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Tour & Swift II - Lumbar Packs

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Wanted: Strong, attractive, environmentally responsible mate. Must be willing to tote drinks, lunch, snacks, camera, maps and other essentials.

Found: Mountainsmith lumbar packs.

Just because you choose a green product doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or design. These packs are the perfect example. They’re durable and comfortable, and they have all the compartments and features you need for an outdoor adventure. They’re also made from 100% recycled polyester. The fabric is made from plastic bottles that
otherwise would have wound up in landfills. The bottles are shredded and the plastic flakes are extruded into yarn, then spun and woven to create Montainsmith’s proprietary fabric, called ReDura.

Founded in 1979 by Patrick Smith, Mountainsmith was an early pioneer in outdoor gear and is known for its patented Delta Compression System. Our outdoor expert, Lisa Austin, raves about how the company devised straps that can be adjusted to distribute the weight of the pack across your lower back for a more comfortable, healthy fit. Today Mountainsmith is blazing new trails with its use of recycled fabrics. We heard about the packs from Daily Grommet friend Wade Roush, who received one as a gift. What caught his eye was not only the quality of the bag, but also the material used to make it.

We’re featuring two lumbar-style packs, the Tour and the slightly smaller Swift II. You can wear either as a lumbar pack or go with the removable shoulder strap. They’re a great match for whatever you have planned — hiking, beachcombing, skiing, urban exploring, or trekking to school.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Luke
    Luke

    Hey everybody, this is Luke Boldman from Mountainsmith ready to discuss the finer aspects of our eco-friendly outdoor gear as seen in our Tour and Swift lumbar packs. I’m the designer at Mountainsmith, so you couldn’t ask for a better “re-source” on conversations about our popular line of packs for hiking, sport , or travel made from 100% recycled post consumer plastic bottles. We’ve been in designing sustainable packs in Golden, CO since 2005 and with almost 40% of our product line using green materials; we feel like we’re your grass roots experts on eco-friendly sporting goods. Just remember this isn’t your momma’s fanny pack, this is the real deal. Let’s chat!

  • Kate
    Kate
    2/10/2010 12:22 PM

    Is there an advantage to wearing the weight of a pack around the waist versus backpack style?

  • Luke
    Luke – Special Guest
    2/10/2010 12:36 PM

    Most backpack designs seek to transfer weight to the hips in order to alleviate any discomfort and pressure points on the shoulders and upper back. The hips, iliac crest, and lumbar region create a wonderful "shelf" to transfer load and move it forward across the body. A lumbar pack such as our Tour is even more ideal for this load transfer as it's the perfect size to fit in that lumbar region. Combined with our Delta Compression System, the pack load is snugged directly against the ideal weight transfer area; providing a fit and feel that is second to none.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/10/2010 12:39 PM

    To give you a better sense of the colors, here is the Swift II pack in Red, Pinon Green and Cobalt:

  • Luke
    Luke – Special Guest
    2/10/2010 1:24 PM

    Thanks Katherine. Along with Black, these are our best selling colors in the line. Hard to believe they used to be plastic bottles . . . in the end they're all "Green"!

  • design bot
    design bot
    2/10/2010 2:04 PM

    How did you find the ReDura PET material? Any plans for applying sustainable materials to the rest of Mountainsmith product line?

  • Luke
    Luke – Special Guest
    2/10/2010 2:25 PM

    We developed ReDura with our textile partner in Taiwan back in 2004/05 for an initial product launch in 2006. ReDura is the exclusive brand of recycled PET fabric between our textile mill and Mountainsmith; you won't find it anywhere else. Currently 40% of our product line incorporates the ReDura brand of materials. We see more opportunities to increase this percentage as technology and the "green" market become more pervasive.

  • Lisa M
    Lisa M
    2/10/2010 2:26 PM

    I can't express enough how much I love my Tour!!! For those of you who have friends or family walking in one of the breast cancer walks this year-these make great gifts! I know, I've been on three myself.

  • Luke
    Luke – Special Guest
    2/10/2010 2:40 PM

    Thanks Lisa! We appreciate your product knowledge and background in telling your story about the Tour pack. The Tour is definitely a go-to pack for longer walks and excursions . . . perfect for benefits and fundraisers! It will easily carry a light jacket, water, snacks, phone, keys and all the necessities, etc.

  • design bot
    design bot
    2/10/2010 3:07 PM

    thanks! p.s. I have and love the cruiser backpack. The diagonal zip is awesome for quick access and the yellow pull details make it look super cool!

  • Luke
    Luke – Special Guest
    2/10/2010 4:12 PM

    Thanks design bot! We're hoping to move our travel category into recycled materials as well. Stay tuned for future seasons!

  • kleinhauser
    kleinhauser
    2/10/2010 4:31 PM

    Hi Luke,

    Where is this and other Mountainsmith products manufactured?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Luke
    Luke – Special Guest
    2/10/2010 4:57 PM

    Hi Kleinhauser, our products have been manufactured with our partner factory in Vietnam since 1998. The recycled content fabric is made in Taiwan which is highly regarded as the go-to location for the textile industry. As well as Asian sourcing, we are also looking to develop a product line made in the USA to be made available in the coming seasons.

  • mkp
    mkp
    4/1/2010 11:05 PM

    I used this for my ski patrol pack. Great product, loved it; but lost it recently to my son who has adopted it for hiking. mkp

  • Ralph
    Ralph
    4/16/2010 6:15 PM

    FYI The description of the lumbar back pack lists 2 models....Swift and Tour. It says to click on "detail tab" for dimensions, etc. I can find no such tab....frustrating when I'm interested in buying the product. Can you help?

    Thanks,

    RCS

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/16/2010 9:53 PM

    On the main page of the Grommet feature (where the video is) below the story is where the Grommet Detail information is. I have copied the information here:

    Tour Lumbar Pack:



    • Dimensions: 10’’ x 11.5’’ x 5’’

    • Weight: 1 lb 5oz

    • Volume: 488 cu. in.

    • Reflective highlights

    • Key clip

    • Zippered front panel pocket

    • Bright yellow lining promotes visibility

    • Interior zippered hanging pocket

    • Zippered main compartment

    • Strapette compatible

    • 2 compression straps

    • Elastic rigging

    • 2 water bottle pockets that accommodate 32 oz water bottles

    • Delta Compression System load adjustment

    • Tuck-away waist belt

    • Back panel airline ticket pocket

    • Air mesh foam back panel

    • Removable shoulder strap with a sliding pad


    Swift II Lumbar Pack:


    • Dimensions: 9’’ x 7’’ x 6’

    • Weight: 1 lb.

    • Volume: 275 cu. in

    • Fleece-lined eye wear pocket with a cord port

    • Internal organizational dividers

    • Delta Compression System load adjustment

    • Water resistant zippered pocket

    • Interior zippered hanging pocket

    • Key clip

    • Zippered main compartment

    • 2 water bottle pockets

    • Tuck-away waistbelt

    • Air mesh foam back panel

    • Removable shoulder strap

  • Terro
    Terro
    2/17/2011 7:29 PM

    Will the Tour lumbar pack hold a laptop computer with accessories and possibly an overnight kit for international travel?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/17/2011 7:43 PM

    @Terro: An average sized laptop would be too large for this pack. It is 10 x 11.5 x 5.

  • Rick Gormley
    Rick Gormley
    6/11/2011 7:57 PM

    What waist size does the packs fit?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/12/2011 9:38 AM

    @Rick Gormley: Good question. They fit waist sizes from 28" to 50".

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