Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack
Backpacks are probably the most common travel accessory and having a good one is essential. Over the years of traveling, I’ve had some really great backpacks and some really bad ones. For me, having a backpack that doesn’t look like a photo backpack is really important. I don’t want people to know I’m carrying really expensive photography gear.
Since the Granite Rocx Tahoe isn’t a photo backpack I was instantly attracted to it. It isn’t a flashy brand such as North Face or Columbia so it won’t catch the eye of potential robbers looking for expensive backpacks that could make you a target, however it does give you all the perks of the higher end brands and is just as versatile, but without the big price tag.
This backpack can also fit everything you need. I can fit my camera, camera accessories, and everything I need to go to the beach, go on a hike or just get around a new city. The attachable cooler is a great aspect of this backpack. I wish we had this while we were living in Phuket, Thailand. Since Thailand is really hot and humid this would have been perfect to throw a few Singha beers in and keep them nice and cool at the beach. The Tahoe also has straps on the back to attach larger items such as a beach chair or to strap on a tripod so you don’t have to carry it.
The only negative aspect of this backpack is that it doesn’t have a padded waist strap, which can really help when hauling heavy gear. I don’t particularly use waist straps, but if you are planning on doing some serious hiking with really heavy gear having one that is padded could make your travels a bit more comfortable. That being said, the fact that the Granite Rocx Tahoe has a waist strap in the first place is a huge plus and a downright necessity for the serious backpacker, no matter what you are hauling.
All in all the Granite Rocx Tahoe is a great backpack and at $65, a great deal as well. Most important in a good backpack is comfort, and with this backpack you really have everything you need at your fingertips. Cold drinks, beach chairs, a change of clothes, all easily on your back!
*Photo tip, to make this backpack safe for photography gear, you can buy a photo insert to add into the bottom to protect your gear. It slides right into the bottom and keeps your camera protected and snug!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GoScope Extreme for free from Granite Roxc as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.
As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world.
Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more.