not the usual great Mountainsmith design
Reviewed by Squackman 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.
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