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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made my long Maine hikes great I bought this after having a pacemaker put in and being told I couldn't use my backpack for a while. I had my trip scheduled for Maine with the Country Walkers and had to figure something to carry enough water, rain gear and other necessities to hike all day. It was fabulous. I could use the shoulder strap over my good arm to help distribute the weight of the water. Loved it. Others commented on it as well.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lumbar Pack I purchased this to replace my 35 year old mountainsmith pack. This fits perfectly for my small frame (5'2") and has easy to access water bottle holders on the outside. It will be perfect for my walking tours on upcoming vacation.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Hiking & Daily Essentials, NOT running Purchased for 3 reasons - hiking, daily life when I need more than my pockets hold but less than a backpack, and trail running. The Drift pack excels in the first two categories. Compression straps keep the load snug on hikes. The bottle holders will hold average size bottles (i.e. Klean Kanteen), but if you use both slots it will lessen the space in the main compartment. 2 thinner bottles is a wise choice if you want maximum compartment space. With the lumbar straps tucked away & the shoulder strap attached, the bag becomes nice for daily carry. The Mountainsmith website mentions the Drift being popular for trail running... I don't recommend getting your hopes up. The pack bounces too much, does not stay around the iliac crest, and rides up onto your waist where it bounces even more. No fault to the design, but it just isn't built for this purpose - it's too bulky. Going to purchase a running-specific hydration belt, but I like the Drift so much that I'll probably keep it for hiking & daily carry.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't recommend, won't stay snug against body I read the reviews here thinking this would be a good option over a small hydration pack on an upcoming hike / camp trip. I did like that it kept weight off my shoulders, but that's about the only thing it did well. When full, or even moderately full, the bag cantilevers off your lower back at about a 45* angle. No amount of snugging the side straps helps this because of the way that they are routed through the waist strap and then attached at the bottom of the bag. The issue is that with every step, the bag bounces up and down causing annoyance and hip pain. I also found the waist strap to drift loose when stepping over larger obstacles. This bag may be a good option for lightly packed low impact activities, but I can't recommend it at all for anything more strenuous. It seems to be made well, which is a plus, but I'll be returning mine.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly functional waist pack I bought this to carry all our personal items while we were at Six Flags over Texas, and it was great. Not to big, yet big enough to hold 6 cell phones several wallets and a couple of larger size water bottles.
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice and roomy The Mountainsmith Drift was my choice because of its capacity and the fact that it had adjustable retaining straps for the sides. This is useful to snug up the side web pockets if you have a water bottle in it. If you don't carry a water bottle it helps to tighten the sides of the pack so that it fits tightly against your body without excess movement. The build and materials also seemed of good quality.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My trip baggage I purchased this waistpack for a trip I am taking (and beyond). It works well as a pack as well as a purse. Just what I need.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good solid pack I have been on four or five hikes with this. It was a pain to find tall water bottles that fit the side pouches. The main pouch space was rather minimal. Additional features were great, like the handle and shoulder strap.
Date published: 2016-10-10
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Questions & Answers

Is this pack large enough to hold a lightweight sweatshirt?

Asked by: classical
It's entirely possible a lightweight sweatshirt will fit in this bag; your results may vary.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-22

Is this item water proof or water resistant in any way? I am thinking about when I get caught in the rain. I noticed that the zippers are not covered. I don't know if there is any water-proofing to the material either.

Asked by: RoseS1234
​This waistpack is not water resistant.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-05

What size waist will this pack fit up to?  

Asked by: pathfinder811
​This pack will fit up to a 48 inch waist/hip size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-12

What is the diameter and height of the water bottle holders?

Asked by: Beth W
​The dimensions of the bottle holders are 3 x 6 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29
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