GG Air Beam Pack Frame

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No longer a skeptic Review by Pmaxspa
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I was a hardcore skeptic. Thought this looked like a cool gimick that would never perform on the trail. Boy was I wrong. After getting a flare-up of a bulging disk in my upper back I was really concerned about my next trip. So after speaking with Gage at GG I decided to go for it and use the Air Beam with my new GG Gorilla.

I removed the aluminum pack stay and the waffle pad and used the Air Beam exclusively on a 25 mile trek. What comfort! So much better than the support of a traditional (heavy) backboard!

Take the bulb pump with you--you'll be glad you did. Gives you the opportunity to adjust for comfort, although my preference is almost fully inflated.

Don't be a skeptic. The Air Beam is awesome and it really works! (Posted on 5/3/13)
Amazing Carry: Kumo is the best bikepacking pack ever, hands down. Review by Tommy G
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As an avid bikepacker and tourer, my gear selection is crucial, and my critiques of gear, especially packs, borders on ridiculous and pedantic. With the advent of a myriad of SUL shelters and sleep systems that weigh and pack to nothing, the perfect bikepacking pack has eluded me. I have tried such high end packs as from Arcteryx, Cilo Gear, Osprey, Granite Gear, Terra Nova, and others, and have come up wanton. After 500 bikepacking miles with the Gossamer Gear Kumo and this Gossamer Gear designed version of the Klymit Air Beam, I can happily say that my search is over. The enhanced lumbar contact and natural shape it provides is phenomenal, and its ability for me to always adjust it is a feature that no other system has. The carry on and off the bike is truly impressive under 30 pounds. I have not tested it above 30, however. What is most surprising, is after 5 days on the bike I have no hot spots or abrasions. I think there is something to the vibration dampening the Air Beam provides. The shape of this just seems ideal, and I am looking forward to some epics with the Kumo and Air Beam this year.

Unbelievably impressive!!! (Posted on 5/2/13)
Gimmick? Nope, it's real! Review by Marco
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I consider most air filled pads, battery operated coffee grinders, 8 room tents, etc to be gimmicky. "WHY?", I ask. Pads get holes, batteries go dead, large tents collaps easily. I am pleased that the AirBeam is a real *usefull* tool that doesn't weigh a lot.

It does a good job as a frame. I expected that. I had it out on a day hike and it supplied almost as much support as my 5 layer NightLite. Wow! A bit more than expected. The comfort level easily exceeded the normal backpack load limit. 25# in a MURMUR is a lot for me.

I worry about a puncture still, but I know the repair kit will usually work. (Finding enough water to dunk the pad is not a problem, normally!)

Support, good sit pad, good underpad (if the ground is off level or wet,) deflated & stuffed in a stuff sack it makes a good pillow. It does not work too well as a wind screen, it blows away too easily. Ahh well, the price was high, but not as high as I expected (>40 after shipping.) And, I trade in my old 10oz pad for a 4oz pad (I carry another pad for sleeping,) a real 6oz savings to me.

Thanks, guys!

(Posted on 4/23/13)
Hugs the back, adds structure, distributes pressure very well. Review by Matt Weaver
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Picked one up on a whim, came in today. Did a quick 5 miler with all my multi-day gear to give it a whirl, love it. I recently cut down my regular Xlite pad to ~46" and was planning on using the sitlight pad that came with my Kumo to stick under my legs below the xlite when sleeping, but saw this air beam and had to give it a chance. I wasn't going to bring the supplied bulb pump with me but glad I did. Found I liked the AB a fair bit more underinflated then I initially anticipated. I'll now use the AB below my pad. It'll be a much better fit as the lumbar section of the AB is about an inch and a half so makes for a fairly smooth transition from bottom of xlite to it; far more agreeable then with the sitlight. As far as the ABs function as a pack frame, so much comfier then the sitlight. The sitlight has been fine really with my packed weights of ~15lbs, but regardless of how I packed my bag it still felt like I was carrying a cylindrical tube. The AB flattens it out very well, and has larger baffles along the edges going down your back, and also a cluster of larger baffles that hugs the lower small of your back. Like mentioned, when I made this impulse purchase I had no intent of carrying the inflation bulb with me, but I enjoyed being able to quickly deflate or add a little more air throughout the hike. Much like tightening/loosening straps to redistribute pressure points and weight every now and then. The complete setup weighs 2 ounces more then the foam back pad I was previously using, but since I cut off 4.5 ounces off my xlite we'll call it good. Some times comfort trumps weight.

Anyways, before I purchased the AB I couldn't find any info or reviews on it so maybe this will help some folks out who are considering picking one up. I thought it would be gimmicky and partially hoaky but I really, really like it. It hugs the back exceptionally well, makes the frameless bag actually feel like it has a frame, and the weight penalty is not terrible. (Posted on 3/3/13)

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