Thanks for the comments about the Koch brothers. Since "Man made" global warming is a hideous myth, I will do my best to support the Koch brothers. It seems they are rational and courageous, unlike the Man made global warming, anti-human crowd (And I would suspect, anti-capitalist socialists, usually). The Earth has been cooling and warming naturally for billions of years. We aren't even at a normal high temp yet, set by a sawtooth pattern over the past 450,000 years. And the glaciers have been melting for hundreds of thousands of years. "Man made" global warming??? Why the assault on Mankind? A completely irrational myth!!!
Thank you. Did not know this about Cordura and the Koch Bros.
Just received my Blaze AC 60 ki. Was disappointed that there was no manual. No explanation as to adjusting the pack for torso length, no info on the size of water bladder it takes, just a barely informational hang tag. I can barely get my hand down into the water bladder pouch, so it can't possible hold a very big one. Is that why in the video she says she had 3 liters of water up top in the pack, she has to carry it in separate containter from the bladder?
Has anyone tried this backpack with a tent? I recently purchased a Eureka Spitfire Duo 2 person tent (weight 4lbs 5oz, max 5lbs 5oz) with packed dimensions up to 6 inches by 23 inches. Could I possibly strap this to the backpack without it falling off or damaging the backpack (tent packed is soft on the outside)? Will the tiny straps on the side hold this, or maybe on top for better balance?
Are UL backpacks suitable for this at all?
I found the video usefull because seeing a pack in action on a video like this gives me a better idea of the pack than photographs and text,and it was one of the things that helped my purchase this pack. From my viewing of the video,it covers the pros and cons,the back system and weight distribution from the presenter's experience. If that isn't 'enough' for some people, there are further specifics (dimensions etc) for the pack all over the web. Thanks Kristin, for the video.
Yo Landman, et al:
We do written reviews as well for those of you who don't like videos: http://www.backpacker.com/gear-guide-2011-editors-choice-2011-granite-gear-blaze-ac-60/gear/15340
As Tina Ingle points out, this pack uses Cordura. Cordura is produced by the Koch brothers, 2 billionaires who are working to eliminate all environmental protection, including the EPA. The Koch brothers are funding nearly all the climate change deniers. Purchasing anything from them is contributing to the destruction of the environment.
This pack seems similar to my Nimbus Meridian, which I love. The Meridian doesn't have the big stretchy back pocket though, but the harness is very adjustable and comfortable. I don't see enough difference in this pack to trade up.
Dear Granite Gear,
Bring back the vapor trail and the ozone. The vapor trail was your best pack besides the Nimbus Meridian. Also, we miss your hats and gloves. Please make an ultralight pack out of cubic tech fiber with a removable framesheet.
I want an article to read, not a video. Stop wasting your resources.
agree with landerman, too. Specs, still pics are infinitely more useful than a video.
agree with Landerman.
SO how is it better than the Granite Gear Vapor Trail? My Vapor Trail weighs only 2 pounds. I have lugged it all over the world with NO sign of abrasion, so why the comment about having to be more careful with it?
I can't wait to try this pack out. It's a direct descendant of the Ozone and that pack outperforms everything else in it's class, which is why it also won Editor's Choice 2003. Simple, functional, expandable. Go GG!
when can I buy one? granite gear needs to update their website too.
We are proud to have our CORDURA® fabric as a key ingredient in the award-winning Granite Gear Blaze 60 pack!
wow Michael Landman... ur a spazz!!!
I do NOT want another stupid vidieo preceded by an ad. I want a review with specs, pros/cons.
....and yes, I am a subcriber to the mag., but I am not an idiot who needs to see pictures to understand
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