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New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

What do you get when you cross the Nimbus Meridian and the Vapor Trail? The Meridian Vapor of course!

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by Will Rietveld | 2006-08-12 03:00:00-06

Just like horse or dog breeding, the future of this upcoming new backpack from Granite Gear is fairly predictable because it combines the attributes from two winners. The new Meridian Vapor will combine the body of the Nimbus Meridian (being introduced now, but thru-hiker Justin Lichter has put 8,000+ miles on one so far without failure) with the frame of the popular Vapor Trail. The volume will be 3,200 cubic inches.

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The new Meridian Vapor is 3,200 cubes and weighs just 2 pounds 14 ounces. It has all the features of the Nimbus Meridian body, including lightweight durable fabrics, a top pocket that converts to a fanny pack, Ri-Ri water-resistant zippers on the top pocket and body access, and roomy stretch-woven side pockets. It will be available in regular torso and long torso sizes, with hipbelts available in small, medium, and large. The Vapor frame will comfortably carries 20 to 30 pound loads. MSRP will be $195.

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The women's version will be named the Meridian Vapor Ki. It has all the same features, with shoulder strap and hipbelt sizing adjusted for a woman. It will be available in short torso and regular torso lengths. The pack torso length will adjust down to 14 inches.

I have been testing the Nimbus Meridian this spring and summer, and love its adjustability, comfort, and load-carrying ability. I expect the Meridian Vapor to be an equally good performer, with Granite Gear's traditional comfort, and volume just right for a seasoned thru-hiker.


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"New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/new_granite_gear_meridian_vapor_backpack_orsm06.html, 2006-08-12 03:00:00-06.

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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/12/2006 21:14:00 MDT Print View

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New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Meridian Vapor volume on 08/13/2006 11:49:36 MDT Print View

How is the volume of the pack divided over the different pack parts? I know that, although the volume for the Vapor Trail is 3600 cu.in, only 2600 of those are in the main pack body while more or less 1000 cu in can be found in the extension collar. Does this apply to the Meridian Vapour (and Nimbus Meridian)also? How much volume is in the toplid?
And how does the pack under the lid close? Simple drawcord or more rolltop closure style. How easy would it be to change the toplid for the ultralight lid?
(I know, lots of questions but it happens to be that I'm currently looking for a new lightweight, high volume pack.)

Diana L
(mysticmoose) - F

Locale: Great Lakes region
Women's pack color? on 08/16/2006 22:44:51 MDT Print View

Why is the women's pack so garish compared to the men's? Women like subdued colors, too!