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The year was 1982. Mountainsmith designers became obsessed with finding a replacement for the poor-fitting packs available at the time. Their quest triggered the idea for the first-ever lumbar pack that subsequently became an outdoor icon. An entirely new product segment was born that efficiently transferred weight to the lumbar area as Mountainsmith’s answer to neck, back, and shoulder pain. Many have followed, but the lumbars from Mountainsmith continue to be number one in the category and are the company’s most-recognized products for done-in-a-day adventures on the trail, sidewalk or campus. These are not your father or mother’s packs. For 2012, the new TLS (Technical Lumbar Systems) line continues the company’s commitment to eco-friendly textiles combined with new 21st century â€œdo-it-in-a-dayâ€ functionality and aesthetics.
The Recycling Processâ€¦ The ever-mounting waste of plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a pandemic in progress. In 2006, Mountainsmith consequently took a leadership position as the first outdoor company to incorporate recycled post-consumer materials into modern pack design with the introduction of the Recycled Day and Tour lumbars. Together with their factory partners, the company developed ReForgeâ„¢, a fabric made from 100% post-consumer PET bottles, whereas many other manufacturers only use a percentage of recycled PET in their sustainable products. All color fabric on the lumbars are constructed using ReForge. Additional components including zippers, webbing, mesh and buckles have also been innovated upon by Mountainsmith using sustainable manufacturing practices and materials.
New for 2012â€¦Various new features are found throughout the line. The raised dual density Lumbar Control Pointâ„¢ Pad isolates and secures the pack load into the lumbar region, locking it into the small of the back. Air mesh back panels with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) anti-sweat finish increase comfort in warm weather or heavy aerobic activities by not allowing air mesh to hold and retain perspiration. Internal padded sleeves in the Day TLS and Tour TLS protect I-Pads, I-Pods and other Netbooks. Low profile side bottle pockets fit SIGG and Nalgene style water bottles. There are high tenacity nylon reinforcements in key wear areas and increased ergonomics in the fit of the compression strap webbing.
MODEL LINEUP AND SPECIFICATIONS
DAY TLS, TOUR TLS
Both models are available in Black, Cobalt, Asphalt Grey, Twilight Blue, Pinon Green, Golden Yellow and two shades of Red
Strapettes with detachable shoulder straps are available as an add-on accessory
for the Day TLS and Tour TLS at $25
The Day TLF and Tour TLS lumbars are designed for active recreational pursuits such as skiing, cycling, hiking, and climbing or less strenuous trail running, mountain biking, and fast hiking. They also cross over for travel, office, and urban use. The patented Delta Compression Suspension System of upper and lower straps on the Day TLS and Tour TLS waistbelts form a â€œVâ€ and pull the packs into the lumbar area for a stable and comfortable ride. Gear can be taken in and out simply by twisting the packs around instead of having to take them off. The Day TLS and Tour TLS can be adjusted for use as lumbar packs, shoulder bags, handled briefcases, and as add-on storage for full-size packs. They can also be converted into daypacks by using add-on Strapettes as shoulder harnesses.
Sized for food, water, rain jacket, dog leash, maps, etc., for a long day on the trail. Utilizes 12-each 16-ounce plastic recycled bottles.
Volume: 854ciWeight: 1 lb 12 ozMSRP: $85
Features: Lumbar Control Point pad. Delta Compression Suspension System. Air-mesh foam back panel with anti-sweat finish. Tuckaway waistbelt. Interior padded sleeve for I-Pads, I-Pods and other Netbooks. Removable shoulder strap. Two water bottle pockets. Zippered main compartment. Organizational pockets. 3M reflective highlights.
Holds enough food and water to last the day. Utilizes 10- each 16-ounce plastic recycled bottles.
Volume: 488ci Weight: 1 lb 5 ozMSRP: $75
Features: Smaller version of the DAY with all the same features.
