Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Day TLS R Backpack
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- Made from 450d ReForge™ PET RipStop body fabric (100% Recycled)
- Zippered main compartment has zippered hanging pocket and bright yellow lining for visibility; also features a zippered front panel pocket
- Removable shoulder strap with a sliding pad, tuck-away waist belt and air mesh foam back panel
- Delta Compression System load adjustment with two compression straps
- 2 water bottle pockets that accommodate 32-ounce water bottles; reflective highlights
- Made from 100 percent recycled plastic water bottles; four water bottles make each bag
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|Item Dimensions||13 x 12 x 8 inches|
|Item Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.85 pounds|
|Size||none US Men|
FEATURES of the Mountainsmith Day TLS Lumbar Pack Diamond airmesh foam with DWR anti-sweat finish Low profile side bottle pockets Removable shoulder strap Padded sleeve for iPad / Kindle / Tablets Lumbar Control Point pad Tuck-away waistbelt Patented Delta Compression System Inner Sanctum interior zippered compartment for small valuables Strapette compatible
Color: Heritage Cobalt
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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.
This is my second Mountainsmith "Day", having bought my first in 2004 after an injury to my back, neck and shoulder and needing something for carrying "gear" in for getting in and out of the zodiacs on a trip to Antarctica. It as been all over the world with me and I have literally used/worn that pack "out", so I needed to replace it.
Admittedly, the first one is slightly larger (so if I could have given it 4.5 stars, I would have) but there are many features about this one that make it better. Not sure how, but they have improved the "ride", and I like the attach points for the extra stuff sack of clothes that I attach to the outside and pockets on the waist belt, which are large enough to hold my binoculars which don't fit easily into the side pockets, as they did on my old one. They are really only for bottles.
The pack says capacity 15lbs but I did a pre trip load up with everything I want/need to carry in this as my only carry on. The pack loaded, weighed just over 20 lbs. I carry it with the aid of the shoulder strap but mostly relying on the waist belt and I found it MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE than the same loading of my old "day". I personally won't buy the strappetts because back packs still do not work for my neck and shoulder issues. The inside divider, which at first I was contemplating cutting out, is actually nice for keeping the papers and books separated from the rest of the stuff.
With the addition of a water resistant stuff sack attached (through the extra, nicely placed attach points with velcro sprapits) to the back that holds my rain jacket and two days worth of clothes, I have my toiletries & other small personal stuff, electronics (chargers & cords, converters, extra batteries, power supply & cards, tablet, digital recorder...) a bird book & map for the country I am visiting, the required papers for the trip, travel pillow, mask earplugs..., my "bridge camera" in it's own case slipped onto the waist band, two 20 oz bottles of water, binoculars, pocket camera, assorted snacks... and a fleece jacket through the elastic cord on the pack. Yes, it may not look the neatest, but I have enough to get me through if I get separated from the checked bag (been there done that a few times now) AND it fits under the seat in front of me AND it becomes my day pack for the bulk of the trip, again, carrying everything I need. I also wear a travel vest that has the passport and wallet, etc right on my person.
I can't comment on durability but if anything like my last, it will be great. I still will use my old one for day hikes around here, scrambling over rocks and carrying the lighter loads and have sewn the waist straps in place as they are so worn they weren't holding where I tightened them. Looking forward to adventures with my new one.
It comes with an over-the-shoulder messenger bag-type padded carry strap to stabilize large loads (can mostly do without the strapettes), and two straps at top that fit over dual metal or fiberglass luggage handle extensions.
Can be worn in front or back of body.
Maximize carrying with two or three internal waterproof 5" compression sacks, such as Sea to Summit's extra small. You can even use more compression bags on the outside. You can replace their reflective shockcord with heavier stronger shockcord or paracord to carry more, and can affix shockcord/paracord to the carry straps.
Consider buying the rain cover and/or spraying or using NikWax.
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Classic and handsome design.
1) It has only 2 pockets. My tiny waist pack has 3 pockets.Read more