Granite gear crown2 best new ways to make money 38 backpack review – section hikers backpacking blog

The granite gear crown2 38L backpack is a lower volume best new ways to make money version of its popular big brother, the crown2 60L backpack. It’s a highly configurable ultralight backpack that has an adjustable-size hip belt so you can get a perfect, customized fit, with an optional top lid and framesheet that can be best new ways to make money removed to reduce its weight. Fully configured the 38L weighs 38.6 oz, but strips down to 29.5 oz with just the hip-belt. This is the configuration I prefer to use the pack best new ways to make money in, but it’s nice to have the added functionality of a top best new ways to make money lid pocket and the framesheet available for heavier loads. Specs at a glance

The crown2 38L is laid out like an ultralight backpack best new ways to make money with side water bottle pockets and a front mesh pocket. The main pack back is cavernous and closes with a best new ways to make money roll top, while the hip belt has two large solid zippered pockets. The top lid is floating and connected to the pack best new ways to make money with removable straps, while the hip belt has two large hard-faced and zippered pockets. True backpack volume

Before we dive into the details, it’s important to understand how granite gear measures their backpack best new ways to make money volumes and how they compare to the volumes reported by best new ways to make money other brands. Granite gear doesn’t include any open pockets in their capacity specs and best new ways to make money they don’t include the volume of the extension collar of the best new ways to make money main pack bag, which is the extra fabric “tube” that extends past the top of the shoulder straps. The extension collar on the 38L provides an additional 5L best new ways to make money of volume, not counting the open front mesh and side water bottle best new ways to make money pockets, bringing the pack’s effective storage closer to 45L. The extra extension collar capacity is quite noticeable and useful best new ways to make money if you need to carry more gear and food and best new ways to make money I find this size to be perfect for the 2-3 day backpacking/fly fishing trips I like to take in new hampshire best new ways to make money and maine.

Most cottage pack makers include all of their open pockets best new ways to make money and extension collars in their storage calculations, which tends to inflate their actual volumes a bit and best new ways to make money make it hard to compare them to “mainstream packs”. Granite gear follows an outdoor industry standard for computing pack best new ways to make money volumes; you can read about it more on their website FAQ. I don’t really have an axe to grind on volume computation, other than the fact that I wish it was consistent best new ways to make money across backpack makers. The front mesh pocket is great for storing layers and best new ways to make money wet gear. Open pockets

The crown2 38L features the standard, full-length front mesh pocket that granite gear packs are known best new ways to make money for. This is great for storing frequently accessed or wet items best new ways to make money (rain fly, tarp, water filter, etc) that you don’t want to come in contact with your dry gear best new ways to make money stored inside the main pack bag. The mesh on the outside of this pocket is quite best new ways to make money durable, but I’d still advise against bushwhacking with it.

The side water bottle pockets on the crown2 38L have best new ways to make money compression straps that can be run through the pockets or best new ways to make money over them. They’re covered with a solid, but stretchy fabric that is more durable than open mesh, but not something I’d recommend for off-trail hiking because it’s liable to catch and get torn. There are slits at the base of each side pocket best new ways to make money to drain rain, but the bottom of the pockets could be better armored best new ways to make money for increased durability.

It’s easy to pull out and replace bottles with a best new ways to make money small diameters like a 1L or 700ml smartwater bottle from best new ways to make money the side pockets, while still wearing the pack, but you will a harder time putting wider diameter bottles best new ways to make money away because the side fabric isn’t loose enough. This is also problem on the 60L version of the best new ways to make money crown2 and it’s too bad it wasn’t fixed in the 38L version of the pack. Still, it’s not an issue if you use the narrower smartwater best new ways to make money bottles, popular with backpackers, or a hydration reservoir.

The pack bag has a roll top closure with male best new ways to make money and female clips that connect together under the top lid. A long compression strap runs over the top of the best new ways to make money roll top to provide additional compression or lash items to best new ways to make money the top of the pack. If the top lid is removed, you can clip the male and female ends of the best new ways to make money roll top into the rear clips that the top lid best new ways to make money vacates, so they’re not loose.

The top lid pocket has a single external zippered pocket. It’s technically a floating lid so you can sandwich gear best new ways to make money underneath it and hold it against the top of the best new ways to make money pack. The webbing straps for the top lid are NOT long best new ways to make money enough to fit a bear canister underneath however, unlike the crown2 60L, which has this capability (see review for photos).

There are an additional two tiers of compression straps over best new ways to make money the front mesh pocket that are good for securing a best new ways to make money foam sit pad or sleeping pad to the outside of best new ways to make money the pack. The top compression that runs over the top of the best new ways to make money roll top closure can also be use to secure gear, like a rope coil or tent, to the top of the pack bag. The frame of the crown 2 has two components: a foam sheet that’s sewn into the pack and a removable plastic framesheet.

If you pull out the framesheet to reduce the weight best new ways to make money of the pack, the foam pad still gives the pack considerable structure and best new ways to make money provides load transfer to the hip belt. The nice thing about having a sewn-in foam pad is that you can use it to best new ways to make money insulate your feet, in conjunction with a torso-length sleeping pad to save a few more ounces of best new ways to make money gear weight. Framesheet

While the pack’s carry with the foam pad alone is not quite best new ways to make money as stiff as when the framesheet is inserted, it’s still perfectly adequate for a 20-25 pound load. I actually prefer the slightly softer feel of the 38L best new ways to make money without the framesheet. Still, it’s barely noticeable when inserted, unless you’re carrying pointy objects in the pack or a heavier best new ways to make money load. As it stands, I can carry 20-25 pounds with the foam pad alone, and 30-35 pounds with the additional plastic sheet inserted, without feeling the hip belt collapse. That’s not at all surprising, since the 38L uses the same hip belt as the best new ways to make money 60L of the crown2. The granite gear crown 2 backpack has an adjustable length best new ways to make money hip belt that can be easily resized so you get best new ways to make money a perfect fit. Recommendation

The granite gear crown2 38L is an ultralight backpack that best new ways to make money can be configured in a wide variety of ways depending best new ways to make money on the amount of gear you need to carry. While it weighs 38.5 ounces fully loaded with its optional components (top lid, framesheet), it’s easy to remove them and bring the pack’s weight down to a more reasonable 29.5 oz, without a significant loss in comfort or load carrying capacity. But the most unique and important feature on the crown2 best new ways to make money 38L is having an adjustable length hip belt that you best new ways to make money can personalize to fit your waist. It is hard to believe how many backpack companies still best new ways to make money fail to provide hip belts that fit people. It’s a simple thing, but it really makes the granite gear crown2 38L shine.

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