True North Double Diamond
Reviewers Paid: $120.00
After checking out a number of different brands and kinds of lumbar packs I decided to try the True North. I am a die-hard Dana fan (crushed when they decided to leave my home town for cheaper labor), and was psyched to find a product with as much attention to detail.
The design allows this pack to function as a lumbar pack, or as a backpack for heavier loads, as it has shoulder straps and a framesheet, and it only took a little rigging for it to make a great over-the-shoulder commuter pack (for biking/briefcase-like work duties). I haven't pushed it far, but it seens like it could easily carry 25lbs, and with better support than almost any of the day packs (Dana's Shadow Peak excluded).
I had one problem with the pack--one of the compression straps pulled out of the stitching. I sent it back to True North, and they fixed it within the day and sent it back priority mail, along with an amusing letter of apology and a free gear bag. The service was impeccable, the best I have had; they were concerned about the quality of the product, and understood how it can suck to not have your pack when you need it. The price is definitely higher than the other lumbar packs on the market, but is well worth it for the quality and service True North offers. You won't regret trying this pack!
Number of Pockets: 4+internal
Max. Load Carried: 15lbs?
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $120