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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


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Best Use Backpacking
Frame Type Internal Frame
Ultralight Yes
Gear Capacity (L)
65 liter
60 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
4,000 cubic inches
3,660 cubic inches
2 lbs. 4 oz.
2 lbs. 2 oz.
Fits Torso
21 - 25 inches
18 - 21 inches
Fits Waist/Hips
30 - 34 inches
34 - 38 inches
Material(s) Cordura sil-nylon hybrid/Cordura nylon
Frame Material HDPE die-cut plastic/molded foam
Number of Stays 0
Hydration Compatible Yes
Pack Access Top
Number of Exterior Pockets 3 + main compartment
Gender Men's
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enough 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: 2013-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great 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: 2012-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used 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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great pack, straps cut in a bit much I got this a couple of weeks ago and have gone out with it a few times now, weight being carrier ranging from 10-25lbs. I love the design and it feels very well made. The only draw back for me is that the shoulder straps come out of the back at a very odd angle. They seem to come from the very middle and then go in a v around your shoulder. I've worn bags with this design before but this seems a bit more abrupt and cuts in pretty bad on your neck and traps. One disclaimer being that I have pretty large traps and shoulders in general so this may be the cause. Hopefully they will soften as I break them in. Will update if that is the case.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 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: 2012-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 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: 2013-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from as 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: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from feels great, durable, roomy For 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
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I want to order this backpack with a large belt; this site does not ask for waist size and lists a medium belt as the spec for a long torso. Unfortunately, medium belt is only for 30-34 waists. Can I order this with a large hip belt? Thanks, wc21

Asked by: wc21
Granite Gear only sends us the Crown V.C. 60 with a hipbelt that can fit a 30 to 34 inch waist. You can, however, order the Granite Gear Ultralight Pack Hipbelt in the large size along with your pack. Once you have received the items, you can switch out the hipbelts on the pack and return the hipbelt that does not fit for a full refund.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Am I able to try on this pack at an REI Store?

Asked by: GomerKyle
No, we (generally) don't carry this pack in our stores. If you order the pack to your local REI store, your credit card will not actually be charged until you go to the register. If the pack doesn't fit, hand the pack back and you are done, no waiting for a credit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-25

What are the dimensions of the backpack. My two interests are for fitting a bear canister inside and carrying on a plane. Thanks.

Asked by: HzhikerNC
The Crown V.C. 60 in a medium measures 24.5 x 12 x 8 inches. The large is 26.5 x 12 x 8 inches. Most airlines require carry-on items not to exceed 45 linear inches (L + W + H). The medium Crown pack measures 44.5 linear inches, and should work as a carry-on. The large measures 46.5 inches, and would be too big for a carry-on. We would highly recommend checking with your airline prior to your trip.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-09

Will it fit a BV 500 bear canister?

Asked by: Tahoe43
It is possible to fit a BearVault BV500 vertically inside the Crown V.C. 60 Pack. This would however take up the bulk of the room in the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-13

What is the difference between the granite gear crown VC and the crown II ?

Asked by: JPevergreen
The new Crown2 60 pack has an updated hip belt padding and now has pockets and the shoulder straps have been redesigned. The stretch material for the reservoir pocket and outer stuff pocket has been updated to be more stretchy and less porous. The new framesheet has been slightly modified to provide more stiffness. The new pack has nylon webbing for compression straps instead of paracord and it comes with the lid! Check it out:​
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

Could I use this pack for a desert hike where I am carrying 3-4 gallons of water?

Asked by: schneebo
The Crown V.C. 60 pack can carry multiple gallons of water if you have the proper containers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-16
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