Monday, September 8, 2014

Granite Gear Announces 2014-2015 Athlete Roster

Two Harbors, MN – September 8, 2014 – Granite Gear, manufacturer of legendary backpacks engineered to deliver the ultimate in function and comfort, is proud to announce their official athlete roster of 2014-2015. Athletes include the following: Polar Explorers Lonnie Dupre, Eric Larsen, John Huston, Professional Thru-Hiker Justin “Trauma” Lichter, and Blind Hiker Trevor Thomas, each of whom has shown impressive persistence in pushing the limits of their specific disciplines.

Acknowledging that these athletes are internationally recognized professionals in the outdoor industry, Granite Gear confidently engages the athletes in thorough gear testing and research and development. In doing so, the outcome is highly functional Granite Gear products that have been tested to the max and are ready for decades of use by the end-user, wherever their destinations take them.

“Both our athletes and our customers’ safety directly depends on the quality and durability of our gear,” says Senior Director of Design; Development, Mike Meyer. “Our athletes really put our gear to the test in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. Their product feedback is a tremendous asset.”

This year, the athletes are participating in various events such as climbing Denali in January, hiking the PCT through the winter months, an impromptu triathlon across the state of Colorado, and various week-long explorations and adventures around the USA.

Lonnie Dupre, Eric Larsen, John Huston, Justin “Trauma” Lichter, and Trevor Thomas will be pairing up with Granite Gear during various trade shows and events throughout the year. For more information on their individual pursuits sign up to receive Granite Gear’s newsletter and follow them on Granite Gear’s Facebook page.

Contact: Shelly Schmidt
Darby Communications
828.254.0914 o / 630.337.6505 c

Monday, August 4, 2014

Granite Gear Supports the Big City Mountaineers!

The exciting launch of our new campus collection, has put us in the giving mood. Back in May, we launched our Back to School Giveaway, where we partnered up with industry brands to give away a prize pack every two weeks, catering to students getting ready for campus. We also wanted to “share the love,” to a favorite organization of ours – the Big City Mountaineers.  If you’re not familiar with BCM, you should be. Really. It’s an amazing organization that focuses on getting under-resourced youth outdoors and so much more. At Granite Gear, we thrive to get more people into the great outdoors. So by donating to the BCM, we felt our contribution could make an impact through getting kids out and enjoying all that the wilderness has to offer.

Here’s a little bit about BCM’s history, and what they aim to do for underprivileged youth.

Big City Mountaineers strives to instill critical life-skills in under-resourced youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions. In short they help kids enrich their own lives through outdoor and mentoring experiences.

Since its inception, BCM has worked to offer life-changing experiences for urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions led by caring adults.  The original program design of single-gender, 5-adults-to-5-youth outings continues to be a unique aspect of their program.

In 2013 alone, BCM worked with more than 1,000 under-served youth across the country on 68 wilderness expeditions, and 2,600 day and overnight programs. In total, they tirelessly delivered 6,650 days of outdoor youth mentoring programming to their kids.

If you want to learn more or are interested in getting involved, visit their website at

We’re in our FINAL WEEK of our Back to School Giveaway, and this prize pack is epic, so you may want to check out the winnings before you take a pass. Enter our Grand Prize giveaway for the chance to win mega cool winnings for life’s random needs. Here’s what we’ve got stuffed in our Superior Pack: A Kindle Fire complete with an E-Case to protect it from the elements, a pair of Sunksi Lime Headlands Sunglasses, a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a pair of Vasque shoes of your choice for comfortably getting around campus, a Grilliput for a future tailgate scenario, and a sleek KOR water bottle – for hydration. Enter to win here:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Alpha Dog Pack Featured in Sierra Magazine

Sierra Magazine featured our Alpha Dog pack in their July 2014 issue. They loved the fact that the pack has fleece-lined straps to prevent from chafing!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Travel & Leisure Trip Doctor Highlights Cross-Trek Collection

In the June 2014 "Trip Doctor" feature, Travel & Leisure included Granite Gear's 36L Backpack from the Cross-Trek adventure travel collection.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Polar Adventurer Eric Larsen Successfully Reaches North Pole After 480-Mile Unsupported Traverse Across Arctic Ocean

Larsen's Team the First in Four Years to Reach the North Pole, Potentially Last in History

--> On Tuesday, May 6th 2014 at approximately 9pm MDT, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters reached the geographic North Pole, completing their unsupported and unaided Last North expedition in just 53 days. In doing so, they were the only team attempting a "land to Pole" crossing to reach the North Pole this season, and the only team since 2010 to accomplish this feat.

Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year: Granite Gear Nimbus trace access 70

In their Summer 2014 Buyer's Guide, Outside included our Nimbus Trace Access 70 which has earned the Gear of the Year title for packs. Check it out below!

Granite Gear's Superior in Backpacker Magazine

Backpacker put our Superior through their Daypack Field Test, earning it the title "weatherproof bargain" for those of us who "like to head out when others head in".