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Mountainsmith Tour TLS Waistpackis rated4.75out of5by12.
Rated4out of5byAmy ChickhikerfromHandy pack for many thingsThis pack's size just fits the bill for things other than just hiking. It's large enough to pack my rain jacket and other "daypack" stuff. It's also right size for doing errands around town, it holds all the necessities. I wish that they'd put some loops for hooking on stuff, though...I like to have things close at hand when hiking, gloves and such, things that I'm always taking off and putting on, so I don't have to keep putting them in the pack. I think I'll just sew on some loops so I can hook some small 'biners for those things...
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated5out of5byOlyPeachfromPerfect for TravelingI just used this waistpack in satchel mode on a two week trip. Basically, it is perfect for use as a camera bag / light gear carrier while cycling and touring. FAR FAR superior than a small daypack for getting at stuff and digging through - with the shoulder strap on, you just spin it around and dig in.
The outside pockets are great, securely holding a water bottle on one side and a camera on the other.
Some fantastic design elements (I'm glad someone thinks of these things): The yellow nylon on the inside is ingenious. It really makes the inside lighter and therefore easier to find things; the small zipper pouch inside is perfect for securely hiding important papers like passports; the waist straps, which I'll probably never use, can be hidden away so they are invisible and don't snag or flop around.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated4out of5byBK THE HIKERfromLOVE THE PACK ..BUTLove the pack BUT why hasnt the side bottle pockets been addressed??? I had to cut the elastic to even get my bottle in!! Otherwise perfect size for a day hike and comfy for a girl hiker.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated5out of5byhome on the roadfrom2nd best thing about bikingthis is the 5th one i've owned.every time they've redesigned it, it gets better and better. i ride and tour by bike all the time. it holds lots of stuff, is comfortable to wear and the side pouches let me carry my camera on one side and rather my long finger gloves or rain jacket in te other., highly visible, with or without my lights.as for the 5th one, i've worn them out over the years and use the others for other bikes i have in other cities.mountainsmith makes quality products!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated5out of5byTradecraftfromDurable and Spacious Lumbar PackThe Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Tour TLS R Backpack, in Pinon Green, is an excellent lumbar pack when hiking and you do not require a ton of gear. I tend to like to use a backpack when hiking and have done so for years. Recently, I wanted to re-evaluate what I carry on hikes and not carry as much gear. After doing a lot of research I chose the Mountainsmith Tour which holds 488 cubic inches of gear. This is big enough to carry all the essentials that I need to include some emergency items should the need arise. I was originally looking at the Maxpedition Sabercat Versipack, Khaki but it does not have water bottle pockets to hold water which I need since I am in a desert environment. I know I can add MOLLE attachments to the Sabercat to carry water but then weight distribution tends to get unbalanced and uncomfortable. So I ended up with the Mountainsmith Tour. It should be noted that Mountainsmith did some upgrades and modifications to the 2012 Tour which is slightly different from prior models. Modifications include:
+ Waistbelt mesh pockets that can hold small items
+ Wider shoulder strap pad
+ Flat profile side bottle pockets
+ Internal iPad sleeve that cannot be removed
+ A Lumbar Control Point pad for increased ergonomic fit
I really like the waistbelt mesh pockets which make good use of space that would otherwise go unused. I do not use the shoulder strap and instead purchased the Mountainsmith Strapettes which is a must have in my opinion. The Strapettes take the weight off your lower back and provide a much more comfortable harness carrying system by transferring the weight to your shoulders and hips; not your back. If you are very tall the Strapettes will cause the Tour to ride a little higher than it should on your back. If you decide to use the shoulder strap you can tuck the waist belt in the back panel to get it out of your way.
The Mountainsmith Tour has heavy duty YKK zippers which are very strong and durable. On each zipper is a bright yellow pull tab. I did not like the bright yellow color so I cut off the pull tabs and replaced them with pull tabs that I made from OD green paracord using a cobra stitch. I really like my modification as it tones down the yellow while the green paracord pull tabs match the pinon green color of the Tour much better. I do not need a pull tab to be high visibility yellow.
Inside the main compartment is a very bright yellow lining. Included in the main compartment is a hanging pocket that has a zipper in case you need to secure items such as money that you do not want to lose. The main compartment is pretty spacious and has enough room to hold a lot of gear. The internal iPad sleeve does not take up a lot of room and does not impede your ability to carry gear if you decide not to use the sleeve for an iPad.
The Delta Compression System load adjustment with two compression straps is a functional and ergonomic feature to keep the pack close to your body. This is an especially important feature if you do not use the Mountainsmith Strapettes to help support a heavy load. The compression straps prevent the load from sagging or pulling away from your body which can cause fatigue or injury to your lower back. I do experience some difficulty tightening the straps with 32 ounce Nalgene water bottles in the side pockets. I tighten the compression straps first and then add the water bottles to the pack.
On the bottom of the Tour are two ¾ inch compression straps in which I have strapped an MPI All Weather Emergency Survival Blanket that has 6 Kelty Nobendium II Tent Stakes and 4 Heavy Duty Bungee Cords Desert Tan 4 Pack rolled into the blanket should I need an emergency shelter. I also carry some cordage in the main compartment of the pack. This is a very small, compact, and efficient shelter system that fits perfectly on the bottom of the Tour.
Overall I am very happy with the Mountainsmith Tour for short to medium length day hikes. It is durable, spacious, comfortable, and has the ability to carry two 32 ounce water bottles. Additionally, you can purchase the Mountainsmith Strapettes which I recommend. The Tour also comes in a variety of colors. You can also purchase a Mountainsmith Tour Rain Pack Cover but it is only available in the color yellow.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated5out of5byCarlitofromAwesomeI love this bag, had one in 2000 and lost it some how
Just had to get another one. It's a bit different , side pockets seems smaller but it has an inside pocket for a tablet
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated5out of5bysierrananafromoutstandingI use the Mountainsmith for weekend hikes. Used backpack type gear for a couple of years, but too much weight on the shoulders. Switched for hip pack last year, but had trouble keeping it from slipping down. (Can only cinch it so tight and still be comfortable) This pack along with the shoulder strap option is perfect. Just completed 5 days of day hiking in the Sierras and couldn't have done it without this pack. I'm a 66 year old female.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated4out of5byHiker BrifromGreat for after work or day hikesI wanted something simple for evening and short hikes, and frankly something that didn't hang off my shoulders. This product attaches securely, can be compressed easily with straps for a minimal footprint, but easily expanded to hold quite a bit (10 essentials). Two outside elastic nets carry water bottles or other items easily
Date published: 2013-08-08
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