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
210D Nylon Cordura.
Stretch Mesh Fabric
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.
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.
|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|
|Fits Torso:||Regular: 18"-21" Long: 21"-25"|
|Fits waist/hips:||3,660 cubic inches|
|Frame Material:||Removable HDPE die-cut framesheet|
|Gear capacity (L):||Ultralight backpack|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Ultralight backpack|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Item Weight:||Regular: 2 lb 2 oz|
|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 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 Length:||Regular 18-21 in.Long 21-25 in.|
|Trip Length:||Extended Trip (>3 nights)|
|Type:||Internal Frame Backpack|
|Volume:||Regular 3660 cu. in.Long 4000 cu. in.|
|Volume Range:||60-69 liters|
|Weight:||Regular 2 lb. 2 oz.Long 2 lb. 4 oz.|
|Weight - metric:||Yes|
|Weight Capacity:||30-50 lb.|
Ill 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 Im committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like Ive 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 Id bother to write reviews, but Ive recently decided that since Ive 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.
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.