Pack Company Wins Award After Using Same Fabric For 25+ Years

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — the old mantra applies in many situations, including well-made outdoor gear.

A new award from CORDURA® Brand Fabric recognizes “a commitment to crafting high-performance products” that use its materials.

Last month, the Durable Design Achievement Award was presented to Dan Cruikshank and Jeff Knight of Granite Gear.

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Durable Design Achievement and Granite Gear pack

Granite Gear is a northern Minnesota company that’s been making packs for more than a quarter century.

Knight and Cruikshank co-founded Granite Gear in 1986 after a paddling trip into Canada’s Quetico Park. For 25+ years, their team has been making products that have included CORDURA® brand fabric.

I’ve got a couple of these tough-as-nails packs, and I’ve used one daypack on and off for 15 years — it still works like a champ.

Most recently, Granite Gear introduced its Quetico Canoe Portage Pack made with 210D CORDURA® Lite fabric. The 82-liter pack “brings together the heritage of their inspirational Quetico paddling trip beginnings,” the company states.

—Sean McCoy

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