May 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm #1236120
I just ordered the GG Murmur for my fiance and I for our SUL trips. We have been comparing with others designs like Z Packs, Fanatic Fringe, MLD, but finally went with the Murmur! I was curious about any feedback that had generated about this pack-as there are not many reviews that iv'e seen. It seems like the near perfect design;SUL,Great Price,and great features like ability to add un-worn articles to the shoulder straps for additional padding.How is it preforming out on the trail? Any likes or dislikes out there from current users?
AaronMay 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm #1499274
I love this pack, and suspect ya'll will too.
It's the Whisper with all the features!
No complaints at all.
Hip belt is un-needed.May 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm #1499280
@iwillchopyouhotmail-comLocale: Lake Tahoe
I don't like how wide the shoulder strap padding is and dislike putting clothing in there, so I used Glen Van Peski's advice on rolling up small bubble wrap for the shoulder padding. It is much better now.
I like the pack a lot but I would hate to have to use it in a shelter or hostel with sleeping people around–it has to be the noisiest pack in existance.May 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm #1499289
I love this pack and it does get more quiet with use. Just don't plan on putting it under your feet the first couple of times out if you're a restless sleeper!May 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm #1499297
@ftaLocale: mn, co
.May 6, 2009 at 6:00 am #1499383
I agree with Chris' comment about the hipbelt being unnecessary (it removes easily) but I use it because I've put two Gossamer Gear Large Hipbelt Pockets on it (one on each side). I've found that I really like having hipbelt pockets for easy access to snacks and other essentials.
GG modified them for me to fit the 1-inch hipbelt, but it would be an easy mod for anyone with a sewing machine.May 6, 2009 at 10:03 am #1499432
Thanks to everyone who shared their input.Seems for the most part everyone is pretty stoked on this pack.Im looking forward to the nearly 10 oz weight reduction from my ULA Conduit.Plus my hikes lately have been only in the multi day range, so the 2,200 ci should be perfecto! After I get some miles logged i'll be sure to report my experiences with the Murmur.I'm planning a TRT hike(under 5 days) for June sometime and think the Murmur will my pack of choice-
LaterMay 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm #1499503
> I like the pack a lot but I would hate to have to use it in a shelter or hostel with sleeping people around–it has to be the noisiest pack in existance.
Only while new.
Mine is nice and quiet now, as is my Whisper.
The wide strap pads are my favorite feature of the Murmur.May 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm #1499568
@michaelreaganLocale: Southern California
I was a big fan of the Whisper, and still enjoy mine. But I bought a Murmur because it added the two things I frequently found myself wishing for on the Whisper, namely the side pockets and the sleep pad pocket. Of those two, I find I like the sleep pad pocket the best. Either my GG Nightlight or my BPL Torsolite fits fine, doesn't slide around, and provides very adequate padding and stiffening for SUL loads.
The resulting pack is as those two guys in the Guinness ads would say, "Brilliant!"
I must say that the stock waistbelt was too short to encompass all of my midsection, prompting me to both go on a stricter diet, and buy a larger strap to replace the factory one. All joking aside, I've never had that problem with other light packs, like my REI Flash 18; why is GG so skimpy on the waistbelt length? A few of us are not wasp-waisted hyper-milers ya know!
Other than that very minor complaint, I love my Murmur and everything else that comes from Gossamer Gear. It's all first rate!
MichaelMay 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm #1499569
> why is GG so skimpy on the waistbelt length?
I figured it was a subtle hint.May 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm #1499573
Man, now I gotta buy a murmur!May 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm #1499577
I too am, how did you put it, "midsection challenged". The stock hipbelt fits me but I've never had to adjust it – It's at its max length and stays there.
I also think it unlikely that I'll ever be able to connect the sternum strap – that works for me because I don't care for them, but it's way too short for a broad guy like myself.May 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm #1499836
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I removed the hip belt. With SUL weights, there isn't any need for it. I will probably get rid of the sternum strap too, no need for it. For really light loads (bw around 5lbs or less), this bag is perfect. I generally use my ULA conduit, but for weekends with mild weather and water sources, the Murmur is a dream.
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