Granite Gear Alpine Vapor
Design: Top loading internal
Max. Load Carried: 100
Height of Owner: 6'4"
Price Paid: $160
This product is basically a blend of Granite Gear's Alpine Light pack and the Vapor Trail. Sadly, this blend has lost many of the great features that made each pack excel at its particular niche.
The Alpine Vapor no longer has the thin minimalist suspension that made it so ideal for many alpine uses. The removal of the top hood was done to save weight, but is virtually offset by the addition of a fairly hefty suspension system. And by losing the top hood, a lot of compartmentalization ability has been lost. As both a professional guide and long distance hiker (PCT 2006), I also own the "originals" behind this new pack and love them both for their own jobs.
Granite Gear has made a big mistake with this pack, I feel. Slimming down the ice tool attachments and bulk in the back was a plus. The addition of the side pouches was great - I had actually done the same modification to my own Alpine Light.
But losing the top pouch and the addition of the bulky suspension and hip belt are a major loss to this pack. This pack is one step forward with some of its improvements, but took two steps back at the same time.
Size: 3600, but roll top expands
Number of Pockets: 1 main pocket, 2 stretch side pouches, water bladder compartment
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $159 on ebay
First off I want to say that this is advertised as a climbing/mountaineering pack and is excellent for that purpose but it is extremely versatile and I use it for almost everything. I had been searching around for a good pack for the last year. Looked at the Osprey Atmos and Aether, but just couldn't stand the price and they were a bit too gimmicky with the aluminum stays and moldable hip belt yada yada yada. I just wanted something lightweight, durable, comfortable and no frills.
I had thought about the Vapor Trail but wanted something more durable, a few weeks later I came across the Alpine Vapor. It is the most comfortable pack I have worn. The roll top takes a bit to get used to but it makes the pack very versatile. I use the gap in between the frame and the pack to hold my water bladder, but there is also a separate compartment within the pack itself. Compression straps manage everything well, along with the tool loops for lashing on whatever you may need.
I should mention that the pack came with an unraveling thread near the top. I emailed Granite Gear and asked if I could fix it myself and if something still went wrong would they stand behind their guarantee. They said it wouldn't be a problem and it made me feel good to be dealing with a company that will actually deal with you personally. I encourage you to deal with Granite Gear because they really seem to care for the customer.
The only cons of this pack are the difficulty of getting to your stuff at the bottom of the pack and the fact that it only comes in 1 color.
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After seeing how the alpine climbing community discovered Granite Gears award winning Vapor Trail pack for fast and light alpine ascents Granite Gear decided to build one specifically for that purpose. The Alpine Vapor is patterned after and uses the Vapor Trail suspension, but is built with beefy High Tenacity 210 denier Cordura throughout the pack and High Tenacity 420 Cordura on the bottom to stand up to the punishment of life on the rocks. Granit Gear also added a Hypalon crampon patch to the front, Tool Loops to the belt and a fixed Voile-style cinch system to secure ice axes to the pack. All this at an ultralight 2 lbs. 10 oz.!
On Sale. Free Shipping. Granite Gear Alpine Vapor Backpack (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Alpine Vapor Backpack by Granite Gear Hydration compatible Optional lid Interchangeable belt Gear loops on belt Voile strap axe attachment Extended overflow SPECIFICATIONS: Torso Sizes: Short / Regular / Long Weight: 1.19 kg / 2lbs 10oz Capacity: 59 liters / 3600 cubic inches Suspension: Vapor Load Capacity: 30lbs / 14kg Material: 70D Ripstop Overflow, 210D Nylon Cordura Body, Hypalon protection for crampons and axes, Stretch Woven Pockets OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.
CLOSEOUTS . Granite Gear's Alpine Vapor backpack presents minimalist design as its finest, eliminating a lid and extraneous zippers in favor of an extended spindrift collar, stability-enhancing cross-strap system, and sturdy compression straps that tie to a heavier arch panel in front. Designed for alpine climbing Spindrift collar can be folded down to protect pack from water Durable Cordura(R) nylon reinforcements Front panel resists punctures/cuts from crampons Voile-style cinch system secures ice axes Adjustable waistbelt has built-in tool loops Padded straps, waistbelt and back panel Exterior compression straps with sturdy composite buckles Stretch side pockets Hydration compatible Waistbelt: Adjusts to 54 Fits torsos: Short 15-18 , Regular 18-21 , Long 21-25 Dimensions (HxWxD): 19x10x8 Capacity: 1520 cu.in. (3600 cu.in. extended) Weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. Material: Ripstop nylon Made in Vietnam Visit our Backpack Guide
- Sierra Trading Post
When you're ice or alpine climbing, ounces can be the difference between success and failure. Shave weight and cover more ground with the Granite Gear Alpine Vapor Backpack. Built for the technical winter climber, this bag weighs in at an incredibly light 2lb 10oz and can easily carry everything you need for a multi-day alpine assault. How did Granite Gear pull it off They kept the features that you need and got rid of everything else. This bag has two tool loops, crampon straps, gear loops on the waist-belt, and that's it. No panel access, no zippers, not even a lid. If you're the type of climber who takes a knife to all your gear before it ever sees a day in the mountains, then you should carry your alpine tools and sawed-off toothbrush in the Alpine Vapor.