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Granite Gear Crown2 38L Backpack


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Crown2 38L Backpack

Granite Gear's Crown2 38L backpack is ideal for thru-hikers who value a balance between lightweight and comfort. Whether you're eyeing the AT, PCT, or the lesser-traveled Colorado Trail, you don't have make it a sufferfest at the expense of a lightweight pack. The Crown2's dual density shoulder harness and hip belt offer superior comfort even when you're pushing consecutive 20-mile days. The pack is also built with high-tenacity nylon to handle the wear and tear of thru-hikes.

  • A lightweight, comfortable backpack for thru-hikers
  • Dual density shoulder harness and waist belt for comfort
  • Compressible roll-top main compartment for compact loads
  • hydration port for drinking water on the move
  • Removable lid lighter-weight option on trails
  • high-tenacity nylon is durable for long thru-hikes
  • Item #GRG002U

Robic high-tenacity nylon (100D, 210D)
38L (2319cu in)
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
Weight Capacity
Claimed Weight
2lb 1oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, ultralight backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great pack

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
165 lbs

The beauty of the Crown 38 is that it strikes a great balance between weight and structure. The hard plastic insert is an effective and sturdy frame, but Granite Gear has not sacrificed weight in order to achieve that. I'm a recovering ultra-heavy backpacker, and the smaller size of the Crown 38 helps me prioritize what is actually needed and keep my base weight down. BV450 fits nicely (but not BV500). Side and front pockets are large and easy to access. Hip belt is very comfortable and the zipper pockets have more space than any pack I have previously owned--this has been a nice convenience. So far I have not seen any flaws in construction or quality after several overnight trips in the Rockies. I would highly recommend this pack. I don't expect I'll be using anything else for many years to come.

>Rating: 5

Wonderful pack

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 3"
115 lbs

I really love this pack! At first I was skeptical that 38L would be enough space as I had only used my first backpacking pack, the Osprey Ariel 55L, but it's totally fine, even for thru hiking where I need to store plenty of food. It's a great upgrade from the Osprey in that it's way lighter, though the Ariel was a great first pack. I've hiking several hundred miles in that baby already, and so far there's minimal wear. It's also a pretty good size for ski touring! One of the best features I think is that the hip belt is SUPER adjustable. I've a smaller person, so often I max out the hipbelt to the smallest size, but this one it's a non-issue.


Crown2 38L

This slimmed down version of our thru-hiker favorite, the Crown2 60, boasts our patent-pending full adjustable Re-Fit hip belt, our new and innovative Vapor Current Mark 2 compression molded PP frame sheet with molded foam back panel, and bonus lid (removable), all while weighing in at 2.1 lbs (without lid).

>Rating: 5

Excellent Do-It-All Pack!

I've used it several times

Granite Gear does it again - great pack! Smaller version of their award winning Crown2 60L pack, but with the roll-top feature, this bag can still swallow a ton of gear. My base weight is around 14lbs. I easily have used this for 4-5 day trip with room to spare, including all food and water. Pros: -lightweight just over 2lbs., but you can remove frame sheet and brain to have sub 2lb pack -durable -extremely smart design - webbing, tie downs, etc. in all the right spots -versatile - fully adjustable belt to get a dialed in fit; remove brain and belt and have a 10L day pack with hip belts (will need to use a bit of cord to tie one end of buckles, the other end they will connect.) -materials seem like they will hold up, but like all granite gear packs, their customer service and warranty are elite, should you run into a problem Cons: -only small gripe I have is the side mesh water pockets; very difficult to remove/replace water bottles while hiking; Wish it had the lateral opening like some packs are now providing, or at least if they were cut lower so you could reach more easily; but I typically clip water bottle to front shoulder strap, or you can use internal water bladder pocket. Overall, this pack is insanely good. I can use for an overnighter, or long distance. Even could be used as a big day pack, just remove the brain and seal up with roll-top. Like with all packs, be sure you know your spine length as the harness is NOT adjustable, just the belt is. One of the most comfortable packs I've ever used to date, I've been guiding and backpacking for almost 20 years now.