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Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60L Backpack

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    Tech Specs

    SilSeal Cordura nylon (100D), Cordura (210D)
    60L (3661cu in)
    Vapor Current, HDPE frame sheet
    1 front stretch mesh, 2 side stretch mesh
    Claimed Weight:
    [regular] 2lb 2oz, [long] 2lb 4oz
    Recommended Use:
    hiking, long treks, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty:

    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

    Great backpack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    For the price, this backpack is fantastic. The roll top is very secure and convenient and it is very comfortable. The only downside is no zippered pockets and no pockets on the hip strap, but the gray pockets on the outside are very stretchy and can hold anything you want with no feat of losing them. Overall, I'm very happy with this!

    Know your torso measurement

      Great light weight backpack with good structural design. However, my torso length is 17/17.5 inches and I could tell the "regular" is too long a pack to ride my hips properly. Sadly I returned the item. The good news is the 2018 Crown 2 is available in a "short" length.

      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 Backcountry.com.

      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: http://www.christianpaulphotography.com/

      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.

      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

      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.

      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:


      A preliminary review, but very pleased already

        I’ll preface this review with my cut and paste statement that I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite National Park. Nearly all of the products I take the time to review have seen at least a half a season, if not more, of use... and I’m committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like I’ve really gotten to know a product. *This review is an exception. I've had the pack on a couple short hikes (4 miles) to kick the tires and form a relatively informed opinion since my season in Yosemite doesn't start for another month or so. I wanted to get a solid review up to help out people looking for a nice, lightweight pack.* I never thought I’d bother to write reviews, but I’ve recently decided that since I’ve spent so much time over these last many years reading reviews, and finding a tremendous amount of value in articulate and well-informed opinions, that I wanted to give back to the community. So, with that being said, here we go...

        I've had a few Granite Gear packs and so far my favorite is likely the Nimbus Latitude. I wrote up a review on it, although the pack is long discontinued, so the review is a slightly meaningless. This pack, after really putting some months and miles on it, may very well be my new favorite. Its about a pound lighter than the Nimbus, and while it doesn't accommodate a bear can quite as well as the Nimbus, it does a fine job. However, after playing with a few setups I've finally come up with an optimal solution.

        Upon first putting the pack on I was immediately happy with the torso length. I ordered a long, as I not only have a long torso... but I prefer to keep nearly all the weight off my shoulders. However, I also immediately noticed that where the top of the two shoulder straps are sewn to the pack they are quite close together, leaving anyone with a wide neck having to deal with quite a bit of abrasion from the straps rubbing the sides of their neck at the base. I have a relatively long, narrow neck... and even with a couple fingers space between my shoulders and the straps I still am aware of the proximity of the shoulder straps, though abrasion isn't an issue. If one was so inclined they might find a great solution in cutting up a fleece (or using some sheepskin seatbelt cover) to place over the shoulder straps for comfort.

        The pack sits very nicely on my waist, and distributes weight very well. With the pack filled to about 30 pounds or so with my normal kit (including food, etc) it tucked into my lower back very well, and other than my issue with the shoulder straps the pack was very, very comfortable. However, very important to note is that as of this moment the waist belts for this pack are quite oversized. I have a 34" waist or so... and the men's medium belt just barely fits with it cinched as tight as it will go. Keep that in mind when ordering a pack.

        The quality of the pack itself is fantastic. The stitching and fabric are top notch, and the pack itself looks and feels bombproof. The removable, internal backpanel feels quite flimsy, and that's a bit misleading. If you're skilled at packing your pack well, and keep it tight, then you'll find the pack's seeming lack of structure only an illusion. The pack holds its shape well when packed properly, and melds to your back perfectly, while keeping weight distributed very well.

        As for bear cans... here's a quick bit of info. I carry both Garcias and BV500s depending on the trip and clients. I've always preferred to pack the can horizontally inside the top of my pack, and while that's possible to do with a Garcia in this pack... a BV500 will not really fit well horizontally. You can force it, but it stresses the fabric and stitching way past what is reasonable. I spent an hour or two hiking around four miles with my full kit and a Garcia inside, and the pack did very well. However, I found the best setup is to pack all my standard gear which fills the pack to a few inches below the top of the backpanel, then close the rolltop and use the two clips to secure it. Then take the bear can, place it firmly on top of the closed rolltop, then use the two top straps to secure the bear can on top. This has a really beneficial side effect - it creates tension between the top of the rolltop, below the backpanel, and the top straps. This pulls the internal backpanel upwards toward the back of the bear can and makes the pack more structured, which not only lifts the shoulders straps further off your shoulders, helping to solve the abrasion issue mentioned earlier, but it also helps tighten the entire pack and load which helps distribute the load into your lower back and waist. The moment I tried this setup the difference was obvious... and it'll be the setup I use this upcoming season.

        Since this is an early review I very well might come back in a few months and ass a few notes or an update to this review.

        All in all... this is a fantastic pack, and very comfortable given its incredibly light weight. It's definitely another piece of gear that reflects Granite Gear's great design philosophy... and the quality of their products.

        I'd love to read an update after you've had a couple seasons of use. Thanks for the thoughtful write up

        What is your height and torso length when measured? I loved your write up, but I am sitting right on the edge of a regular vs large with a 20 inch torso on paper. Like you though, I orefer to have my hips do more work than my shoulders, The REGULAR felt kind of short to me in another store, and they did not have a LONG to try out in stock. Any opinion on how your LONG rides would be greatly appreciated!

        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.

          Granite Gear

          Fixed Torso
          Torso Length

          15 - 18in

          (38.1 - 45.7cm)

          18 - 21in

          (45.7 - 53.3cm)

          21 - 24in

          (53.3 - 61cm)

          Adjustable Torso
           Short (S/M)Regular (L/XL)


          Torso Length

          15 - 18in

          (38.1 - 45.7cm)

          18 - 21in

          (45.7 - 53.3cm)

          How to Measure:
          To find your torso length, measure the distance between your seventh cervical vertebra and the crest 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 and level with your hip crest. 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.