4.8 out of 5
Quality as usual
March 02, 2011
I just received the MS strapettes and am impressed as usual with the quality and design. I have a 15 year old classic Tour lumbar pack which does not have the quick clip attachments like the newer ones. Thanks to the flexible design that didn't matter. I simply undid the straps, slid the clips off the strapettes and attached them to the corresponding areas of the Tour pack. This is a great addition which will save me from needing to buy a separate day pack for hauling heavier stuff (which often pulled the pack over my bum while hiking with heavy loads). Easy on, easy off. Anyway, another great design that magically retro fits their older equipment. If you have a MS lumber pack I'd recommend getting these to maximize versatility.Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
May 29, 2000
I prefer using a fannypack rather than a backpack for my long-distance day hikes in the Sierras, and since these hikes can last for over 8 hours and 30+ miles in very rugged terrain, I have to fit A LOT into my fannypack, which weighs it down, causing the loaded pack to "bounce", especially during steep descents. Since I have both a Mountainsmith DAY fannypack and TOUR fannypack, I decided to order the Mountainsmith Strapettes (which fit both) to see if they helped. Last week I loaded my DAY fannypack with 21 pounds of gear which included a water filter, hydrasack placed inside filled with a performance drink, camera w/ tripod, spacebag, Walkman w/ tapes, Petzle Duo headlamp, Northface Windstopper jacket, extra batteries, cellphone, compass, topo map, and a first aid kit--half of this gear I never have to use, but in an emergency they can save my life so I carry them. I then went for a day hike in the Sierras from Yosemite's Curry Village to Lake Merced and back to Curry Village via the John Muir Trail with a total roundtrip mileage of 30 miles and an elevation gain (and then descent) of 3250 feet. If any hike could test the performance of these strapettes, this one would. Result: they worked GREAT. The DAY fannypack fit comfortably for the entire trip, my whole back stayed cool, dry, and un-sore (the reason I prefer a fanny pack) and the pack's bounce was minimized to my total satisfaction by the strapettes. Since the Yosemite hike, I have been on shorter hikes carrying less weight in my fannypack, and I still prefer using the strapettes since they definitely add to the comfort of wearing the fannypack. The only negative thing I have to say is that $25 is rather pricey - I would think them a greater value at $15, not $25. But Mountainsmith makes good quality product, and the strapettes are well made and highly adjustable, and the added comfort is well worth the price.
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June 12, 2000
These little straps can save the day when you overpack. They really ease the strain on your back, and you end up carrying the hip pack much more like a day pack with a great hip belt. I use my Mountainsmith Day Waist Pack for camera gear, so it is always on the heavy side, and I wouldn't be able to take nearly as many pictures without the strapettes. Plus, they are dead simple to use!
Shoulder Straps Count!
June 15, 2002
Even if you need and value an lumbar-focused pack for back and spinal health, using the Mountainsmith Strapettes will convince you of the truth of what Mountainsmith has to say about packs: the weight must be on the lumbar area, but the shoulder straps are necessary for balance. This accessory to my old BC Office pack saved me a lot of discomfort that I did not understand when my pack drooped and caused pain. Thanks again, Mountainsmith, for retrofitting my back and making it truly useful. It cost a little more than I would have liked, but it was worth it; I might have had no choice at some point but to buy a new pack. That's no small thing when you've already invested $100 in a pack!
A great addition
June 12, 2000
About a year and a half ago, I purchased a Mountainsmith lumbar pack. I live in Virginia and do a lot of hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains when the weather is hot and humid. Frankly, I got tired of sweating under even a daypack on hikes, and the lumbar pack looked like it would be a lot more comfortable. And so it has proven to be, except when I would load it up to its maximum capacity. Then it would tend to ride down on my hips no matter how many times I would cinch up the waist belt. Getting the Mountainsmith strapettes has made a noticeable difference in comfort in those situations when I carry that much gear. Now I can squeeze in a lot of heavier items without having to hassle with the pack slipping around. And the strapettes are so narrow and intelligently padded that I still enjoy virtually unrestricted arm and shoulder movement. The strapettes are a first rate piece accessory for Mountainsmith's excellent lumbar packs.
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August 01, 2003
If you own one these packs, you need these strapettes, especially if you like to load up in hot weather and still remain comfortable.
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Exactly what I expected
March 29, 2010
Great product and made in the same high quality fashion of their packs. When full the lumbar packs are to heavy and sag, this makes it very usable.
December 31, 2002
I would have to say that with the addition of the strapettes, my hiking has been revolutionized. Being somewhere between a minimialist and an "overpacker" I can now take along my lumbar pack instead of hauling out the day pack for longer day trips. This has always been a problem for me espically with the varied weather conditions where I live. Now I can take just what I need and a little more in my lumbar pack since the weight no longer flops the pack around. A great idea and addition to my hiking equipement.
Excellent addition to my MountainSmith pack
June 08, 2000