User Review: Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160 (on sale)
The pack has a nice feature set, but the framesheet suspension system does not live up to the advertised weight of 35 lbs. Even worse, packed without the framesheet, the back begins to buckle at only 15 lbs. Hikers would be better off going with either a true frame or frameless. This one splits the middle and falls short.
- Good compression
- Supportive, comfoftable hipbelt
- Poor suspension
Overall, this pack has a nice set of features. The compression system is very effective and it gives several options for carrying gear on the outside of the pack. Its best feature is easily the hipbelt which quickly molds to the shape of your hips, increasing both load transfer and comfort over time.
However, the suspension system is rather poor, and the framesheet doesn't live up to its billing. I used the pack over six months, in a variety of configurations both framed and frameless. Without the frame, the molded backpanel creates weak spots that cause the pack to buckle even with very light loads (less than 15 lbs.), and the more often this happens, the quicker the frame collapses each time. With the frame, the pack is good to 25 lbs., but the framesheet is generally frustrating. It keeps the back of the pack from adapting to the shape of your back and becomes uncomfortable over time. Even more, it is too flexible to provide strong load transfer above 20-25 lbs.
The Crown tries to be a pack of all trades—switching between framed and frameless modes easily. But in the end, the poor suspension keeps it from doing either of them well.