Mountainsmith Cairn

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This has been a great pack for all around purposes.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: top loading
Size: 1000
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 25-28lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $90

This has been a great pack for all around purposes. I used to not like fanny packs at all till I got this one. I mainly use it to haul my textbooks around campus. It holds about 2 textbooks and 1 three ring binder. It has an organization pocket and 2 mesh side water bottle pockets which will hold 32 oz. Nalgene bottls. I also use the strapettes to help support the pack. The hip straps are padded with mesh stuff and it has a big back pad. the construction of the hip belts sort of curve upward to help it wrap around your torso. Even full of text books it rides fairly nice if you fiddle with the delta strap things. However the top still flops away from my back.

The construction is very sturdy which is important to me. The material used is high quality. Bottom line is that it's more comfortable than a regular day pack.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Mountainsmith Cairn Lumbar Pack will comfortably haul your gear on any length day hike you dare undertake. Ultimate freedom of movement is the payoff for carrying a lumbar pack.

- Backcountry Outlet

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.


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. 1100 2 lb. Closeouts. Vietnam.

- Sierra Trading Post

Mountainsmith Cairn


The Cairn has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$59.93 - $76.97

The Mountainsmith Cairn is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 30, 2006 at Backcountry Outlet.

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