SWIFT TLS, KINETIC TLS, VIBE TLS
Models are available in Black, Cobalt, Asphalt Grey, Twilight Blue, Pinon Green, Golden Yellow and two shades of Red
The following group of lumbars is less technical than the Day TLS and Tour TLS for shorter hikes, travel and daily activities that require less gear. Air mesh back panels with DWR anti-sweat finish and the Lumbar Control Point pad ensure a comfortable and dry fit. Zippered compartments, front panel pockets and padded media pockets keep gear protected and organized.
SWIFT TLS: Works for trail hikes or around-town use. Utilizes 3- each 16-ounce plastic recycled bottles.
Volume: 275ci Weight: 15 ozMSRP: $55
Features: Lumbar Control Point pad. Air-mesh foam back panel with anti-sweat finish. Zippered main compartment with zippered front panel pocket. Internal MP3/Media pocket with headphone port. Bright yellow lining to promote visibility. Removable shoulder strap. Two side mesh water bottle pockets.
Targets trail runners or short trail hikers. Utilizes 2- each 16-ounce recycled plastic bottles.
Volume: 230ciWeight: 10.8 oz MSRP: $45
Features: Lumbar Control Point pad. Air-mesh foam back panel with anti-sweat finish. Zippered main compartment with zippered front panel pocket. Air flow waistbelt. Two side water bottle pockets. Reflective details.
Bigger than a wallet but smaller than a bag to accommodate passport and other important travel documents and camera equipment. Utilizes 4- each 16-ounce recycled plastic bottles.
Volume: 122ci Weight: 6.7 oz MSRP: $30
Features: Lumbar Control Point pad. Air-mesh foam back panel with anti-sweat finish. Zippered main compartment. Air flow waistbelt.
BUZZ TLS, DART TLS
Models are available in Black, Twilight Blue, Asphalt Grey, Salsa Red and Golden Yellow
The Buzz TLS and Dart TLS are for those fitness â€œdone in an hourâ€ activities that dictate the shrinking window of â€œplay time.â€
Quick access to two water bottles for trail runners, joggers, and hikers. Utilizes 2- each 16-ounce recycled plastic bottles.
Volume: 122ci Weight: 8.3 oz MSRP: $55
Features: Lumbar Control Point pad. Air-mesh foam back panel with DWR anti-sweat finish. Perforated air-flow foam. Adjustable waistbelt. 3M Reflective highlights. MP3 headphone port. Zippered main compartment. Insulated bottle pocket with two BPA-free bottles.
Minimalist hydration for short trail runs or hikes. Utilizes 1- each 16-ounce recycled plastic bottle.
Volume: 27ci Weight: 3 oz MSRP: $35
Features: Lumbar Control Point pad. Air-mesh foam back panel with DWR anti-sweat finish. Perforated air-flow foam. Adjustable waistbelt. 3M Reflective highlights. MP3 headphone port. Zippered main compartment. Insulated bottle pocket with BPA-free bottle.
Available in Asphalt Grey and Golden Yellow
DAYLIGHT: Designed as a lightweight secondary pack for travel and backpacking.
Volume: 700ciWeight: 10 oz MSRP: $65
Features: Removable shoulder strap. Tuck-away waistbelt. Patented Delta Compression System load adjustment. Side mesh pockets. Zippered interior pocket that converts to â€œstash and dashâ€ storage pocket. Zippered front panel pocket with key clip. 3M Reflective highlights.
Forged in the Rockies, Mountainsmith’s commitment to innovation began in 1979 and continues to the present with a full line of active lifestyle products. The quality and comfort of all Mountainsmith productsâ€”technical backpacks, travel storage systems, luggage, camera bags, trekking poles, pet products as well as the lumbar pack iconsâ€”set the standard for the worldwide outdoor marketplace. Mountainsmith manufactures, markets, and distributes an expanding group of products designed to meet the demands of travel on and off the trail, through airports, and anywhere that carrying-comfort is essential. Mountainsmith products are sold worldwide.
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