By Cacinda Maloney
I wrote a review about luggage and backpacks for my travels here, but wanted to do a complete review of one of the backpack featured known as Granite Roxc – The Tahoe Backpack. As a travel writer/blogger and photographer, I need to have luggage and backpacks that are versatile and I use different pieces for the different types of trips that I take.
The Tahoe backpack is one that I used on a road trip driving to Moab, UT. This was a Mother-Son trip that I was snookered in to when, at the last minute, my husband who authorized the trip with our son, got called away on business. So here I was, a Mom, who suddenly needed gear for my outdoor day camping trip. For the initial leg of this trip, we were taking the Rover up to Moab, UT from Phoenix, AZ. Once we arrived in Moab, the following day, we were booked for a harrowing four-wheel drive road trip.
“Did I say harrowing?” The photos above were taken by me of the vehicle in front of us, straight up!
Then later that same day, we planned a half day picnic trip out to Arches National Park.
The reason that I chose the Tahoe backpack for this trip was due to its unique cooler system designed to carry my camping folding chair, along with my other toiletries that I needed for the day. It has a detachable 12-can insulated cooler.
We were taking this trip with one other Mom and 2 other kids, so I became the drink-holder person for everyone with my cooler daypack. Granite Rocx has subsequently followed up this day backpack with anther version of the Tahoe called The Cascade, which appears to be a similar backpack, but looks to have a larger capacity. The Tahoe, however, for this day trip was the perfect size.
The Tahoe is made from an adventure gear company known as Granite Rocx, based out of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. In my research, I found that they focus on making quality backpacks and cooler products with amazing designs.
This particular backpack is made up of two pieces, one is the actual backpack itself and the other is the cooler. The brilliance of the design is that the cooler can be attached to the backpack, so that I don’t have to be carrying two or three different things at once and can be hands free, for other things, like my cell phone and my wallet, as I am getting out of the vehicle. Since the cooler has its own sling strap, it helps me carry all of my supplies for the group at once.
Here are a few features I like about this backpack:
- The front contains bungee cords that can hold things.
- The main area once opened is large.
- The front zippered area contains pockets to organize my stuff.
- It does have a side pocket for my drink that is not in a can in the cooler.
- The three buckle system with ebbing straps allow my camping chair to be secure when walking, so that it doesn’t flop around and hit me in the leg!
Here are a few things I wish it had:
- A water bladder with an insertion for a feed tube.
- Easier to close zippers.
- A more strategic place to attache the cooler.
*note: The Tahoe worked nicely in this day hike situations or it could also function for a day at the beach. It is not intended for an overnight outdoor excursion.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack for free from Granite Rocx as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.