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Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Day TLS R Backpack (Pinon Green)
Color: Pinon GreenSize: One SizeChange
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
Best hip pack I've ever worn. There is ample room inside for plenty of gear. The most I've ever loaded up was a small first aid kit, a stuffable windbreaker, gloves, beanie cap, lightweight fleece, miscellaneous energy bars, a sandwich, a 1L water bag with hose, and water bottle in the outer pockets. And it never felt like it was sagging, or bouncing around. As stated, you can fit a small water bag, I use this product: http://www.amazon.com/Platy-Soft-Bottle-Closure-Cap/dp/B002LSS68C/ref=pd_sim_sg_14 in the 1L size, but I think the one I have is a previous version, more rectangular. I attach a drinking hose and then zip the bag closed with the hose sticking out. There is a liner between the water bag pouch, which keeps it separated from other items in the bag.

Also, there are so many adjustment straps to help keep the bag tight against your body. This is key for a bigger hip pack. I've tried a lot of different types, but this one by far fits the best, even though it is by far the biggest. And when it is really loaded down, there is a padded shoulder strap that is removable. I don't like using it if I can, because it sort of defeats the purpose of having the freedom of no straps, but it does the job well for days the pack is really loaded down.

I also like the outer pocket. It is a good place to store things you will access frequently, such as snacks and camera parts. The main zipper is more difficult to get into when the bag is properly cinched down to your body, but the outer pocket is easy to get into. There are also mesh pouches on the buckle strap which can hold a surprsing amount of things. More energy bars, or smaller camera parts fit inside easily. Lots of storage!

The only (small) complaint I have is the exterior water bottle holders. The elastic is very tight, and even though you can actually put a 1L Nalgene bottle in it, it is very difficult to do so. Even smaller bottles are hard to get in the pockets. If you are out solo, it can be a challenge to get bottle, and replace it when done drinking. Bottles sure as heck aren't coming out of this bag! I think they could have been a little looser while still allowing a snug fit of bottles.

Overall, the main selling feature of this pack is the fit. With a myriad of adjustment straps, it will fit almost any body shape, although the bag was too loose for my small-waisted girlfriend, even with the buckle fully tightened. Combine the great fit with a huge amount of storage, and you have a winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
I recently purchased a Day TLS pack as a gift and compared it to my own Day lumbar pack that I have owned for a number of years. I notice numerous changes some of which I think are improvements, others not, and one change about which I am ambivalent. In my opinion, improvements include the replacement of plastic sliders on the waist belt with mesh pockets, the increased length of bungee cord on the "face" of the pack and additional 2 attachment-point loops adjacent to the fabric loops through which the bungee cord passes, the elimination of 4 fabric attachment-point loops that seemed unnecessary, the use of heavier 210D liner cloth (as opposed to the 150D liner cloth on my older pack), and the use of a brighter yellow color for the interior cloth that further increases contrast and enhances the visibility of any objects within the pack.

There are two changes I consider not for the better. My pack has black fabric tape stitched over the seams of both exterior zipper flaps. This tape protects the seams on my pack from premature fraying and failure. This fabric tape is missing from the new packs, and I would like to see its return. Second, my pack has a yellow liner on all interior panels. The new packs replaced the yellow liner with a black fabric for the panel separating the two interior compartments. The yellow color provided a much better contrast with any objects that I carried in my pack making it easy to see them. The black color considerably reduces the visibility of objects within the pack.

It's possible Mountainsmith made this decision because the black fabric holds a polyurethane coating better than the yellow fabric. If that is the reason for the decision to change color, I vote to return to the yellow fabric. In moderate to heavy rain, I carry objects inside small plastic bags, which I then place inside my Day pack. I do not rely solely on the waterproofing of my Day pack to provide complete protection in heavy rain. I urge Mountainsmith to return to the yellow color for all interior fabric panels.

