Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Outdoor Retailer, SLC Utah

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Twenty-five years of gear-keeps celebrating into Fall 2011 for Granite Gear.

We took in the maker of backpacks/drysacs/dog and canoe gear...and like the Spring 2011 gear---we walked away super impressed.

New for 2011 is the BLAZE A.C. 60 ($199.95)---an ultralight lidless top loader good for long distance hiking---that features G.G's acclaimed engineered Air Current™frame that consists of  molded ABS sheet and molded foam pad...that contours with one's back/engineered to flex when you do---and with integrated air channels---to vent heat and moisture.

PLUS: The arched Line-Loc compression system allows for cinching in all directions---for easy gear attachments to the pack.

AND: Easy torso size adjustable, a swap/switch it hip belt---for a man or woman, a tall spindrift opening--- can cinched down for weather resistance or expanded for more room, stretch side pockets and a tall front center pocket can hold wet tarp/tent..

Weight saving replaceable LineLoc cords instead of metal clips

EVA FOAM padded back

The frame---solid ABS, not uncomfortable/breakable plastic

Air  channels

FYI: Granite Gear sponsors athletes including Gregg Treinish---leading light of the incredible non-profit Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (www.adventureandscience.org)---"...dedicated to increasing the availability of scientific knowledge through partnerships between adventure athletes and scientists."

We concur with the thumbs up

GRANITE TACTICAL GEAR makes technically advanced/ innovative, functional and durable gear for the military using the best USA sourced materials (like Cordura® Brand fabrics and webbing woven with Cordura® Brand yarns, ITW Nexus Ghillie TEX™ hardware, IDEAL® Zippers...etc)---meeting all the compliance requirements including manufacturing and NIR.

We liked the "...how to solve problems..." approach...

There was a lot of new attachable bags/packs/models for Fall 2011, we could barely keep up with the Granite Gear employee who led us around the multi cam packs (with color options in Coyote and Black too).
Composite Hybrid Interchangeable Ergonomic Framesheet (C.H.I.E.F.) available with Body Armor Compatible Harness
Build-able, torso adjustable C.H.I.E.F. able to carry 100 lbs comfortable---connected to belt and shoulder straps via Pivot Point hardware---for maximum flex---

Bungees and attachment straps to haul gear (Flatbed Rope/Tagline/Haul System bags)-designed for speed...and lateral pockets for "flotation stuff."

New Direct Action Medical Rescue Packs/ Systems---with a modular system that allows for customization ---including an armor mounting system, adaptable bungee cinch system inner pockets and or panels that secure to the inside with a hook and loop connection system for easy access...

DA-Med Packs...and pouches.

DA-Med Organizer Panels and CTW Pockets---versatile with adaptable bungee cinch system


Dragster system -collaborative effort with SOF Snipers ---zips open, lays flat shoulder straps and and handles tuck away into zippered compartments ---3 pocket systems-for essentials, including a "place for his chew."


ÜBERLIGHT Cubic Tech® Flexible Fiber Film 3 (CTF3) DRYSACK-with waterproof rolltop closures, stitch free body seams, space saving shapes...