Guide to Mountainsmith Lumbar, hip and waist packs
I am huge fans of lumbar packs and waist/ hip packs as they can help you avoid the whole ‘sweaty backpack back’ while still carrying all the essentials for your chosen activity. If you find that when wearing a backpack you get a tight neck or shoulders you may like to consider trying a lumbar pack instead.
I’ve tried out a few lumbar packs over the years and I’ve found that the best way to get going with a new pack is to do the following:
- Explore the features of the pack in a calm moment when you have time to try out the adjustments on the pack and get the fit right for you.
- Loosen all of the adjustment straps (if they’re not already loosened) before you first try it on.
- Get the fit around your waist comfortable with the waist strap done up and then use the adjustable straps to bring the bag snugly against your lumbar region but without feeling like you’re in the grip of a boa constrictor (it can take a couple of attempts to get the fit just how you want it).
I’ve found that for the first few trips out there’s a bit of fine adjustment (ok, I admit it, and some general fiddling to see what the straps all do) and then adjusting your pack becomes second nature.
Mountainsmith Lumbar Packs
I stock the two largest sizes of the Mountainsmith Lumbar Pack range; the Day and Tour/ Tour WSD packs.
The Day pack is the largest of the Mountainsmith lumbar pack range providing approximately 13L capacity. This bag is equally at home on the trail or around town – it is super-practical and the designers at Mountainsmith have loaded this bag with features
The Tour pack is the next size down in the lumbar pack range, providing a very useful 9L capacity. This bag is also equally at home on the trail or around town – it is super-practical and the designers at Mountainsmith have loaded this bag with features.
Stabilising your Pack
Both the Day and Tour packs can be stabilised using the padded shoulder strap supplied with the bags as illustrated below.
The single shoulder strap supplied with the Day pack being used to stabilise the bag:
The single shoulder strap supplied with the Tour pack being used to stabilise the bag:
For extra stabilisation or to support an even more ergonomic fit Strapettes can be used.
Demonstration Video Clips
The team at Mountainsmith have created a host of useful videos to demonstrate various aspects of their product range. We’ve pulled in a few here for the lumbar packs and also the strapettes that can be used to help with carrying heavier loads…
Fitting Mountainsmith Strapettes to your Lumbar Pack (Day and Tour series)
The strapettes are really straightforward to attach to your pack and can help with those days when you are carrying a heavier load…
Day and Tour Lumbar Packs
Check out my Pinterest board showcasing lumbar packs in action!