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#36700 - 01/24/05 05:56 PM waist packs
Polak187 Offline

Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 1403
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
Anyone got any ideas? Preferences? I was looking at Stat Packs and some of the North Face stuff... Part of me wants to get a big sporty model but I'm concerned that I won't be carring it as much as I would like to even if it would take all the stuff I want with some room to spare. Now something small with slim profile would be nice but will have no room for anythign else.

Now what do I want to put in there? My first aid kit in small othher box, patagonia rain jacket, small digital camera, 1 Liter water bottle and couple of other misc items...

I would usually space those items im my jacket and cargo pockets and I feel all right but I rather carry them in one spot and not shuffle them around.

Any ideas?

#36701 - 01/24/05 06:28 PM Re: waist packs
paramedicpete Offline

Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
I really like my maxpedition proteus waist pack.



#36702 - 01/24/05 06:43 PM Re: waist packs

Mountainsmith is sure to have something. In my opinion, they make the very best of lumbar/waist packs.

#36703 - 01/24/05 08:32 PM Re: waist packs
KTOA Offline

Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 86
Loc: SoCal
"I really like my maxpedition proteus waist pack."

I completely agree. Took me awhile to start using mine but it's basically with or near me everyday. Very comfortable, well made and allows for different configurations.


#36704 - 01/24/05 09:12 PM Re: waist packs


Also worth checking out is Max's new wastpack, the devildog


I do really like the looks of the Mountainsmith ones as well. Everyone I know that owns one raves about it.

Worth a check.

#36705 - 01/24/05 09:30 PM Re: waist packs
Polak187 Offline

Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 1403
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
I love Max stuff but I think they are too hardcore military looking...

I was going between something like this:

or something really plain like this:

or maybe even that:


#36706 - 01/24/05 09:43 PM Re: waist packs
GoatRider Offline
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Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 835
Loc: Maple Grove, MN
re: the DevilDog.

I want one! I'm going out of town next week, that would be a great carry-on. Wonder if I can get it by friday.

EDIT: Nope, not available until early march.

Edited by GoatRider (01/24/05 09:52 PM)
- Benton

#36707 - 01/24/05 10:35 PM Re: waist packs

Matt, no mil looking stuff, fair enough. (Although, IMO a tan devil dog wouldn't look out of the ordinary around here)

If you know what you've got will fit in that tiny Mountainsmith (the last one) go for it. I know REI's got em on sale for $20. If you're like me, the bigger the pack you get, the more stuff you'll cram into it. <img src="/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

If not, consider the Mountainsmith Swift. The new version is the II, but Campmor.com has the old model on sale for $25. A great deal IMO.

I personally like two things on a lumbar pack; 1/ External straps for a poncho or rain shell. 2/ Bottle holders big enough for a 32 oz nalgene.\

BTW Is this going to be for city or rural use?

#36708 - 01/24/05 11:42 PM Re: waist packs
Polak187 Offline

Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 1403
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
Only city... For rural use I have my backpacks that I love dearly.

But here is what I carry as my EDC. This is always in my pockets and I'm not letting it off my body.

This is what I carry in my jacket/cargo pants or back pack (I have a nice zippered case that fits all of it)...

I was thinking of a small waist pack that can take it all (+/- water bottle) and doesn't look too military. Just a funny pack. And if need arises I can just take this pack and throw it into the back pack.

I think I will give that $20 mountain man a try...

#36709 - 01/24/05 11:50 PM Re: waist packs
Be_Prepared Offline

Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Massachusetts
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) has a couple of nice fanny packs that seem well built and balanced. I have used their medium sized one for the past two years on short day hikes to carry the essentials, along with water and snacks.


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