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The Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Ki boasts an award-winning, female-specific design for multi-day trips.
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Lightweight and durable
This is a great pack! Used it for 10 days hiking and it held up brilliantly. Actually I was amazed how durable this bag is considering it is so lightweight. The waist pad and straps are well padded and I had no soar spots or uncomfortable tension even though this pack was loaded with 30lbs. I love the front zipper which makes is so easy to access your gear unlike some other toploaders. My friend backpacked with a Kelty bag that broke after 6 days and she now bought the granite gear vapor flash ki and absolutly loves that bag. One thing to keep in mind is to get the right waist belt, mine came with medium but I simply exchanged it with granitegear.com for a smaller one.
The only gripe I have is that there is no pockets on the belt, I alwasy like to keep a clif bar handy, I know you can buy some extra pockets to attache but I tried that in the store and the one for the waist is almost too big and feels in the way. They have one that attaches to the shoulder straps that fits really nice though, still adding a little mesh pocket to the waist band would have made this a 5 star bag for me.
Avery Peak, ME
Hiked with my GG Nimbus Meridian Ki from Waynesboro, VA to Mount Katahdin, ME on the Appalachian Trail - and it's still going strong!
What is the difference in measurement...
What is the difference in measurement between the short and regular packs? I cant find a sizing chart.
The 'short' size's torso length ranges from 14" to 18". The Regular size is from 18" to 22". The other critical consideration are waistbelt size and shoulder strap size. The best way to find this information is going to www.granitegear.com and clicking on the Nimbus Meridian Ki link. This will give all the sizes of waistbelts and shoulder straps. One thing to note is the women's waistbelt is curved inward to more closely resemble the angle of women's hips. This is good because more of the belt will contact the hips creating less pressure points. It will also help the pack from sliding down which puts more pressure on the shoulder straps. If fitted right, you won't find a more comfortable, durable, and lightweight pack available from anyone!
You should also check out the sponsored athlete section within Granite Gear's website (look at the very bottom). Here you will read about Justin Lichter who hiked 10,000 miles in one year using one pack, the Nimbus Meridian. It's the only pack every made to make this claim. The only issue Justin had with the pack was a couple of small holes chewed through by some mice. He had no issues with seams, zippers, webbing, or buckles. The foam was even in pretty good shape at the end. This is a really nice pack!
Is backcountry.com willing to sell this...
Is backcountry.com willing to sell this pack with a custom harness. I am seeking the Meridian Ki with a large sized "light belt" and a medium sized shoulder strap.
Probably not. bc.com sell only mfg. stock items. Try this website:http://www.mchalepacks.com/index.htmActually, Granite Gear is one of the easiest companies to work with in terms of swapping out shoulder straps and harnesses. If backcountry.com doesn't have the right size, you can contact Granite Gear direct at http://granitegear.com/support/contactus.html. On this site they have a form you can fill out of what you need. You simply send the components you don't want back (the address is on this site as well) and they will send you the right sizes.
Also, if in a compression sack, could a...
Also, if in a compression sack, could a sleeping bag fit into that detachable pack?
Yes as long as it's a very compressible, summer weight, down bag. This would still be a tight fit.
do you think i could buy some buckle straps...
do you think i could buy some buckle straps that might make this thing comfortably hold a skateboard? (for a 2 month, minimalist, 1/2 urban exploration 1/2 camping trip)
You can customize this pack anyway you want & adding additional straps to carry a skateboard is certainly an option by adding flat webbing, buckles, & or bungee cords. You can also choose another pack which would already be specially designed for a skateboard.