Granite Gear Vapor Flash
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
This pack is lightweight. It's more of a minimalist or ultralight pack but still has nice features.
- Nice looking
- Deep water bottle pockets
- The bottle pockets are too high to reach when wearing the pack.
- Needs at least one exterior pocket other than the lid for outerwear, etc.
- The buckles on the adjustable shoulder straps tend to disappear into the holes of the lid. They're hard to get out.
I love this pack. Yes, there are some irritating negatives but overall the Vapor Flash by Granite Gear is a great, lightweight pack.
While researching ultralight packs this one caught my eye because it's sharp looking and had a decent price tag. Obviously it's going to be missing some of the pleasantries of heavier packs, but it does a great job on weekend trips.
I wasn't sure how I was going to like a frameless pack, but it is very very comfortable and actually breathes very well. My pack weight is around 21 pounds. I would suggest staying under 30 with this pack for peak performance.
I give it a 4 due to no exterior pocket, it comes with a hip belt that is almost too small for me 5'-10" 180 lbs, the Nalgene pockets are too high to use while wearing the pack, and the cinch straps just seem pesky.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130
It was a challenge for me to get two nights worth of gear into this bag, but it did fit. Having to bring cold weather (below freezing) clothing/sleeping gear always makes it a bit more difficult. Plus I always pack like I'm going to get lost for two weeks and have to pull Survivorman.
I bought this pack for a couple reasons:
- I love my Nimbus Ozone, and now stand by Granite Gear packs.
- I wanted a pack with larger top pocket that could also be used as a waistpack.
- It was the perfect size for my 1-2 night outings.
At 35lbs, with water (two 32oz bottles plus a bladder), I was a bit over capacity, but the suspension kept the load very comfortable and stable. I did have difficulties adjusting the top shoulder straps which run through the top lid. This and the frustration I had trying to use the lid as a waistpack were the only downfalls I've found with the Vapor Flash.
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If your are counting your ounces, this will be great for haulin' your gear.
CLOSEOUTS . A lightweight overnighter with tough Corduraand#174; nylon construction for harsh environments, Granite Gear's Vapor Flash backpack has a floating lid that converts to a fanny pack and the solid and stable Vapor suspension system. Available Colors: TIGER/SLATE. Sizes: REG, LONG.
- Sierra Trading Post
The Granite Gear Vapor Flash has been built on Granite Gear's award winning Vapor suspension. Vapor Flash is a simple yet comfortable pack with features like a floating lid that turns into a fanny pack for day trips. Granite Gear has taken the minimalist Vapor Trail and thrown in some comforts and durability that make the Vapor Flash a multi-use, multi-adventure pack.
The Vapor Flash is simple yet elegant, tough yet comfortable, flashy yet clean. A top loader with a floating lid that turns into a fanny pack. The Vapor Flash is made using 210 denier Cordura nylon fabric throughout,for years of service. It's not the lightest pack Granite Gear makes but at just over 3 lbs, it's still ultralight. If your going ultralight, yet still need a pack for canyoneering, alpine or other harsh environments, this pack can handle it.