TLS Day Bag by Mountainsmith

It was a mid February Saturday morning, my homework was done and my weather app said the sun was going to shine. I couldn’t think of anything better to do at 9am than to go for a hike. I got my warm winter clothes on in anticipation for a chilly 30-degree saunter. I debated not taking a backpack because my back got hot and sweaty on the last winter day hike. I also didn’t want to hold my water bottle in my hand. It then hit me to take my schoolbag.

I acquired a Mountainsmith TLS Day bag from Wilderness Press. I love using this bag for school and thought it would be good for a hike since it is a lumbar pack. This would mean my back wouldn’t suffocate on the hike. I strapped the TLS Day bag onto my midriff and I was on my way. The bag fit naturally around my hips. It didn’t ever feel bulky or weighty. The shoulder strap kept the bag close to my body. When the hiking got hot, I noticed how easy it was to stash my jacket in the main compartment. Retrieving an item or storing one away didn’t seem to interrupt my hiking pace. I made it to the top, had some snacks with Jeff and hiked back down. I was pleasantly surprised at the comfort and convenience of the TLS Day bag. I was so impressed with the TLS Day bag that after the hike I started looking into Mountainsmith.

I was especially impressed to read that Mountainsmith bags are made with ReForge — a fabric made from recycled PET bottles. A recent milestone was when they surpassed their 5 millionth bottle recycled. I gladly stand behind a company that is putting to good use the millions of used water bottles. As I put my books back into my TLS Day bag, I felt a little conflicted. I love my regular hiking backpack but I also felt a new love for this day bag. I decided to jump on the WWW and ask Mountainsmith for some help. My question was: Why would I choose a lumbar bag over a regular backpack? I received the following response: 

So, why carry it on your waist rather than your back? We at Mountainsmith know that ergonomically, the most efficient place to carry the weight of your load is on the lumbar section of your spine(lower back). This is where the weight of your pack sits mostly on your skeleton, relieving the stress on your muscular system. 

I truly did notice the way the bag centered the weight on my hips rather than pulling on my shoulders and back. The bag can comfortably carry everything I need on a day hike. The lumbar support made the bag hardly even noticeable. I found that my hiking experience was enhanced by the TLS Day bag. I can’t wait for another opportunity to enjoy nature and have all my amenities comfortably secured to my waist. 

– Dayton

You can check  out more about the TLS Day bag and other Mountainsmith products at their
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Here are some more pictures:

I tuck the waist straps away and use it as a shoulder bag.
Stash your iPad, books, or anything you might need in this bag.
This is a solid Mountainsmith bag.
The weight is centered on my hips and not my shoulders.


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