Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Not be the lightest 2000 cubic inch (32 liter) pack available, but it may well be the most comfortable.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-08-11 23:02:00-06

Overview

Granite Gear will introduce a new 2000 cubic inch, 2 pound 2 ounce, panel loading Vapor Day Pack in early 2008. As the name implies, it will incorporate their Vapor frame and suspension, making it capable of carrying 30 pounds with comfort. The women’s version is called the Vapor Day Ki.

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Front of the Vapor Day Ki (left) and backpanel of the Vapor Day (right)

In the crowded day pack field, this one really stands out because of its combination of suspension and features. The Vapor suspension consists of a high density polyethylene Vapor framesheet in combination with dual density foam backpanel, shoulder straps, and hipbelt. It simply oozes comfort. The shoulder straps are fixed, but the hipbelt is available in different sizes for an optimal fit.

The feature set provides virtually everything one would want or need: panel access with water-resistant zipper, stretch-woven side pockets, large zippered front pocket, small pocket on top with water-resistant zipper, front and side compression straps that allow attachment of extra gear, load lifters, sternum strap, and hydration sleeve with dual ports. The side compression straps can now be routed either over the side pockets for security, or under them to keep them from interfering with water bottles.

While the Vapor Day Pack may not be the lightest 2000 cubic inch (32 liter) pack available, it may well be the most comfortable. It’s big enough to serve as a large day pack, approach pack, or a weekender pack, and is especially suitable for hikers willing to carry a little extra weight in exchange for a lot of comfort. Needless to say, my first impressions of the Vapor Day Pack are very positive.

Bummer: no hipbelt pockets, but accessory pockets are available.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: Granite Gear (www.granitegear.com)
  • Product: Vapor Day Pack (men’s) and Vapor Day Ki Pack (women’s)
  • Dimensions: Vapor Day in regular and long, Vapor Day Ki in regular and short
  • Features: Panel access with water-resistant zipper, stretch-woven side pockets, large zippered front pocket, small pocket on top with water-resistant zipper, front and side compression straps that allow attachment of extra gear, load lifters, sternum strap, and hydration sleeve with dual ports.
  • Fabrics: 210d and 70d Nylon Cordura body, stretch-woven pockets
  • Weight: 2 pounds 2 ounces
  • Volume: 2000 cu in (32 L)
  • MSRP: $129

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"Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/granite_gear_vapor_day_backpack_orsm07.html, 2007-08-11 23:02:00-06.

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Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/11/2007 23:03:38 MDT Print View

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Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Mark Larson
(mlarson) - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/12/2007 08:36:17 MDT Print View

Looks like the compression straps still go right over the side pockets... *sigh*. [edit: whoops, looks like they fixed that] Aside from that clichéd complaint, I'm surprised they kept those beefy waistbelts. I figured they might trim them down for such a low volume pack, but it'll probably be the most comfortable pack in that range.

-Mark

Edited by mlarson on 08/12/2007 20:59:32 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
GG on 08/12/2007 09:21:01 MDT Print View

Did I read the weight correctly? It weighs more than a Vapor Trail with considerably less volume. I am not even sure I could pack 'up to 30 pounds' in a 2000 ci pack.

I look fondly at my ULA Equipment Relay in my closet......

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
More New Old Stuff? on 08/12/2007 10:05:29 MDT Print View

"2000 cubic inch, 2 pound 2 ounce, panel... incorporate their Vapor frame and suspension".

Day pack? Same size but much heavier than my weekend pack! Also same weight but smaller than my week-long pack! No thanks!

GG really should do something about their very suboptimal side pocket / side compression strap design!

Edited by ben2world on 08/12/2007 11:25:59 MDT.

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
compression straps? on 08/12/2007 14:48:13 MDT Print View

Didn't anyone read the article?

"The side compression straps can now be routed either over the side pockets for security, or under them to keep them from interfering with water bottles."

I wish we had a picture of it though because I bet its an easy modification.

Also the original was always a little over the spec weight so they aren't the same.
Theres probably a sweet use for these, like a ski or crag packs, but it ain't a SUL pack, nor is a spinn tarp a 4 season tent.

