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  • AirCurrent suspension features a 3D molded alloy frame, easy torso-length adjustment and padded shoulder straps
  • Padded hipbelt can be swapped for a custom fit (replacement hipbelt not included)
  • Precurved hipbelt is padded with dual-density foam and sculpted to fit the increased angle of a woman's hips
  • Back panel incorporates molded foam and stretch mesh that allow evaporative cooling and help vent heat and moisture away from the back
  • No-nonsense, top-loading pack body is lidless with a tall spindrift opening that cinches and rolls down tight for weather resistance and expands for extra pack volume
  • Pack is compatible with the Granite Gear Lineloc Lid (sold separately) for added space and convenience on extended trips
  • Hydration sleeve accommodates a reservoir and drink tube of your choice (reservoir sold separately)
  • Arched Lineloc compression cords cinch your load tight to the sides, top and front and provide numerous positions to lash gear to the outside of the pack
  • Stretch-mesh side pockets are perfect for water bottles; tall front/center pocket holds damp tarps or rain gear
  • The Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Ki pack is made of 100-denier ripstop and 210-denier Cordura® nylon for durability and light weight

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Specs

Best Use Backpacking
Frame Type Internal Frame
Ultralight Yes
Gear Capacity (L)
Regular
60 liter
Short
55 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
Regular
3,660 cubic inches
Short
3,350 cubic inches
Weight
Regular
2 lbs. 14 oz.
Short
2 lbs. 11 oz.
Adjustable Torso Yes
Fits Torso
Regular
18 - 22 inches
Short
14 - 18 inches
Fits Waist/Hips 26 - 42 inches
Material(s) Cordura nylon/ripstop nylon
Frame Material ABS plastic/molded foam
Number of Stays 0
Hydration Compatible Yes
Pack Access Top
Number of Exterior Pockets 3 + main compartment
Gender Women's
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I completely disagree with what people say about the water bladder pocket. I have a Platypus Hoser 3.0L Reservoir - 100 fl. oz and it fits perfectly into this pack's pocket. Of course it probably won't fit wider ones, but the one that I have literally is perfect and I've never had a problem with the bladder in general. This pack has served me perfectly well for several weekend long backpacking trips. It's lightweight, holds my gear and keeps the weight off my shoulders! It really is a comfortable pack. Sure, it'll make your back hot, it's back does give some airflow, but I've never seen a pack that didn't make your back sweat. The belt definitely isn't ridiculously small. It can fit a wide variety of sizes for sure and is nicely padded. Definitely planning on the Granite Gear Lineloc Top Lid.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Am Thrilled With This Pack!!! I am a 51 year old backpacker/hiker who has done week long trips with a most excellent Gregory pack that was my staple....but I am getting older and want better food and warmth and lighter gear so I can carry better food, more warmth and comforts. Hubby waited patiently as I periodically tried on various light packs that when loaded pinched my 5'6 125" frame here and there and felt all wrong. Then I read about this pack and blazed a trail to the only store in the area that had one left- Mama Mia! Comfort, room, ultra light, carried my twenty five pound comfort load beautifully on two recent backpacks- one up a steep grade and one on snowy trail-I am in love with this pack- no it does not have the bells and whistles I was sure I would miss but guess what? I did not miss them- I don't even miss the top pack- I strapped some lightweight cup holders on the belt to carry my extras and a water bottle and I was a happy hiker! No pinching, no instability, no dragging on my hips-Super adjustable and really nice stretchy side and back pockets and under 3 pounds! It was amazing to hike with a pack this light versus my heavier load hauling Gregory which I am still keeping for future dream trips of 7 days or longer.-
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lightweight pack I just hiked the JMT with this pack and it held up well, even with 8 days of food. The bear canister was a little annoying to fit in there, but that's the case with many light packs. I used the older version of this pack for ten years, and the company sent me a new one when my seams busted out. The stitching and fabric on this model seem far superior- after a few trips, it still looks pretty new except for a few minor tears in the stretchy material (my fault). I HIGHLY recommend making sure that the torso length is adjusted right for you- I had it on the shortest setting, and my 28b felt like a million. However, when I adjusted the frame to be 2 notches bigger, it felt like my load dropped 10 pounds. One thing is that when it was heaviest, the frame dug into my sacrum a little bit- going to ask the company if this is common. I'm sure I could sew the bottom to make sure it doesn't happen.