Rated 5 out of
Off-the-beaten path light pack for heading off the beaten pathPack choice is a real one-star-or-five-stars topic of conversation among thruhikers and newbies alike, but it seems like this pack doesn't come up too often. Lightweight, comfortable, and (potentially) completely frameless with the inflatable reinforcement pad, the Crown 60 is, dollar-for-dollar, a great mid-range budget choice for long distance / ultralight folk. The hardware is pretty slim and the features are pretty light, but even through weather, tumbles, some underbrush abuse, and one emergency roof rack lashing, this pack has held up like a champ. Like a lot of GG packs, all the pieces are modular / expandable for extra hook-ups and storage, which is good because the interior is pretty spartan when it comes to pockets / org. features (even on the hydration front, you've gotta just toss it in there). But I find when it comes to getting every possible inch out of a multi-day load, the big open interior does the trick. A great bang for your buck.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of
Great lightweight pack that does not sacrifice on comfort.Having gotten used to heavy full featured luxury packs, I hesitated to purchase this pack. I feared that the narrow waist belt and shoulder straps would slip and slide and dig into my pits and love handles, that the stretch mesh pockets would fail to hold anything, that the lineloc compression would lead to a misshapen, non-compressed and off-balance pack, and that the lack of easy access compartments would be highly inconvenient. However, I was planning a 3 day trip into the Grand Canyon - in mid July. I was having minor back issues at the time, and I always have hydration issues and swamp back with my other packs - even when in cool climates. So, I decided to try this pack for its vapor current suspension and its ultra light weight. The reduction in pack weight allowed me to carry extra water, and the vapor suspension worked as advertised. Furthermore, the design features that reduced the weight did not reduce the comfort, convenience, or stability. The pack exceeded my expectations.