Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Backpacking Magazine Editors; choice, March 2011 - New Blaze A.C 60 backpack 2lbs. 14 oz. 3660 Cubes = 60 Liters. Available in short and regular torso sizes.

Granite Gear has been building packs specific to the needs of long distance hikers since 2003 when we introduced the award winning Vapor Trail and Nimbus Ozone, winning Backpacker’s coveted Editor’s Choice award, as well as the respect of the long distance hiking community. Our objective has stayed the same! Develop and build packs that are as light as possible while still offering optimal comfort, suspension, compression and exceptional durability.
Like its predecessors, The Blaze AC 60 is Spartan in its simplicity and features our engineered AirCurrent suspension. The AirCurrent suspension consists of a 3-dimensionally molded alloyed frame, our quickest torso length adjustment system, padded shoulder straps, and a swappable hip belt for a custom fit. The AC frame has molded air channels, works in conjunction with a molded foam pad and durable stretch mesh to aid in venting heat and moisture away from the back; allowing for natural evaporative cooling. The pack body is a simple, lidless top loader with a tall spindrift opening that can be cinched and rolled down tight for weather resistance and also expanded when extra space is needed. The arched Line-Loc compression system allows the load to be cinched tight in every direction (side, front, and top) as well as allowing additional gear to be lashed to the pack. The Line-Loc cord can easily be replaced if it wears out from extended use. Durable and versatile stretch mesh pockets on the bottom of the pack sides work well for water bottles, while the tall front center pocket is great for damp tarps or ultralight tents.


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Torso Sizes: short | regular
Weight: 1.3kg | 2lbs 14oz
Capacity: 60 liters | 3660 cubic inches
Suspension: Air Current (A.C.) Internal Frame
Load Capacity: 35lbs | 16kg
Optional Lid: Click Here


100D Ripstop
210D Nylon Cordura
Stretch Mesh Fabric


  • hydration compatible
  • hip pack lid sold separately
  • interchangeable belt
  • torso length adjustability on framsheet
  • ultralight lineloc micro compression
  • large stretch mesh front pocket

What torso length should I get?

To find your torso length, measure the distance between your seventh cervical vertebra and the shelf of your hipbones. Do this by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tilt your head forward and place your hands on your hips, thumbs to the back. With a flexible tape, have someone measure from the most prominent vertebra at the base of your neck to an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs. This will be your torso length.

Blaze Torso Lengths
Short Torso 14” to 18”
Regular Torso 18” to 22”

NOTE: Each framesheet has fine adjustment settings spaced in one inch increments to further fine-tune your fit. If you are an 17” torso try the short torso first.

What size hipbelt?

Our Ultralight Pack Belt is standard equipment on all of our Ultralight Packs (except Virga) and all packs with the Vapor Suspension. This belt is a “soft” belt. It has no plastic exoskeleton like our other belts. It is lighter and more comfortable when carrying smaller loads of 40 pounds or less. Although it is our simplest interchangeable belt, it still boasts the Pivot Point connection (except on Vapor Suspension Packs), hip stabilizers, dual density foam and a stretch woven fabric.
Hip Belt Sizing
Women's belts are sculpted to fit the increased angle of women's hips

What size shoulder strap?

Blaze series packs come with a standard size shoulder straps that fit both men and women equally

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What size pack do you really need? Get a pack that's too big and you'll be sure to fill it with non-essential junk and end up tired and sore. But go too small, and you might not be able to fit the stuff you do need, like safety gear.

Backpack sizes are listed either in cubic inches or liters, which can make comparison-shopping a bit tricky, especially for online shoppers who aren't able to actually see the packs before they buy. That's why we've done the conversions and broken it all down for you. The below lists are very general rules of thumb, and will depend on the sizes of the items you're packing, of course.

Size: Less than 2,500 cubic inches or 40 liters
Will hold:
Lunch and snacks
Shell and/or warm layer
Several trinkets like emergency kit, small first aid kit, GPS

Weekend Packs
Size: 2,500 to 3,999 cubic inches or 40 to 65 liters
Will hold: All of the above, plus:
Small tent
Sleeping bag and pad
Ultralight stove and cook kit
A few more clothing items
A weekend's worth of meals

Weeklong Packs
Size: 4,000 to 5,999 cubic inches or 65 to 95 liters
Will hold: All of the above, plus:
Extra food, fuel and kitchen gear
A few luxury items like camp chair, camp shoes, pillow
A bigger tent
A warmer sleeping bag and cushier sleeping pad

Expedition Packs
Size: Greater than 6,000 cubic inches or 95 liters
Will hold: Winter-worthy versions of all of the above, plus:
Mountaineering gear
Bear canisters (essential for carrying food in bear country)

1 comment:

  1. I am looking at this pack as a Thru-Hiker - it really makes you decide what is important to take - but that probably the smartest right from the start. Anyone have comments or suggestion? Please share and help all of us who are trying to make these decisions for 2011.


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