Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack

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Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack
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What makes a backpack 'next-level'? The term is thrown around season after season. Sometimes it's convincing, sometimes it's not. With the Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Backpack, it's as if you're wearing an experimental pack dropped off on our planet by trail-conquering extraterrestrials. The Crown V.C. 60 solves the weight vs. durability conundrum by implementing water-resistant SilSeal Cordura nylon, an excellent material for fast and furious peak-bagging or scraping against canyon walls. Granite Gear also knows that you're cutting zippers and straps just to save grams, so it reduced the overall buckle size and strap length.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Removable frame has a full length, die-cut HDPE sheet that supports loads up to 35 lbs.

Insulation:

  • The Crown V.C. weight just 2 lb. 2oz. and removing the frame drops the weight down to 1 lb. 13 oz.

Frame:

  • Compatible with vapor current air beam frame
  • Removable frame sheds even more weight

Sizing:

  • Fixed, sized torso lengths

Comfort:

  • Full HDPE die-cut sheet goes all the way up to the load lifters for comfort with loads up to 30 lb.

Pockets:

  • Pack exterior sports light and effective LineLoc compression, a voluminous stretch-mesh front pocket and stretch-mesh side pockets
  • Stretch pockets on shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds
  • Hip-belt attachment points allow you to attach a hip-belt pocket (sold separately)
  • Stretch mesh shoulder pocket suitable for storing small electronics or snacks

Lining and Layers:

  • Line-Loc compression boasts three-way compression and is easily replaceable

Fabric:

  • 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
  • Constructed with ultralight 100 denier Sil-Nylon hybrid cordura fabric, proven to go the distance

Padding:

  • Hipbelt and shoulder straps feature dual-density padding and narrow webbing straps; shoulder strap has a built in stretch-mesh pocket
  • Padded rolling stay

Ventilation:

  • Vapor Current foam back panel features a matrix of molded channels that ventilate while keeping the pack close to your back

Hydration:

  • Internal pocket holds hydration reservoir (sold separately) for hands-free drinking on the trail
  • Hydration ports and internal hydration sleeve

Straps:

  • Roll top closure secures with two straps and provides quick access to your gear
  • Extended overflow crossover straps
  • strap wraps

Suspension:

  • 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

Features:

  • interchangeable belts
  • Tool loops
  • Concerned with weight? The Crown V.C. weighs in at an unprecedented 2 lbs, 2 oz.
  • Compatible with Granite Gear LineLoc lid (sold separately)
  • Roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes
  • Top loading design features a secure roll-top closure that provides easy access to the main compartment
Gearx

The successor to the cult classic Granite Gear Vapor Trail, with upgrades! Introducing the Crown 60, with Vapor Current Suspension technology. Weighing less than the Vapor Trail at 2 lbs, 2 oz (1 lb 13 oz with frame removed), the Crown 60 is a top loader with a secure roll-top closure that provides easy access. The simple lidless design can be upgraded with our optional LineLoc lid.


Vapor Current is the name we gave to our newest suspension. At first glance, you’ll notice the ventilation channels molded into the cushy back pad. These channels allow air to circulate from bottom to top, taking advantage of convection to aid in evaporative cooling. This facilitates circulation without shifting the pack’s center of gravity away from your back. Beneath the molded foam, the VC frame has a full length (all the way up to the load lifters), HDPE die-cut sheet that supports loads up to 35 lbs.

The frame itself is removable so the pack can be used for ultralight loads without the frame. The belt and shoulder straps feature dual density padding and new narrow webbing straps. The shoulder strap has a built in stretch mesh pocket, and the belt has the capacity to accept our optional hip belt pockets. Vapor Current packs are fixed (non adjustable) torso packs that come in sizes: Short, Regular in women’s models and Regular and Long in the men’s version.

Weight: .96 kg | 2lbs 2oz.
Capacity: 60 liters | 3660 cubic inches.
Suspension: Vapor Current (V.C.) Internal Frame.
Load Capacity: 35lbs | 16kg

Materials.

100D Ripstop.
210D Nylon Cordura.
Stretch Mesh Fabric

Features.

Backcountry Edge

A revamped incarnation of the award-winning Vapor Trail, the Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 sports an innovative lightweight suspension, trail-friendly organizational features and a weight of just over 2 pounds! This combination of features is ideal for ultra-lightweight backpacking and thru-hiking.


REI

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.

