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.

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

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.