Tanack 10L Lumbar Pack
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.)
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.
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.