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Massdrop x Granite Gear Crown X60

Massdrop x Granite Gear Crown X60

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Hello Everyone
The Granite Gear Crown was one of the most popular ultralight backpacks for years and years, setting a high bar for what to expect in terms of carrying comfort, durability and weight. Earlier this year Granite Gear released their long awaited update - the Crown2. It improved on nearly every aspect of the original, while maintaining the same price point and level of durability. It has been sold out at REI and many stores due to the incredibly high demand. 
What made this pack so special? 
1) Carrying Comfort. The Crown2 has an innovative frame that has thick cushioning, air slots for aiding air flow to the back, and a removable frame sheet. The real key here is the new, fully adjustable waist belt. Transferring the weight of the pack to your hips is crucial to all-day comfort, and this belt is that vital link. All waist belts can be tightened, but the shape doesn't change. This waist belt can actually be adjusted to your waist size, and then tightened in front as usual. This ensures everyone gets a dialed in fit. It also guarantees a good fit for life, because you may gain or lose weight (like on a thru-hike), or you may share this pack with a friend. 
2) Rich Feature Set. The pack has everything you'd want in a conventional backpack: hipbelt pockets, water bottle pockets, large front stuff-it pocket, straps to lash on gear like trekking poles or an ice ax. Most importantly, Granite Gear ended the debate about which is better - roll-top or floating lid - because you get both here. Having the lid allows you an extra level of organization and convenience. For the lightest pack, remove the lid for a streamlined roll-top.
3) Lightweight Durability. This is not a pack you have to baby. It could last you thousands of miles of hiking. While there are a few people here who actually might do that, for most of us that durability translates to a pack that will last you years and years, possibly decades. It's not just the fabric that is durable, but the whole package - the seams, the trim, the buckles  -everything is matched to last a long time. But here's the thing: this pack is still really light. Light enough for a discerning UL hiker, yet still with all the features desired by a traditional backpacker.
So, what have we changed and why did we change it?
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1) Lumbar Day Pack. We rearranged the straps on the lid and pack, so that now the lid and hipbelt can make a day pack. For testing, I loaded this up with 8 Lara bars in each pocket, while the lid held 2 liters of water, a jacket, first aid kit, and a few other small things. It was very comfortable with no noticeable bounce or rubbing. My back was not covered by a typical day pack, getting all hot and sweaty. This is perfect for doing a day hike from base camp or carrying your camera gear to get that shot of the sunset. 
2) Lid Organization. The debate about a lid versus roll top often comes down to better organization versus simpler, lighter pack. So if we do have a lid, we might as well make is as useful as possible. We added two stretch mesh pockets to the bottom of it, perfect for holding your InReach, notebook, or first aid kit. There is still plenty of space on top of the pockets for a puffy jacket or sandwich or whatever else you need handy. This works in tandem with change #1, as now you have better organization in your lumbar day pack too. 
3) Water Bottle Access. Staying hydrated on the trail is obviously important, and we wanted to offer all the options for carrying water. While there is still the hook, port and zippered compartment for a hydration reservoir/bladder, we have added stretch cords to the front shoulder straps so you can hook in a plastic bottle on each side. (Gatorade and VitaminWater bottles work really well). We also angled the water bottle pockets for easier access while wearing the pack (picture below). Note that this may mean that biggest bottles (>32oz) may not be as secure, but this is easily remedied with the side straps.
4) Color. Yes, it's grey (or flint, to be more accurate) but we thought that we subtle black trim would look really smooth and clean, like the granite of the Sierras where I hike.
5) Weight. Our goal was to add functionality without adding noticeable weight. Overall, the weight of the Crown X60 is actually less than the 2017 Crown2 due to improvements in the waist belt that also reduced the weight. But our other changes didn't affect the base weight of the pack. The  shoulder strap water bottle cords are removable. The lid gained a bit of weight, but is also removable, and the minor weight increase are well worth the additional organizational convenience.
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Why did we choose Granite Gear for our first backpack collaboration?
It's simple, really - Granite Gear is a pack company. They only make packs, and they make a lot of them. They are the experts. They make packs for the military that must be able to silently carry 100 lbs and agile enough for military maneuvers. Their portage packs are like required gear for any canoe trip to the Boundary Waters. They make school packs, travel gear, and dry bags. But it all seems to culminate in the best camping backpacks around. Not the flashiest, nor always the lightest or fanciest, but the most dependably good. We want you to feel comfortable knowing what you're getting is built to last. It's make with pride, with you in mind, for the long haul.  If you could only own one backpack, this should be it. I don't say that lightly. I think this pack offers a superb, adjustable fit; a rich-feature set, and light weight. It's light enough for most ultralighter, with a little extra volume and features for the more traditional backpackers. 
I'm thrilled to offer this backpack to our community. I have read your posts and polls, have emailed with many of you personally, and am deeply indebted to you all for making this possible. 