Edited by hotrhoddudeguy on 08/12/2007 14:50:06 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
True on 08/12/2007 15:19:38 MDT Print View

But this pack is neither light weight, SUL, or bomber. So where does it fit in? I suspect only someone who is adament on having a panel loading day pack will bite.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Where Does it Fit on 08/12/2007 16:06:08 MDT Print View

Methinks it fits well within the traditional day pack category -- great for Sierra Club devotees! :)

alex smith
(nueva) - F
Sounds like a great pack on 08/18/2007 14:15:56 MDT Print View

I think this pack sounds great! I have a Vapor Trail and it really is wonderfully comfortable; its so comfortable that even at loads of 15-20lbs I prefer using it to a lighter pack because, for me, the comfort level outways the weight saving of using a true ultralight pack. However, with lightweight gear the capacity is way to large, and that means that towards the end of a trip I hit the limit of the compresison systems ability to shrink space. I will definatley be in line to test one of these packs. Also the extended skirt-thing at the top of the Vapor Trail really sucks! (I just cut it off in the end...)

Edited by nueva on 08/22/2007 17:10:41 MDT.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack on 08/19/2007 05:04:14 MDT Print View

GGs are the most comfortable packs I've used; worth the small extra weight IMO. If I ever rock climb enough to justify a dedicated crag pack, this would be great for carrying very heavy dense loads such as rope and protection to the climb site.

Johnathan White
(johnatha1) - F

Locale: PNW
Re:Bomber Packs? on 08/19/2007 10:44:30 MDT Print View

I agree that 2+ pounds is rather heavy for a daypack, but I would have to disagree on the not-bomber part. Sure it is no Gregory Palisade, but my Virga and Vapor Trail still look like new after hundreds of miles. I keep remembering the “scuffing” sounds the packs made as time and time again I came up too soon from negotiating blowdown. Sitting on the pack, laying my head on it during breaks, being completely spent and dragging it across gravel and scree to get at the contents, still not a scratch. I love my G6 (2000 cubes and only 4oz), but I would have gone through at least 10 by now.

Edited by johnatha1 on 08/19/2007 10:46:09 MDT.

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
A bit off on the review. . . on 08/21/2007 08:15:20 MDT Print View

Before some of you get too indignant. . .

The BackpackingLight review on the Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack forgot to mention one very important aspect about the pack; IT WAS DESIGNED TO CARRY PHOTOGAPHY EQUIPMENT. This pack it the new lighter weight version of a pack they made a few years ago (can't remember the name) specifically designed to carry camera equipment for professional photographers.

-The pack is heavily padded to protect the camera gear.

-The suspension system is stronger because when you're carrying two cameras, a tripod, four lenses, various filters, and flashes your load gets big and heavy.

-The pack is located in their lightweight section of packs because it uses the Vapor frame sheet and lightweight materials.

-The previous version of this pack was 18 oz. heavier.

Edited by chadnsc on 08/21/2007 08:16:07 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
All right on 08/21/2007 08:19:31 MDT Print View

...now this makes more sense. Thanks for posting that.

Jon Ormsby
(Phantom) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Other GG packs... on 08/22/2007 14:44:05 MDT Print View

Just wondering if Will or anyone else at the show had any feedback on Granite Gear's other packs. Will there be any changes to the Nimbus/Vapor line. I keep wishing they'd add the top side pockets to the men's packs like they have the women's. I can't understand why they only put that on the 'Ki' ones. I also think they could cut down on the length of the collar. Anyone see any changes/upgrades for '08?

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: A Bit Off on the Review on 11/16/2007 17:59:22 MST Print View

I wanted to respond to Chad Miller's comments regarding the new Granite Gear Vapor Day Pack. Chad said the pack is designed to carry photography equipment. I ran that by Granite Gear's media representative, and he responded: "I don't know where he got that idea?"

Perhaps Chad was thinking of a different pack? The Vapor Day pack is full-featured, but its features are focused on backcountry use, not photography. There are no specialized compartments inside the pack, and no extra padding.

I just wanted to clarify this for the record, so there are no false impressions about the pack. My dispatch (not review) of the pack from the Outdoor Retailer Show is accurate as it stands.

Best,
Will