Where do I start. We have two well used Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian packs. They've been through the Grand Canyon, over the mountains of Italy, France, Switzerland and Colorado. Banff, Jasper, Mt Assiniboine and they still look very much like new.
I cannot believe that someone said anything about quality control, not for a second. That review has not a shred of legitimacy without mention of what Granite Gear did or said about the alleged problem. Every dealing we've had with Granite Gear has been beyond great. They answered all of my questions about these packs before we ordered and then went beyond the call of duty when we decided to change my wife's hip belt out for another size.
Speaking of the hip belts, how many packs are there out there at this price point that give you shoulder harness and hip belt sizing options? How many packs have hip belts and shoulder harnesses that pivot to allow your body to move more freely. We've worn these packs for 5-10 hours a day for up to two straight weeks and I doubt there could be a more comfortable backpack.
Not only well made, but very well designed. This bag takes a bear vault nicely in the bottom and I love being able to quickly zip the pack open and grab something from anywhere inside.
Now I'm working search and rescue I'm happy to already have a pack that is comfortable and rated to carry heavier loads when need be.