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for ultralight backpacking As a female avid hiker in my late 40's, I was looking for a sturdy and comfortable ultralight backpack. I thought I would never find the one. From Osprey to Gregory Deva to cottage brands... then came Granite Gear. REI does not usually carry the Small Torso size in the store, so I took a chance and ordered on-line. I have been using with linelocs pulled to minimize as a day pack and it feels sturdy with breathable back padding, perfect hipbelt and shoulder padding. I hang my SPOT from one loop on the shoulder harness and bandanna from the other. I purchased the optional hipbelt pockets which hold all my extras; snacks, headlamp, flip knife, mace, lip balm, sunscreen, insect rep, Buff. It comes with a medium size waistbelt and I replaced with a large as it runs a bit small. Easy to replace the belt. I also pulled out the plastic backpanel and adjusted for my short torso. Most high-end backpacks do not have torso adjustments, and if they do are very heavy (5-7 lbs). Just came back from backpacking the Zion Narrows top-down overnight. I loaded with 30-32 lbs of gear inside dry sacks, tent poles in one outside pocket and large Nalgene bottle in other side pocket. The extended top neck area of pack was used to capacity and gear held down with crisscross straps. The pack rode stable as I hiked 20+ miles over river rocks, sand, went bouldering and in the Virgin River with greased bowlingball river rocks, falling into river numerous times. I swam with pack on, took off and floated it across deep pools as I swam, slid/tossed/threw down huge boulders. It rained all night at the riverside campsite, so in the morning I slide my wet tent into the outside front long mesh pocket along with my used WAG bag... the price you pay for backpacking the Narrows :-| I tossed the pack onto my shoulder by one shoulder strap as I quickly got on and off buses. All other times I used the lift strap. Pack got home in same condition as it started, except a bit sandy. Buckels are intact, outside stretch webbing has no holes. My one complaint is the inside hydration pocket is TINY and NARROW. My hand barely slides into the pocket. No way does it hold a water bladder. I use it for smaller flat items. GG should make it expandable or take it out completely to save weight. I hang the 3L bladder from the lock cord provided at the inside top back panel so it doesn't slip into the pack as I drink. If you want a lightweight, sturdy, comfortable, multi-day backpack, BUY THIS!
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it! I've used this pack for several 3-4 day trips. It is comfortable and super adjustable. The straps are padded and fit well in the shoulders. Waist belt comfortable. Carries well up to 30 lbs. At 20-25 lbs it is a dream! I used the BV solo 450 canister and can carry up to 5 days food in it. The BV 450 fits easily into the pack. My sleeping bag in a compression sack fills the entire bottom of the pack. Back pad is comfortable and not too hot. I like the fact that the back pad is rigid when the pack is fully loaded and helps me keep a good posture and not hunch over going uphill. Drawbacks are because it is lightweight not a lot of pockets for storage. I put my ultralight tent in the vertical outside mesh pocket and use the cords to strap a windbreaker jacket to the outside for quick access. I bought the GG waist belt pocket add on and the lineloc top lid which adds another 10oz but really increases the ability to carry the little things you need during the day like snacks, maps, first aid kit, toiletries etc without having to dig inside your pack. You can strap a foam pad to the lineloc lid top and it also detaches for a day pack but I just use the Blaze as a day pack because it is so light and comfortable. Another drawback is the inside pocket for a reservoir is tight for getting a 2L reservoir in there. It would be hard to carry a larger bear canister and I haven't tried it but you can use the extension collar.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from insufficient capacity I ordered this pack as I was looking for a lightweight, basic pack with minimal zippers (the weak spot in packs), good fit and simplicity, as well as a pack with more capacity than the REI Traverse Star I currently use. I attempted to use it for a fall backpacking trip to a cabin (no tent needed), but found that the capacity did not match what my current pack had, so I used my current pack. I don't think it has the capacity that it advertises. In Alaska ultra light is not always possible due to weather extremes and equipment demands, and I am a very efficient packer. I also ordered the Line Loc Lid, which adds minimal capacity. I will be returning both unused. If you are in country with minimal equipment demands and need a pack that can also be a daypack this will work. Size wise it is not much bigger than a day pack.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever I bought it for my Camino De Santiago trip in May and wanted something comfortable, light and to fit the carry on plane maximum measurements and this backpack does it all.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thumbs down for me I returned it. I bought the correct size but it was small and cramped, the belt was ridiculously small (I am a small built) and the back was all wrong. I did like the quality and the craftmanship, though, great materials.
Date published: 2012-06-22
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Will this pack fit a Bear Vault 500 bear canister?

Asked by: Backpackadventurer
​Yes, the Bear Vault 500 will fit into this pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-11

Does REI ever sell this pack in the other color? I see that you can buy the men's version in green, but not this one. Is it just out of stock?

Asked by: Mary R
As of June 2017, we do not plan to stock another color. All available colors are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-29

I plan to buy this for the Camino de Santiago. I am 67 & 5'8" and want to carry as little weight as possible but still have the necessities. I see one reviewer used it on the camino and was happy with it. Any more comments re camino & this pack?

