Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 Ki
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $185
Great pack for one that does it all!!! Adjustable frame sheet really dials in fit.
- Pretty lightweight
- Adjustable torso lenth
- Good comfort overall
- Excellent hipbelt/shoulder straps
- Large volume can be compressed
- Pretty pricey
- Parent company not supportive
- Lid is add on
After doing a lot of research I looked at this pack and the other 60L women's new in the Granite Gear line Crown VC 60 Ki which is lighter still. My criteria was women's specific, some type frame, 45-60L capacity, and under 3 lbs.
I really loved both packs when they arrived together. Pack material is very sturdy and hipbelt and shoulder straps surprisingly beefy for the total low weight package. Trying hard to lower my overall carry weight I wanted very much to make the Crown VC work but, for me the torso was sloppy and ill fitting and just did not fit.
The frame sheet on the Blaze has vertical slots that the shoulder straps attach with a small buckle. It is worth the time and effort to move straps up or down frame and then you get that AH HA moment when you know a great fit is achieved. I really took my time (several weeks) packing, unloading, adjusting in my living room to make sure.
Make sure you measure your torso. The pack comes in two different sizes. I thought I probably couldn't live without the top lid but when I looked at the added on weight I made up my mind to just say no and I haven't missed it! Everything fits inside pack so the extra capacity is not needed. Outside pockets are deep and stretchy cover material again is pretty tough. Tall one liter bottles do not hang out and with a little bending you can pull it out. Some of the gear I usually put in top lid I just pop in those side pockets.
Top collar is really tall. Cinching cordage is simple, durable on front and sides to nail everything down tight and compress if necessary. Colors are nature friendly.
You can really see the workmanship in this product, very durable and got great review from Backpacker magazine. You can find a lighter pack but there is that tipping point of material sturdiness/durability. You could use this pack for quick overnight, weekend, week or longer.
Only one drawback when I called Granite Gear to ask some questions about fit, etc. and they were neither helpful or friendly. Buy from your local store or online retailer and call them if you need to.
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Granite Gear's Blaze AC 60 Ki is Spartan in its simplicity and features engineered AirCurrent suspension. The AirCurrent suspension consists of a 3-dimensionally molded alloyed frame, our quickest torso length adjustment system, padded shoulder straps, and a swappable hip belt for a custom fit. The AC frame has molded air channels, works in conjunction with a molded foam pad and durable stretch mesh to aid in venting heat and moisture away from the back; allowing for natural evaporative cooling. The pack body is a simple, lidless top loader with a tall spindrift opening that can be cinched and rolled down tight for weather resistance and also expanded when extra space is needed. The arched Line-Loc compression system allows the load to be cinched tight in every direction (side, front, and top) as well as allowing additional gear to be lashed to the pack. The Line-Loc cord can easily be replaced if it wears out from extended use. Durable and versatile stretch mesh pockets on the bottom of the pack sides work well for water bottles, while the tall front center pocket is great for damp tarps or ultralight tents.
The Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Ki pack for women combines Spartan simplicity with a well-engineered suspension and 40 lb. capacity for the ultimate in lightness, comfort and ease of use. AirCurrent suspension features a 3D molded alloy frame, easy torso-length adjustment and padded shoulder straps. Padded hipbelt can be swapped for a custom fit (replacement hipbelt not included). Precurved hipbelt is padded with dual-density foam and sculpted to fit the increased angle of a woman's hips. Back panel incorporates molded foam and stretch mesh that allow evaporative cooling and help vent heat and moisture away from the back. No-nonsense, top-loading pack body is lidless with a tall spindrift opening that cinches and rolls down tight for weather resistance and expands for extra pack volume. Pack is compatible with the Granite Gear Lineloc Lid (sold separately) for added space and convenience on extended trips. Hydration sleeve accommodates a reservoir and drink tube of your choice (reservoir sold separately). Arched Lineloc compression cords cinch your load tight to the sides, top and front and provide numerous positions to lash gear to the outside of the pack. Stretch-mesh side pockets are perfect for water bottles; tall front/center pocket holds damp tarps or rain gear. The Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Ki pack is made of 100-denier ripstop and 210-denier Cordura(R) nylon for durability and light weight.
Designed with a women's-specific fit, the Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Ki Backpack is lightweight, comfortable, and extremely stable at full capacity--ideal for weekend backpacking trips. Drop your hydration bladder into the internal sleeve, pack your gear for the journey, adjust the pack's torso length for maximum comfort, and secure the load with Granite Gear's Line-Loc cord compression system. Once you're dialed, hit the trail and worry about your route. Your pack won't be giving you any problems.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Granite Gear Women's Blaze AC 60 Ki Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Granite Gear Women's Blaze AC 60 Ki Pack Award Winning Air Current Suspension 40 lbs Load Rating Adjustable torso length 3 Sizes of Shoulder Straps (S,M,L) available 4 Sizes in Men's Hip Belt Available 4 Sizes in Women's Hip Belt Available Hip Belt Compatible With Tool Loops and Belt Pocket Roll-Top Closure Lineloc compression Stretch side pockets Optional lineloc lid page#10 Massive front stretch pocket Tool loops Hydration port and internal sleeve Stretch Woven Zippered Pocket on Front Stretch Woven Wand Pockets Dual Density Hip Belt and Shoulder Straps Cordura High Tenacity Nylon (100D and 210D) The SPECS for Short Torso Length: 14-18in. / 36-43 cm Weight: 2 lbs 11 oz / 1.2 g Volume: 3350 cubic inches / 55 liter The SPECS for Regular Torso Length: 18-22in. / 46-56 cm Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz / 1.3 g Volume: 3660 cubic inches / 60 liter