Published on December 31st, 2010 | by Greg0
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.