Wanna be the coolest kid on the trail? Feb 15, 2014 #1 I've been researching these packs heavily. A bear canister can be secured under the top lid, a nice convenience if you need as much internal pack volume as possible for other gear. Two tiers of wrap-around compression straps on the sides and over the back mesh pocket also provide a multitude of attachment points. There’s a pliable plastic framesheet (optionally removable) and a ventilated foam panel that gives the pack stiffness and helps transfer load to your hips. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable length frames and hip belts, and because they’re quite affordable, which is a rare quality these days if you’re looking for a durable and lightweight backpack. The Crown2 and the Blaze are both 60L multi-day backpacks and at first glance they appear to be the same. At an astonishing 2.63 pounds, this pack also fits into the lightweight category. Your email address will not be published. This packing technique lets you hike farther and faster each day, which is why these packs are favored by long-distance thru-hikers. My pack for the past few years has been the Osprey Aura 65, and I'm used to its heavily cushioned and supremely comfortable feel. The pack features an adjustable suspension system, durable but lightweight fabrics, and a convenient entry that lets you access the entire pack with ease. This is a significant difference and is particularly important if you are heading out on longer multi-day trips where you will be carrying extra weight in the form of food and water for example. Introducing the all-new Granite Gear Crown2 60, an ultralight yet ultra-comfortable multi-day pack. Introducing the all-new Granite Gear Crown2 60, an ultralight yet ultra-comfortable multi-day pack. The men's Granite Gear Crown2 60, an ultralight yet ultra-comfortable multi-day pack, is an improved successor to the classic Crown VC 60. The adjustable frame created a perfect fit for me. Granite Gear backpacks are popular packs for long-distance backpacking in the United States and are a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. If you’re not familiar with the Granite Gear product line, here is the advice I give friends who are trying to decide between their packs. The Osprey Aether 60 weighs a full two pounds more than the GG Blaze, but carries weight similarly well and boasts a terrific floating lid that becomes a backpack. The adjustable hip belt is a breeze to shorten or length to fit your measurements and does not slip when the pack is loaded up. Your email address will not be published. A tall vertical hidden zipper now allows you to access to main compartment quickly and easily. Multiple tiers of compression on the sides, back of the pack, and the top (which are signature features unique to Granite Gear packs) make it possible to lash more gear to the outside of the pack or shrink its size when you need less capacity. The rear stretch mesh pocket is long enough to swallow a rolled-up tent and ideal for drying wet gear or stuffing jackets so you don’t have to stop and open up your backpack every time you take off or put on a layer. Thread starter Gruxxx; Start date Feb 15, 2014; Gruxxx Supporter. We liked this pack so much, we upgraded it to an Editors' Choice award winner. The Crown2 uses the light weight V.C. The packs use a tried and tested design with a main compartment, large stretch mesh pockets on the front and sides, a removable lid with roll-top closure underneath and compression straps. All Rights Reserved. Both packs use the fully adjustable Re-Fit hip-belt which allows users to make changes on the go and dial in the fit to suit individual needs. TURTLE-FUR: 25% Off for Military Personnel, Medical Workers, First Responders, and Teachers! The packs also use different back frames, the Crown2 using the V.C. See the Women's Granite Gear Crown2 60 See the Men's GG Crown2 60 The Crown2 is certainly more suited to more weight conscious backpackers where 15kg is unlikely to be exceeded, whereas the Blaze is more forgiving in this sense and will be much more comfortable under a heavier load. I love both packs. TheCrown2 60is also incredibly light, but a few ounces heavier compared to the Crown 60. When measuring backpack volume, companies like Granite Gear, Gregory, and Osprey only measure the volume of the closed storage on a pack and don’t include the volume of external mesh pockets, pockets without lids, or the added volume of an extension collar in their volume specifications. This is a hard choice. If you want to benefit from this improved service, please opt-in. Dual density shoulder harness with load-lifter straps and removable sternum strap. The two side water bottle pockets are long enough to store tall water bottles or for carrying long thin objects like tent poles. 