pack (Fall 2006) The Cairn II by Mountainsmith will carry what you really need - tunes, lots of storage space, and plenty of water. With a 1-liter hydration system, new features to handle electronics, plus our delta compression system to keep the load snug and comfortable-these refined packs are up for any challenge. Volume: 1100 cu. in. / 18 L Weight: 2 lb 2 oz / .96 kg Size: 11 x 12 x 6 / 28 x 30 x 15 cm Features: 1 Liter hydration bladder with tube stash clips Tuck-away rain cover Large main compartment Separate zippered pocket with key clip Padded valuables pocket Headphone cord exit port Adjustable shoulder strap with sliding pad Tuck-away waistbelt Mesh side bottle pockets Delta Compression System tuck waistbelt Construction: 420d Velocity nylon body/420d Jr. Ballistic bottom YKK urethane coated main zipper Breathable Brock Foam
The Mountainsmith Cairn 2 Lumbar Pack is perfect for day hikes, bike trips or jaunts when you don't need a full-scale backpack. With 1100cu in of storage, two water bottle pockets, and a hidden rain cover, the Cairn has all the essentials for any day trip. An audio pocket with headphone port allows you to listen to tunes while you're out on a lunch-break run. You can also turn the Cairn 2 into a messenger bag by tucking away the waist-belt and clipping on the shoulder strap. Bring it to the office and you'll be ready for any after-work adventure.
- Backcountry Outlet
Mountainsmith's performance oriented Cairn II has storage space galore for any adventure. This lumbar pack includes a 1 liter (32 oz) hydration resevoir, electronics compatibility, and all of the on and off the trail features you come to expect. It easily converts into a backpack with the optional strappette accessory.