Granite Gear Crown2 60 Gear Review
Oct 26, 2023 at 10:54 am #3791924James MontavonBPL Member
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The Granite Gear Crown2 60 is a 60 liter capacity internal frame backpack that carries up to about 35 pounds comfortably and weights around 2.1 to 2.5 pounds.Oct 26, 2023 at 1:53 pm #3791931bjcBPL Member
A spot on description of the Crown2 60. Only two caveats for me: I never had any discomfort issues with the hipbelt. Also I have always used both the 60l and the 38l without the frame sheet with no issues, but I seldom carry more than 22/23 pounds. On the 60 I simply made sure the compression straps were snugged up. Like you I haven’t used the top lid. I have about 600 miles on the 60l and about 500 on the now defunct 38l. For me the biggest issue with the 60l is it’s too big for most of my hiking unless I’m expecting to carry more cold weather gear. This or the Crown3 are pretty good packs at a great price for people to get into UL style hiking. I’ve since started using an Atom+ pack from Atom packs, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use the Crown2 if needed. But I do hate the buckle on the sternum strap!!Oct 28, 2023 at 4:03 pm #3792064James MontavonBPL Member
Sounds like we have very similar experience with the Crown60, BJ. It’s starting to snow here today, which is often when I switch from my smaller pack (Zerk 40) to my Crown60. I might look into replacing that sternum strap buckle, it’s especially frustrating for my use in the winter months when I’m wearing gloves.Oct 31, 2023 at 8:54 pm #3792258DanBPL Member
As noted above, it’s a good entry point into the lightweight category while buying from a mass market manufacturer at a low price point. It used to be that you could even buy it at REI, although I guess those days are gone.
And if you eventually move on to lighter and lower volume packs, it’s still a good option for off-season training walks around your local hilly neighborhood with a weighted pack. It’s bombproof so you’ll have it forever, and it’s super comfy with lots of padding, so it’s a good way to avoid unnecessary wear-and-tear on lightweight packs.
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