3 lbs. These foams pads are bulky which is why the Virga 2 has so much space inside. The suspension on the Blaze is good enough to comfortably handle 40+ pound loads when necessary, but the pack is light enough to still be a legit choice for lightweight trail hiking. No Coupon Necessary. The frame, in combination with the patent-pending fully adjustable Re-Fit hip belt and the molded foam back panel, lets the pack comfortably carry up to 50 lbs. I also love the pack which I have continued to use for many hikes in the White Mountains. The Granite Gear Blaze Backpack is a 60-liter pack that’s available in men’s and women’s models. It's also brown/red and pretty badass looking. 60, boasts our patent-pending fully adjustable Re-Fit hip belt, our new and innovative Air-Current Mark 2 compression molded PP frame sheet with molded foam back panel, and bonus lid (removable), all while weighing in at 2.2lbs. However, some people value added comfort and are willing to accept the additional weight penalty this padding incurs. Free Shipping over $200. Backpack Reviews, Granite Gear, How to Choose, Ultralight Backpacking Gear Reviews. The measured weight is 3.24 lbs total, 3 lbs 3.8 oz, 1470 grams for the size Regular. The A.C. frame lets you lock in your fit precisely to your torso size. Weight 2 lbs, 2 oz . Specs. The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a frameless 54L backpack and the lightest weight overnight backpack that Granite Gear makes, weighing just 19 ounces in a size regular. Dual density shoulder harness with load-lifter straps, removable sternum strap. # granitegear. What sets this pack apart from our other heavy haulers is the weight. This new and improved successor to the classic Crown V.C. Philip Werner Granite Gear Crown 2 vs the Osprey Exos: And the winner is …? Disclosure: Philip Werner has been reviewing Granite Gear backpacks for several years and has received free sample gear from the company in the past (in addition to purchasing Granite Gear products out of his own pocket). He was under no obligation to write this article and the views it contains are entirely his own.Â. This is a significant difference and is particularly important if you are heading out on longer multi-day trips where you will be carrying extra weight in the form of food and water for example. Built to go the distance with comfort and durability, the Blaze 60 weighs only three pounds with a 50-pound load rating, making it an ideal lightweight pack for long trail hikers who may need to carry more water, food or gear. Verdict This 60-liter top-loader is lighter (by pounds) than a standard internal frame, but not so spartan that it sacrifices the support, comfort, and stability I want for multiday trips. 60, boasts our patent-pending fully adjustable Re-Fit hip belt, our new and innovative Air-Current Mark 2 compression molded PP frame sheet with molded foam back panel, and bonus lid (removable), all while weighing in at 2.2lbs. 3 unisex and 2 women's, adjustable: 45+ lbs. It comes with large zippered hip belt pockets, an optional top lid, and an adjustable-length hip belt which makes it nearly perfect for overnight and multi-day backpacking in a wide range of locales and conditions. Despite its decently lightweight build, the Granite Gear Blaze 60 is exceptionally comfortable. This alone will be enough to convince some people to go for the Crown2 but there are a few other significant differences. They responded, ‘where will you be in 3 days?’. Bushclass I. Price $200.00. The storage system is a large main compartment with a roll-top closure, a mammoth mesh front pocket that runs the full height of the pack, and two mesh side pockets that are large enough to carry 1-liter water bottles and softer items. What we don’t: Comfort suffers under loads greater than 35 pounds and thin fabrics require care. Load up your pack with Packing It Out's Seth Orme. For marginally more weight, you get a pack that has nearly the same features, but can comfortably carry up to 50 lbs and is a little more adjustable. The Blaze also has the side zip to be able to dig deep into your pack without unpacking, but that’s pointless for me as I use a waterproof bag liner. The old model did not. 60, boasts our patent-pending fully adjustable Re-Fit hip belt, our new and innovative Air-Current Mark 2 compression molded PP frame sheet with molded foam back panel, and bonus lid (removable), all while weighing in at 2.2lbs. I recommend you spend a little extra and get the Granite Gear Blaze 60. And given the Blaze's flimsier-looking shoulder and hipbelt straps, it seemed unlikely that it could compete. They have similar features and use similar materials so it can be a little confusing trying to work out which pack is best for you. Granite Gear Leopard VC 46l Reg