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ORSM – Granite Gear Crown2

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Granite Gear has launched an update to the VC 60 called the Crown2. It incorporates Granite Gear’s patent-pending, fully customizable RE-FIT hip belt. Conversely, the Crown2 features a fixed torso length, which is available in three torso sizes.

The Vapor-Current Mark 2 suspension system features a compression molded polypropylene frame sheet. This new system works in combination with the molded foam back panel, ventilation channels and durable laminated mesh to assist in airflow of heat and moisture, without shifting the pack’s center of gravity away from your back. The frame sheet can also be removed for further weight reduction.

This is a photo of the bag’s top closure. As you can see, it can be used without the removable lid.

• Dual density shoulder harness with load-lifter straps and removable sternum strap
• Removable lid with compartment featuring DWR treated zipper
• Hydration port and internal hydration sleeve
• Large side, stretch woven pockets
• 10mm webbing side and front compression straps
• Stretch mesh front pocket and tool loops
• Dual large hip belt pockets with DWR treated zippers to shelter gear from the elements
• Roll-top main compartment opening with centered dual strap and singular buckle for quick access and easy compression

100d high-tenacity nylon with Barrier DWR
210d high-tenacity ripstop nylon with Barrier DWR

Although it’s not designed as a military pack, it may be of interest to those of you loking for a lightweight pack for midrange loads up to 40 lbs or so. The colors make it an even easier choice if you don’t want to stick out one way or another; neither camo nor bright colors.

The Crown2 Short torso weighs 2 lbs, the Regular weighs 2 lbs 2 oz, and the Long weighs 2 lbs 4 oz, all without the lids attached. The Short fits torso lengths of 15-18 inches, the Regular fits torso lengths of 18-21 inches, and the Long fits torso lengths of 21-24 inches. All three torso sizes have a volume of 60 liters and retail at $199.99, in Spring 2017.


OR – Granite Gear 223 Pack

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Granite Gear introduced the 223 Pack at Summer OR as an in house development.  Since then, they’ve gone into production of this American Made Pack for a Japanese distributor.  They’ve also refined the design slightly by taking out some of the extra labor steps and better integrating the back panel into the design.  

Made from 500D Cordura, it’s a 26liter pack that weighs in at 1lbs 13oz.  The 223 also integrates a roll top closure which is a feature I really like.  Hopefully, an American distributor will pick it up as well.


OR – Granite Gear – 338 Jungle Ruck

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Granite Gear was selected as one of three finalists for the USSOCOM Jungle Pack Program. This is their submission, named the 338.


The 38 liter pack utilizes a modified Chief frame sheet as well as a new suspension system with air channels made from a combination of mesh and soft shell fabric. The Chief frame sheet accepts the shoulder straps which plug right in. They’ve combined this with 500D Cordura and interesting Trelleborg drain hole panels.




The 338 is a Top Loader with a removable lid and a roll top closure on the bag itself, as well as dual side hydration pockets. Additionally, the pack features a removable radio pocket for an AN/PRC-117G.


Finally, in addition to the drainage panels the bottom of the 338 has four large drain grommets.


It’s not quite ready for sale yet but keep your ears open.

Here’s a little candy for you. They also developed a smaller, more assault-style, hot weather, 26 liter pack which is really cool.


It shares several features with the 338 but doesn’t have a lid or waist belt.



Granite Gear, LLC Announces Strategic Alliance With FELLFAB

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

This is some pretty cool news from two great companies.

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Two Harbors, Minnesota – March 5, 2014 – Granite Gear has partnered with Canadian manufacturing and engineering company, FELLFAB®, to bring their cutting-edge tactical and outdoor gear to the Canadian market.

FELLFAB® President Eric Taylor and Granite Gear CEO Bryan Kinsley jointly announced the partnership, in which Granite Gear will grant FELLFAB® sole licensure to make, manufacture and sell their Load Carriage Systems in Canada. Granite Gear and FELLFAB® will combine technologies to jointly design and develop the Load Carriage Systems for use by the Canadian Military and other organizations in need of tactical gear.

As part of the agreement, FELLFAB® has been appointed the exclusive representative and dealer for Granite Gear tactical products in Canada. By combining FELLFAB®’s manufacturing scale, engineering excellence and project management expertise with Granite Gear’s award winning, cutting-edge excellence in design and construction of backpacks and tactical equipment, both companies believe that they can offer customers a highest quality, Canadian-made product that can continue to meet evolving tactical equipment needs.



