User Review: Mountainsmith Tour
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
Very comfortable convenient lumbar pack for day hikes and touring.
- Well made
- Made of recycled material
- Excellent comfort
- Well designed pockets and straps
If you are looking for the ideal day pack but, enjoy full freedom of movement, then a lumbar pack may be a good choice for you. I enjoy the comfort and convenience of my Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar pack.
I find it ideal for warm weather day hikes because the pack fits snugly against the small of my back leaving my upper body completely free and ventilated. I have used this on all kinds of hikes and even a 20 mile day hike with absolutely no comfort issues.
This pack is super stable and if you carry water bottles no bigger than 20 oz, then you can even run with this, however I would not recommend serious trail running with this pack. When mounted and sungged up correctly, this pack is extremely comfortable.
There are many design features on this pack that I love. I like the sleeve between the lumbar where you can store a bandana or eve a rain cover. There are two straps under the bottom that are perfect for a jacket or a even a small pad. There is a main compartment and a separate front pocket. The front pocket has a bungee strap for even more gear attachemnt.
The total capacity of this pack is 8 Liters according to the specs. The pack also comes with a well made shoulder strap that buckles to two rings on the top next to the carry handle, making this pack even more versatile, you can use the shoulder strap to carry like a bag, or for extra support if your load is a little heavier. I have never used it.
On each side there are two water bottle pockets that can fit up to a 1L Nalgene bottle on each side. I find that 20 oz bottles fit best. There are two cinch straps on each side, one for stabilizing the pack body and one for bringing the load in closer to your hips. The hip belt is 2 inches wide, with exactly the right amount of padding and secured by a high quality buckle. Once all points are cinched tightly, you have a super stable excellent fitting pack ready to see you through any hiking situation.
For the photographer, there is an accessory called the Kit Cube that fits this pack and is basically a padded insert that you can install in the main compartment of your lumbar pack turning it into a very nice camera bag. The bag will hold a camera body and up to two lenses securely. The nice thing about this accessory is that it is easily adaptable to your other packs and you can use basically any pack to safely carry your precious photo gear.
This lumbar pack is a high quality product made from recycled materials, that will work very well for many of your excursions.