Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Ki
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 280$
Great weight distribution. Durable. Comfortable. My best friend on the trail. Great customer service
- Weight distribution
- Good torso adjustment
- Must be packed carefully
I am a small woman and I bought this pack after being frustrated with the way other packs (Osprey, Gregory) just plain hurt my body after a trip. It's maiden voyage was the first trip of my 6 mos backcountry trail crew season and the verdict? I'M IN LOVE!
The pack is easily adjusted to fit my small frame, and due to the flexibility of the frame sheet, and the pivot points on the belt and shoulders, it moves with me as I walk. I usually have to pack in 35-50 pound of gear, food, and tools, and the Nimbus Meridian always comfortably carried this weight...while still being kind to my hips and back. I find that because it is smaller than many standard packs, more care must be taken when packing it in order to get the most out of its suspension...no shoving things in willy-nilly with this one.
It can be loaded from the top, but I also love the full length panel zipper down the front. It makes it easy to access gear (like a first aid kit) on the trail without digging through you pack. The zipper is backed up with straps on the front that are great for a sleeping pad. There are also compression straps on the sides that allow you to cinch up your load. They also double as a way to strap tools an gear to the outside.
That is enough about the use, how about the abuse? On a trail crew, my gear takes a beating that most backpackers will never put theirs through. This pack has rolled down steep slopes, been smooshed by a log, had axes, pulaskis, and saws strapped to it at various points, been strapped to a mule, used as a much needed barrier between my butt and the muddy ground, and been expose to snags, brambles, and branches. After 6 mos of this I have not seen any abnormal signs of wear and tear, other than it being filthy!
The customer service at Granite Gear is fantastic. My pack was one of many that had issues with a squeaky framesheet. I contacted them about this, and they sent me a new one free of charge, within a week. The squeak has been resolved!
I love it. You should buy it.
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The Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Ki is the women's specific version of the award winning Nimbus Meridian.The Ganite Gear Nimbus Meridian Ki is a top loader with a floating lid/fanny pack and a single vertical zipper front access panel. The Nimbus Meridian was specifically designed to withstand the rigors of the 10,000 miles of hiking extreme pack tester Justin Lichter did in 2006. Granite Gear utilizes the newly released RiRi water resistant tooth zippers for the fanny pack lid and the front access panel because they offer superior durability and water resistance to any other zipper we have seen. Reflective material on the daisy chains and on the shoulder straps insure hikers will be seen when road hiking at night, they will also make it easier to locate the pack in the dark. For slack packing strip off the lid and use it as a fanny pack. Built with the same frame and harness as our award winning Nimbus Ozone the Meridian pack offers the rare combination of durability, convenience, versatility, and comfort in an ultralight trail pack."
The Meridian ki is a top loader with a floating lid/fanny pack and a single vertical zipper front access panel with a womens specific harness. It was specifically designed to withstand the rigors of a 10,000 mile hike. Granite Gear utilized the newly released RiRi water resistant tooth zippers for the fanny pack lid and the front access panel because they offer superior durability and water resistance to any other zipper. Reflective material on the daisy chains and on the shoulder straps insure that you will be seen when road hiking at night, they also make it easier to locate the pack in the dark. For short hiking trips strip off the lid and use it as a fanny pack.
Free Shipping. Granite Gear Women's Nimbus Meridian Ki Backpack DECENT FEATURES of the Granite Gear Women's Nimbus Meridian Ki Backpack Adjustable torso length Women's specific harness Side compression Tool loops Strap wraps Hydration port and internal sleeve Large stretch side pockets Extended crossover straps Hip pack lid Zippered access to bottom of pack Internal Topoflex frame sheet Cordura fabrics The SPECS for Short Torso Length: 36-46 cm / 14-18 in Volume: 3400 Cubes / 56 Liters Weight: 1.47 kg / 3 lbs 4 ounces The SPECS for Regular Torso Length: 46-56 cm / 18-22 in Volume: 3800 Cubes / 62 Liters Weight: 1.59 kg / 3 lbs 8 ounces 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.