Outdoor Retailer – Granite Gear

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Here’s a sneak peek of the Chief Light Flatbed.


It uses the same frame system as the Chief Orion and will offer a variety of components so that it can be configured for each mission.

Coming soonish.


Granite Tactical Gear Purchased By BRZZ Gear LLC

Friday, July 26th, 2013

This is exciting news for Granite Gear. We look forward to updating you on how this will improve what we see from Granite Gear during our coverage of next week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

Acquisition of Granite Gear Inc. to Bring Brand to New Heights

Two Harbors, MN – Granite Gear LLC (a newly formed division of BRZZ Gear LLC) lead by an investment team of outdoor and luggage industry veterans, has acquired the assets of Two Harbors, MN based Granite Gear Inc. and Granite Tactical Gear. Brand co-founders, Jeff Knight and Dan Cruikshank are excited to stay on board with the new management team to assist in taking the brand to new levels in the Outdoor and Travel Goods Industries.

Bryan Kinsley, CEO of Lake Forest, IL based Granite Gear LLC, has 30 years of sales and operational experience in the Outdoor and Travel Goods markets. Kinsley commented, “In putting together a list of criteria for our initial acquisition, the Granite Gear brand and team fit the bill perfectly. We see tremendous opportunities both domestically and internationally with the superior quality and heritage the brand exemplifies.”

Zee Zhuang will assume role of VP of Operations and she brings over 25 years of global business experience to the Granite Gear LLC team. She will spearhead the daily operations and factory relationships of the newly formed entity.

Rob Coughlin, who will hold title of Senior VP of Sales and Product Development, is a 2010 SGB 40 under 40 honoree. He has 20 years of executive level experience in sales and operations in the branded Outdoor, Back to School and Travel bag industry. He is pleased to join founders Knight and Cruikshank in leading Granite Gear into the future. Coughlin remarked, “We’re incredibly excited and humbled to be associated with an innovative and authentic brand like Granite Gear. In addition, we look forward to growing the brand while remaining true to the values that have kept the company in the marketplace for over 27 years.”

Design and manufacturing will remain in Two Harbors, MN. Knight remarked, “We feel great about the acquisition. After several meetings with the new team, we quickly felt like they were longtime friends. It really sealed the deal for us when it became clear they saw the value of our Northern Minnesota headquarters and our long-term team of dedicated and talented staff. We are all looking forward to continued growth and innovative developments with this influx of new leadership, experience and capital.” Dan Cruikshank added, “Granite Gear has developed a reputation among hard-core outdoor enthusiasts for making rock solid and innovative gear and through the acquisition, we will have the resources to expand and build further on that reputation.” Cruikshank will assume the role of Brand Ambassador, Knight will serve as the company’s Managing Director. Mike Cruikshank, co-owner and CFO will remain with Granite Gear LLC for a brief transition period and then he will retire after a rewarding 20 year career in the outdoor industry.

Granite Gear was born in the Boundary Waters in 1986 and has been bringing innovative products to the outdoor marketplace for 27 years. Our award winning backpacks, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, dog products and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Granite Gear products are available in over 500 retail locations in 15 countries and worldwide at www.granitegear.com. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, Granite Gear has a rugged and pristine product testing ground like no other in the industry.

D.A. Davidson & Co. served as financial advisor to Granite Gear Inc. and Granite Gear Tactical in this transaction.

20% Off All Granite Gear Through June 30 From US Elite

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


Now through June 30 get 20% off all Granite Tactical Gear from US Elite. Granite Gear is committed to designing, building and testing innovative gear that will offer superior durability, function and comfort for unpredictable tactical environments. They use the most advanced and highest quality USA materials such as solution dyed Cordura® fabrics and webbings that meet military specifications for Near-Infrared (NIR) compliance for minimal signature and exposure. They also guarantee all of their products for life against defects in materials and craftsmanship.


MultiCam Granite Gear Chief Patrol 25% Off at Extreme Outfitters

Sunday, May 19th, 2013


Extreme Outfitters is offering the Granite Gear Chief Patrol Pack in Multicam on sale for 25% Off while supplies last.