Imported.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
An evolution in backpack design, the Granite Gear Crown V.C. allows you to pack all your gear, or strip out the suspension and travel ultralight.
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Access:Top Loading
Activity:Backpacking
Adjustable torso:60 liters
Backpack Features:Top Loader
Backpack Style:Multi-Day Pack
Capacity:3660 cu in / 60 L (Regular); 4000 cu in / 65 L
Detachable Daypack:No
Fits Torso:Regular: 18"-21" Long: 21"-25"
Fits waist/hips:3,660 cubic inches
Frame Material:Removable HDPE die-cut framesheet
Frame type:Backpacking
Gear capacity (L):Ultralight backpack
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Ultralight backpack
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Item Weight:Regular: 2 lb 2 oz
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:100D Sil-Nylon Hybrid Cordura and 210D Cordura reinforcements
Max Load Capacity:35 lbs / 16 kg
Maximum Weight:35 lbs
Number of exterior pockets:No
Number of stays:2 lbs. 4 oz.
Pack Fabric (Primary):210D Cordura
Pack Size:3000-3999 cu in
Pack access:No
Pack loading:1.02 kilograms
Raincover included:21 - 25 inches
Recommended Use:Ultra-Lightweight Multi-Day Backpacking and Thru-Hiking
Sleeping bag compartment:18 - 21 inches
Sternum Strap:Yes; Adjustable Position
Suspended mesh back panel:0.96 kilograms
Torso Adjustment:No
Torso Length:Regular 18-21 in.Long 21-25 in.
Trip Length:Extended Trip (>3 nights)
Type:Internal Frame Backpack
Ultralight:Internal
Volume:Regular 3660 cu. in.Long 4000 cu. in.
Volume Range:60-69 liters
Warranty:Lifetime
Weight:Regular 2 lb. 2 oz.Long 2 lb. 4 oz.
Weight - metric:Yes
Weight Capacity:30-50 lb.
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Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I’ll preface this review with my cut and paste statement that I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite National Park. Nearly all of the products I take the time to review have seen at least a half a season, if not more, of use... and I’m committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like I’ve really gotten to know a product. *This review is an exception. I've had the pack on a couple short hikes (4 miles) to kick the tires and form a relatively informed opinion since my season in Yosemite doesn't start for another month or so. I wanted to get a solid review up to help out people looking for a nice, lightweight pack.* I never thought I’d bother to write reviews, but I’ve recently decided that since I’ve spent so much time over these last many years reading reviews, and finding a tremendous amount of value in articulate and well-informed opinions, that I wanted to give back to the community. So, with that being said, here we go...
I've had a few Granite Gear packs and so far my favorite is likely the Nimbus Latitude. I wrote up a review on it, although the pack is long discontinued, so the review is a slightly meaningless. This pack, after really putting some months and miles on it, may very well be my new favorite. Its about a pound lighter than the Nimbus, and while it doesn't accommodate a bear can quite as well as the Nimbus, it does a fine job. However, after playing with a few setups I've finally come up with an optimal solution.
Upon first putting the pack on I was immediately happy with the torso length. I ordered a long, as I not only have a long torso... but I prefer to keep nearly all the weight off my shoulders. However, I also immediately noticed that where the top of the two shoulder straps are sewn to the pack they are quite close together, leaving anyone with a wide neck having to deal with quite a bit of abrasion from the straps rubbing the sides of their neck at the base. I have a relatively long, narrow neck... and even with a couple fingers space between my shoulders and the straps I still am aware of the proximity of the shoulder straps, though abrasion isn't an issue. If one was so inclined they might find a great solution in cutting up a fleece (or using some sheepskin seatbelt cover) to place over the shoulder straps for comfort.
The pack sits very nicely on my waist, and distributes weight very well. With the pack filled to about 30 pounds or so with my normal kit (including food, etc) it tucked into my lower back very well, and other than my issue with the shoulder straps the pack was very, very comfortable. However, very important to note is that as of this moment the waist belts for this pack are quite oversized. I have a 34" waist or so... and the men's medium belt just barely fits with it cinched as tight as it will go. Keep that in mind when ordering a pack.
The quality of the pack itself is fantastic. The stitching and fabric are top notch, and the pack itself looks and feels bombproof. The removable, internal backpanel feels quite flimsy, and that's a bit misleading. If you're skilled at packing your pack well, and keep it tight, then you'll find the pack's seeming lack of structure only an illusion. The pack holds its shape well when packed properly, and melds to your back perfectly, while keeping weight distributed very well.
As for bear cans... here's a quick bit of info. I carry both Garcias and BV500s depending on the trip and clients. I've always preferred to pack the can horizontally inside the top of my pack, and while that's possible to do with a Garcia in this pack... a BV500 will not really fit well horizontally. You can force it, but it stresses the fabric and stitching way past what is reasonable. I spent an hour or two hiking around four miles with my full kit and a Garcia inside, and the pack did very well. However, I found the best setup is to pack all my standard gear which fills the pack to a few inches below the top of the backpanel, then close the rolltop and use the two clips to secure it. Then take the bear can, place it firmly on top of the closed rolltop, then use the two top straps to secure the bear can on top. This has a really beneficial side effect - it creates tension between the top of the rolltop, below the backpanel, and the top straps. This pulls the internal backpanel upwards toward the back of the bear can and makes the pack more structured, which not only lifts the shoulders straps further off your shoulders, helping to solve the abrasion issue mentioned earlier, but it also helps tighten the entire pack and load which helps distribute the load into your lower back and waist. The moment I tried this setup the difference was obvious... and it'll be the setup I use this upcoming season.
Since this is an early review I very well might come back in a few months and ass a few notes or an update to this review.
All in all... this is a fantastic pack, and very comfortable given its incredibly light weight. It's definitely another piece of gear that reflects Granite Gear's great design philosophy... and the quality of their products.

