Backpacker Magazine EDITOR'S CHOICE Award 2011.
The Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 is a spartan in its simplicity and features their engineered aircurrent suspension. The aircurrent suspension consists of a 3-dimensionally molded alloyed frame, a quick 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.
|Weight||2 lb 14 oz / 1.3 kg (Regular)|
|Awards||Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice|
|Load Capacity||35 lbs / 16 kg|
|Capacity||3350 cu in / 55 L (Short); 3660 cu in / 60 L (Reguar);|
|Pack Size||3000-3999 cu in|
Measure torso Length as above: Short 14-17"; Regular 18-22"
Posted by Jami3 on 14th Aug 2011
My friend got a nimbus trace and I purchased this for a trip to the Tetons. My wife used her Kelty. Although I preferred my friend's Nimbus Trace over my blaze AC 60 (way more room, I made him carry the tent)it's clear why this pack won the Editor's Choice award for 2011. Light and roomy. We were on a 6 day trip which was stretching it for this pack but I've learned to pack light over the years! More durable than it looks. Mine took a bit of beating with only a minor scuff mark to show. I did not think the mesh pockets were useful but this is really a fantastic pack for the money. Under 3 lbs!