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Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack


    Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack

    The Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 pack is the proud successor to the cult classic Vapor Trail, with upgrades that include an all-new suspension system and lighter weight. See details

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    The Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 pack is the proud successor to the cult classic Vapor Trail, with upgrades that include an all-new suspension system and lighter weight.

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    The Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 pack is the proud successor to the cult classic Vapor Trail, with upgrades that include an all-new suspension system and lighter weight.

    • Vapor Current suspension features a molded back panel with channels that allow air to circulate from bottom to top, taking advantage of convection to help evaporative cooling
    • Removable frame has a full length, die-cut HDPE sheet that supports loads up to 35 lbs.
    • Hipbelt and shoulder straps feature dual-density padding and narrow webbing straps; shoulder strap has a built in stretch-mesh pocket
    • Top loading design features a secure roll-top closure that provides easy access to the main compartment
    • Internal pocket holds hydration reservoir (sold separately) for hands-free drinking on the trail
    • Pack exterior sports light and effective LineLoc compression, a voluminous stretch-mesh front pocket and stretch-mesh side pockets
    • The Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 pack is made with a 100-denier sil-nylon hybrid Cordura® body and 210-denier Cordura reinforcements for extra strength in key areas


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    Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack Specs
    Best use
    Ultralight backpackUltralight backpack
    65 liter60 liter
    4,000 cubic inches3,660 cubic inches
    2 lbs. 4 oz.2 lbs. 2 oz.
    1.02 kilograms0.96 kilograms
    21 - 25 inches18 - 21 inches
    30 - 34 inches30 - 34 inches
    Cordura sil-nylon hybrid/Cordura nylonCordura sil-nylon hybrid/Cordura nylon
    HDPE die-cut plastic/molded foamHDPE die-cut plastic/molded foam
    3 + main compartment3 + main compartment
    Frame type
    Backpack style
    Gear capacity (L)
    Gear capacity (cu. in.)
    Weight - metric
    Adjustable torso
    Fits torso
    Fits waist/hips
    Frame material
    Number of stays
    Suspended mesh back panel
    Pack loading
    Pack access
    Number of exterior pockets
    Sleeping bag compartment
    Raincover included

