Granite Gear has been building packs specific to the needs of long distance hikers since 2003 when we introduced the award winning Vapor Trail and Nimbus Ozone, winning Backpacker’s coveted Editor’s Choice award, as well as the respect of the long distance hiking community. Our objective has stayed the same! Develop and build packs that are as light as possible while still offering optimal comfort, suspension, compression and exceptional durability.
Like its predecessors, The Blaze AC 60 Ki is Spartan in its simplicity and features our engineered AirCurrent suspension. The AirCurrent suspension consists of a 3-dimensionally molded alloyed frame, our quickest torso length adjustment system, padded shoulder straps, and a swappable hip belt for a custom fit. The AC frame has molded air channels, works in conjunction with a molded foam pad and durable stretch mesh to aid in venting heat and moisture away from the back; allowing for natural evaporative cooling. The pack body is a simple, lidless top loader with a tall spindrift opening that can be cinched and rolled down tight for weather resistance and also expanded when extra space is needed. The arched Line-Loc compression system allows the load to be cinched tight in every direction (side, front, and top) as well as allowing additional gear to be lashed to the pack. The Line-Loc cord can easily be replaced if it wears out from extended use. Durable and versatile stretch mesh pockets on the bottom of the pack sides work well for water bottles, while the tall front center pocket is great for damp tarps or ultralight tents.
The Granite Gear Women's Blaze AC 60 Ki Pack. An ultralight top loader with large stretch side pockets and a mammoth stretch woven front pocket. The Air Current frame (A.C.) features adjustable torso length and allows air-flow through engineered channels.
The Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Ki pack for women combines Spartan simplicity with a well-engineered suspension and 40 lb. capacity for the ultimate in lightness, comfort and ease of use.
|Adjustable torso:||55 liters|
|Awards:||2011 Award Winners|
|Backpack Features:||Top Loader|
|Backpack Style:||Multi-Day Pack|
|Capacity:||60 liters | 3660 cubic inches|
|Fits torso:||60 liters|
|Fits waist/hips:||3,350 cubic inches|
|Frame material:||2 lbs. 11 oz.|
|Gear capacity (L):||Ultralight backpack|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Ultralight backpack|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Load Capacity:||35lbs | 16kg|
|Material:||100D Ripstop, 210D Nylon Cordura Stretch Mesh Fabric|
|Max Load Capacity:||35 lb / 16 kg|
|Number of exterior pockets:||Yes|
|Number of stays:||2 lbs. 14 oz.|
|Pack Size:||3000-3999 cu in|
|Pack loading:||1.3 kilograms|
|Raincover included:||18 - 22 inches|
|Sleeping bag compartment:||14 - 18 inches|
|Suspended mesh back panel:||1.22 kilograms|
|Suspension:||Air Current (A.C.) Internal Frame|
|Torso Length:||18-22" / 46-56 cm|
|Torso Sizes:||short | regular|
|Volume:||3660 cubic inches / 60 liter|
|Weight:||2 lbs 14 oz / 1.3 kg|
|Weight - metric:||Yes|
I have been a huge granite gear fan for many years. I have had a total of 5 packs from these guys and this is the best so far. The new suspension system and air flow system are the best that I have used so far. The pack is layer out really well. The water bottle pocket are deep and can be used for lots of things (fly rod, sandals, water bottles, ect. The front stretch pocket is huge. I ended up putting my tent rain fly in there to help it dry drying the day. The compression straps are all 550 military grade para cord. It look thin, but I have not problem on the 8 trips the pack has been on. I did wish that it came with a lid. Granite Gear do make a lid add on and I got. Glad I did it add a little extra storage for headlamps, map, snacks, ect. I love this pack and would recommend it over and over.
A co worker of mine actually got to use my pack before i did. and we have the same opinion of it. in my opinion its one of the best packs i've used when it comes to weight distribution. my male co worker took it hitchhiking from Ontario Canada to the east coast. and with a pack on your back for an extended length of time, the option to distribute the weight from your shoulders to your hips or a mix of the two, is a life saver. i have only used it once, and compared to old packs i am very happy with this one. the only downfall i found was the hydration pocket is very tight. its hard to stuff even a 1L bladder in it. it's possible! but very stressing on the bladder.
pros: lightweight, beyond adjustable
cons: small hydration pocket
I have the men's version of this and love it. All areas of the pack are crazy adjustable and it swallows gear. I can easily fit all my gear and a Bear Vault BV500 (stuffed with smaller gear, stove, food, etc.) inside the main pack, with all my essential easy-access gear stowed in the outer pockets.
Lightweight and very durable, wished I had had this on my 70 mile Uinta hike!. 3lbs verses 5.5 lbs.