Granite Gear Leopard A.C. 58
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
Can't believe a pack like this is possible.
- Accessories are extra (don't we pay enough?)
I have never given a product a 5 until now. I am really impressed with the durability and versatility of this pack. I've put it through a full year in every season in every kind of weather and this pack has eaten it for breakfast and asked for seconds.
Lack of hip belt is actually a good thing. This allows for greater customization and specialization of this pack. I put a gear loop on one side and used a lok mount on the other side for my bush knife in northern Michigan and Canada during hunting seasons, hiked through Nevada and California scrambling through sandstone landscapes and the pack just doesn't really wear or tear.
Plan on mountaineering with it this winter and crampons. If I feel this pack continues to hold up to the extreme abuse I put it through, then I will train with it in Utah this winter and thru hike the PCT with it.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 199$
- Quality construction
- User friendly features
This is a preliminary review since I haven't had this pack on the trail yet, just used it for training hikes so far. This is top quality that you would expect from GG.
This pack has an exhaustive compression system and carries my 30 lb load very well. I also like the removable top lid that you can use as a fanny pack if you have a belt (there are two belt loops sewn on the underside of top lid) I would recommend this pack to friends.
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The 'big brother/sister' to the Loepard VC 46 Pack, the Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 pack offers larger capacity and the more-rigid Air Current Suspension system. This alpine-ready pack works with the Crampon Holster and Tool Loops. Multiple shoulder strap mounting positions allows custom torso length setting.
The Granite Gear Leopard V.C. 58 Backpack combines the lightweight construction and design of an ultralight pack with the versatility and features you need for alpine climbing. While the Leopard V.C. 58 pack might weigh a few more ounces than ultalight packs like the Osprey Exos 58, the extra features make it a great fit for alpine climbs and hikes where you might want to bring crampons or your ice axe. The Lepoard's Vapor Current suspension system maximizes airflow to help keep you cool when you're headed into warmer climates and summer backpacking trips, and it's lightweight dual-density foam boots comfort while keeping weight low.
Free Shipping. Granite Gear Leopard A.C. 58 Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Granite Gear Leopard A.C. 58 Pack Award Winning Air Current Suspension (Same as Blaze) 40 lbs Load Rating Adjustable Torso Length 3 Sizes of Shoulder Straps (S,M,L) available 4 Sizes in Men's Hip Belt Available 4 Sizes in Women's Hip Belt Available Hip Belt Compatible With Tool Loops and Belt Pocket Flap is Compatible With The Crampon Holster Roll-Top Closure Removable Floating Lid 2 lbs, 12 oz With Lid Removed Mesh Pocket Inside Lid Tool loops Hydration port and internal sleeve Flap with Axe Cinches and 2 Zippered Pockets Stretch Woven Zippered Pocket on Front Stretch Woven Wand Pockets Dual Density Hip Belt and Shoulder Straps Cordura High Tenacity Nylon (100D and 210D) The SPECS for Short Torso Length: 14-18in. / 36-43 cm Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz / 1.3 g Volume: 3234 cubic inches / 53 liter The SPECS for Regular Torso Length: 18-22in. / 46-56 cm Weight: 3 lbs 1 oz / 1.4 g Volume: 3540 cubic inches / 58 liter
The big brother to the Leopard VC, the Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 provides twelve more liters of storage and a more rigid suspension system for adventurers who prefer a more traditional pack.