Granite GearCrown V.C. 60L Backpack

Developed by aliens, perfect for Earth.

What makes a backpack 'next-level'? The term is thrown around season after season. Sometimes it's convincing, sometimes it's not. With the Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Backpack, it's as if you're wearing an experimental pack dropped off on our planet by trail-conquering extraterrestrials. The Crown V.C. 60 solves the weight vs. durability conundrum by implementing water-resistant SilSeal Cordura nylon, an excellent material for fast and furious peak-bagging or scraping against canyon walls. Granite Gear also knows that you're cutting zippers and straps just to save grams, so it reduced the overall buckle size and strap length.

  • Concerned with weight? The Crown V.C. weighs in at an unprecedented 2 lbs, 2 oz.
  • Removable frame sheds even more weight
  • Roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes
  • Line-Loc compression boasts three-way compression and is easily replaceable
  • Vapor Current foam back panel features a matrix of molded channels that ventilate while keeping the pack close to your back
  • Stretch pockets on shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds
  • Hip-belt attachment points allow you to attach a hip-belt pocket (sold separately)
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Not as durable as I expected.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this pack for a 50 mile Grand Canyon hike, but before the end of the hike I had some wear in pack that indicated it was not very durable. I suppose the light weight is partly the reason, but I would not recommend this pack for heavy use, long haul hikes. The pack did ride very well and was quite comfortable. Otherwise a pretty good pack. Reserve it for lite use.

Better than expected!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Ok so I hit 45 years old and decided it was time to go ultralight! I thought I would have to give up some comfort and space. I have been lugging around my Kelty Red Cloud 90 for the last 5 years. It weighs just under 6 lbs empty! When I bought this Granite Gear V.C. 60 I shoved everything I normally take on a 3 day hike and couldn't believe how much space I had left! I love the light weight design of it. I'm 5'10", torso length of 21", 190 lbs. and jean size 34" waist and the regular size with the medium hip belt fit perfectly.
I filled it up and took it on a 6 mile test hike and was impressed by the comfort in the hip and shoulder belts. With all that said here are my cons: The little pocket on the shoulder belt is WAY too high on the shoulder. Almost lost my phone out of it (smaller flip phone). There is no air ventilation through the back area. When I hiked that 6 miler it was about 65 degrees out and the bag was very hot on my back. Lots of sweating.
Overall I really am glad I bought this at discounted price here on

This is the best UL bag on the market!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was lucky enough to win this in a contest from Granite Gear and talk about hitting the jackpot. The suspension system is a 360 degree compression. The pack when loaded with my gear is in the 18-19 LB range and feels like a heavy day pack. The frame sheet can be removed to make this pack unbelievably light at 1 lb 13 oz. This bag is capable of loads up to 35 lbs with the frame sheet, and you can get quite a bit in the main chamber. It has made me be creative and move into the ultralight category with my gear for longer distance travel. This is the best backpack I have ever owned. I used it all summer in the Uintas. I have retired my old pack and I am now a Granite Gear Fan for life!

This is the best UL bag on the market!

Looking to go UL? Look no further.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a landscape photographer, and being able to access remote areas and have the energy to stay out there for days at a time is crucial. Big heavy packs wear me out, and I find myself less than motivated to be creative. I have been looking at UL bags for a while. This is the one that I feel fits my needs for staying in the 25 lb range, but still haul everything I need to survive out there.

I was gifted with this pack, and I honestly had my doubts about it at first. It was so minimal. I did not know where I was going to put everything. But amazingly, by getting creative with my packing, everything fit with room to spare. The mesh pockets on the side and front are bomber, and they hold a lot more than you would think. The main chamber is massive. And the 360 degree compression on the bag is great for setting that load properly.

I have hauled this all over the Uintas for summer 2015. And it was like having a heavy day pack on. And the time getting into areas that normally took 3-4 hours was cut to 2-2.5 hours of walking time. Less need for brakes, and a lot of mileage in a short amount of time. I did Toomset Lake in the Uintas, 5.25 miles each way in 2 hours and some change. And that has a really big up from the junction. The way it carries a load is amazing. And it has far less pressure points and pull on your back than my other pack had. Sometimes I even forgot I was carrying a backpack.

This is now my go to bag. I would not imagine carrying anything else. You can see my web site and see some of the images that I took because this pack got me there this summer. My average weight with this pack was in the 20 lb range depending on what went in the food bag. The best part of this bag is that it does make you think minimalist and not bring the kitchen sink. Which is what backpacking is supposed to be about.

Here is my photography site:

For the price, cubic inch size, and its weight class, I have yet to find another pack that compares for price or quality. The Crown V.C. 60 is the best backpacking bag I have ever owned.

Perfect do-all pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable, if loaded correctly. Since this is not a true-frame pack, your gear needs to provide some rigidity to keep the pack upright. For smaller loads, I simply didn't put my sleeping bag in a stuff sack to provide more pack structure. This pack cinches down small for lighter loads, but can expand HUGE to accommodate larger loads (although I wouldn't carry more than 40lbs for very long). I love the simplicity of this pack. All you get is one huge internal pocket, one large outer stretch pocket, and two water bottle pockets, which is a good thing for me since it provides more internal space and allows me to determine how to organize things, instead of a bunch of smaller pockets that you're left figuring out what will fit. The outer stretch pocket can get huge if needed, I've had rain shell, lunch, hat, two pairs of gloves, two long sleeve shirts, down vest, and two water bottles in there at one time and there was still a little space left. I've had two water bottles and a set of tent poles in the side pockets, as well. This is a wonderful super lightweight all-around-winner backpack. If you want one pack you can use for dayhikes and through hikes, this is the winner.

What size hipbelts come with each size pack available?

