Verified Buyer Reviewed by Pedro el Garrulous from WA on Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I've had a Lowe waist pack for 25 years (+/-) that has good dimensions for me: wide across the back and not very tall. It was used primarily for cycling, where I don't need it to carry hydration. It held an extra layer, wallet, cell & keys in a nice tight package. In a pinch, I could strap another layer on the outside. Except for the Mountainsmith, today's packs tend towards short and tall, which tend to feel saggy when stuffed full. The MS is larger and has water bottle capability (both minuses), but it's functional, comfortable and appears to be very well constructed. Also, it's a bit busy for my taste, so I've chopped off the top snaps, eliminating all possible use of that silly strap. Still, in spite of the drawbacks I've mentioned, I like it.