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    Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Packis rated4.5out of5by12.
    Rated5out of5byfromfeels great, durable, roomyFor years, I carried a 50 pound pack. A few years ago, I traded my 6 pound Gregory for a 4 pound Deuter (both excellent packs) and carried 40 pounds. This year I wanted to shed more weight but still have room and support to carry essential conveniences and food for a week-long trip. That ruled out the smaller packs (50L) and rucksacks that lack sturdy stays and padded straps. I considered the ULA Circuit, a very impressive, similar design, but could not try it out without buying first. The Golite Jam was too small. The Osprey Atmos was small and weighed a full pound more. The Gossamer Gear Mariposa weighs less but is more like a rucksack. Because of REI's excellent return policy, I opted for the Crown V.C. 60. As soon as I put it on, I could tell it felt like a high quality pack, capable of carrying 35 pounds, maybe more. I used it on a 14 mile outing recently. My total weight including food & water was 28 pounds, my lightest pack ever. The pack easily held my gear and three days food. I carried a water bottle in one pocket, and the Neoair in the other (this arrangement is subject to change). I liked how the hipbelt sat on my hips (this works better with 28 pounds than 50 pounds). I believe Granite Gear will ship with a different size hipbelt, but you'll have to order that directly from GG. The hipbelt lacks pockets. I added one from Mountain Laurel Designs which fits perfectly and works well. The mesh pocket is deep enough to hold my rain gear, toiletries, windshirt, headlamp, & snacks, and is snug enough that they don't fall out. The main compartment does require undoing two sets of clips (rolldown and straps). This is not a great problem, however. It did rain lightly, but I used a pack cover so I can't speak to its water resistance. The load lifter straps are long enough that they can be reached easily, and worked well. I am 5'8", 160 lbs. and the Regular size fits me quite nicely, which is good as the straps are not adjustable. The biggest con I can think of, is the lack of a top pocket (an optional one is available if you want to carry the extra weight). I have always loved having lots of pockets, but those zippers and extra fabric add weight. So far, I have learned to carry the most important items in the mesh pocket (noted above) and tried to load the main pack by putting items such as raincover, food, and fleece jacket at the top in case I need them. Putting smaller items into sacks keeps them organized in the big compartment, although this may make it harder to squeeze them into the empty spaces, so it's your choice. In case you're interested, this is my new lightweight gear: Vapor VC 60 pack 2lb, 2oz Tarptent Double Rainbow 2lb, 8oz ZPacks 10F bag 1lb, 8oz Neoair Xtherm mattress 1lb Gossamer Gear 1/8" pad 2oz (I like extra warmth) Exped pillow 3oz Mountain Laurel pocket 1oz (outstanding) Patagonia windshirt 4oz Alite Butterfly chair 1lb, 2oz (major butt saver) TOTAL 8lb, 14oz
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated5out of5byfromUsed on my AT2013 thru hike and it was great!I bought this pack for my 2013 AT (Trail name: Techie) thru hike and was very happy with it. The low weight was my primary reason for choosing this pack. It was a good balance between durability and weight. The build and stitching held up well. I got one small tear in one of the side mesh pockets late in my hike but I never felt the need to repair it. The only thing I would suggest as an improvement would be to provide a larger front pocket. The stretch mess can hold quite a bit, but it is very tight to stuff and would be nice if was simply a bit more loose. I would have loved to stuff my tent in it on rainy days, but it was just too tight to do that easily. Would give it a solid 10 if the front pocket was a bit larger. (or looser).
    Date published: 2014-03-27
    Rated4out of5byfromas light as possible without being sillymy dad is obsessed with his vapor trail and talks about it all the time, I've used it once or twice and thought it was all right so when I saw a good deal on the vapor current I snatched it up. personally I think they improved several things with this model: my dad always gets a super sweaty back from the thick padding on the back of the vapor trail, I was leery of the thin, hard padding on the VC at first but after one long summit attempt I can attest to how well it ventilates for being a flat sheet, very little makes contact at any given time making for impressive airflow. the MOLLE webbing on the hipbelt gives you a huge array of aftermarket pouches to choose from, much better then any proprietary attachment system anyone's cooked up. I use a zipper pouch from Blue Force Gear for a rugged, volumous snack pocket. the center stretch pocket isn't a huge deal since you could always lash stuff there on the vapor trail, but the pocket makes me less nervous about stashing an expensive rainshell to the outside of my pack. the waterbottle pockets could be roomier but I can just fit a 40oz klean kanteen on each side so that's all I need. the rolltop closure system is better then the vapor trail in my mind, and the duel over-the-top straps really add support to the load lifters. the tall frame is TALL. I'm 6'2" and pretty impressed by the amount of shoulder lift I get, even though I wear the belt lower then most. the roll top gives you a wide range of volume adjustment and the pack can get bigger then what you should carry with such a minimalist pack. I have bony, sensitive hips and I was concerned about how thin the belt is on this (a good bit thinner then the vapor trail) but it is short enough I found I could actually wear it just under my hip bones without impeding leg movement and don't have to worry about hip bruising at all. my collar bones do get a little tender after a long trip but that's just what I have to deal with. the frame provides an impressive amount of support for how flexible it is, if you pack it right it will move with you while still giving adequate shoulder lift, very handy for scrambling up steep stuff. Lastly, the pack is light enough there really is no penalty for using it as a day pack, giving tremendous value for the money and lots of versatility. Just unpack camp, suck it down and head out.
    Date published: 2014-03-22
    Rated2out of5byfromLight weight but no supportI use the pack and another for backpacking. My other pack is my go to pack, this one is collecting dust. It is light, has shoulder pockets good for eyeglasses, and reasonably adjustable. Padding and support is minimal, as expected for an ultalight weight pack. The shoulder straps are very close together at the neck, and unless you have a neck as thin as a pencile, the straps rub against the neck and chaff, which is why I cannot wear the pack for long trips. The shoulder staps are not adjustable. No pockets on the hipbelt. Not waterproof. I recommend buying the smallest size possible because the pack tends to bow outward in the back without exta effort to force it against your back. But this will only decrease the with of the shoulder staps at the neck and increase chaffing. I regrete purchasing this pack because of placement of the shoulder staps so close together which chaff my neck.
    Date published: 2013-12-27
    Rated5out of5byfromWant a light load? Start here!I have been working to get my base weight down and my pack is where I started first. I picked this pack for several reasons. First the weight of the pack. There is no top lid, the straps are thinner, and the buckles are smaller all of this contributes to the weight of the pack. Second no hip belt pockets. If you go with a pack with hip belt pockets built in you are having the manufacture dictate what you can put in them. This way I can choose what I want on my hip. Lastly the mesh and line lock straps give you nice options to securing gear to the outside of the bag. This pack holds a lot of gear, food ect. making it a great through hike option if you have resupply points. If you are going deep into the backcountry I would recommend the G.G. Blaze.
    Date published: 2013-11-22
    Rated5out of5byfromGreat Pacific Crest Trail Pack!I just finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and this is a wonderful pack! It loads the weight to the hips and is very well designed in every respect. I did load it with 35lbs a few times, but it is more comfortable at 30. I am 6'3" tall and the medium fits best. Thanks Granite Gear for a great pack!
    Date published: 2013-10-09
    Rated4out of5byfromGreat lightweight packI used this pack on a 2 day hike along the Superior Hiking Trail. The only thing I didn't bring along was food for a longer period. I could have easily added a few more pounds of food and this pack would have handled it and felt great. I then used it on a day hike with our family and it was super light with our day gear in it. I carried everyone's food, water, and day supplies. The pack has great padding for as light as it is. I used to have a Gregory Baltoro 65 liter pack that weighed close to 6 pounds. With this pack I did not have to give up comfort thanks to the good padding and I shaved off 3.5 pounds of weight just changing my pack. Sweet! Things I don't like: I wish the side pockets were not mesh that hugged the bag so tight but instead were nylon that stuck out from the pack some so I could more easily stick a water bottle in the pockets with a fully stuffed pack. I also wish the pack has some nylon pockets on the belt strap. I had to buy a separate Granite Gear Belt Pocket which was okay, but bigger than I would have liked and an extra expense. Finally, the belt itself was supposedly a medium sized for 30-34" wastes. I am a 32" waste, right in the middle. All my pants are 32". But I had to cinch the belt buckles all the way down to the last millimeter to get the buckle tight enough. It's good I wasn't any skinnier otherwise the belt would have caused the bag to sag lower on my hips. I plan to get the small belt. Others have reported this problem, so you should take it seriously. But none of these cons warrant avoiding this pack. It is a great, lightweight pack that is very comfortable.
    Date published: 2013-09-16
    Rated5out of5byfromLight weight but big and strongI took the pack out on a 3-day, 30 mile trip through the North Cascades. I needed something lighter than my previous pack to reduce my base weight. The pack performed perfectly and was even comfortable with my 35 lbs total pack weight. It doesn't have a lot of side pockets, but I used my hydration bladder so that was no problem.
    Date published: 2013-08-29

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