Monday, July 7, 2014


WITH  multi-functional tactical ready and outdoor-ready haulers-Granite Gear majors in  hardcore backpacks for terra firma + watery outings…

Now with infusions of know how from different aspects of the industry, the Minneapolis based company has launched a new Campus-Barrier backpack collection ($34.99-$79.99) for the back to school crowd-that embraces the top of the line tech features from the outdoor collection-and applies that to more urban pursuits. Smart.

Features of the CAMPUS- Barrier Backpack bunch:

Durable Repelaweave fabrics for weather tough hauling, abrasion and water resistant tarpaulin fabric- bottom shell,  water repellent zippers, Gear Tech laptop/tablet sleeves- padded zones, tricot lined electronics pocket for Smartphones/MP3s, and importantly-ergonomic construction- back panels with lumbar support, breathable load absorbing shoulder harnesses and load stabling sternum straps, and load bearing waist belts---plus depending on style-mesh side pockets for water bottles, adjustable compression and lash straps, multi pocket organizer...

We wince seeing all these kids haul around outsized belongings, to and fro…back problems in the making…and a lot of that is due to the backpacks' construction ---big on graphics but not big on details that would make them ergonomically suitable for trails as well as the street. Why compromise, especially at these prices.

Tall slim profile---helps distribute weight of stuff closer carrier's back-center of gravity. Vernon with side dual stretch hydration pockets, multi pocket organizer 30.25 liters

Brimson 29 L, Saunders, 29 L, Voyageurs-29.5 L, Boundary 30.25 L (left-Right)

top-left-Echo 28.25L right Champ 29.5 L…bottom-left Misquah 29L, right-Portage 29L-compression straps are very handy

fully padded back panel, high density foam shoulder harness

at the top for ez access-tricot lined pocket….
Granite Gear also continues with the other stuff…like

Canoe Portage Packs-Traditional series-with an anatomically cut harness system, sternum strap, arched lid and drawcord overflow. A padded hip belt = comfort and stability and side compression straps...
Nimbus Trace Access---different sizes …$289.95 +$349.95
Nimbus Trace Access

Nimbus Trace Access-ahed line-Loc compression system saves weight over webbing, stretchy mesh side pockets 
Lightweight, durable and functional. It features a zip open access panel and internal compression straps so you can get to that elusive piece of gear at the bottom of the pack without disturbing the gear above it.
Advection back panel-moves with you…re-engineered 3D  Topoflex frame

adjustable padded foam back/hip belt with a  single “pivot point” attachment system=ergonomic and can shift the load-depending and accordingly...

weather tough-top access...

zip open access panel….
Kahiltna day packs-

named after Alaskan range...

we like top pocket and hip belt zipped pocket-store car keys without launching a search expedition...

padded shoulder straps-ergonomically shaped and adjustable, side stash your water bottle pockets, plenty of lash/compression straps

fully foam padded back

hydration compatible