Outdoors 1379

Published on December 31st, 2010 | by Greg


Mountainsmith Does a Green Trick in the Desert

As a current Phoenician (meaning resident of Phoenix), I was curious to learn that Backpacker Magazine magazine had previously awarded Mountainsmith an Editor’s Choice Green Award back in 2008. And since we’ve tried and liked a number of their items, we couldn’t wait to try out the highly anticipated Mountainsmith Daylite Lumbar Pack on our hike through Camelback Mountain.

The first thing we noticed was how lightweight this pack was. Weighing in at 9.5 ounces and constructed of a 210-denier Duramax Polyamide, a type of nylon, this was worth its weight (or weightlessness) in the desert. A Delta Compression System factored into the equation by making sure our load adjustment fit near the small of our back, near the center of gravity. This becomes vital when hiking as your pack moves with you instead of against you. As someone who has trouble carrying heavy backpacks, this made all the difference. When I finished my two mile hike I didn’t have the usual back pain as the load is spread between my hips and shoulders equally. Now if only it could take away my waistline…

There was ample storage space and we were able to carry our water bottles in the side mesh pocket and our valuables in the zippered internal pocket. For those outside at dusk, there are 3M reflective highlights. We were able to purchase for $60 from Eastern Mountain Sports.

If you like Mountainsmith but need more room for camping or photograhy gear, we suggest taking a look at the Mountainsmith Lariat 65 Recycled. This ginormous backpack is made of recycled bottles and has detachable parts and even a shoulder strap attachment loop for Mountainsmith camera cases.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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