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Mountainsmith Kinetic II

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

The Kinetic II has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Mountainsmith Kinetic TLS.

photo: Mountainsmith Kinetic II lumbar/hip pack

My go-to hip pack. Napolean Dynamite would be proud.


  • Watertight compartment
  • Sturdy
  • Comfy


  • Shallow bottle holds

For bumming around outside of town, I love this pack. Big enough to hold snacks, camera, and drinks. It's comfortable, easy to work with and holds up. Overall it's great.

Fit: Snug and ergonomic

Comfort: Padded, good

Capacity: Just enough for what you need for a day

Organization and accessibility: I wish the drink pockets were just a tad deeper so it could hold store bought water bottles a bit more secure. If I transfer my drinks into the classic running/biking bottle it's all good.

Ride: Stable and good.

Compression: Sort of universal. Does not compress.

Ease of use: Yes

Features: Has external tabs, inside key clip, double bottle pockets, Two storage/one electronic compartments. 

Construction: Strong, good belt. Holds well.

Got it used but it was never used. I've used it for a year. Love it.


Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $4

A good, reliable hip pack. Very abrasion resistant and handy for day hikes.

Cons: When it gets heavy it has a tendency to slide down your hips.

Water bottle holders are also small and severely limit the size you can put here. However, if you find two bottles that fit well, you have no worries.

Price Paid: $29.95

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Price MSRP: $40.00
Historic Range: $17.58-$39.99
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