Tanack 10L Lum­bar Pack

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Pistol Caliber Compatibility -

Founded al­most four decades ago by moun­taineer­ing guide Pa­trick Smith, Moun­tain­smith has been a sta­ple among trail­blaz­ers be­cause of its many ground-break­ing patents. In re­cent years, the com­pany has teamed up with pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Burkard to cre­ate a se­ries of pho­tog­ra­phy-fo­cused packs. One of the lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tions is the Tanack 10 — the most hard-core fanny pack you’ll ever see.

The Tanack 10’s Cor­dura fabric is ridicu­lously tough, the zip­pers are guarded by ex­ter­nal flaps, and there’s a re­mov­able rain cover hid­den in the base panel pocket. When en­cased in said rain cover, this lum­bar pack is vir­tu­ally wa­ter­proof. So nat­u­rally, we took the rain cover off to see how the lum­bar pack would do naked. The re­sults? Not ideal. Wa­ter man­aged to slip through, turn­ing newsprint at the top and bot­tom damp.

Still, the Tanack 10 has nu­mer­ous fea­tures to keep it as com­fort­able and con­ve­nient as pos­si­ble: re­mov­able padded shoul­der strap, two side pock- ets for wa­ter bot­tles or other items, de­tach­able in­te­rior bag for ac­ces­sories that can be at­tached to the ex­te­rior, and a quick-re­lease padded waist belt (which is com­pat­i­ble with the Moutain­smith Tanack 40 backpack).

De­spite its name, the Tanack 10 ac­tu­ally has a 15-liter ca­pac­ity — not a whole lot. How­ever, it can be used as an im­pro­vised go-bag if fe­ces sud­denly meets fan or as a day­pack on a hik­ing ad­ven­ture. Of course, if you’re into pho­tog­ra­phy, it works best for those who want to stay mo­bile in chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ments yet need quick ac­cess to their cam­era. (Though you’ll need to pony up an ex­tra $60 if you want padded di­viders for your equip­ment.)

PROS:

Durable ma­te­ri­als com­bined with qual­ity crafts­man­ship

In­cluded rain cover pro­vides max­i­mum pro­tec­tion from in­clement weather

In­te­rior ac­ces­sories pouch can trans­form into ad­di­tional ex­ter­nal stor­age Delta Com­pres­sion Sys­tem helps you ad­just for dif­fer­ent loads, cinch­ing up as needed.

CONS:

Too small to hold a sub­stan­tial amount of sur­vival sup­plies, yet weighs al­most 2 pounds.

With­out the rain cover, the in­te­rior got wet while the ex­te­rior stayed damp the long­est of all the packs tested.

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