Today we’re going to take a look at the classic Day and Tour technical lumbar packs. The Day, the larger of the two, has ample space for a full days worth of adventuring. The Tour, a slightly more streamlined version but with the same feature set of great organization, excellent carry, tuck-away waist belt, which we’ll take a closer look at in a bit, and the iconic Mountainsmith look. One of the features that most sets apart the Day from other lumbar packs on the market is the great suspension and carry system. Turn it around here and give you a look at the padded back panel. Some great lumbar padding here again, on a pack of this size, with a fully padded hipbelt, with a nice wrap and adjustable buckle for stability. This can also be tucked away entirely when you don’t need it or don’t intend to use it. There’s an integrated, fully adjustable shoulder strap that allows you to wear this over your shoulder and this can come off entirely if you don’t intend to use it at all. There is certainly a haul handle on top of the pack as well which gives you yet another carry option. I’m wearing the Day as a lumbar pack at this point as you can see, and there are some really fine adjustment points here, on the side of the pack that let me pull that load in tighter and really takes the bounce out of that lumbar pack while it’s in use. Again, this really makes it stand out over a lot of the lumbar packs that are currently available. With over 850 cubic inches of storage capacity, the Day will haul quite a lot of gear. This also means it can get heavy too depending on how you pack it and if you’re carrying a lot you may want to consider using the Mountainsmith Strapettes. Strapettes are sold separately. Disconnect the shoulder strap that comes with the Day, and at those same attachment points you can clip into place, the Strapettes. They are basically shoulder straps that convert the Day into a more load capable day pack. Easy attachment points clip into place here on either side. Again, we’ll show this in use. With the Strapettes attached to the day I now have fully adjustable shoulder straps and there is also an adjustable sternum strap that connects here across the chest to help with load distribution. There is great organization on the Day. You can see I’ve got a water bottle here in this pocket and there is a second one here on this side. Really nice compression built into those pockets so when they are not in use they are not in the way at all but can expand nicely and secure that water bottle in place. There is a sizeable front pocket with a key fob here. The large main compartment which also has a large hanging pocket, a padded pocket in the back which is great for notebooks or a small laptop is also perfect for gear. I’ve got all kinds of things in here, a windshirt which can be strapped on the outside with this bungee system. There are also attachment points at the bottom of the pack so you could lash other gear externally as well. Just a great overall feature set in this pack that makes it a good option for any and all types of day hiking.
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