The one change about which I currently am ambivalent is the replacement of the two large, mesh side pockets with unmeshed or solid-fabric pockets with elastic retention straps. The elastic straps cleverly compress the side pockets when they are not in use while the solid fabric prevents the pockets from getting snagged on dense brush. The primary disadvantage of this new design is that it now is impossible to place a bottle into either pocket using just one hand. Personally, I find these new pockets inconvenient. My suspicion is that Mountainsmith made this change because other people complained about the old mesh pockets snagging on brush so I understand Mountainsmith's dilemma.

How about a compromise? Retain the use of an unmeshed fabric for the pockets but replace the elastic retention straps with the bungee cords the old mesh pockets used to have. That way--for those who desire--it will be possible to leave the pockets open so as to more easily insert water bottles or other objects but also give people the option to close the pockets via the bungee cords. What about water that collects inside the pockets? You can punch a drain hole in the bottom of each pocket and surround the drain hole with a non-rusting, metal grommet. What do you think, Mountainsmith?

Despite my concerns, I give the pack five stars because--with the addition of the separately purchased Strapettes--it remains the highest quality, most thoughtfully designed, and most versatile lumbar/waist pack I so far have owned or tried.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
Classic Mountainsmith. If that isn't enough for you then you are looking at the wrong product. This replaced a ten year old Tour pack that I beat and beat and beat. I will say, I was shocked at how friggen huge this thing is, it seamed twice the size of my Tour though it really is only about 30% larger. Anyone who has one will be happy for many years (though as a long time Mountainsmith owner I do weep at the corners that get cut for the sake of keeping the price the same over the past decade; and probably for weight reduction as well. In any case, the outside of the pack is just as bomb proof and perfect as ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
I've been using this pack for day hikes over the last 7 weeks and have absolutely no complaints whatsoever. I'm able to fit everything I would need (including the 10 hiking essentials) plus food, water, extra layers, and wet weather gear inside with ease.

One suggestion I'd give to people looking at this pack is to purchase the shoulder straps (Strapettes) because this thing can get heavy and it's nice to take some of the load off of your back. The Strapettes do a great job of distributing the load, making for a very comfortable hiking experience.

I can't comment on the side pockets as far as fitting water bottles, because I use a Platypus inside the pack to hold water, but they do work nicely for fitting odds and ends (I put a first aid kit, headlamp, knife and similar items in the side pockets).

The construction is excellent. Overall, I'm very pleased with this pack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
This is the best pack I have ever owned. I use it for everything--hiking, riding my bike to work, day trips. Seriously folks, you need to check this out. It is hands down THE MOST COMFORTABLE pack I have ever used and I am an avid hiker, outdoorsperson, and student (carrying books uphill to class) etc. You won't get a better bang for your buck with anything else.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2012
This is the third edition I have owned of this pack. Each one has lasted me 8 to 10 years of daily use. The current version has many significant improvements and new features compared to the previous version, plus it is more comfortable when carrying loads. A great product!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
Neatest pack I've tried in my 60 odd years. Getting old and a regular pack is too hard on my poor old back. This thing fits so well (with added pack straps) I hardly feel it. This one's set-up as my bug-out bag: 3 days of food and water plus lots of emergency supplies and still extra room for a firearm and ammo. Thinking of buying one for work. Best darn thing I've found in quite a while that exceeded my expectations and yes, the side pockets do seem too tight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2015
This pack remains comfortable when carrying two 20 oz. bottles, rain gear, a light jacket, a couple Cliff Bars, sunscreen, insect repellent, some first aid stuff and a few other odds and ends. I use it when hiking shorter hikes of five to six miles at lower elevations with up to 1600 feet elevation gain feeling confident I have everything I need. Like it alot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
Looks bigger than I though it would. Zippers are made of quality. Various compartments to store your belongings.
Adjustment straps are slightly loose but not a show stopper kind of issue. Overall quality product by Mountainsmith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
Just what I wanted for my cycle to and from work. I don't like backpacks as they are very sweaty on the back and shoulder straps. I can take a laptop in and notepad. More than that and the wieght becomes a little uncomfortable and the pack leans away from the body, but its fine. Looks tough and will last a good many years.
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