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Granite Gear, the USA maker of technical backpacks continues to expand its line-up for Fall 2012.
|Crown V.C. 60 & Crown V.C. 60 Ki (women's specific)-belt and shoulder straps -dual density padding for comfort-in cactus/moonmist|
AND a full length HDPE die-cut sheet VC frame underneath the foam that supports loads up to 35lbs...that's removable too-for ultralight hauls.
(Removing framesheet saves 6 ounces-good for hiking with load under 21 lbs)
|narrow webbing straps-molded foam back|
|curved trim shoulder straps and fixed torso packs in several sizes -assure a comfortable fit.|
|other specs-hydration ports and internal hydration sleeve,|
|curved dual density panel hip belt---can accept optional hip pocket(s)|
|zip opened from top|
|strap wraps, tool loops, Cordura® durable fabrics-zipper goes a long way ...fully opens from left or right|
|zip open from bottom is handy esp. if you stash your fleece lower part of pack|
|Easy access---can zip it open from the top or bottom, all the way around|
TECH ALERT: Ideal® TAC Zipper-with thermobrasion coil-stitching is bonded thermally to the coil...no clogging or wear out...
FYI: Granite Gear's idea: Schoeller NanoSphere® technology for super water repellence, dirt and dust resistance coats the zippers---wow. No jam ups, ever.
|women's zip has printed pattern|
|Front brain pocket with internal mesh pocket and key hook-"...a lot of organization but not too much."|
|side mesh-good for water bottles|
|large stretch side/front mesh pockets-good for wet stuff like a tent---really stretches a lot|
Smart, efficient, long-lasting...$219.95
Granite Gear also makes those rather cool looking, military backpacks/hauler systems...(we reviewed prior), dog gear, everyday accessories and drawstring stuffsacks.
PLUS: Waterproof stuffsacks -with eVent®
|lightest dry sack ever with waterproof closure, eVent® air purging bottom, stitch free body seams,,,and nice, transparent -in different colors so you can see what you're hauling around|