Multi Day Backpack Bleumine/blue Frost/chromium. During my PCT planning, I knew there were long carries that would necessitate extra food and water; I wanted a pack rated for higher weights. $23.15 shipping. HYPERLITE-MOUNTAIN-GEAR: Shop our Bestsellers. With 60 liters of carrying capacity, the Blaze 60 can over 50 pounds of gear, food, and water. Weighing 48 ounces, this is the backpack that I recommend for hikers who are just starting to lighten their gear and want a pack that weighs less than 3 pounds, but not at the expense of comfort, convenience, and durability. Bushcraft Friend. When ordering these accessories, I’d advise you to purchase them from Granite Gear directly since they’re often not stocked by retailers or because retailers often mix up the models and will send you the wrong product. This Crown2 60gets big plus points for its weight, but its modest suspension and inability to carry heavier loads make it one of our lower scorers. The Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 is just about as lightweight (maybe 4 ounces more), but looks a tad more durable. The adjustable frame has specific adjustment points to lock in your exact torso size. Granite Gear Blaze 60: 4.5: $270: 60L/3,660 c.i. Introducing the all-new Granite Gear Crown2 60, an ultralight yet ultra-comfortable multi-day pack. Update: Granite Gear has released an update to the Crown VC 60, called the Crown2 60. Granite Gear introduces the Blaze 60 multi-day hiking backpack, an update to their original, award-winning Blaze A.C. 60. Under the lid is a versatile roll-top closure. BACKCOUNTRY.COM: New Year's Discounts: Save up to 60% Off Best-Sellers at Backcountry.com! (Vapor Current) mark 2 Frame with 35lb (15kg) load rating. While the Crown 2 is a roll-top backpack, it comes with an optional top lid, that has a top zippered pocket that you can use if necessary. The adjustable frame created a perfect fit for me. Is it Warmer to Sleep Naked in a Sleeping Bag? It’s also going to be a bit less durable than Granite Gear’s other packs so you’re going to have to treat it gently. They expressed shipped me a new pack Gratis! $199.95. It also has two tightly woven mesh pockets on the sides of the pack for storing water bottles and a large mesh front pocket for storing additional gear that you want at hand so you don’t have top ope… The body alone is 3.02 lbs, 3 lbs 0 oz or 1370 grams. ULA Circuit vs. OUTDOOR-RESEARCH.COM: Save 25% during out Holiday Clearance Sale! The Blaze also has an adjustable frame so you can resize the torso length to fit your body size, which is the most important variable in getting a well-fitting and comfortable pack. I love both packs. 60is as light as you could go for a heavy-duty pack. The lighter weight Crown2 is designed to carry up to 15kg while the Blaze is designed to carry up to 22.7kg. Joined Mar 13, 2012 Messages 2,575 Likes 11,228. This new and improved successor to the classic Crown V.C. Backpacking the White Mountain 4000 Footers Guidebook, 1,000 Reasons to Explore the Uinta Mountains. I put 7500+ miles on my first Granite Gear Blaze AC 60; I loved the pack so much that when I decided to finally semi-retire her I bought this identical replacement. With 60 liters (3,660 cubic inches) of internal storage, the Crown VC can carry a lot of gear and food. Granite Gear backpacks are also laid out in an ultralight style with lots of external mesh pockets. Lightest. $104.96. Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 Backpacks. In simple terms, if you want a fast and light pack then the Crown2 is the best option. The Crown 2 has a two-component frame. Does anyone have experience with them? Price: $200 Weight: 2 lbs. Not sure whether I somehow poked it or it wore out. The Blaze is about half again as heavy as the Crown2, which is significant, while the Blaze also has more features and is designed to carry about 10 pounds more weight. Crown 2 60L. Born in the boundary waters. Several of the Granite Packs listed above come with the option to replace the shoulder straps for different sized individuals. $200. The air flow on this frame has also been improved for added comfort. I got it up to 35 pounds on a few occasions and was not happy. The hip belt and the contoured shoulder pads are moderately padded without going overboard, and load lifters, hips belt stabilizers, and an adjustable sternum strap are also included. I used a Granite Gear Crown 2 on my 2018 AT thru hike. (Vapour Current) while the Blaze uses the A.C. (Air Current). The assumption is that you will be storing most of your day time gear, water, and food in the open, external pockets so you don’t have to stop and dig around in your pack to find them. 8 oz. The Blaze uses the new A.C. (Air Current) frame which allows for vertical adjustability for a better fit. Ends 12/31, DARN-TOUGH: Uncompromised Comfort, Fit and Durability In Every Pair Of Darn Tough Socks - Free Shipping On Orders Of 2+. 