Still the best pack out there

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Flywheel from NH on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
I have a Mountainsmith Lumbar pack from 25 years ago and it has been my goto pack for day hikes. Many of the newer lumbar packs are not built as well, unfortunately, and it seems like they are all going in that direction. The biggest issue is that the newer packs use a single point stabilizer strap to pull the pack in tight to your back. My old pack and this pack use two stabilizer straps per side with means that after you tighten the waist strap, you can cinch in the bottom and then the top oft he pack towards your back and it does not flop up and down. The newer ones only use a single cinch point on the waist belt and it tends to flops when you walk. Even more annoying, when a pack hangs out away from your back, it tends to feel heavier than it is, and this is a deal-breaker.

I gave this pack 4 stars because envy though it is built "almost" the same as my 25 year old pack, the area where the stabilizer straps attach to the belt are closer together and conch about 95% as well as my old pack. It is a miss by Mountainsmith and certainly a huge miss on most of the newer bags in their collection. So I bought 4 packs. I have 4 of these, a hemp one that is EXACTLY like my old one, and then my old one. I plan to give a couple away to friends - I advise getting this pack if you want the best pack out there before they are discontinued forever.
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