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GRANITE GEAR Crown V.C. 60 Backpack

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  • GRANITE GEAR Crown V.C. 60 Backpack

    An evolution in backpack design, the Granite Gear Crown V.C. allows you to pack all your gear, or strip out the suspension and travel ultralight.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Vapor current suspension technology uses ventilation channels to keep your back cool
    • Full HDPE die-cut sheet goes all the way up to the load lifters for comfort with loads up to 30 lb.
    • The Crown V.C. weight just 2 lb. 2oz. and removing the frame drops the weight down to 1 lb. 13 oz.
    • Belt and shoulder straps feature dual density padding and narrower webbing straps
    • Stretch mesh shoulder pocket suitable for storing small electronics or snacks
    • Roll top closure secures with two straps and provides quick access to your gear
    • Constructed with ultralight 100 denier Sil-Nylon hybrid cordura fabric, proven to go the distance
    • Reinforced with 210 denier Cordura in key high wear places

    Country of Origin: Imported

  • GRANITE GEAR Crown V.C. 60 Backpack

    Pack Fabric (Primary) 210D Cordura fabric
    Torso Length Regular 18-21 in.
    Long 21-25 in.
    Volume Regular 3660 cu. in.
    Long 4000 cu. in.
    Primary Use Hiking
    Weight Regular 2 lb. 2 oz.
    Long 2 lb. 4 oz.
    Weight Capacity 30-50 lb.
    Trip Length Extended Trip (>3 nights)
    Volume Range 60-69 liters

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4.0

Great UL pack w/ a couple of caveats

By WICaniac

from Madison, WI

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

  • Flimsy Frame Stay

Best Uses

  • Day hikes
  • Through Hiking

Comments about GRANITE GEAR Crown V.C. 60 Backpack:

PROS:
-Very lightweight.
-Simple roll-top closure provides reasonable waterproofing.
-Exterior stretch pockets are very accommodating (a full body SLR on the left, two large water bottles on the right in my case).
-Attractive design.
-A real hip belt and shoulder straps capable of bearing moderate loads (a rarity in a pack of this weight).

CONS:
-Frame sheet is so flimsy that compressing the load or using the load lifters warps the sheet, potentially affecting the comfort of the load.
-Ventilated back provides inadequate air circulation.
-Accessing the pack requires the unfastening four buckles.

Reflections:
I bought this to replace an Osprey Exos 46, which I could not get to fit (falling between a medium and a large). I preferred the AirSpeed suspension / back panel on the Exos, which provides truly useful air circulation and makes for a rigid pack that will not change shape as you load it. On the other hand, the AirSpeed frame it also consumes some of the pack volume and will do the same inside a suitcase (whereas the Crown VC 60 lays almost perfectly flat--a real advantage if you want to pack it for air travel).

The principal advantages of the Crown VC 60 are the hip belt and the shoulder straps, which I found at once more substantial and more comfortable. I prefer the elegant simplicity of the Crown VC 60, as well--but that's merely a matter of taste.

My biggest disappointment with the Crown is undoubtedly the flimsiness of the frame sheet. UL purists won't mind, but I probably would have purchased the Granite Gear Blaze if I had to do it over again. I opted for the Crown because I preferred the roll-top closure over the Blaze's "open" top and because I hoped that the ventilated back panel would work. Nevertheless, I'm quite happy with the pack and look forward to wearing it out.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
4.0

Well made and versatlile

By Summittier

from Rochester, NY

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets

Best Uses

    Comments about GRANITE GEAR Crown V.C. 60 Backpack:

    Looks like a versatile and durable pack. I motorcycle to my trekking adventures so not having a lot of exterior loops and straps is highly desirable along with having easily removeable frame, panel, and hipbelt. I hope it is as durable as claimed, my only concern upon inspection is the few straps there are being rope ties and not heavier duty web straps. EMS will be hearing from me if the ties don't work. Otherwise I would recommend this pack for its versatility for travel and hiking.

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    • Personal
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