Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60
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Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 on 02/08/2012 17:23:19 MST Print View

I'm not in the market for a new pack, but I've been curious about this replacement for the venerable Vapor Trail. It looks like backcountrygear.com has them on sale now. Has anyone used one?

Justice Baker
(jkokbaker) - M

Locale: Central Oregon
Bought one on 02/11/2012 00:27:36 MST Print View

I bought one today on basegear.com with 20% off, should be here next week, can not wait to see it.

Michael Schwartz
(greenwalk) - MLife

Locale: PA & Ireland
Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 on 02/11/2012 05:42:11 MST Print View

Justice, I am looking forward to your first impressions, especially of the new suspension system and how the pack feels against your back. I'm sure others will be interested too. --Mike

Justice Baker
(jkokbaker) - M

Locale: Central Oregon
Re: Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 on 02/14/2012 14:18:34 MST Print View

I will have it tomorrow evening when I get home.

Nathan V
(Junk) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lake State
Re: Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 on 02/14/2012 15:17:05 MST Print View

There is a pretty thorough review at Sectionhiker.com.

http://sectionhiker.com/granite-gear-crown-vc-60-backpack/

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Alaska
Obligatory New Pack Pictures on 02/23/2012 15:55:06 MST Print View

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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Obligatory New Pack Pictures on 02/23/2012 16:20:10 MST Print View

Very nice - what torso size did you get?

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Alaska
Re: Re: Obligatory New Pack Pictures on 02/23/2012 16:27:11 MST Print View

I went with a regular torso. It fits 18-21 inches, and I'm at 19.5, so the fit is great. I've always found granite gear packs (at least the ones I've tried) to be super comfortable, and the Crown is no exception.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Obligatory New Pack Pictures on 02/23/2012 16:47:31 MST Print View

Aaron - is there any way that you might be able to do a favor for me? I am curious as to the measured distance between the top of the hipbelt and where the shoulder harness attaches to the main bag. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Alaska
Re: Re: Re: Re: Obligatory New Pack Pictures on 02/23/2012 17:07:14 MST Print View

No prob, David. From where the shoulder harness attaches to the top part of the hip belt is 15 inches.

Edited by aaronufl on 02/23/2012 18:34:06 MST.

Arn Aarreberg
(aarrebea) - M

Locale: Northern Bay Area, CA
can it hold a bear can? on 02/23/2012 18:50:01 MST Print View

Aaron, from you pictures the pack looks pretty big, how do you think it would carry a bear can? I have been drooling over this pack, it fits my needs perfectly if it can carry a full size bear vault with other low volume gear.

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Alaska
bear can on 02/23/2012 19:13:08 MST Print View

Arn,

In the pic I have a BV450 inside and it fits easily. a BV500 or other full size can would be no problem. If needed, the extension collar gives plenty of extra space too.

Another nice feature is being able to take out the framesheet when you don't need it (aka, when I finally go somewhere where I don't have to haul a bear can).

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Re: Obligatory New Pack Pictures on 02/23/2012 19:31:18 MST Print View

Thanks Aaron.

Arn Aarreberg
(aarrebea) - M

Locale: Northern Bay Area, CA
RE: Bear can on 02/23/2012 19:36:01 MST Print View

Aaron,

Awesome! Thanks for the info. I think I may be adding this pack to my collection in the near future.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
suspension padding on 02/23/2012 20:33:06 MST Print View

Looks like they thinned out the hipbelt padding and probably saved some weight. That's a plus in my book. Their old one was pretty cushy... unnecessarily so. I've always wondered why so many manufacturers and consumers think extra thickness= extra comfort? Thinner is more flexible = more form fitting around the curvature of your iliac crest. Good stuff!

shane sibert
(grinder) - F

Locale: P.N.W
hydration pocket on 02/24/2012 12:03:19 MST Print View

How tight is the interior hydration pocket? I had to modify my Blaze AC (which appears very similar) hydration sleeve to get a full 3 liter bladder in it.

Edited by grinder on 02/24/2012 12:04:29 MST.

Kevin Greene
(kgreene)
expansion collar? on 03/01/2012 16:30:58 MST Print View

I currently use a GG ozone that I like a lot. I use the expansion collar on it frequently...can someone with a crown measure the max volume from the expansion collar? (I'd love to see a picture of it packed as high up as possible!)

Also if anyone has also used the ozone also I'd love to hear a comparison between the two packs (volume and load carrying comfort especially).

thanks!

Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: bear can on 03/01/2012 17:48:36 MST Print View

It will fit a bear canister, but horizontally or vertically? And if horizontally, anywhere in the pack?

I have the old Vapor Trail and my older Bearikade (10.5" long compared to the newer weekender that is 10" long) and it will fit horizontal in the bottom, but only after insertion vertically.

Thanks for your help
Steve

Ryan Krause
(rmkrause)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: bear can on 03/30/2012 20:22:36 MDT Print View

I just tried the it with a Backpackers Cache 812 and a Bearvault 500. The BC812 will fit horizontally anywhere in the pack. On the other hand, the BV500 refused to go horizontally anywhere in the pack. Either one seemed just fine vertically.

Edited by rmkrause on 03/30/2012 20:24:44 MDT.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
sizing on 07/31/2012 10:08:47 MDT Print View

I am a 6 foot male skinny 150 pounds.

Should i order the long torso?

What size hipbelt should i get, do i get to choose for free upon ordering from REI or maybe backcountry.com?