Overall, this bag was an excellent fit for me —…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
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.


So did this pack TRANSFER WEIGHT well to your hip belt? AND was the hip belt in need of more padding? I ask this because the most comfortable UL pack I've found is my Osprey EXOS 58 (with aftermarket side pockets)

2 years ago

The pack has a nice feature set, but the framesheet…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
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.

This is a great lightweight multi-day back pack coupled…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $199


This is a great lightweight multi-day back pack coupled with Airbeam for the frame for 15 to 30 lb loads.


  • Air beam support
  • Large capacity
  • Roll top water resistance pack
  • Back support has air channels


  • Does not support over 30 lbs very well, even with the airbeam
  • No hip belt pockets
  • The hip belt is light, could be thicker.

Bought this for a 28lb load for a two-week backpacking trip.

This is a very comfortable bag and has impeccable quality for the sticking and design.

You have to remember to pack your load correctly and tightened the pack string system so all the contents in the pack are close to the back and not shifting.

The hip belt is a little light which causes the pack to be a little uncomfortable after a few hours on the trail.

I have used this on three backpacking trips in preparation for my two week trip and so far it holds up great.

Super great product. Both lightweight and durable.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $179


Super great product. Both lightweight and durable. I hiked the Appalachian Trail with this pack and it stood up for the whole thing. I'm still using the same pack. It also has an innerchangeable back brace. Great pack!


  • Innerchangeable waiststrap, and back brace
  • Lightweight and durable
  • One pocket, easy storage
  • Compressible and waterproof
  • Large storage area


  • No waist pockets

It stood up to all of my hiking. The only cons were that the side pockets tended to get a little holy with all the throwing around. But other then that it is super durable and lightweight.  

I fell in love iwth this pack after my first use and will always use Granite Gear for my packs from here on out. It is the lightest I could go and the best, most comfortable packs.

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