Like It So Far

Verified Buyer Reviewed by klkks from Montana on Thursday, June 11, 2015
I bought the Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack to carry light loads without having to have my back get so sweaty. It seems to do the trick. The 8 liter pack has two water bottle holders on the outside. Each is big enough to hold a large, 1 quart Gatorade or Nalgene bottle but that gets pretty heavy. The holders have cinch cords and straps to hold in smaller bottles. I use both functions for 1/2 liter bottles. The inner pocket will carry my DSLR camera and zoom lens along with a packable rain coat and pants, but it starts to get tight. There is a nice little map pocket situated between your back and the inner side of the pack. There is another small pocket held closed by velcro closures next to this one which holds the waist belt if you use it as a satchel. There is small zip pocket inside the main compartment for items such as driver's license, etc. An outer pocket is just big enough to carry sunscreen, an emergency lighter, and a snack and it also has a key clip in it. The pack is made of coated material and should be highly water resistant, but maybe not water proof.

The zipper's are large and the sliders are made of metal which should hold up well to sand.

The pack's belt is very wide (about 6") and restricts access to my pants pockets which requires taking the pack off to get to keys, nail clipper, etc. It is also too wide to comfortably carry bear spray. When doing so, the canister rides towards one's crotch. The two carry straps on top are handy but they add weight. I bought a waist pack, not a suit case, so I might remove the carry straps. I also removed the shoulder strap which is held on by fastex type buckles. The pack could be used as a satchel if the shoulder strap is left on.

I usually carry a gps on a 'biner hooked to my pants belt loop. There is a small 'biner loop on the pack but it is located too far back to easily access the gps. I'll probably add one to the belt or move the existing one.

The only big drawback to the pack is it's weight. It seems heavy (1lb, 5oz) to me but that may be because of all the equipment and water I stuff into it. I would like to see a light weight one made out rip stop nylon.
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