4 oz. Bu… Introducing the all-new Granite Gear Crown2 60, an ultralight yet ultra-comfortable multi-day pack. The Crown 2 also has large sewn-on hip belt pockets, a huge improvement over previous generations of Granite Gear packs which required the purchase of clunky add-on pockets. I’ll start off by admitting that I was initially concerned when I took the Blaze out of its packaging. This new and improved successor to the classic Crown V.C. The lighter weight Crown2 is designed to carry up to 15kg while the Blaze is designed to carry up to 22.7kg. for ultralight loads, the frame sheet can be removed lowering the weight to 1.7lbs. The Crown2 uses thinner padding on both the shoulder straps and hip-belt which shaves off weight but some would argue it reduces comfort in doing so. This is arguably the major difference between the two packs. Granite Gear Crown 2 60 Overview. There are on… Materials: 100D High-tenacity nylon with NeverWet liquid repelling treatment & 210D High-tenacity ripstop nylon with NeverWet liquid repelling treatment, Frame: V.C. I do prefer the roll top of the Crown 2 vs. the draw string closure of the Blaze. See Also: SectionHiker Review of the Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack. The HDPE frame is specifically designed to maintain structural integrity without additional load. (This is the industry standard approach to volume measurement, although it’s not used by most cottage backpack manufacturers.) The Blaze 60 is built to go the distance, comfortably and tailored to you. This site uses cookies to provide and improve your shopping experience. $199.95 New. All Rights Reserved. The GG Crown2 is much lighter and a bit less expensive than the Blaze and is also a terrific pack. The highly adjustable, dual density Re-Fit hipbelt system is the same on both too. (22.7 kg) load rating. How do you decide between two award winning packs with seemingly similar stats? 2 men's and women's: 35-40 lbs. No duplication of photos, maps, or text without permission. Granite Gear Blaze 60L Women's Backpack - Editor's Choice 2019. Sure, the weight of the Crown 2 is lighter than the Exos, but the Airspeed suspension that the Exos has is dreamy. I do prefer the roll top of the Crown 2 vs. the draw string closure of the Blaze. (Vapour Current) frame designed for a focus on fast and light activities and it is removable for those wanting to shed extra grams where possible. Sleeping Pad, Feathered Friends Flicker 40 Quilt Sleeping Bag, HydroBlu Versa Flow Water Filter w/CNOC Reservoir, Weight: 36.7 ounces /1140 g – pack (total), 2.6 ounces / 74 g – removable/optional top lid, Weight: 48 ounces (total), 2.8 oz optional top lid. © 2020 Ultralight Outdoor Gear. Love their customer service. More. The listed weights for the Granite Gear Blaze 60 Pack - Men's, are for the body (without lid). This is important to know when sizing a Granite Gear Backpack because there’s an excellent chance that it will hold a lot more gear than you expect, inside, or strapped to the outside using external compression straps. It has 3 torso size options, ranging between 2.26 lbs. Free Shipping and Returns. or Best Offer. TheCrown V.C. 4 models Granite Gear Crown2 60L Backpack - Women's (2) $199.95 Final Sale. Required fields are marked *. Simpler design and bigger buckles means less can go wrong with the bag. You’ve hit upon some key differences between Granite Gear’s Blaze 60 and Crown2 60, but also, the Blaze 60 has adjustment points on the frame for dialing in the torso length fit. Concerned the strap could tear out leaving me in a difficult carrying situation, I called Granite Gear customer support. Our take At just over 2 pounds, this Granite Gear stripped-down pack has the best volume-to-weight ratio of any we tested. Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited Registered office Unit 2 Tees Valley Court, Glenarm Road, Wynyard Business Park, Wynyard, TS22 5FE, United Kingdom, 60 Litres / Internal framesheet / Hydration Compatible / Designed to carry upto 15kg, 60 Litres / Internal framesheet / Hydration Compatible / Designed to carry upto 22.7kg. Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack Tiger/Moonmist Long Torso. This year my PCT thru hike attempt was unfortunately cut short due to the Covid epidemic. Re-Fit fully adjustable (from 26 - 42in), dual density hip belt, Dual large hip belt pockets with DWR treated zippers, Roll-top main compartment opening with centered dual strap and singular buckle for quick access and easy compression, Removable lid has a compartment with DWR treated zipper, Hydration port & internal hydration sleeve, Specific Adjustment points to lock in your exact torso size.