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Granite Gear Blaze 60 Wins Backpacker Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award

Two Harbors, MN — February 6, 2019 —Backpacker Magazine has awarded the all new Granite Gear Blaze 60 multi-day backpack the Editor’s Choice Gold award for 2019. The Editor’s Choice Gold Award, a first for Granite Gear, recognizes the Blaze 60’s update of Granite Gear’s original Blaze AC 60, which won Backpacker’s Editor’s Choice award in 2011. Weighing three pounds with a load capacity of 50 pounds, the new Blaze 60 stands out from any other backpack on the market.

“Granite Gear’s new Blaze 60 nails the sweet spot for lightweight backpacks,” said Backpacker Editor-in-chief Dennis Lewon. “It delivers meaningful weight saving without compromising comfort or durability.”


Notable features of the backpack include Granite Gear’s custom 210D Robic high tenacity nylon interwoven with Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene triple ripstop fibers. 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.Other features include the all new Air Current frame sheet with specific adjustment points to lock in exact torso size, the Re-Fit fully adjustable dual-density hip belt, a hidden front-access zipper andlarger side pockets .

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 with a 50 pound load rating. Available in three color ways: Black/Black Gingham, Pottery Clay/Brown Gingham and Black/Black Gingham/Teal (women’s). Learn more at www.granitegear.com. MSRP: $269.95.

About Granite Gear
For 32 years,Granite Gearhas 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 theirsite,Facebook,Twitter,or Instagram. Learn about Granite Gear’s Grounds Keepers program here.