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      Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack

      The proud successor to the cult classic Vapor Trail, this pack sports several upgrades, including an all-new suspension system and reduced weight for added trail comfort on fast, ultralight treks.
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      Item # 831620

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      • 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


      Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack

      Specification Long Regular
      Best use Backpacking Backpacking
      Frame type Internal Internal
      Ultralight Yes Yes
      Gear capacity (L) 65 liter 60 liter
      Gear capacity (cu. in.) 4,000 cubic inches 3,660 cubic inches
      Weight 2 lbs. 4 oz. 2 lbs. 2 oz.
      Adjustable torso No No
      Fits torso 21 - 25 inches 18 - 21 inches
      Fits waist/hips 30 - 34 inches 30 - 34 inches
      Material(s) Cordura sil-nylon hybrid/Cordura nylon Cordura sil-nylon hybrid/Cordura nylon
      Frame material HDPE die-cut plastic/molded foam HDPE die-cut plastic/molded foam
      Number of stays 0 0
      Suspended mesh back panel No No
      Pack loading Top Top
      Pack access Top Top
      Number of exterior pockets 3 + main compartment 3 + main compartment
      Sleeping bag compartment No No
      Raincover included No No
      Gender Men's Men's
      Backpack style Ultralight backpack Ultralight backpack

      Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack

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      Rated 2out of5
      by fromLight weight but no support I 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
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromExcellent Pack! Excellent pack that I purchased for an AT thru-hike this year. Lightweight, easy to load, and sits on my hips fine. I really enjoy this pack and have only odne short hikes, but I know it will be fine when I complete my three and five day test hikes before my thru-hike.
      Date published: 2013-02-07
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromGreat bag, but durability?? I just returned from a 3 day backpacking try. I was carrying the family gear, so I started with 30 pounds on my back. The pack was very comfortable from the get go, and remained so for the whole trip. What you see is what you get for the most part. On the negative side, the fabric covering the waist belt tore on the second day. Two tears. One large, the size of a quarter, the other small (see pics). They did not increase in size through the third day. Not sure what could have caused this as I was wearing Arc'teryx Rampart pants (super thin nylon) and nylon waist belt, with a thin wool shirt covering them.
      Date published: 2012-04-20
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromCarries well, cust weight I only took this on one trip so far, a 3 day trip to the Presidential Range. I'm a new convert to minimal weight in gear and I shaved almost 3 pounds off of my previous backpack. The VC pack carried well near to the advertised limit of its weight. My only wish for improvement was a better place to store snacks, as the pack does not have a floating lid.
      Date published: 2012-10-04
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGreat lightweight pack I 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
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromas light as possible without being silly my 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
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromGreat Backpack for Ultralight Trips Used this pack for 5 days backpacking in the Wind River Mountains. Went on this trip with someone using the predecessor Vapor Trail. The external stretch pockets provide easy access to water bottles, rain jackets and hats. The center pocket does not exist on the Vapor Trail, consequently jacket access was faster for me than my companion when the rain came. Pack carried very well - started at 30 lbs and went down from there. Never had any soreness or discomfort from straps or weight for the entire trip. The roll-top closure is slick - access is fast and tight. The cord-lock compression system also keeps the load compact and tight. The only slight negative is the durability of the stretch fabric on the external pockets. While it works great, I had a couple small holes due to scrapes on granite rocks against my fuel bottle within 2 days use. These aren't getting bigger but it gives a great pack a bit of a shabby appearance. Overall though, I can't see myself going back to a bigger, heavier backpack when this one performs so well.
      Date published: 2012-09-01
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromEnough Support for 35lbs I purchased this for a week in the Sierra mountains in California. A buddy had recommended this pack since I was a fan of the vapor trail. After it arrived, I felt apprehensive about the pack support due to its flimsy nature and lack of padding. However, went out for 130 miles over 6 days with a base weight of 22 lbs and an extra 12 lbs in food. The pack carried well with no sagging and minor readjustments. They have added some nice features to this one that includes the stretch pocket on the back and two top straps that allow you to easily stow a layer. Definitely would buy again.
      Date published: 2013-06-29

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