Reviewed by backcountry skier from Lake Tahoe on Friday, August 23, 2013
This is a nice bag but the water bottle pockets are way to shallow. I am not willing to risk having my water bottles topple out of the bag, so I am returning this and buying a different Mountainsmith lumbar pack.
Reviewed by Kayak Fisherman from Maryland on Monday, July 22, 2013
I bought this for hiking and wading in streams. I find it fits just fine. Right sized for me in the sense that I can put a small lunch, binoculars, and a field guide in it. I like the pocket designs as well. Has a snap for holding your keys in the small front pocket. Also has a number of straps to adjust the fit. Overall a very nice design with one glaring exception. The water bottle pockets are only 5 inches deep. So water bottles hang very loosely and may fall out. The one redeeming factor is that there is a bungee drawstring that allows tightening at the top of the water bottle pocket. In addition, there are a few loops on the pack that could be used to tie in the top of your bottle with a carabiner or something. Whoever designed those pockets at Mountainsmith needs to pay more attention. That said, the pack is roomy enough that I can carry a bottle in the pack as well.
Reviewed by GRAM Rocks & Minerals of Ga Hiker from Georgia on Sunday, July 14, 2013
I bought this bag on an impulse when I was ordering my hiking boots. My husband laughed at me saying "you bought a fanny pack" but it is a wonderful bag. I went on a 5 day hike of Georgia. The bag sat perfectly on my hips while the shoulder strap kept it completely balanced which allowed me to use my hands to navigating the terrane. Now I'm a teacher and if you know anything about teachers they can't hike without collecting samples. The two storage compartments were large enough to hold my hiking supplies along with many many pounds of rocks and minerals. I love this bag. I plan to use it during school field days and sporting events. The only problem was my water bottles didn't fit correctly...But not because the compartments weren't wide enough just maybe not very deep. I just used caribeners to keep them from falling out.
Reviewed by C from New York on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I wanted a pack that I could wear while riding without covering the advertising on the back of my shirt and this fit the bill. It has plenty of room, including a spot for my Chromebook (or an iPad). I actually paid $75 (almost MSRP ) for this, too bad I didn't wait to get it from STP. Sometimes feels a bit off balance.
Reviewed by JWS from SW Virginia on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I already have a DAY and TOUR pack, and love them. The DAY travels with me, well, every day. The Blaze II however, is not your grandfathers usual Mountainsmith. For the most part it is very good, with the great Mountainsmith quality that we know of, but this design stinks. I will agree with most other reviewers the the bottle pockets are way too short, but the worst part about them is that they are attached to the lumbar belt, NOT the bag itself. In most cases I will tuck the belt and use the shoulder strap. This will not work if you carry a bottle, as the weight of the bottle will immediately pull the tucked belt out of the pocket. So, if you are going to carry a beverage, either you have to use the belt, or else you are going to have a waist belt and straps flopping about you side like a big bird. Terrible design. It is obvious to see why this one is out of production.
Yes, you should be able to fit a liter bottle in the pockets.
Answered on 1/24/2011 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
It looks like a bottle up to 14" around would fit, I have a 1 liter bottle that does not fit well in most of my other packs but it has plenty of extra room in this pack.|Hope that helps.
Answered on 3/18/2011 12:00:00 AM by Rocki from COS, CO.
Probably not. The 2 side pockets will fit up to a standard nalgene or CamelBak size One liter bottle. The pockets are not deep enough to accomodate the taller 2-liter bottles - they would probably fall out easily. But there is PLENTY of room in the big pocket of the pack.
Answered on 3/31/2011 12:00:00 AM by Ely Hiker from Ely, MN
No, the pocket is really only big enough for 1 liter MAX. And even that is pushing it because the pockets are not very tall. It seems like tall water bottles could fall out of the side pockets easily, though it hasn't happened to me.
Answered on 4/3/2011 12:00:00 AM by Hiker Girl from Idaho
Absolutely. Very adjustable.
Answered on 4/24/2011 12:00:00 AM by Busy outdoor mom from Sisters, OR