Monday, January 19, 2009

Used, American made Mountainsmith Tour Pack waist pouch

Here I have a used (not abused) American made Mountainsmith Tour Pack waist pouch. I got it used (second hand) from an ebay guy a number of years ago. I paid very little for it using the ‘Buy It Now’ feature. But with shipping, I remembered I paid like RM100 for it. Yup…a little too expensive compare to the normal prices I could have paid through the local ‘baju bundle’ shops but finding one like this is really not easy. What’s more, during one of the trips to Chatuchak market in Bangkok, Thailand, I saw a similar item (different color) going for around RM220. So, I think I still got a good price for it.

Before we go any further, most important thing I need to mention is that this Mountainsmith Tour Pack waist pouch is an old model and probably made in Boulder, Colorado, USA. A similar model (not sure what model) can be found in some of the sporting shops in Singapore already. The newer models now are mostly made in either Taiwan or Korea (I think). Having their products made overseas does not necessarily mean that the quality has declined but perhaps having an item that is made in the country of it’s origin has an ‘authentic’ feel to it.

The Mountainsmith Tour Pack lumbar / waist pack

Mountainsmith is not big in Malaysia. This outdoor equipment brand is almost unknown here. It is however very popular in US but of recent years, I think their popularity has somehow declined. Like many other outdoor equipment brands, I personally think they have gone long too much with meeting the mass market’s demands, creating too many models that are more designer than functional.

Like many other products of American outdoor equipment brands, this lumbar pack comes with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. I got confused (still am to be honest) with all the straps, bungee and attachments on the pack. I just can’t figure out what they are used for (except for the side compression straps). The rest are mind boggling (is there such a word??).

The waist straps are not rocket science nor are they padded to the extreme. Just a simple double layer of what seems to be cordura material. The good thing though is that the waist straps can be packed away in a small Velcro pocket. To carry it then is just by using the sling straps.

The waist straps are simple, almost no padding at all

The waist straps on the Mountainsmith Tour Pack tucked away in the pocket behind

There are only two white tags I can find on this pack. The first one is sewn onto the waist strap. This tag has a Mountainsmith logo with the words ‘ U.S Patent No 5025965’. Well, at least its not ‘Patent Pending’ like most other products.

The white tag label on the waist strap

I have used this Tour Pack a couple of times. I honestly prefer to sling it around my shoulders rather than having it around my waist. I have packed it to the brim. Works find and the seams seems to be holding on well. But fully packed and weighing in a bit, the pack is not the most comfortable thing to have clinging around the waist. In terms of pockets, this pack offers 3 pockets. One on the front of the pack, and a small one whish is located inside the main pocket.

The small pocket inside the main pocket of the Tour Pack

The zippers used are from YKK. Big strong zippers and yellow colored pullers are attached to them for ease of use. I really do find them useful. And the colors help to identify where they are as well and this can be useful in the dark.

In terms of use, I would say that this Mountainsmith Tour Pack lumbar / waist pack is okay. Not extremely comfortable fully loaded but it can really take in a lot of gear. I have another lumbar pack from this same brand called the ‘Day Pack’ model. Its probably double the size of this pack.

I guess the availability of the pockets really helps in organizing my stuff. Then again, the more bells you have, the more places for it to go wrong. I can really use the pack to be simpler, less straps. The straps confuses me and God know what they are for. Love the ‘pack away’ waist straps though 

If someone wants to buy this pack, chances are I will sell it off. For a reasonable prices that is. I hardly use it and it sits in the store room with the rest of the packs most of the time. For short trips, I still prefer to just use a small daypack.

Ini bag pinggang (waist pouch) dari Mountainsmith. Modelnya ‘Tour Pack’. I dapat dari ebay beberapa tahun dahulu. Sekali hantar dalam RM100 (lebih kurang laa). Brand outdoor ni take popular sangat kat Malaysia. malah ada yang tak pernah dengar pun. Tapi kat US dan Jepun, boleh tahan la.

Beg outdoor ni satu saje yang I kureng minat. Tali menali dia banyak tak terkira. Boleh naik gila nak guna. Entah apa gune (kecuali compression), entah apa guna tali banyak-banyak. Mungkin untuk ikat atau kepit barang kat luar tapi I jenis yang tak minat letak barang-barang tergantung kat luar. Itu zaman koboi beb.

Beg ni I betul-betul jarang guna. Guna pun sekali dua. Kalau ada orang yang minat nak beli, boleh contact I, bagilaaa offer. Kalau okay, I let go je. Nak clear stock katakana.

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