User Review: Mountainsmith Day
Design: Waist pack
Number of Pockets: 2 (1 internal, 1 external)
Max. Load Carried: 20lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $99
This pack has become the staple for class-bound college kids looking cool cruising through campus. However, it doesn't mean the pack isn't versatile.
I've carried everything from a full day's gear, including food and water for long day hikes, backcountry ski gear, and even several books and folders on my way to class.
The exterior bungee cord is handy for strapping on a rain jacket or tying down your bike helmet. The huge zipper pulls are easy to find and make the pack more accessible while it's being worn.
Two mesh water bottle holders ride on either side of the pack, which are great for convential bike-style water bottles. Nalgenes don't fit.
The only complaint I've had with this pack is that the waist belt (the only means of attachment) isn't padded. This makes heavy loads seriously painful. There is an accessory shoulder strap that can be used to help offset heavy loads, but it isn't very comfortable either.
The price has come down on these packs as they have become extremely popular... this makes it an even better deal.