User Review: Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160
Overall, this bag was an excellent fit for me — a lightweight bag which still has a large capacity and excellent suspension. Additionally, the exterior pockets are more than sufficient and come in very handy, and the compression system is effective, as well as being useful for attaching extra gear. All in all, I have no complaints with this bag, and expect it to continue to be my go-to bag for years to come, based on its light weight, versatility and its build quality
- Light weight
- Load transfer
- Expandable capacity
- Build quality
- Compression system
I am 6'4", 200 lbs with about a 19 inch torso, and the regular size fits me very well. I was lucky, in that the bag's sizing is not adjustable, but the bag still fits me like a glove.
The suspension system is very comfortable and effective, I have had no irritated spots and the load carries very well and transfers effectively to the hips. The volume is excellent for a bag in this weight class, and the roll top closure makes this a versatile bag, it can be used for lightweight summer trips when compressed, and can be used for winter trips as well with its tall collar. Additionally, this helps reduce empty space in the bag as a trip goes on, and food is consumed.
However, if you're looking for a big with tons of organization features, this isn't it — it's basically a large sack with 3 pockets on the side. But, for my needs, this is sufficient. An added bonus to the design of this bag is that it is water resistant, and can be easily made effectively waterproof by taping the seams. This is due to the roll top closure, and the pack body being made from silicone impregnated nylon.
This far, I have had 0 problems with durability, the bag looks brand new after many miles and some less than gentle handling. I have used this bag in fairly moderate conditions so far, with a few instances in rain.