Granite Gear Immersion Waterproof

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 1.9 kg / 4 lb 3 oz
Capacity 80 L / 5250 cu in



The Immersion is a welded waterproof portage pack;…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $330+tax


The Immersion is a welded waterproof portage pack; waterproof pack that offers the comfort of a back pack which is ideal for rocky areas such as the BWCA.


  • Easy to load
  • Large capacity
  • Actually waterproof
  • Fits nicely in a canoe


  • Price (although comparable)
  • Will "scratch" or "mark up" easily

This is the ideal pack for the BWCA. Welded vinyl packs just don't have a reputation of holding up to use in the rugged, rocky BWCA. It is actually waterproof (while portaging I slipped and in went the pack) and not hyped "waterproof" or "water resistant." Thank goodness the manufacturer was correct or I would have had one wet sleeping bag which also means no more plastic and dry bags fitted inside a Duluth pack!

At first, I was a little hesitant about purchasing this item because it's expensive, but it did what it was suppose to do—it kept everything dry. There is an easy access pocket in the front to access things you might want while portaging (i.e. snacks, water bottle, rain gear or first aid). I was surprised on how much it feels like an internal framed back pack. The hip/waist belts actually work like hip/waist belts; unlike most "wet bags" with straps that have a bulky feel to them while portaging. This one doesn't have that feel.

My friends keep telling me you can save money by just using an old Duluth pack and put plastic bags inside, or you can use other waterproof bags, use kayak style bags, etc.

But the truth is, this is a Duluth style pack (meaning canoe style) that is 100% waterproof from the get go. No more fitting plastic bags inside and double wrapping, no more using kayak bags that portage like crap (or need to be put into a Duluth pack so you can carry your canoe also). This pack has it all already.

Frankly I am surprised more manufactures have not replicated this bag. The reason it costs so much is there appears to be nobody else in its class. They have a total monopoly on the perfect bag for this market.  I think I will look into more Granite Gear in the future.  I just have to wait to pay this one off first.


Wow. For early spring, late fall multi-days canoe…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $299.99

Wow. For early spring, late fall multi-days canoe trips in Ontario. Superb carrier, great waistbelt, expandable chestbelt. Very comfortable on the back, even fully loaded. 

A great portage pack.  Great in the advertised. I'm not much for bells and whistles so there are very few outside pockets or fancy gizmos... add some carabiners to the outside if you need to.

Just finished a grueling trip in Algonquin with several 2k portages. The Immersion was a beast. The design was by someone who knew what it's like in a canoe, in the pouring rain with long portages ahead.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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The Granite Gear Immersion Waterproof canoe pack offers a comfortable, durable shelter for your gear during portages and transport. Thermoplastic urethane laminate and 500-denier nylon provides full waterproof protection and incredible abrasion and puncture resistance. Anatomically-designed harness system and foam padded back panel hugs your body to keep the load close to your back and on your hips for stability. Side compression system allows you to stabilize the load and lash on extra gear; extra-long lid covers the top even when you overfill the pack. Side lift straps and haul loops make transferring the pack from the canoe to your back an easy task. Ideal for 18 - 21 in. torso length and a 30 - 34 in. waist; total hipbelt length is 54 in. Torso length is measured from the top of your hipbones to 7th cervical vertebra (the prominent vertebrae where your neck meets your shoulders).


Free Shipping. Granite Gear Immersion Waterproof Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Granite Gear Immersion Waterproof Pack Welded waterproof construction Side compression Zippered external pocket Waterproof rolltop closure External lash points Padded harness and backpanel Harness adjustments help secure pack closer to your back for greater carrying comfort 500 D Nylon The SPECS Torso Length: 18-21in. / 46-56 cm Volume: 5250 cubic inches / 86 liter OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.

- Moosejaw

Granite Gear Immersion Waterproof


The Granite Gear Immersion Waterproof is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 11, 2013 at REI.

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