User Review: Granite Gear Nimbus Latitude Ki
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
A unique design from a good company.
- Quality materials
- Reputable designer
I got this pack recently for pretty cheap through STP. I've been debating for a while whether to abandon my old Dana 7-lb bag, not so much because of the weight (although c'mon, that's a heavy pack!), but also because it was just too big a pack for what I need anymore.
Backpacking equipment has really progressed since I got my Dana. Everything is so much lighter and compact. Plus, I've learned a few things about how to pack light over the years. So now my load for a few days to even a week can all fit in a 3200 cubic cm pack.
So I first started with a size regular and quickly figured out that since my torso measurement is at the lower end (16-17"), I would be better off with a size short. STP did not have this size, so I contacted GG and they gladly exchanged the pack. This transaction also allowed me to get the right sized hip belt.
GG stuff is really good in this regard. Every piece of most packs can be mixed and matched to get an almost custom fit. I also like that you can take the pack apart...good for travel on the airlines.
I also really like that this pack is short and stout, leaving room for my head. And although it's not the most ultralight pack, it is a big improvement over my old Dana.
The padding is exceptional but I still haven't made up my mind about the loading design...it will take some getting used to since all I have ever known is the top-loading design. I have yet to use it on any extended trips too, but given my minimalist tendencies, it should be plenty big to carry all I need.