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Blaze the trails with the Blaze A.C. 60.

The Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Backpack is great for longer out-and-backs and overnighters, or as a weekend pack for elite minimalists. Simple but never simplistic, the Blaze A.C. features everything you need to escape society, and nothing you don't.
  • Torso length adjustment can be made quickly for a customized fit
  • Line-Loc cord allows for three-way compression, can be used to attach gear externally, and is easily replaceable
  • Stretch mesh side pockets with drawcord cinching conveniently store any size water bottle
  • Tall center front pockets store a light shelter or keep damp clothing away from your gear in the main compartment
  • Molded channels in back panel allow for cross-ventilation, and the lightweight foam helps to move moisture

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5 5

No frills great pack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I you like pockets, zippers, removable fanny pack lids, this is not the pack for you. If you like a sold no frills tough as nails comfortable pack that will not fail, this is the pack you've been looking for. I'm 215, 5'11'' and the medium fits me perfect. The huge side mesh pockets are perfect for easy access to water bottles. It swallows the Bear Vault 450 with tons of room leftover. I recently carried the AC 60 Blaze on a 5 day trip with room to spare. I could probably live out of this thing for a month there's so much room. Great pack!

No frills great pack.
5 5

Just the basics

This is my favorite pack ever and my current go-to pack for everything beyond day trips. Its just the basics... but it does all the basics perfectly. Cavernous main compartment that can swallow nearly anything, lightweight but extremely supportive suspension system... I'll be using this for a while.

5 5

Great pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack for a NoBo AT thru hike in 2012. Was solid even before I trimmed down my gear and refined my food supply strategy (started with a 45lb pack incl. 8 days food) and absolutely heavenly afterwards. Broke a toe and had to get off the trail (Thanks Obama...), but all in all have put ~1000 miles on it. I don't abuse my gear, but certainly don't baby it either, and it's held up well. There's a small hole in the stretchy mesh of the back external pocket but the integrity of the fabric doesn't seem to be compromised beyond that. The other materials are absolutely bomber. The pack distributes weight evenly and carries extremely well. I'm a skinny guy and a lot of packs tend to really irritate my hip bones, so I appreciate the beefy hip belt; no hip pain even after 25 mile days carrying 20-30 lbs (there was some when I was carrying 45 lbs). The pack is highly compressible as well. I was initially worried about the durability of the compression straps (strings is more like it) but they've held up without issue.

One potential drawback is that if you're using the optional top lid, you won't be able to utilize the max capacity of the roll-top closure as the lid attaches directly to the load lifters. Hasn't been an issue on any of my trips, but something to keep in mind if you're planning to stuff this pack to the brim and also want to use the lid.

If you travel light, this thing can go the distance. Highly recommend it for anything from overnighters to week-plus-long adventures.

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Sorry Obama broke your toe dude....what a jerk!

4 5

Sooo comfortable... but be careful.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a long and careful evaluation I choose the Blaze for my backpacking needs. I picked one up from Backcountry.com a few weeks ago. I did 8 and 10 mile test hikes with about 15 lb. of gear. It was extremely comfortable, I mean extremely. I didn't even remember I was wearing a pack which is probably about the highest endorsement I could give for comfort. This past weekend I headed out to the Needles in southern Utah for 3 days. Nothing too strenuous, 5, 9 and 6 miles each day. Even with a ridiculous amount of water that we needed haul, the bag was still just so comfortable. It swallowed all my gear easily.

I have a Dana Design wet rib which I used on this trip to great effect. It is basically a small pouch and water bottle holder that attaches to the shoulder strap webbing and hangs around the waste. Great access to water, camera, munchies, etc. since the Blaze itself is pretty Spartan.

After unpacking upon my return, I noticed that each stretch area (two sides and back) had small holes. I didn't think I was particularly rough with our packs. It was stored in another duffle for air transit. A few times we needed to remove our packs and toss them up to the next level and then scramble up after them. Also given all the rock walls it was hard not for it to occasionally scrape against the sandstone.

One other note. The top has a tall collar, but it is not all usable. I tried to stack up all the empty water bottles. They fit inside the collar, but the cross cinch straps do not reach when the collar is fully extended.
Comfort - A+
Durability - handle with care.

Sooo comfortable... but be careful.
5 5

Tough, Functional,Comfortable

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with this pack this summer. Really light weight, comfortable, distributes weight extremely well when packed correctly. Really love the functional simple design.

Tough, Functional,Comfortable
5 5

Simplicity meets functionality

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Blaze A.C 60 is by far the best pack I've had the opportunity of wearing! The weight is minimal and the bag has everything you need for an ultralight hike. The lack of numerous pockets allows you to maximize the space in the bag and keeps you from having to deal with various zippers and clips. The waist belt is firm and provides structure to the bag so that part of the weight of the bag is displaced to your hips. When strapped on, this bag feels like it has molded into your back! GREAT BUY!!!

