Jeff Knight and Dan Cruikshank realized there was a need for better outdoor gear while paddling through Quetico Provincial Park in 1986. That camping trip struck the idea for Granite Gear. The Minnesota based company is known worldwide for their award-winning backpacks and accessories. Granite Gear backpacks are respected for their lightweight build, comfortability and durability. Their products have been proven to withstand the world’s most extreme environments. Tougher than granite, the products can hold up to the conditions of Mount Everest, the North and South Poles and everywhere in between. Granite Gear produces multiple types of bags and packs for outdoor adventurers and soldiers.