Most of all, I'd like to thank Granite Gear, who have been an ideal partner. We've worked together over numerous emails, phone calls, video chats and meetings at Outdoor Retailer. They have been nothing but gracious, professional and straightforward. Oh, and they got that Minnesota nice thing going for them too!  Cheers -Danny
PS. We are starting off by only offering the Regular torso, though we may be able to add an option for the Long torso if we have enough demand.
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DannyMilks
Will you be making a size Short available? I use a size S for Granite Gear packs. Although my torso is 18, the granite gear in regular didn’t fit me well and had to struggle with the pack when I use it. Sizing down, GG packs felt great. Hope a size S will be in the works in the future to have the optionality.
DannyMilks
Hi from Spain. Fantastic pack, but... regular size? any option for a regular size in a short time? Sorry for my English...
Regular size pls.
If anyone has one and it doesn't work for them please email me. spencereyring@gmail.com
Bel5nickel
Looking for regular
when will you get more "regular" size in?
Will you get more regukar's in stock. By the time I had the extra cash you had sold out :(
Please may I add my voice to the request for a small size! There are plenty of shorter people and I so want this bag. Finally someone is using the lid and belt as a day pack. Ideal!!! I so don't want to miss out.
Do you have to put your name on there too? Looks ugly, i'm sure Massdrop can afford their own advertising?
Extended yet again with no regular restock? Massdrop pls
It might be a long shot, does anyone have a regular size in this pack that they are willing to get rid of? Most people seem to like it, but I figured i'd ask. It seems like that size has been out of stock for a few months now, and I although I've been trying over the last week, I haven't been able to get any info on a new shipment from Granite Gear or Massdrop.
Any plans to restock the regular size?
crumbsnatcher
Looks like I missed out too.
Would LOVE this in a Short!!
Any updates on if/when regular size will be available?
Please make a short Torso next round! You made the Long requests happy so now it's our short people turn??
Will buy the Reg size if you've heard of someone that wants to sell. Please spread the word Thank you!
Did they just add more time to this with out the regular option? Ughh...
Instant buy if there was a regular fit.
Want one of these sooo bad in regular! I'm not alone! Give the people what they want!
I was about to buy the Massdrop Granite Gear Crown x60, but discovered in the checkout that it is sold out in regular size. Hope you get some more in stock in size regular! I have an older Crown 60, which has been a good pack. I really like the improvements in the newer version and, in particular, the Massdrop version. ThankPeterO
I keep checking back frequently and waiting for the regular to be back in stock!
When can I expect to receive the backpack (long version) for the latest drop (4Oct18) if it needs to get to the Northeast in the USA?
PLEASE have the regular size available!!
Aaah! No regular size. Come on!
Zviadikele
Oh grow up ;)
JIV_Virtanen
Actually I'm 198 cm high :D
How do we get notified when regular or heaven forbid a small torso is made available?
My brainbox showed tears after the first 3 day hike I took it out. Otherwise the pack performed admirably. Are there anyways I can get a replacement?
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AlpNov
Did they replace it for you?
Surfsessions
No contact yet. I'm not fussed about it though. The bag itself is solid, and the tear might've come from me sliding it on my truck bed during transport. I've had a nylon rain cover do the same thing. It's a small tear, and I can still use it.
How can I find out current shipping time to the UK if I don't join the drop. Seeing other comments about 6 months would cause me to consider other packs.
massedgadget
Ignore me, just seen date of 27 Sept. That's tomorrow - is that really the case?
I see this drop is being prolonged, at least two times already. Is that means regulars will be restocked? I also wanted to ask how people already using this backpack find it usefull on organizing stuff in it, there is not much pockets. I know that you get great weight, but I think this might be little problematic, what do you say?
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Navigare
I use have the regular GG Crown 60 and I love it. Side pockets are a little tight if the main compartment is full, but the brain is great. If you have a CCF pad as the other user mentioned, you can strap it between the top of the main compartment and the brain to free up the front mesh unit
captainmolo
Oh haha I can't believe I didn't think of that! I've only been using the clip straps along the vertical axis.
But I really don't mind having the foam pad inside the pack... There's so much room anyway that I have never even worried about running out of space...
And I agree about the side pockets.
Any idea when regulars will be back in stock? I wanted to get in on this drop (literally clicking the join drop button) , but no more in my size.
ohsigmachi
Mee too!
ohsigmachi
me 3 :(
Totally would have picked this up if the regular size was available. I'm hoping this drop comes up again.
That said, I don't check Massdrop often, in order to save my wallet. Is there any way to be notified?
Heads up to Canadian buyers: it took 16 days to deliver, which isn't terrible, but it cost $48.90 in customs on delivery.
Hi Danny,
Can you please clarify the volume of this pack? The interior volume of 23.5*8*13 inches = 40 litres if you assume it to be roughly a rectangular prism. Adding the lid and hip belt pockets gives you about 46 litres, not 60.