Granite Gear SOF Rucksack

Granite Gear announced this week that it has been chosen to provide as many as 45,000 high-tech backpacks for U.S. military special operations forces.

“We’re hoping that this is just the start of the growth of our tactical line,” said Dave Johnson, sales manager with the Two Harbors-based outdoors gear company. “This is a big, big increase.”

The company beat out six other competitors for the contract. Though it has sold some extreme-weather hats and gloves to the military, this is the first time it’s been awarded such a major job.

Johnson said company officials hope to use this contract as a springboard to boost the company’s reputation for quality gear. He said they’re hoping to win future contracts, not only with the military but with police departments and other law enforcement agencies as well.

The $400 Chief Patrol Pack, available through the Minnesota-based online store, is much more heavy-duty than most packs, has shoulder straps designed so the pack can be worn with or without body armor, has lots of extra loops to hang equipment on, and is designed to improve the distribution of weight between the hips and shoulders.

It also holds six liters of water, where a typical hydro pack carries no more than three liters.


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