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Granite Gear Blazes the Way with a New Multi-Day Hiking Backpack

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Two Harbors, MN — July 9, 2018 – Granite Gear introduces the Blaze 60 multi-day hiking backpack, an update to their original, award-winning Blaze A.C. 60. Built to go the distance with comfort and durability, the Blaze 60 weighs only three pounds with a 50-pound load rating, making it an ideal lightweight pack for long trail hikers who may need to carry more water, food or gear.

Separating itself from the original Blaze A.C. 60, the Blaze 60 features an all new Air Current frame sheet with specific adjustment points to lock in exact torso size, as well as the Re-Fit fully adjustable dual-density hip belt. In order to access pack contents on the fly, designers added a hidden zipper on the front of the pack which acts as a secondary access point to the main roll-top compartment. Also included is a removable lid that converts to an optional chest pack to carry on the front of the pack with a DWR-treated zipper.

“Our objective has always stayed the same: develop and build packs that are cost-effective and lightweight while still offering optimal comfort, suspension, compression and exceptional durability,” said Creative Director, David Eisenberg. “Our new Blaze 60 meets all of these criteria and even more.”

The Blaze 60 also introduces Granite Gear’s custom 210D Robic high tenacity nylon inter-woven with UHMWPE triple ripstop fabric. Representing 21% of the overall material in the 210D fabric areas, the UHMWPE has been placed in load bearing and high impact and abrasion areas to make it as durable as possible.


Complete Blaze 60 Features:

All new A.C. (Air Current) Frame with 50lb (22.68) load rating
Specific adjustments points to lock in your exact torso size
Dual density shoulder harness with load-lifter straps, removable sternum strap and whistle buckle for safety
Re-Fit fully adjustable dual density hip belt (from 26-42in on Blaze 60 & from 24-40in on Women’s Fit Blaze 60)
Dual large hip belt pockets with DWR treated zippers that fit plus-sized smartphones with room to spare
Cinch-and-roll closure with crossing webbing straps to compress and secure the pack’s contents
Removable lid compartment with DWR treated zipper that converts to optional chest pack to carry on your front
Hydration port & internal hydration sleeve
Large fabric side pockets with reinforced bottom panels and cinch closure
Tall stretch woven front pocket
Hidden zipper access to main compartment for quick access to contents at bottom of pack
Three-tier side and front compression straps system
100D Robic® High-tenacity nylon with Barrier DWR main body
Custom 210D Robic nylon UHMWPE triple ripstop(Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene)

The Blaze 60 is available in Unisex fit in size Short, Regular and Long weighing respectively 2.9lbs, 3lbs and 3.1lbs and Women’s-Specific fit in Short and Regular weighing 2.9lbs and 3lbs. Torso lengths fit 15-24 inches and the backpack has a volume of 60 liters. Available in three color ways: Black/Black Gingham, Pottery Clay/Brown Gingham and Black/Black Gingham/Teal (women’s). MSRP:$269.95.

Granite Gear’s Blaze 60 will hit retail shelves in Spring 2019. The backpack will be on display at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Tradeshow in Denver, CO, July 23-26, 2018 at booth #39069. For more information, please contact Shelly Smith at or 630-337-6505.

About Granite Gear

For 32 years, Granite Gear has brought cutting-edge products to the outdoor marketplace. Their award-winning backpacks, adventure travel gear, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Granite Gear’s desire is for all outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to experience the incredible durability and comfort of their products. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, they have a rugged and beautiful testing ground for their products. You can find out more about Granite Gear on their siteFacebookTwitter or Instagram. Learn about Granite Gear’s Grounds Keepers program here.