Best Answer

Regular = medium & long = large

The Crown V.C. 60 comes with the following default setup when ordered:

Regular Torso - Men’s Medium Belt (30” – 34” Waist)

Long Torso - Men’s Large Belt (34” – 38” Waist)

*Fixed Shoulder Straps are not interchangeable

Torso Lengths:

Regular Torso 18" to 21"

Long Torso 21" to 25"

This should help narrow down which size a person would need when purchasing this pack. Hope this helps.

I've noticed in a couple of videos that there seems to be a device or hook that secures the drinking tube from an hydration pack to the shoulder strap. Before I begin to McGyver a device to do this, is there a device such as this that I can purchase? I have a Camelbak hydration pack with this device already rigged to the shoulder strap but it is not removable. Thanks. I just received my GG vc 60 and I love it already.

Used on AT Thru

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I did the AT with this. It was my first framesheet/frameless-style pack. As long as it was loaded correctly (IE using your stuff to add rigidity and support to the sheet), and not overloaded, it was as comfy as any other pack.

At almost exactly the halfway point of the trail, the buckle connecting the shoulder strap to the pack's main body ripped it's stitches out. Granite Gear sent me a new pack for free promptly as they could with no questions. I should note that the times I did get a chance to weigh my pack with food and water, it was never more than 30 lbs.

I would take this pack on my future thru-hikes if circumstances allow and I still use my replacement. I think it's a great first step towards going frameless because the framesheet has more rigidity than other framesheet style packs such as the Go-Lite Jam.

Should the top of the pack (where the...

Should the top of the pack (where the internal frame ends) cat into the neck when the load lifters are tight? The internal frame has this turn away from the pack (it isn't completely flat). My torso measured in 19in, which should fit in the regular fit. However, when hip-belt, straps, and load lifters are adjusted the frame cuts right into the base of the neck.

The two clips going over the roll top attaching the frame to the stronger green cordura fabric. If these straps are tight and more horizontal than vertical, they will pull that framesheet back. So if it bows, it will do so away from the back of your neck.

If you've got a foam pad under these straps they might not be exerting enough horizontal force (but putting more force in vertical) on the top of the framesheet. Maybe tie the pad elsewhere.

It might also be the case if the top 1' of your pack is empty and all the stuff is on the bottom. In this case those clips wont get tight enough to pull the frame sheet back. To fix this, tighten the compression straps (or chords as they are on this pack) before you add stuff to the pack. This reduces the volume so you can evenly distribute your gear across the vertical length of the pack. This way, if you have some stuff to fill out that top portion, you can get those straps tight enough to pull the frame away from you.

The more stuff you have braced along the length of that framesheet, the comfier the pack will be.

Crown 60

LineLoc Lid

AirBeam Frame

So if I buy a med.,is there any way to get...

So if I buy a med.,is there any way to get a small hipbelt?

We unfortunately do not carry the hip belts separate but if you contact Granite Gear directly I am sure they would be happy to help you out and get you that small size you need.

I'd highly recommend getting the smallest hipbelt they have. I'm a 32 waist and I got a Small hipbelt for this pack that is only about an inch away from being maxed out. I do however wear my pack on the smallest part of my back.

I have a 35 waist, is a med the right...

I have a 35 waist, is a med the right size?

Since all sizes have to accommodate both women and mens frames a Medium is going to actually be a little small for a 36" waist. I suggest picking up a large belt in your case.

Their Med was mazed out on me and I'm a 32. It's got a lot of room for travel. I switched to a small. I think you'd be fine with a Med.

What size belt does the regular come...

What size belt does the regular come with?

We get our packs in Frome Granite Gear with the Mens Medium belt

Where can I buy the inflatable frame?

Where can I buy the inflatable frame?

Best Answer

Hey Ryan Hamblin,

Thanks for the question. I did some looking around and the only place that I could find that carries the Vapor Current Airbeam Frame that you are looking for is through Granite Gear themselves. They sell the frame for $49.95, it will fit the Crown VC 60 and you can order this by using the URL link below:

Simple, lightweight and efficient

    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.

    Will a bear canister fit horizontally in...

    Will a bear canister fit horizontally in this pack?

    Could you be more specific? Which bear canister?

    A Garcia or BV500.

    A BV500 will not really fit into the pack horizontally. You can force it, and barely make it fit into the very top of the rolltop, but it puts a lot of stress on the fabric and stitching. A Garcia fits well, with a little tension on the fabric. A better option for the BV is to close the rolltop with everything you need in the pack, place the BV on top and use the top straps to hold the BV on top. It works very well, and actually is a more comfortable setup than having the bear can inside the pack because the tension between the top of the rolltop and the top straps will pull the thin backpanel straight, and create more structure to the pack.

    When measuring torso size for this Granite...

    When measuring torso size for this Granite Gear pack, does one press a measuring tape right up against the spine, following the curvature, or run the tape up from the hip line to the neck line in a straight line 90 degrees to the ground? Following the curvature will make the measurement a little longer.

    Best Answer

    Below is the measurements by size. You should use a flexible tape and go directly against your back.. If you do not have one do your best. If you are in the middle of the size it will not matter anyway. The difference between the two measurements are usually not that much difference. Below is also Granite Gears measuring instructions.

    Crown Torso Lengths
    Short Torso 14" to 18"
    Regular Torso 18" to 21"
    Long Torso 21" to 25"

    What torso length should I get?

    To find your torso length, measure the distance between your seventh cervical vertebra and the shelf of your hipbones. Do this by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tilt your head forward and place your hands on your hips, thumbs to the back. With a flexible tape, have someone measure from the most prominent vertebra at the base of your neck to an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs. This will be your torso length.