Mountainsmith Gryphon

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I've owned the Gryphon LT for about 10 years. It has…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160


I've owned the Gryphon LT for about 10 years. It has performed very well. The only wear and tear is one of the water bottle pockets is starting to rip. It is a lightweight pack that carries well. I use the external side pockets for food. They detach for hoisting up on a "bear" rope. I have mainly used it in the BWCAW.


  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Carries well


  • Needs additional pockets.

Very comfortable pack up to about 50 lbs.  More external pockets would help.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

For the backpacker who likes to know exactly where everything is. advanced organizational features differentiate this pack from the rest. Custom fit top hood with pocket and inner zippered valuables pocket Top loading design combined with side zipper entry provides easy access to all your gear Top hood converts into lumbar pack for quick day excursions away from basecamp Side compression straps compress pack and allow for adding on accessories or gear 2 ice axe loops

- Moosejaw


- Snow Leopard Mountain Sports

Winter or summer trips to the backcountry, this backpack has plenty of storage without a lot of weight. Top-loading pack has a U-shaped zippered access to separate sleeping bag compartment. Top lid has two zippered pockets and converts into a lumbar pack with its own waistbelt. Side storage pockets are removable for weight saving and feature pass-thru function for ski hauling. Flat-front zippered pocket for added storage of maps, books or other gear. Interior hydration reservoir pocket with shingled exit port makes for convenient hydration on the go (hydration reservoir sold separately). Lightweight, waterproof, urethane-coated YKK® zippers keep out water. Ice axe loop, daisy chain and side mesh pockets give you plenty of room for extra gear. Precision Lift System transfers load off back and top of shoulders to the frame to help prevent shoulder strain. High-density, polyethylene frame sheet and twin aluminum stays protect back and distribute weight accordingly. Shoulder straps are independently adjustable left and right for an asymmetrical custom fit. Spinal Chimney™ back-panel design uses twin vertical foam pads to vent away sweat and warm air to keep you dry. The patented Delta Compression System of triangulated straps on waistbelt compresses weight into the lumbar area for a stable, evenly distributed load. Three-layer Dimension Polyant Tenacity Nylon fabric is half the weight of most nylons and better resists water, abrasion and UV-degradation.


Mountainsmith Gryphon


The Gryphon has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$179.93 - $229.99

The Mountainsmith Gryphon is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 10, 2006 at Moosejaw.

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