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.
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.
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.