Banning Lyon at Backcountry.com on 04/09/2012

Great 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.
Johan at REI on 09/09/2013

Great UL pack w/ a couple of caveats

PROS:
-Very lightweight.
-Simple roll-top closure provides reasonable waterproofing.
-Exterior stretch pockets are very accommodating (a full body SLR on the left, two large water bottles on the right in my case).
-Attractive design.
-A real hip belt and shoulder straps capable of bearing moderate loads (a rarity in a pack of this weight).

CONS:
-Frame sheet is so flimsy that compressing the load or using the load lifters warps the sheet, potentially affecting the comfort of the load.
-Ventilated back provides inadequate air circulation.
-Accessing the pack requires the unfastening four buckles.

Reflections:
I bought this to replace an Osprey Exos 46, which I could not get to fit (falling between a medium and a large). I preferred the AirSpeed suspension / back panel on the Exos, which provides truly useful air circulation and makes for a rigid pack that will not change shape as you load it. On the other hand, the AirSpeed frame it also consumes some of the pack volume and will do the same inside a suitcase (whereas the Crown VC 60 lays almost perfectly flat--a real advantage if you want to pack it for air travel).

The principal advantages of the Crown VC 60 are the hip belt and the shoulder straps, which I found at once more substantial and more comfortable. I prefer the elegant simplicity of the Crown VC 60, as well--but that's merely a matter of taste.

My biggest disappointment with the Crown is undoubtedly the flimsiness of the frame sheet. UL purists won't mind, but I probably would have purchased the Granite Gear Blaze if I had to do it over again. I opted for the Crown because I preferred the roll-top closure over the Blaze's "open" top and because I hoped that the ventilated back panel would work. Nevertheless, I'm quite happy with the pack and look forward to wearing it out.
WICaniac at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2012

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.
beemstroll at REI on 09/09/2012

Great pack. I have the crown 60 and a nimbus meridian. There is no beating the comfort, quality and ease of Granite Gear. The Crown 60 is comfortable for me up to about 32-34 lbs. the weight and durability of the pack feel unreal. Other packs of this weight feel like they'll disintegrate while the crown 60 feels like it could be dragged behind a horse fully loaded without a mark. The weight of the pack sits so close to the body, it becomes a part of your body and the pack is unnoticeable when carrying weights under 30lbs. Above that weight, the straps begin to dig a little bit. (nimbus meridian is comfortable for me up to 50lbs and becomes more invisible the longer you hike). The crown 60 is the perfect pack for summer. The 4 clip closure top is simple, but somewhat annoying if you need to access the internal contents often. However, the stretchy outside pockets are plentiful and efficient for quick access and stowing.

Trevor at Backcountry.com on 04/01/2012

Want 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.
Oreo23 at REI on 11/11/2013

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.
ganj at REI on 06/06/2013

VERY COMFORTABLE

This is the first pack I have used that is just plain comfortable all day. I am able to use the hipbelt effectively to take the weight off my shoulders and upper back. So far, I have been using it on day hikes with up to 18 lbs. By the end of the day, I cannot even feel that I've had a pack on my back. I love the simplicity of it, no unnecessary straps and add ons. It feels very durable and rigid for such a lightweight backpack. Only came with size Medium hipbelt and I may need to go to Granite Gear to exchange for a size Large.
rdj at REI on 04/04/2012

Well made and versatlile

Looks like a versatile and durable pack. I motorcycle to my trekking adventures so not having a lot of exterior loops and straps is highly desirable along with having easily removeable frame, panel, and hipbelt. I hope it is as durable as claimed, my only concern upon inspection is the few straps there are being rope ties and not heavier duty web straps. EMS will be hearing from me if the ties don't work. Otherwise I would recommend this pack for its versatility for travel and hiking.
Summittier at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013

Carries 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.
Wyrd at REI on 10/10/2012

Negative Reviews:

Light 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.
Patrick1111 at REI on 12/12/2013

Neutral Reviews:

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.
Iago V at REI on 04/04/2012