Built to carry burdens and give you joys
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Regular
This pack is a total tank. I live in MN and love to camp in the winter. I purposely loaded this pack to 52 pounds. The weight rating of 50 pounds and I did not feel weighed down at all. The really stiff backboard really helps hold the weight close to your back and keep your posture upright.
I own an Osprey Atmos and carries no where near as comfortable for this amount of weight. The greatest part of this pack is that the Blaze is only 3 lbs. It is mind blowing to have such a lightweight pack carry such a heavy load. The GG Blaze is really in a tier of its own for weight and ability to carry 40-50 or more. Nothing compares.
The cinch straps are great and I carry my snowshoes and tent on the outside. Ive even cinched 20 pounds of wood to my pack to make sure I had dry wood for a weekend trip here in the MN winters.
It has a compartment zipper on the side to pull everything you need out without having to pull from the top so I can get straight to the bottom of my pack if need be.
The top lid is small but can be used by itself for daytrips. The hip pockets are big and easily accesible.
I literally cannot think of anything wrong with this pack, There is no backpack that is even in its realm of competition. Packs that carry heavy weights are usually 4-7 lb packs. The fact the Blaze carries such and is 3 lbs speaks volumes to the innovation Granite Gear brings.
The Blaze may not feel as comfy as an Osprey, but you cannot beat this for heavy winter loads. I enjoyed the stiffness of the Blaze because it really helps align your spine and keep proper posture even when exhausted.
My Osprey will now become my 3 season pack and my Blaze is now my late fall/Winter pack.