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Slightly smaller than its cousin, the Day TLS Lumbar Pack, the Mountainsmith Recycled Series Tour TLS Lumbar Pack packs more convenience per square inch than an in-flight shopping catalog. If you value versatility and simplicity above shoulder-strangling bulk and complexity, the Tour TLS lets you head out the door with your essentials neatly organized and your load well-situated against your back and hips.

  • ReForge recycled polyester fabric is made from 100-percent post-consumer-content bottles to help keep plastic out of the world's waterways
  • Lumbar ControlPoint pad and tuck-away waist belt make carrying comfortable and easy
  • Delta compression system allows you to adjust the pack's volume and how your load carries
  • Low-profile side water-bottle pockets fit most standard one-liter bottles
  • Padded rear back panel features a quick-dry DWR coating
  • Interior padded sleeve holds your tablet or notebook
  • Zippered front panel pocket organizes your on-trail wares and has a key clip for easy access to your home or car
  • Removable shoulder strap gives you multiple carrying options
  • Reflective accents help keep you visible in low-light situations

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5 5

The Mountainsmith Tour can do it all!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using a Tour for nearly 10 years and it's done everything from work as a diaper bag, fly fishing pack, hiking partner, flying/travel bag, etc. The Tour (and the bigger Day Lumbar pack) will work both as a lumbar pack with great fitting and snug hipbelt to a shoulder bag (with the hip belt tucked away). It can also be worn with both the hipbelt and shoulder strap and allows the user to loosen or unclip the belt, swing the pack around the front to access gear on the fly.
It's my go to piece for a day on the river (packed with fly gear), a walk in the park with the kids, short day hikes or even a travel companion with guide books, camera, etc. tucked inside.
These bags have been around for over 35 years (Mountainsmith was founded in 1979 and still cranks out great gear from the foothills in Golden, CO).

The Mountainsmith Tour can do it all!
5 5

One of My Favorite Packs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had the same bag from years ago for a long time. I needed to replace it so I got this one. I like the restyling. The side pockets are no longer meshed, I think I'll like these ones better because they won't snag and look cleaner. I've always loved Mountainsmith and the love continues!

5 5

This thing is great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this and as always with backcountry service, it came faster than promised and in great shape. I've only had it a month and it's a favorite already. Perfect size, features, and was just what I was looking for. It is without a doubt the best lumbar pack I've had and, I've had quite a few from many different companies.

5 5

Great for day hikes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this awesome lumbar pack for longish day hikes in CO, UT and AZ. It was great for hikes shorter than 10 mi. I was able to pack 3 bottles of water easily (one in the main compartment) and had lots of space leftover to carry snacks for 2 people and a wind breaker. It was so awesome to not carry all that weight on my shoulders.

Great for day hikes

What is the actual size of this pack?

What is the actual size of this pack?

Tour TLS

Our quintessential lumbar pack created the category 30 plus years ago and still delivers with a worthy design capable of stashing all of the essentials for street, travel and trail.

3 5

Nice to Have, Doesn't Replace My Daypack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great product and quality. It can get a little awkward on the back if you have heavy items packed (especially water bottles). I'm still getting use to how it feels for my simple hikes, anything strenuous or long...I would go with a daypack.

4 5

good all around

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mountainsmith has been been making these for years and they are only getting better. Used for short treks and my go to class bag back in University. Surprizingly roomie.

5 5

Awesome lumbar pack.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use it for field work, day hikes, toss it on for long bike rides. Use it anywhere. Great for iPad or other smaller electronics. Super comfortable.

Will a 13" Mac Book fit in the sleeve?...

Will a 13" Mac Book fit in the sleeve? Hoping to use this pack for both hiking and everyday use.

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You might be able to cram it in, but I'd be surprised if you could. The sleeve is intended for an iPad, which is an inch narrower and three inches shorter, so there's probably not enough room for a laptop.

5 5


I have used this pack on several fishing trips around the rockies and it does a superb job! Plenty of room for fly boxes, tippet, float, plus rain jacket, water and a snack for the day!! Loved it and not wearing a vest is a total bonus! If you want clean bag without the over kill some fishing specific bags have, this is it!

Responded on

Keith - I'm actually looking at this bag for the exact same purpose. Was hoping you could comment on the pack's water repellency. Hopefully never submerged... but when wading, does it tend to keep contents dry after the occasional slip or splash?

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I used the pack as a fishing waist pack as well. Fits excellent, good placement of pockets and number of them. Unfortunately, it does not keep your items dry in the rain. I exchanged mine for the Fishpond Nimbus pack (thanks Backcountry!)

Unanswered Question

I'm looking for a backpack for hike from...

I'm looking for a backpack for hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. I need a lot of lumbar support rather than most weight held with shoulder straps. Can anyone suggest a few that work for this.

4 5


Its my first time.its make me feel comfortable to carrier..I love it. It's worth it. Easy to use it..hope ya will buy one and enjoy yourself smile...

I'm looking for a pack for alpine skiing....

I'm looking for a pack for alpine skiing. I was hoping to find a pack that could carry my shell and a day of consumables, etc., that won't get in the way on the lift. Can this bag be worn high on the back? Can you easily swing it around to the front prior to loading?

Responded on

Mountainsmith's lumbar packs sit a the waist. They can't be worn high on the back. You can undo the waist belt and spin it around to the front easily.

However, My dad skis with this pack frequently and I know there is no way you can fit a ski shell and a day's-worth of food inside it. You need a bigger pack.