Monday, July 2, 2012

GRANITE GEAR 2012 Backpacks-AJI 50/ AJI 50 Ki


words/images Judith Ecochard
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Granite Gear, the USA maker of technical backpacks continues to expand its line-up for Fall 2012.

Crown V.C. 60 & Crown V.C. 60 Ki (women's specific)-belt and shoulder straps -dual density padding for comfort-in cactus/moonmist
The new AJI 50 and AJI 50 Ki (women's specific) are the second pack bunch based on the company's innovative Vapor Current suspension system---already in the popular CROWN V.C. packs---featuring ventilation channels molded into the cushioned molded foam back pad for superior air circulation from bottom to top-without shifting the pack's center of gravity...

AJI 50-

AND a full length HDPE die-cut sheet VC frame underneath the foam that supports loads up to 35lbs...that's removable too-for ultralight hauls.

(Removing framesheet saves  6 ounces-good for hiking with load under 21 lbs)

Java/Cocoa-AJI 50

Pack weight is 2 lbs 9 oz-with frame...

narrow webbing straps-molded foam back
curved trim shoulder straps and fixed torso packs in several sizes -assure a comfortable fit.

other specs-hydration ports and internal hydration sleeve,

curved dual density panel hip belt---can accept optional hip pocket(s)
Opening Possibilites™ is the new very clever zipper 'system' by Granite Gear-in the AJI 50 and AJI 50 Ki---with a zipper that zips open from the top like a traditional panel loader...
zip opened from top

strap wraps, tool loops, Cordura® durable fabrics-zipper goes a long way ...fully opens from left or right

zip open from bottom is handy esp. if you stash your fleece lower part of pack

Easy access---can zip it open from the top or bottom, all the way around 

TECH ALERT: Ideal® TAC Zipper-with thermobrasion coil-stitching is bonded thermally to the clogging or wear out...
FYI: Granite Gear's idea: Schoeller NanoSphere® technology for super water repellence, dirt and dust resistance coats the zippers---wow. No jam ups, ever. 

women's zip has printed pattern
Tough zips that are durable and corrosion resistant.

Front brain pocket with internal mesh pocket and key hook-"...a lot of organization but not too much."

side mesh-good for water bottles

large stretch side/front mesh pockets-good for wet stuff like a tent---really stretches a lot

Smart, efficient, long-lasting...$219.95

Granite Gear also makes those rather cool looking, military backpacks/hauler systems...(we reviewed prior), dog gear, everyday accessories and drawstring stuffsacks.

PLUS: Waterproof stuffsacks -with eVent® 

lightest dry sack ever with waterproof closure, eVent® air purging bottom, stitch free body seams,,,and nice, transparent -in different colors so you can see what you're hauling around