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Aaron Zuniga
(gliden2) - F

Locale: Northwest
GG Murmur on 05/05/2009 17:38:12 MDT Print View

I just ordered the GG Murmur for my fiance and I for our SUL trips. We have been comparing with others designs like Z Packs, Fanatic Fringe, MLD, but finally went with the Murmur! I was curious about any feedback that had generated about this pack-as there are not many reviews that iv'e seen. It seems like the near perfect design;SUL,Great Price,and great features like ability to add un-worn articles to the shoulder straps for additional padding.How is it preforming out on the trail? Any likes or dislikes out there from current users?
Thanks,
Aaron

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: GG Murmur on 05/05/2009 17:56:26 MDT Print View

I love this pack, and suspect ya'll will too.

It's the Whisper with all the features!
No complaints at all.
Hip belt is un-needed.

Zack Karas
(iwillchopyou@hotmail.com) - MLife

Locale: Lake Tahoe
murmur on 05/05/2009 19:00:23 MDT Print View

I don't like how wide the shoulder strap padding is and dislike putting clothing in there, so I used Glen Van Peski's advice on rolling up small bubble wrap for the shoulder padding. It is much better now.

I like the pack a lot but I would hate to have to use it in a shelter or hostel with sleeping people around--it has to be the noisiest pack in existance.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
GG Murmur on 05/05/2009 20:07:23 MDT Print View

I love this pack and it does get more quiet with use. Just don't plan on putting it under your feet the first couple of times out if you're a restless sleeper!

kyle davis
(fta) - F

Locale: mn, co
murmur on 05/05/2009 21:12:31 MDT Print View

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Edited by fta on 06/10/2009 12:09:27 MDT.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Murmur on 05/06/2009 07:00:45 MDT Print View

I agree with Chris' comment about the hipbelt being unnecessary (it removes easily) but I use it because I've put two Gossamer Gear Large Hipbelt Pockets on it (one on each side). I've found that I really like having hipbelt pockets for easy access to snacks and other essentials.

GG modified them for me to fit the 1-inch hipbelt, but it would be an easy mod for anyone with a sewing machine.

Aaron Zuniga
(gliden2) - F

Locale: Northwest
Murmur on 05/06/2009 11:03:07 MDT Print View

Thanks to everyone who shared their input.Seems for the most part everyone is pretty stoked on this pack.Im looking forward to the nearly 10 oz weight reduction from my ULA Conduit.Plus my hikes lately have been only in the multi day range, so the 2,200 ci should be perfecto! After I get some miles logged i'll be sure to report my experiences with the Murmur.I'm planning a TRT hike(under 5 days) for June sometime and think the Murmur will my pack of choice-
Later

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: murmur on 05/06/2009 14:34:23 MDT Print View

> I like the pack a lot but I would hate to have to use it in a shelter or hostel with sleeping people around--it has to be the noisiest pack in existance.

Only while new.
Mine is nice and quiet now, as is my Whisper.
The wide strap pads are my favorite feature of the Murmur.

Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
GG Murmur on 05/06/2009 18:39:44 MDT Print View

I was a big fan of the Whisper, and still enjoy mine. But I bought a Murmur because it added the two things I frequently found myself wishing for on the Whisper, namely the side pockets and the sleep pad pocket. Of those two, I find I like the sleep pad pocket the best. Either my GG Nightlight or my BPL Torsolite fits fine, doesn't slide around, and provides very adequate padding and stiffening for SUL loads.

The resulting pack is as those two guys in the Guinness ads would say, "Brilliant!"

I must say that the stock waistbelt was too short to encompass all of my midsection, prompting me to both go on a stricter diet, and buy a larger strap to replace the factory one. All joking aside, I've never had that problem with other light packs, like my REI Flash 18; why is GG so skimpy on the waistbelt length? A few of us are not wasp-waisted hyper-milers ya know!

Other than that very minor complaint, I love my Murmur and everything else that comes from Gossamer Gear. It's all first rate!

Michael

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: GG Murmur on 05/06/2009 18:43:30 MDT Print View

> why is GG so skimpy on the waistbelt length?

I figured it was a subtle hint. wink smiley

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: GG Murmur on 05/06/2009 19:05:10 MDT Print View

Man, now I gotta buy a murmur!

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Murmur Hipbelt on 05/06/2009 19:41:02 MDT Print View

Michael,

I too am, how did you put it, "midsection challenged". The stock hipbelt fits me but I've never had to adjust it - It's at its max length and stays there.

I also think it unlikely that I'll ever be able to connect the sternum strap - that works for me because I don't care for them, but it's way too short for a broad guy like myself.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Murmur Hipbelt on 05/07/2009 18:53:41 MDT Print View

I removed the hip belt. With SUL weights, there isn't any need for it. I will probably get rid of the sternum strap too, no need for it. For really light loads (bw around 5lbs or less), this bag is perfect. I generally use my ULA conduit, but for weekends with mild weather and water sources, the Murmur is a dream.