Designed for ounce-counting backpackers, the award-winning Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 comfortably hauls 35 pounds of gear while weighing less than 3 pounds.
Garnering immediate award-winning attention, the Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 comfortably hauls 35 pounds of gear while weighing less than 3 pounds. An ideal balance of weight and performance, the Blaze AC 60 is sure to appeal to ounce-counting backpackers and thru-hikers.
Equipped with Granite Gear's 3-dimensionally molded/alloyed AirCurrent frame, the Blaze AC 60 confidently carries weight while delivering ventilation. Molded air channels, breathable mesh fabrics and supportive foam further aid in the fight against heat and moisture build-up. Padded shoulder straps and a padded hipbelt provide additional comfort and load support. The Blaze AC 60 provides fit adjustability in two torso size offerings. The Regular fits torso sizes ranging from 18"-22" and the Short fits 14"-18" torso lengths. An adjustable sternum strap and load-lifter straps provide fine-tuned fit adjustment.
A voluminous packbag provides ample storage (3660 cubic inches in the Regular and 3350 in the Short) capacity and a roll-down, cinch-tight spindrift collar protects the contents of the packbag while keeping weight to a minimum. A Line-Loc lid (sold separately) delivers further protection and an additional storage pocket. Lightweight integrated Line-Loc compression cord keeps gear securely in place. A large front stuff-it pocket serves as an additional storage space and twin side mesh pockets are perfect for water bottles or other gear.
A combination of 100D Ripstop, 210D Nylon Cordura and stretch mesh fabrics provide the Blaze AC 60 with durability in a lightweight design.
- Adjustable torso length
- LineLoc compression system
- Stretch mesh pockets on the bottom of the pack sides
- Large front stretch pocket
- Tool loops
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking Access Top Loading Warranty Lifetime Volume Short: 3350 cu in
Regular: 3660 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Torso Adjustment Yes Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Maximum Weight 35 lbs Material 100D Ripstop; 210D Cordura; Stretch Mesh Item Weight Short: 2 lb 11 oz
Regular: 2 lb 14 oz
Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Composite Framesheet Fits Torso Short: 14"-18"
Fits Waist S Belt: 26"-30"
M Belt: 30"-34"
L Belt: 34"-38"
Likes: The pack rides beautifully. The hip belt is wide and feels good. The pack material looks strong and looks like it will take a lot of punishment. The front part tapers making the bag wider at the bottom where I keep my sleeping bag, allowing more room for it to keep it's loft. I figure I'm paying 1.5 pounds for the more comfortable ride. Time and trail will tell if it's worth the extra weight. Great pack if you can fit gear and food. (More than a weeks worth might be difficult).
Dislikes: Not as advertised. It's 3.01 pounds on postage scale. Seems small. Body: 1875 cu in. (Front tapers wider at the bottom. Back is uniformly 9.5". Collar holds about 850 cu in.) Front pocket (actually sleeve) is 6.5" inches wide at the top and tapers to 7" at the bottom. I'd like to see them stuff in a wet rain fly. I'll have to sew my own front pocket that will add to the weight. Backpackers Cache bear won't go horizontally below the extension collar except at the pack's very bottom. Hydration sleeve has a zipper?
Likes: I own lots of backpacks, Eberlestock, Camelback, Mystery Ranch, Kifaru and Hill People gear, 10 packs in total. This back pack is great and one of the best for so many reasons and now my go to pack. I love the lightweight, the ability to attach lots of items, the stretchy material you can stuff with lots of goodies, durability, comfort. I am becoming a very big fan of Granite gear.
Bottom line - if you are on the fence with this pack just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Dislikes: The colours are a bit hideous but there is nothing I don't like about this pack.
Dislikes: No good way to seal top of bag.
No bottom access
Likes: As I began to transition to ultralight gear, I purchased this pack with the intention of making it my go-to for backpacking. You have to pack efficiently, but are able to fit all the necessities. This has been the most comfortable pack I've owned - great padding in the shoulder straps and I love that you can select a hip belt appropriate to your size. It's even lighter than my small daypack, which now is collecting dust in the closest as a result.
Dislikes: The compartment for the water bladder is a tight squeeze -- wish it was more flexible and had elastic at the top vs a zipper.
Likes: -Hip pads and shoulder straps are very comfortable.
-Simple design, you just have to pack smart. It's great for my 1-3 night excursions.
-Light weight but comfortable.
-Added the hip pocket, which is great for the little things needed on the trail.
Dislikes: -I wish the top lid was included instead of an add on. I guess that's how they can say the pack is so light.
-I'm about a 32 waist size, but I'm really cinching down to the limits of the medium belt. I'm considering swapping it out for the small belt size.
Likes: Decent Rugged looking pack
Large stretch mesh pockets
Adjustable torso length with sizing options to fit most
Thick padding on straps, belt and nice channel vented back pad
Excellent weight distribution. Tested ~28# and it felt nice. Very comfortable to wear: I bought the small I am 5'8" 160# with a 31-32" waist.
Daisy chain options on the belts/straps.
Overall quality materials.
Dislikes: 60L?? almost 1/2 capacity is in the collar extension. The actual pack body is very small. Hope you pack small.
Organization options very scarce. No belt pockets.
Zipper on the h2o bladder pocket? Why? unnecessary weight.
Optional lid. Should come with pack. Just a way to milk more money from you.
Noisy pack! It's like wearing corduroy pants.
Likes: A nice pack I use for 1-3 day excursions. Have enough room for all the necessities and not much else. I like the use of cord for cinching things down so you can replace it if needed or use paracord. The waistbelt and straps are very comfortable and I find I almost like them better than my Osprey packs.
Dislikes: I'd say the biggest drawback for this style of pack is the lack of a top compartment and having the addon being a bit pricey. It is also a pain to figure out how to install the top cover if you do purchase it. I know packs are all top access but I really wish I could get into the bottom of the pack without dumping everything out. Not a dealbreaker however.
Likes: I love the frame and hipbelt, plus the rucksack design. I added the top lid because I like the extra space, as I carry some of my daughter's gear too. BV500 fits inside, just not horizontally.
Dislikes: I read that a BV500 would fit horizontally, but it doesn't. It's okay though... I just had to rethink my packing a little and it worked just fine.
Likes: The backpack seems to be well made with tough fabrics. The hipbelt was very comforable. The front 'stretch mesh' pocket opening was smaller than I expected.
Dislikes: You have to purchase the top cap separately which adds to the weight.
Likes: Pack was delivered as scheduled. I plan to use this pack on my AT thru attempt. As soon as I loaded it and hoisted it I knew I had found my pack. Took a spin around the local terrain with 30 lbs and the pack hugged me like a loving child. I have a 33 inch waist and the medium hip belt fits okay. Adjustable shoulder straps for torso lengths are also a big plus. Can only rate the pack as a 4 since I have not exposed it to the rigors of real nature yet. But first impressions count a lot to me.
Dislikes: Not sure the med hip belt would work on a 30 inch waist.