The Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70 offers greater load-carrying capacity (up to 60 lbs) and additional organizational features while still weighing less (right around 4 lbs) than you'd expect of a heavy-hauler.
An excellent balance of weight and performance, the Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70 comfortably carries loads of up to 60 pounds while weighing just four pounds. Let’s take a closer look at this award winning pack.
I have taken off the Nimbus Trace Access 70 so we can take a closer look at its suspension system and its organizational features. We will start with that suspension system. So let me turn the pack around. And you can see definitely some unique construction here on the pack. And it is construction that has that balanced focus of being able to carry weight, but also not adding undue weight to the pack itself.
So underneath here you can see the molded Nimbus frame sheet, composite material here that gives it really, really nice structure and stability, again, without adding a whole lot of weight to the pack. You can see the padding that extends down the back, across the lumbar section of the pack. So nice padding there, but some nice breathability because of the way that is cut. And, again, some weight savings as well.
You have got padded contoured shoulder straps. You have got padded and contoured hip belt as well. As is the case with several of Granite Gear’s larger back packs, there is some customization that can be done on the pack. So to begin with, it comes in two different torso length options, a short which fits from 14 to 18 inches or a regular size, which fits torsos ranging from 18 to 22 inches. For further customization you can choose to size up or down on the harness. And you can go with a hip belt option that best fits your waist size.
All of those designed to really help you dial in your fit. In each case, there is still some adjustability on the hip belt.
On the harness itself you have got the sliding adjustable sternum strap. You have got the load lifter straps up above. So just a lot of thought put into the design on the Nimbus Trace Access 70 to insure that while you are carrying large loads and a lot of weight, you are also getting a really custom fit.
Now let’s take a look at how the pack is organized and how you get into the pack. So I will spin it the other direction. You can see right here on the front that there is the ability to lash gear right to the face of the pack. Those compression straps allow you to do that. They also allow you to really cinch down the load, but we will just get that out of the way so we can look at the pack itself.
It is a lidded pack. So you have got storage in that lid. You have got coverage of the pack bag itself. You also have a large roll top spindrift collar here at the top of the pack bag. I have got a lot of gear inside this pack, but a lot of room to put even more gear, even more clothes. So a lot of expandable capacity there.
The height of the lid can be adjusted to accommodate when you have got that spindrift collar really blown out or filled. But it can also cinch down when that is not the case, as you are seeing it set up right now. It also can come off entirely when it is just not needed and you are looking to save some weight.
It is not the only way to get into the pack here at the top. You also can get into the pack from an interesting panel on the front of the pack. If I pull these zippers up with a little bit of a Velcro attachment point there, and that gets you right into that sizable interior capacity of the pack. You will see that Granite Gear has included some internal compression there, nice design. Everything stayed exactly where I put it in the first place. You can cinch those down as tight as you need to. You don’t need them at all, tuck them to the side and keep them out of play entirely.
Nice feature there on a pack of this size instead of just having to go the whole way in through the top of the pack. Big stretch pocket here on the face of the pack, so some nice organization there as well. And we already showed off how you can lash gear to the front of the pack as well.
A couple of other organizational features to call out here on the pack, certainly the side stretch mesh pockets. You have got one on either side of the pack. I have got a sleeping pad stuffed away here on that one and a water bottle on the other side. On higher above that on each side of the pack, you have got a small zippered pocket. You have got a head lamp stuffed in there. For me I really kind of like the stretch mesh design on that pocket. Because of the zipper they are very secure. You can put things in there without any worry of losing them along the way. But because of that mesh design you aren’t bound by a certain shape to the pocket. So a nice little place to be able to put just about anything and everything. It almost gives you the opportunity to over stuff it to a certain degree.
We talked about the compression straps on the side, on the front of the pack. Certainly allows you to cinch down the load on this pack regardless of how full it is or isn't, but the other upside is you have got all kinds of gear stashing potential here, ability for you to lash it to the exterior of the pack. So instead of just having the space on the inside, you have also got all kinds of external space to take advantage of.
With its load hauling capability, that balance in terms of the weight of the pack itself, some really nice organizational features for a pack of this size, it is easy to see why the Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70 has won awards.