5 5

BOMB

Just got back from my first trip with the BLAZE and this pack is BOMB. 5 days 265 miles later on the SHT; Duluth to Canada, this pack was unbelievable. The funny thing is Two Harbors is where Granite Gear is made just 25 minutes north east of Duluth and I have never tried any of their packs before. Being a local I see them around, and finally tried it for a fast pack. What I liked about it is it is light and incredibly simple. The shoulders and waist belt are really comfortable. The waistbelt is thicker and has more padding than the Vapor which I like. The pack has no frills and the simple top load is very very pragmatic which I like. The only thing I really did not like about this pack is the back plate, because the shoulder straps are attached to it and I could not remove it, but it did not weigh all that much so I was not to concerned. The material and construction were dynamite. Really I can't say enough. The pack seated nicely with about 32 lbs of gear and food to begin with, and we ended with a pack weight of about 22 lbs losing 10 lbs in food over the 5 days. The shoulder pads never wore on my shoulders and the belt stayed pretty cool around the waist (two of my concerns always). The hydration sleeve worked well and adapted to a couple of different field bladders we were testing. I was really impressed with the volume of this pack. It is about a 55-57 liter pack in the regular and the volume felt like there was a lot of room left after I was all packed. I am 5'10" 165 and I fit perfectly in the medium belt and regular torso, keeping in mind that torso sizes vary considerably person to person.

4 5

nice sac

I hated returning this. construction better than you would expect at that weight, and the compression system is genius. I was looking for something a bit bigger than my old osprey talon 44. This seemed perfect, except for the lack of an alternative access to the black hole of a main compartment, and no hip pocket. I didn't realize how much I'd miss those little items. couldn't be more than an extra hundred grams, and if they were there this would be 6 stars.

Blaze 60

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Co-founder of Granite Gear Dan Cruikshank gives the first walk through of the 2011 Granite Gear Blaze 60.

5 5

Awesome Pack

This pack is amazing. Extremely light weight, good material, and highly adjustable. However, if you are planning on using it for day hikes or hikes with minimal gear it may be too big for some...

4 5

Watch the ROCKS!

My brother just got one of these and it is a sweet pack for the most part. He got his gear with out water or food down to like 20 something lbs. The 1st trip we went on was a 3 nighter in Utah's coyote gulch. The pack was sufficient but 3-4 nights was about its max as he was spent on room. With that said we took more food than we could eat. There was one issue on the durability however. He had to slide down some sand stone and because of the beers in his overflow the rock burned a hole in the stretchy fabric that it's made out of. So in my opinion a sweet pack with a simple design flaw of the vulnerable overflow material extending a little too far down the body of the pack in the event that you do slide on rock. (which is fairly common a thing out there)

Watch the ROCKS!
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Ibid. Same exact experience. Super comfortable, be careful not to scratch stretchy stuff against the rocks. The rocks will win.

5 5

Better than most

I tried 3 other bags in its class (Boreas Buttermilk, Osprey Pack Exos 58, and Mountain Hardware Thruway 50) before deciding on this kick-a$$ bag. Sure this is one Spartan bag and I'd love to have some simple convenience features like hip-belt pocket, and maybe a stow on the go feature that Osprey packs do, but you know where this bag (to me) excels in one thing that matters the most to me? The suspension! The most customizable, comfortable set of support, ventilation, and straps I've had the luxury of imposing on my back. I remember reading Backpacker magazine saying it has a "class leading hip belt," and it really does by a mile. I also love the bomber Cordura, and also the line-loc cord and how easy it is to loosen and tighten it to compress the bag quickly and evenly. One minor gripe? It's kinda ugly....but it's growing on me because it fits so well.

5 5

Outpaces everything else

This pack is incredible. All areas of the pack are crazy adjustable and it bottomlessly swallows gear. I can easily fit my entire luxury kit and a Bear Vault BV500 (stuffed with smaller gear, stove, food, etc.) inside the main pack, with all my essential easy-access gear stowed in the outer pockets. If I want to go light, the pack cinches down through nine different compression straps on the main pack bag. Weight transfer is amazing in light of the adjustability and the ventilated back panel keeps you nice and cool. Also, the torso adjustment feature on the frame sheet is ridiculously simple, but effective. All-in-all I cannot recommend it enough. Glad to see BC finally got the men's version back in stock.

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I am 6 foot, 207 lbs. I wear XL shirts and have relatively athletic build.
My total gear in/on pack is 30#
Is this a perfect pack for me? I've been reading and reading but yet to pull the trigger.

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Mike, we are almost exactly the same build. I love this pack. The best thing I can say is that I put it on and forget about it. The level of comfort and support at this weight is sweet. As far as the critique that the pack lacks hip pockets, they are available from Granite Gear along with a lid storage compartment.

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Mike56157, Forgot to mention ? make sure you get the Reg sized frame.

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Can the Bear Vault BV500 fit horizontally inside the pack?

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The BV500 can fit horizontally if you place it in the bottom of the pack; however, I would not recommend this practice. First, because doing so will place a hard surface on the bottom and will contribute to abrasions on the bottom material. Also this will likely place your heavier contents toward the bottom, which is never a good packing strategy. If I remember correctly, you can lash it on top of the pack horizontally with the top compression straps. Yet the best practice I have found has been to use it vertically placed in the center toward the top.

The padded, rigid frame sheet prevents internal vertical carry from being uncomfortable, and honestly has never impeded my carrying capacity. I even carry my BV 500 like this in my Crown VC 60, which has a considerably more malleable back pad and frame sheet, and typically just use my folded up rainfly to account for the difference. I solo hiked the JMT back in October with my BV500 inside and had no issues.

Hope this helps.