Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack Review

Hunting in the TetonsHunting with Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack | Photo Mountain Weekly News

My new favorite hunting backpack is actually more of an overnight camping backpack. The do it all Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack is a workhorse of a pack in the companies line.

Granite Gear Blaze 60L Capacity

The Granite Gear Blaze Backpack is available in both Unisex and Women’s styles offering a great fit out of the box for just about every size human being out there.

Removable Backpack Pouch

Granite Gear Blaze Backpack Removable Pouch | Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

Starting from the top of the Granite Gear Blaze 60 Pack there is a removable top pocket pouch.  I actually found this got in the way and hung down lower than it should when opening up the top part of the backpack.  To counter this I removed the top pocket pouch and threw it inside the Granite Gear Blaze Pack’s main compartment.  This allowed me to keep small items together in one place.

Also removable is the Re-Fit waistband.  This is one of the ways the brand was able to make a Unisex pack that works with a variety of waist widths.  At 5’11 my 31″ waist might be different from someone that is 5’10.  Now we can all use the same backpack as it goes from size 28″ waist all the way to 42″.

Velcro Backpack Waist Straps

Velcro Backpack Waist Straps | Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

The hiccups with this system is it’s super hard to break the Velcro, so be sure to do this at home and perhaps use gloves.  Once dialed in the fit around the waist and the weight or lack thereof becomes literally unnoticeable. This is how your backpack waistband should fit, exactly to your own waist width, not some model or pr Gargan about fit.

Granite Gear Torso Length

Not only is the waist adjustable the Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack comes in 3 torso lengths.  Toss in an internal frame and super comfortable foam back panel and you have a backpack you’re going to enjoy wearing with very little adjustment needed.

Foam Backpacking Panel

Foam Backpacking Panel | Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

The inside of the backpack offers 60L of storage space which can be accessed via a top drawstring or zippered access via the front of the backpack. The hip belt holds lots of small gear best for snacks, NOT YOUR CAR KEYS…..

There is also a big pouch on the front of the backpack that increases the 60L capacity.  I found this was a great place to store rain jackets, binoculars, and other things you may need to access throughout the day without having to dig through your backpack.

Backpack with Bear Spray

Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack Size | Photo Mike Hardaker Mountain Weekly News

On each side of the backpack, there are large water bottle holders, that also work for carrying bear spray.  It would be nice if the Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack had an attachment point or loops for bear spray or a personal locator beacon. If you have a carabiner you can make it work.

Overall Impression

With the ability to customize your waist width throughout the lifetime of the backpack ( we do gain and lose weight from time to time ) and 3 different torso lengths, there is no reason not to have a perfectly dialed-in fit on your next backpacking pack.  The Granite Gear Blaze 60 offers the best fit out of the box of any backpacks I tested this year.

Crossing a Stream in Absorka Mountains

Mike Hardaker Testing the Granite Gear 60L Backpack in Tetons | Photo Mountain Weekly News

I have used the Granite Gear Blaze 60 Backpack ($269.95) for overnight camping trips loaded with gear and it has become my favorite hunting backpack as well.  Its lightweight wears well and so far it is super durable. Overall a solid backpack from Granite Gear.

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News based in Jackson, Wyoming.

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