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ada3736956 wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

1 5

After seeing this harness highly reviewed by supertopo and almost every independent reviewer, I went and tried on a slough of harnesses myself and still chose this one for comfort. True, the gear loops are a bit flacid, poorly placed and generally uninspiring, but it felt so good!

Then I climbed in it. Granted, I put it to the comfort litmus test and went aid climbing in it, but after a mere four hours of sitting in hanging belays I almost could not stand it anymore. The problem was unexpected, and here's what happened:

The padding in the harness was great at first, but what's really keeping you safe is a piece of flat webbing that looks to be under an inch in width, running through the 3" wide padding. After sitting in the harness for a few hours I had already managed to break the nice padding down so that I could almost exclusively feel that narrow, flat webbing. One of the things that makes harnesses comfortable is how they diffuse the pressure of your weight over a greater area, so to be sitting not on 3" of padding but less than 1" of webbing is a big difference. I essentially wasn't benefitting from the padding much at all.

I had adjusted the harness up and down my lower back and along my legs to disperse the discomfort, but after 4 hours there was no place left that was not extremely sensitive. I've aid climbed in several harnesses now and I understand things get uncomfortable, but this is absurd. Climb the Nose in it? I'd rather get kicked in the belay loop. I will be buying another harness and trying to sell this one to someone who isn't looking to climb long routes in it.

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ada3736956 wrote a review of on July 19, 2010

4 5

I purchased the men's Vapor Trail (long) about a month ago and have since used it on a week long trip, an overnight trip and an all day evacuation, all at 9-13,000' in Colorado. I have found the Vapor Trail to be extremely comfortable past the suggested weight ratings and with the men's long I found the space to be more than enough. The women I know who own the Ki (female equivalent) have struggled a bit with the space when loading up with 8-9 days of food, but seem to make it work satisfactorily. If I had a critique of this bag it's that it's too much. I've spent the last few years slowly replacing my gear with lighter pieces, hoping to get a minimalist pack that weighed around a pound. Unfortunately, this pack clocks in at 2lbs 5oz (manufacturer's stated weight). That said, if they had to go heavier (and they didn't) they spent the weight on the right pieces, with what feels like memory foam on the hips and shoulder straps making this pack very comfortable. My last and only other pack (a 75L Osprey) weighs 6.5lbs and cost me $480. While that pack probably carries 50+lb loads more comfortably than the Vapor Trail, I would actually say the Vapor Trail is more comfortable below 50lbs (and at 1/3 the cost!) The bottom line is I work with a lot of folks new to the backpacking scene and I encourage them all to get this pack, but then I let them know that if they decide to do that, we should talk and analyze their systems as this is not the pack to have if you haven't committed to going lightweight.

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