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Granite Gear Unveils Multi-Day Pack with Maple Core Frame Sheet


Two Harbors, MN- Treading into untouched territory, Granite Gear has successfully created the very first 3D molded, maple-core composite laminate frame sheet for their new Nimbus Trace Access 70 backpack. Filled with numerous new technical features, the backpack, which hits retail shelves this spring, is an ideal expedition pack for longer, unsupported treks, yet still lightweight, durable and highly functional.

“We’ve been redefining the 3D molded composite frame sheet technology for over 15 years and experimenting with different core materials,” notes Granite Gear co-founder, Dan Cruikshank. “We decided to see if a composite similar to a traditional wood core ski would perform. We were amazed that the maple core turned out to be lighter and stiffer, allowing for greater load capacity.”

Expanding on the enhanced comfort and longitudinal rigidity that the new maple-core backbone provides, Granite Gear added a newly designed exoskeleton belt to the Nimbus Trace Access 70. Made of dual density foam with a plastic exoskeleton, the hip belt offers a stiffer belt and increases the load carrying capacity of the pack. In addition, the new pivot point attachment system on both the hip belt and shoulder straps allows them to move with the wearer and not against, offering more support and equally redistributing the pack load along the hips, shoulders and back.


Extra features include a zip open access panel and internal compression straps, which allow the wearer to get to the gear at the bottom of the pack without disturbing the gear above. The Nimbus Trace Access 70 weighs 4lbs, 3 oz, has a capacity of 70 L and a load rating of 60lbs. MSRP: $349.95.

 The Nimbus Trace Access 70 will be shown in new colors Fern/Boreal at Winter Outdoor Retailer, Granite Gear booth, # 34182.

About Granite Gear

For 27 independent years, Granite Gear has brought cutting-edge products to the outdoor marketplace. Their award-winning backpacks, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, dog products 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.