Asked by: katebenny
This internal frame pack is a good solution for a multi-day hike. To determine the size you will need, you need to find your torso size first. Please use the link below to help you with your pack fit: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-adjusting-fit.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-30

What specifically about this pack makes it a women's pack? Backcountry.com doesn't differentiate between the two, and if the only difference is color I'd prefer to have the one with orange because I'll be doing some hiking during hunting season.

Asked by: hobbes979
The Women's Blaze A.C. 60 Ki Pack is differentiated from the men’s by a single feature; the hipbelt. On the women’s version, the hipbelt has a slightly more conical, curved shaped to better fit a woman’s hip profile.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-25

I ordered Short and it came with a small frame/pack, small trim, but medium hipbelt. Specs say the hipbelt fits 26-42", but the medium is sized for 30-34. Small is 26-30. Was this shipped in error? How do you get a small belt other than ordering short?

Asked by: basmith24
This pack is sold with a medium sized hipbelt in both the short and regular sizes. The size range is 26"-42" per the manufacturer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-18
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I completely disagree with what people say about the water bladder pocket. I have a Platypus Hoser 3.0L Reservoir - 100 fl. oz and it fits perfectly into this pack's pocket. Of course it probably won't fit wider ones, but the one that I have literally is perfect and I've never had a problem with the bladder in general. This pack has served me perfectly well for several weekend long backpacking trips. It's lightweight, holds my gear and keeps the weight off my shoulders! It really is a comfortable pack. Sure, it'll make your back hot, it's back does give some airflow, but I've never seen a pack that didn't make your back sweat. The belt definitely isn't ridiculously small. It can fit a wide variety of sizes for sure and is nicely padded. Definitely planning on the Granite Gear Lineloc Top Lid.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Am Thrilled With This Pack!!! I am a 51 year old backpacker/hiker who has done week long trips with a most excellent Gregory pack that was my staple....but I am getting older and want better food and warmth and lighter gear so I can carry better food, more warmth and comforts. Hubby waited patiently as I periodically tried on various light packs that when loaded pinched my 5'6 125" frame here and there and felt all wrong. Then I read about this pack and blazed a trail to the only store in the area that had one left- Mama Mia! Comfort, room, ultra light, carried my twenty five pound comfort load beautifully on two recent backpacks- one up a steep grade and one on snowy trail-I am in love with this pack- no it does not have the bells and whistles I was sure I would miss but guess what? I did not miss them- I don't even miss the top pack- I strapped some lightweight cup holders on the belt to carry my extras and a water bottle and I was a happy hiker! No pinching, no instability, no dragging on my hips-Super adjustable and really nice stretchy side and back pockets and under 3 pounds! It was amazing to hike with a pack this light versus my heavier load hauling Gregory which I am still keeping for future dream trips of 7 days or longer.-
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lightweight pack I just hiked the JMT with this pack and it held up well, even with 8 days of food. The bear canister was a little annoying to fit in there, but that's the case with many light packs. I used the older version of this pack for ten years, and the company sent me a new one when my seams busted out. The stitching and fabric on this model seem far superior- after a few trips, it still looks pretty new except for a few minor tears in the stretchy material (my fault). I HIGHLY recommend making sure that the torso length is adjusted right for you- I had it on the shortest setting, and my 28b felt like a million. However, when I adjusted the frame to be 2 notches bigger, it felt like my load dropped 10 pounds. One thing is that when it was heaviest, the frame dug into my sacrum a little bit- going to ask the company if this is common. I'm sure I could sew the bottom to make sure it doesn't happen.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for ultralight backpacking As a female avid hiker in my late 40's, I was looking for a sturdy and comfortable ultralight backpack. I thought I would never find the one. From Osprey to Gregory Deva to cottage brands... then came Granite Gear. REI does not usually carry the Small Torso size in the store, so I took a chance and ordered on-line. I have been using with linelocs pulled to minimize as a day pack and it feels sturdy with breathable back padding, perfect hipbelt and shoulder padding. I hang my SPOT from one loop on the shoulder harness and bandanna from the other. I purchased the optional hipbelt pockets which hold all my extras; snacks, headlamp, flip knife, mace, lip balm, sunscreen, insect rep, Buff. It comes with a medium size waistbelt and I replaced with a large as it runs a bit small. Easy to replace the belt. I also pulled out the plastic backpanel and adjusted for my short torso. Most high-end backpacks do not have torso adjustments, and if they do are very heavy (5-7 lbs). Just came back from backpacking the Zion Narrows top-down overnight. I loaded with 30-32 lbs of gear inside dry sacks, tent poles in one outside pocket and large Nalgene bottle in other side pocket. The extended top neck area of pack was used to capacity and gear held down with crisscross straps. The pack rode stable as I hiked 20+ miles over river rocks, sand, went bouldering and in the Virgin River with greased bowlingball river rocks, falling into river numerous times. I swam with pack on, took off and floated it across deep pools as I swam, slid/tossed/threw down huge boulders. It rained all night at the riverside campsite, so in the morning I slide my wet tent into the outside front long mesh pocket along with my used WAG bag... the price you pay for backpacking the Narrows :-| I tossed the pack onto my shoulder by one shoulder strap as I quickly got on and off buses. All other times I used the lift strap. Pack got home in same condition as it started, except a bit sandy. Buckels are intact, outside stretch webbing has no holes. My one complaint is the inside hydration pocket is TINY and NARROW. My hand barely slides into the pocket. No way does it hold a water bladder. I use it for smaller flat items. GG should make it expandable or take it out completely to save weight. I hang the 3L bladder from the lock cord provided at the inside top back panel so it doesn't slip into the pack as I drink. If you want a lightweight, sturdy, comfortable, multi-day backpack, BUY THIS!
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it! I've used this pack for several 3-4 day trips. It is comfortable and super adjustable. The straps are padded and fit well in the shoulders. Waist belt comfortable. Carries well up to 30 lbs. At 20-25 lbs it is a dream! I used the BV solo 450 canister and can carry up to 5 days food in it. The BV 450 fits easily into the pack. My sleeping bag in a compression sack fills the entire bottom of the pack. Back pad is comfortable and not too hot. I like the fact that the back pad is rigid when the pack is fully loaded and helps me keep a good posture and not hunch over going uphill. Drawbacks are because it is lightweight not a lot of pockets for storage. I put my ultralight tent in the vertical outside mesh pocket and use the cords to strap a windbreaker jacket to the outside for quick access. I bought the GG waist belt pocket add on and the lineloc top lid which adds another 10oz but really increases the ability to carry the little things you need during the day like snacks, maps, first aid kit, toiletries etc without having to dig inside your pack. You can strap a foam pad to the lineloc lid top and it also detaches for a day pack but I just use the Blaze as a day pack because it is so light and comfortable. Another drawback is the inside pocket for a reservoir is tight for getting a 2L reservoir in there. It would be hard to carry a larger bear canister and I haven't tried it but you can use the extension collar.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from insufficient capacity I ordered this pack as I was looking for a lightweight, basic pack with minimal zippers (the weak spot in packs), good fit and simplicity, as well as a pack with more capacity than the REI Traverse Star I currently use. I attempted to use it for a fall backpacking trip to a cabin (no tent needed), but found that the capacity did not match what my current pack had, so I used my current pack. I don't think it has the capacity that it advertises. In Alaska ultra light is not always possible due to weather extremes and equipment demands, and I am a very efficient packer. I also ordered the Line Loc Lid, which adds minimal capacity. I will be returning both unused. If you are in country with minimal equipment demands and need a pack that can also be a daypack this will work. Size wise it is not much bigger than a day pack.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever I bought it for my Camino De Santiago trip in May and wanted something comfortable, light and to fit the carry on plane maximum measurements and this backpack does it all.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thumbs down for me I returned it. I bought the correct size but it was small and cramped, the belt was ridiculously small (I am a small built) and the back was all wrong. I did like the quality and the craftmanship, though, great materials.
Date published: 2012-06-22
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Questions & Answers

