Backpacker Magazine’s Annual Gear Review features Granite Gear pack, dog gear and stuffsack

In the Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide, the Granite Gear Escape AC 60, and the women’s version of the pack, the Escape AC 60 Ki, were listed as the best in the ultralight pack category.
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(Two Harbors, MN) -- In the Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide, the Granite Gear Escape AC 60, and the women’s version of the pack, the Escape AC 60 Ki, were listed as the best in the ultralight pack category.

“The strategy with this stripped-down top loader: Get the most from the least. The packbag is reinforced with Codura on the bottom and corners (key wear points), while gram-counting designers used silnylon on the sides and substituted cylon webbing with cordage for the compression straps. A single-compartment lid extends six inches for overpacking, and a stretchy front pocket with vertical zip access carries rain gear. To test load transfer, our tester stuffed it with 48 pounds – 12 more than it’s rated for – and set off for three days in Utah’s Escalante Canyon. The verdict: “It carries as well as a pack twice its weight.” Credit the full-length polyethylene backpanel, which flexes slightly for mobility but is rigid enough to rest weight squarely on the hips and lumbar region. Stability gets a boost from the shoulder harness, which has two straps that slot directly into the backpanel, creating a stay-free ride (two frame sizes fit torso from 15 to 22 inches). Testers’ take: A great choice for mileage-oriented trekkers (hello, thru-hikers!) who want an ultralight pack that can handle any load.” MSR $200; 3660 cu.in.; 3 lbs 2 oz.

The Granite Gear Uberlight CFT3 Drysack makes the Essentials Stuffsacks list. “And you thought sil nylon was light. The Granite Gear Uberlight CTF3 Drysacks are dazzling light, waterproof and surprisingly strong – it took nothing short of a switchblade to puncture the tough material (flexible Spectra fibers sandwiched between Mylar film). The 13-liter size weighs a mere .7 ounce, so you’d better keep it full – or else it’s liable to blow away.” MSR $38-48

Backpacker magazine Essentials Dog Gear Pack feature: “The Granite Gear Long Howl is built a lot like your pack. It features an adjustable harness that keeps webbing straps off of our dog’s fur (where it can chafe) by way of wide, lightly padded straps. It’s lined with stretch-woven fabric-the same kind Granite Gear uses in people packs. The removable saddlebags have reflective stripes so you can see Astro after sundown. “it hugged my 95-pound Lab’s barrel chest perfectly, and the kibble-stocked pack never got lopsided,” says our tester.” MSR $100-$200; 1lb. 1 oz. (L); S-L

Granite Gear was founded by Dan Cruikshank and Jeff Knight in 1986. The company employs a staff of 25. Granite Gear is available in 18 countries and over 400 retail locations. The company currently supplies the US Army with packs and tactical products.

Granite Gear’s Recent Awards: Backpacker Toughest Pack, Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year, and two Backpacker magazine’s Editors Choice awards.

Website: www.granitegear.com

Facebook: Granite Gear

Corporate Office: 218 834-6157

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