User Review: Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian
Design: Top-loader with front panel access.
Size: 3800 c.i.
Number of Pockets: 3 including lid.
Max. Load Carried: 30 pounds
Height of Owner: 5' 9"
Price Paid: $200
Great ultralight pack! I recently used this on a 16 mile trip on the AT in Tennessee and it performed flawlessly. Total weight carried (food and water included) was 30 pounds, as we were planning on a longer trip but had to cut it short due to injury.
It is super comfortable and very light for its volume. Loading it was very easy and I experienced no durability issues on the trip. It's a pretty well thought out design too, though I am still a bit up in the air on the front panel zip. On one hand it made getting things out super easy, but getting it zipped back was another matter. The fit on the pack was unbelievable and very adjustable. Oh, the lid is huge and removable too.
Side note: Upon purchase of the pack, I realized I needed a smaller hip belt. This pack has a modular frame, and GG will exchange any (unused)component for a different size for free, minus 9$ shipping. Just fill out the form and send it in with the part you need exchanged. Turnaround time was about 4 days for me.