Granite Gear is back again with its Blaze series. Prioritizing its lightweight build with little compromise, the Granite Gear Blaze 60 is a light backpack that should not be underestimated. Despite its lightweight status, the Granite Gear Blaze 60 ensures comfort while carrying a heavy load. Moreover, the backpack is equipped with features to accommodate a hiker’s needs. Below is the assessment of the Blaze 60’s performance, comfort, durability, and more.
Performance of the Granite Gear Blaze 60
Although it has weak-looking shoulder pads and hip belt straps, the Granite Gear Blaze 60 can carry liters of water, food, gears, and extra clothing to name a few. Also, you can feel no pressure points while carrying it. It offers a comfortable feel as it has an adjustable Re-fit hip belt and a molded foam back panel. Moreover, shoulder sores are eliminated as it is integrated with a dual-density shoulder harness with load lifter strap. Unlike its competition, which sacrifices certain features for weight, the Granite Gear Blaze 60 still preserves a large hauling capability.
If necessary, you can lessen the weight by removing the lid. The lid of the Granite Gear Blaze 60 can be converted into a chest pack or lumbar pack in order to provide a fast and light excursion. The compression strap features of the Granite Blaze 60 did not forget about balance and security as well.
Although comfort and weight are the guarantees of the Granite Gear Blaze 60, it seems that ventilation might have been compromised. The breathing mechanism in the back panel is sacrificed to ensure comfort. Its back panel tends to warm up immediately. You can feel the sweat on your back with just a few minutes on the trail.
Build Durability and Quality
The Granite Blaze 60 does not disappoint in the durability department either. Robic nylon is the primary material used in creating the Granite Blaze 60. A mix of 100-denier and 210-denier allows the bag to endure the rigid environments and load. Also, the Granite Gear’s integrated triple ripstop nylon reinforcements add extra durability. The triple ripstop nylon reinforcements are located in areas most susceptible to impact and abrasion.
Additionally, you don’t have to worry about the rain. The Granite Blaze 60 is coated with a durable water repellent overlay on lid, zippers, and body. With this bonus, you can continue your adventures even in a sustained downpour. However, you still need to use a pack cover or liners to ensure 100% protection from water.
The Granite Gear Blaze 60 is designed with a cinch-and-roll closure system that offers quick and easy access. The backpack has large cinch-closure pockets with bottom panels at the sides for storing essentials, and a tall stretch-woven front pocket for the quick stashing of gears. There are also hidden zippers to access the main compartment of the Blaze 60.
Pros and Cons
- Tolerates heavy loads while ensuring comfort
- Smartly designed side pockets, dual-purpose lid, and zippers across the front panel provides easy access and convenience
- Compression straps allow you to fit all necessary load
- Ventilation is compromised for a comfort-centric back panel
- Only one colorway is available for women’s
- Dialing the best fit for the shoulder straps and hip belt are slightly difficult
Quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Although it is not equipped with fancy features like high-end products, the Granite Gear Blaze 60 is a formidable competitor in the field. Its performance may have sacrificed a bit on the ventilation department, but it was able to make up for it with its comfort. Backpackers will surely love all the Blaze 60 has to offer.
- Price: $270
- Frame Type: Internal Frame
- Frame Material: Polycarbonate
- Weight: 3 lbs. (Regular)
- Fabric: Robic nylon (100D & 210D)
- Capacity: 60 L
- Positives: lightweight build, customizable compression straps, retains comfort despite heavy loads
- Negatives: difficulty in adjusting the hip belt, limited back ventilation