Backpacking Light staff pick their favorites for 2008 and they choose Air Space Bag a best piece of gear. Here's what they say.
The Granite Gear Air Space zippered stuff sack is a wonderful multipurpose item. The size small that I use is perfect to stuff my sleeping bag or insulated clothing. When in camp, it becomes a place to contain smaller items. At night I put any extra clothing in it and use it as a pillow. Its rectangular shape makes it easier to pack in a backpack and for it to stay in place when used as a pillow. The large opening provided by the long, waterproof zipper makes it easy to find things inside. On each end there is a grosgrain handle that provides counter force for zipping or to help pull the sack out of my pack. Made of silnylon, the sack slides easily out of a pack and is especially handy for wet weather or winter camping, when I can lay it down on the wet ground or snow and the things inside do not get wet.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Granite Gear's Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg were awarded with the 2009 Best Adventurers of the Year Award from National Geographic Adventure magazine. Selected by National Geographic editors, Greg and Deia were recently honored at the magazine’s Adventurer of the Year Celebration in Washington DC. Congratulations Gregg and Deia!
Gregg and Deia then went to Portland to give a presentation at REI, where WEND Magazine sat down with them and recorded a reading of the first part of their compelling story. Now you can listen to them yourself, as they read Across the Andes Part 1 from Volume 3 Issue 3 of Wend.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
A Girl's Best Friend - Backpacker female testers pick the Nimbus Meridian Ki as their favorite pack for fall hikes. "It's light, but it ain't dainty."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Granite Gear's Gregg and Deia hike the entire length of the Andes mountain range - part 1 of their story is in the current issue of Wend.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Backpacker's Berne Broudy - Daily Dirt from Outdoor Retailer
The Outdoor Retailer Trade show is always a bit of a “Gear-valanche.” And the Backpacker editors have the pleasure of getting metaphorically buried under piles of new gear—which we sort and sift through while we’re here, so we can take it in the field and test it.
Top of my list for today was in the “Why Didn’t I Think of That” category: a reconfiguring of the standard stuff sack by Granite Gear. How many times have you carefully compressed your sleeping bag, clothing and other sundries into boulder-like blocks, that when stuffed into your pack leave lots of unused airspace around them. Granite Gear designers realized that if stuff sacks were shaped like bricks not boulders when they were compressed that they’d fit together better and hikers would be able to fit more stuff into their packs without having to tray and pack little items into the corners after the compression stuff sacks were in. So now all of Granite Gear’s stuff sacks are block shaped. They’ve also trimmed weight off all their sacks by swapping webbing for cord, even in their eVent waterproof breathable stuff sacks, that come in at about half the weight of other similar sacks on the market.