User Review: Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian
Design: Top loading internal frame
Size: 3800 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 2 side pockets and the hood pocket
Max. Load Carried: 32 pounds
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $225
I have taken this pack on three separate trips now, with an average pack weight of 21 lbs before water (around 30 lbs with water). The only thing I can say about this pack is...IT ROCKS!!!
I have hiked over 10 miles per day through some hilly (although not mountainous) South MS terrain. I have experienced NO back pain nor shoulder fatigue. I do not ever recall having to re-adjust the load at any time during the trip.
This pack is a top loader with very few pockets (in hood and one deep pocket on each side), but I have not found it to be difficult to load or to get to my items when they are needed. The front zipper which runs the length (vertically) of the pack makes unloading in camp a breeze. The lack of pockets has indeed forced me to organize the pack better. And the hood opens up better than any I have seen before, giving full access and view of the hood pocket.
I was leery of the fixed suspension (it is adjustable, but once you put it where you want it you bolt it into a fixed position) as I have always used adjustable suspensions, but I am hooked. It has been the best fit I have ever had, and it doesn't move once set, so no constant re-adjusting.
The materials are a bit "flimsy" compared to most packs - thus the weight savings. But if care is taken in placement of items, I don't see this as a problem. I am quite careful with my equipment so I anticipate no problems.
All in all, this pack is well worth the price.