Mountainsmith Dart TLS
Source: received it as a personal gift
Perfect for hikes of 1-3 hours, the Dart TLS allows your hands to be free and for minimal weight around your center of gravity, so you'll feel balanced and able to push of your quads on tough climbs. Storage room for an energy bar or two as well as a nice compartment for a gel.
- Storage space (not too much, not too little)
- Lightweight (sits at center of gravity, so its weight isn't noticeable)
- Water bottle (hard plastic, so you can't squeeze and jettison water into mouth)
This hip pack was incredibly comfortable for me on a moderate 3-hours hike. I typically wear a handheld bottle, but the Dart TLS freed my hands, which was much more comfortable.
The bottle is hard plastic, so you won't be able to squeeze water into your mouth. Take a brief break and kick your head back for big gulps; while you're at it, pull out some trail mix or an energy bar from the storage compartment for fuel.
On descents, I didn't notice the pack bouncing around a lot; the waist band can be adjusted should such an issue arise.
Overall, 5 stars. When it comes to smaller hip packs, the Mountainsmith Dart TLS is the best around.
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Updated for 2012, the Mountainsmith Dart TLS (Technical Lumbar System) is an ultra-lightweight and slim profile sport pack that is ideal for trail runs and hikes. It comes equipped with reflective piping, a side energy gel pocket, perforated airflow foam padding, and one BPA-free water bottle. Newly featured Lumbar Control Point pad will lock the pack directly into your lumbar region for increased stability. It's made with Mountainsmith's Reforge recycled PET body fabric and high tenacity nylon in key wear areas.
The updated DartTLS (Technical Lumbar System) is an ultra-lightweight and slim profile sport pack that is ideal for trail runs, fast hikes, or that cross-country glade With reflective piping, side energy gel pocket, perforated airflow foam padding and one BPA-free water bottle included, you'll be darting around in no time Newly featured Lumbar Control Point pad locks the pack into your lumbar region for added stability Made from 450d Reforge, Mountainsmith's 100% recycled PET - Same performance, comfort and durability you've come to trust, but reducing our impact on the planet one bag at a time
Mountainsmith Dart TLS Lumbar Pack FEATURES of the Mountainsmith Dart TLS Lumbar Pack Foam insulated water bottle holders Diamond airmesh foam with DWR anti-sweat finish Lumbar Control Point pad Perforated EVA foam for breathability One 22 oz opaque LDPE bottle included (BPA Free) Bright yellow lining promotes visibility Neoprene ring inside bottle holster MP3 headphone port Gel stash waistbelt pocket SPECIFICATIONS of the Mountainsmith Dart TLS Lumbar Pack Dimension: (L x H x D): 16 x 7 x 2in. Weight: 7 oz / 0.2 kg Volume: 27 cubic inches / 0.45 liter Capacity: Up to 4 lbs 450d ReForge PET RipStop body fabric (100% Recycled) 420d Duramax Nylon 210d RipStop Liner