Rating: 5 / 5
I'll also give the Crown a solid thumb's up. It's a no-nonsense, lightweight pack that performs well. I find it quite comfortable, and it sort of fades from consciousness with 25 lbs in it. Its lightweight framesheet moves with you, so it feels more like wearing clothing than other packs that stand off the back. I stuff a small sit-pad into the framesheet pocket for convenience, but this also stiffens the pack somewhat. I find it easy to throw more weight to the shoulders or hips with a few adjustments. Easy to expand the pack (by unrolling the top further), or reduce the pack in size with the compression cords all around the pack. The large mesh pockets left and right easily accept a Gatorade water bottle, the back mesh pocket swallows a wet tent fly, but this is really "a big sack" type of backpack, which will have you unrolling and rolling the top for whatever's not on the outside of the pack. I found it necessary to add some storage onto the hipbelt, for items I needed to access frequently. Since the pack seems to have no "bad habits,", is made of top quality materials, carries 60L in comfort, for only 2 lbs, I think it deserves a 5-star rating.