Mar 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm #1234567Nick GarciaBPL Member
@saltamontesLocale: South Florida
I noticed this pack in the Backpacker Gear Guide, 3,600cu and weighs 3lbs 1oz, is this a new pack, I did not see it on the GG website, does it replace a pack or is it new thanks any feedbackMar 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm #1483160Raymond EstrellaMember
@rayestrellaLocale: Northern Minnesota
It is strange that it is not on the site. There is something with that name for sale on many sites;
Maybe they are coming out with an update but are not quite ready for prime-time…Mar 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm #1483162William PuckettMember
@beepLocale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Pic is from a retailer's website.
I'm assuming it has the Vapor suspension so it would be like a Vapor Trail with a lid rather than a roll top. So, think Nimbus Meridian but with the Vapor suspension rather than the beefier Nimbus "Tepex" frame/suspension. That would account for the 8 oz. weight difference.
Both suspensions are quite comfortable, though I find the Vapor is superior in my usage (which doesn't push the weight limits on the Vapor suspension. The Tepex is intended for heavier loads.Mar 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm #1483164
Go on the GG website and scroll to the bottom. Under Downloads (click the link) you will see two seaprate downloads – one for a manual to their packs and the other for the 2009 catalogue. Download the catalogue and the full range of new packs are there.
Don't ask me how I know this.
Edit – it is not a replacement for the Vapor Trail nor the Vapor Meridian.Mar 5, 2009 at 7:09 pm #1483165Tom CaldwellBPL Member
I hadn't seen it before. Looks like a heavier Vapor Trail to me. I'll keep dreaming that they put a big mesh pocket on the Vapor Trail, and design a lighter hipbelt with built in hipbelt pockets, and put some aerated material in the backpad. One thing I can say about my Vapor Trail, is that it doesn't even look broken in, no holes and no wear on the straps at all, and I've used it more than 10 days.Mar 6, 2009 at 6:13 am #1483277Slo HikerBPL Member
@slohikerLocale: NC Foothills
My understanding is that it's a the same as the Meridian Vapor, constructed of slightly heavier fabrics – hence the same overall specs but just a few ounces heavier and $20 cheaper.Mar 6, 2009 at 8:26 am #1483302ben woodMember
@benwoodLocale: flatlands of MO
that's my understanding as well. also the compression straps run under the side pockets as opposed to over them, which was a complaint on the UL line of packs.Mar 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm #1485563Mike WBPL Member
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
…Mar 14, 2009 at 4:07 pm #1485601
Interesting. It still seems far too heavy for what it is. I will have to see one in person I guess. If I wanted a climbing pack I would be looking at the Osprey Variant series with the multiple external attachments, removable bivy pad and components for a similar weight with a more aggressive harness.Mar 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm #1485605Darren McClintockBPL Member
Does anyone know if this is strictly a top loader or a panel loader like the vapor meridian? I'm interested, but already have a vapor trail, so if it's top only it wouldn't be worth it just for a lid and some heavier fabrics.Mar 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm #1485613Jeff JeffBPL Member
You could name it the "ULA Circuit" ;)Mar 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm #1485656
Jeff – that is exactly what I was thinking….!Mar 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm #1485661Mike WBPL Member
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.