Rated 5 out of 5 by ISUcustomer Perfect
We have found the Mountainsmith Pack to be durable, spacious and highly functional for our day hikes of 3-7 hours. The pack holds everything we need and allows toting across the hips, rather than centered on the back.
August 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by trailturtle Photographer's Friend
I purchased this to use as an equipment carrier during photo walks. It holds several lenses, backup batteries, memory cards, miscellaneous camera gear, tablet, and notebook. I have been impressed by how much gear it holds, and it is very comfortable, even when stuffed. The hip belt pockets are very convenient for lens caps and other small items.
August 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BigJiminME Exactly what I needed
I do a lot of hiking in the woods while geocaching and needed something big enough for all my gear and water. This fits the bill exactly. I really love the padded sleeve as my Kindle fits in there perfectly.
If you get this pack, plan on utilizing the over the shoulder strap that comes with the pack. I found that given the size of the pack and the weight of the gear that it can hold, it tends to droop down on my hips if I use just the waist strap. The over the shoulder strap keeps the pack nice and high on my waist.
April 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by kwmar Well-constructed pack with a couple of caveats
This is a very good pack, solidly constructed and seemingly very durable. It has a fair amount of space for various items. I bought it so I could carry my drink bottles and have space for everything else I take on a day hike without having to wear a backpack. It's very comfortable.
It succeeds for me in every way except two: I like to carry two 32 oz Nalgene water bottles, and although the pack holds them, they fit almost too tightly. The upside of this is that they won't fall out when I do bushwhacking where I have to lean very far forward, backward or to the side. The other negative is that the adjusting straps for my waist lose their cinched tightness every time I put on or remove the pack. It's very hard to cinch them when the pack is on. I may end up putting safety pins in the belt so it won't slip (it doesn't slip while I'm wearing it).
June 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by CaliforniaUser Much better than a backpack
I have used this lumbar pack several times for time periods up to 6 hours in a day and have found it to be much more comfortable than a backpack. Appreciated features include: shoulder strap to assist with a heavy load; multiple inside zippered pockets; handy elastic strips for quick storage of no-longer-needed jacket, sweater, or hat; elastic pockets on front of waist strap for cell phone and other small items; two water bottle pockets albeit they were a bit tight at first. My usage has been both in town and when on mountain hiking excursions.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoLongeranLLBeanVirgin Great bag, smaller than I thought it would be
I got this bag to carry my Diabetes medication and snacks so that I will always have it handy when out and about. It is a bit smaller than I had envisioned, but not in a bad way. Plenty of room for everything that I need/want to carry on a regular basis, including room for a tablet or netbook.
Something not mentioned in the product review is that there is a small pocket on the inside of the back of the bag - you can tuck the waist straps into the pocket if you don't want to clip the bag around your waist. Nice feature!
October 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by NJKayaker Love this bag
I use this every day to carry stuff to work. It also worked great when I took a family trip to Disney. The about of stuff that fits in the bag is crazy.
I also love using it for local day hikes.
July 19, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by M144 Not Satisfied
I was not satisfied with the fit of this, and the strap didn't really help. The drink holders aren't really big enough. The styling is nice, though, and the construction is high quality. I ended up returning mine, and I am sure LLBean will be more than gracious.
April 25, 2012