Granite Gear receives Gear Junkie’s OR Best of Show for

Granite Gear introduced a radically new backpack frame sheet at the 2012 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.

Two Harbors, MN
New for 2013 is the Vapor Current AirBeam Frame. Developed in conjunction with Kylmit, the framesheet inflates with a small hand pump, much like Klymit's sleeping pads. The Vapor Current AirBeam Frame is a $49.95 (at retail) upgrade to any of our Vapor Current packs including the new Leopard VC 46 as well as the Crown VC 60 and the Aji VC 50

Dan Cruikshank, co-owner and designer for Granite Gear, remarked, “The AirBeam Framesheet will reduce the weight of a pack by three ounces while increasing the load carrying capacity from 35lbs. to 40lbs. This is one of the rare instances when an innovation both lowers weight but increases load capacity.”

The AirBeam replaces the standard die cut HDPE sheet that comes standard with our Vapor Current packs, and It can be used as a sleeping pad extension, effectively turning 3/4 length sleeping pad into a full length pad.

Gear Junkie Editor Stephen Regenold wrote, “Great job on this product. Your gear was one of the very best from the hundreds of items we vetted this summer on the show floor!”
Granite Gear has been bringing innovative products to the outdoor marketplace for 26 years. Our award winning backpacks, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, dog products and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, we have a rugged and beautiful testing ground for our products.
Preview of the 2013 Leopard pack:
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