Will this pack fit a Bear Vault 500 bear canister?

Asked by: Backpackadventurer
​Yes, the Bear Vault 500 will fit into this pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-11

Does REI ever sell this pack in the other color? I see that you can buy the men's version in green, but not this one. Is it just out of stock?

Asked by: Mary R
As of June 2017, we do not plan to stock another color. All available colors are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-29

I plan to buy this for the Camino de Santiago. I am 67 & 5'8" and want to carry as little weight as possible but still have the necessities. I see one reviewer used it on the camino and was happy with it. Any more comments re camino & this pack?

Asked by: katebenny
This internal frame pack is a good solution for a multi-day hike. To determine the size you will need, you need to find your torso size first. Please use the link below to help you with your pack fit: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-adjusting-fit.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-30

What specifically about this pack makes it a women's pack? Backcountry.com doesn't differentiate between the two, and if the only difference is color I'd prefer to have the one with orange because I'll be doing some hiking during hunting season.

Asked by: hobbes979
The Women's Blaze A.C. 60 Ki Pack is differentiated from the men’s by a single feature; the hipbelt. On the women’s version, the hipbelt has a slightly more conical, curved shaped to better fit a woman’s hip profile.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-25

I ordered Short and it came with a small frame/pack, small trim, but medium hipbelt. Specs say the hipbelt fits 26-42", but the medium is sized for 30-34. Small is 26-30. Was this shipped in error? How do you get a small belt other than ordering short?

Asked by: basmith24
This pack is sold with a medium sized hipbelt in both the short and regular sizes. The size range is 26"-42" per the manufacturer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-18
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