Granite Gear Leopard A.C. 58
Historic Range: $124.93-$249.95
Reviewers Paid: $100.00-$300.00
Excellent long trip pack.
- Lots of room
- Stretchy side pockets
- Nice hip belt system
- No pocket on hip belt
I recently purchased this item on eBay because I needed a little more pack room for a week long hike and for "winter" backpacking.
Used it in March 2016 and I loved it. It's lightweight but had all the extra room I needed for the extra gear I was carrying. I love the fact that its height is adjustable because that is the biggest problem I have in trying to get a good pack since my torso is short.
I love the roll down opening and the big stretchy side pockets. The one drawback from my other pack, which is a Gregory, is that it has no long pocket on the hip belt itself, which isn't that big of an issue but I carry an EpiPen with me at all times and it's quite handy to have that hip belt pocket for easy, quick access to that in an emergency.
This pack has a stretchy zipper pocket all the way across the front as well which was also a great feature. There is another "secret" zippered pocket up underneath which was a great place to store my keys and ID and so forth and not have to worry about it getting tossed out while going through the pack each night at camp.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $100
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: $300
- Quality construction
- User friendly features
This is a preliminary review since I haven't had this pack on the trail yet, just used it for training hikes so far. This is top quality that you would expect from GG.
This pack has an exhaustive compression system and carries my 30 lb load very well. I also like the removable top lid that you can use as a fanny pack if you have a belt (there are two belt loops sewn on the underside of top lid) I would recommend this pack to friends.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 199$