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Granite Gear Leopard AC 58 Backpack - Internal Frame

Closeouts. Equipped with numerous compression straps and effective load stabilizers, Granite Gear's Leopard AC 58 backpack comfortably handles multi-day backpacking adventures. The roll-top design and Air Current suspension system work together to offer a wide load carrying range and a customized fit.

Average Rating based on 6 reviews 4.333333 0 5
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  • Reviewed by Holden D. from New York on Sunday, August 28, 2016
    Used this over the weekend while backpacking in the Smokey Mountains. It is lightweight, comfortable, and looks awesome. I highly recommend this pack.
  • Reviewed by dubyam from Huntsville, AL on Friday, May 13, 2016
    I started out with an all-purpose backpack, to use while backpacking with my son's Scout Troop as well as for hauling gear and meat while hunting. The pack I bought (ALPS Outdoorz Commander Freighter) excels as an all-purpose, do anything pack. But it is very large, and weighs about 8lbs empty. One of our Assistant Scoutmasters got me thinking about lightening my load, and I started planning how to transition into lighter gear. The first step was to find a lighter pack. I looked at a number of different ones in the 2-5lb range. While in Denver for work, I was able to go in the evenings to the local REI and Sierra Trading Post stores and try on a variety of packs, load them with 30-40lbs of weight, and wear them around for a little while. The Granite Gear harness system was the most comfortable for me, and I ended up finding a deal on this Leopard AC 58 in the Regular torso length in sulphur/java color scheme. It's a great looking pack, with just enough bright color to be easy to see and look stylish, but not like a beacon in the woods.

    I've had opportunity to take a couple of treks with this pack now, and I can say I'm very pleased. The versatility of packing this pack is a great feature. I've been able to keep a weekend's worth of food in the lid, and stow my tent, sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping pad, cooking, and other gear in the main compartment. I keep my toiletries in the larger of the pockets on the beaver-tail flap. The stretch pocket carries a headlamp and miscellaneous gear (small bottle of foot powder, etc.), and the side stretch pockets are great for a Nalgene, water filter, and even a lightweight camp stool. On cooler hikes I've stuffed a fleece pullover in the space between the beaver-tail and the main compartment. I have used this on three-day trips so far, but I could easily get enough gear in it for a solo week afield if I needed to.

    Comfort while carrying is first-rate. It took a bit of fiddling on the first day on the trail, but once I got the adjustments fine-tuned, I haven't had any issues. I could easily carry this pack on long days, and the difference between my current 30-32lb load ("wet" weight, all-in) and my old load of 45-50lbs all-in, is amazing. I'm far more comfortable on our treks now. I'm working on replacing other gear (cook system, summer-weight sleeping bag, etc.) to get my total packed weight down below 30lbs for cooler weather and around 25lbs for summer treks. It's not ultralight, by any means, but it's what I've started calling "comfort-light" backpacking. I keep a few conveniences (like my 2lb stool, a few extra pieces of gear, and an extended first aid kit) so I'm not shooting for ultralight/under 20lbs.

    The two minor complaints I have about the pack both have to do with the harness. It's tremendously comfortable, which is the primary concern. The first complaint is pretty minor. The lifting handle, while stitched well and not in danger of coming loose from the harness, doesn't really provide the kind of stability in lifting the pack I'd like. Bear in mind my frame of reference is a nylon strap pinned into an aluminum external frame, which was resoundingly secure and stable. This handle is perfectly functional, but when I lift the pack, it throws the shoulder straps all out of alignment with the pack body, so that before I put it on, I have to be sure to align them so it will slip on easily. Since the only time I worry over this is when I'm moving the pack in and out of vehicles or around camp, it's not a big deal. I'm not moving it much. Second complaint is with the attachment of the sternum strap to the shoulder straps. I wish the slide buckles were easier to adjust up or down the strap. This one annoyance was a pretty significant issue while I was trying to get the pack adjusted, but now that everything is fine tuned, the good news is, they're not likely to shift around and that makes it easy in terms of always staying in adjustment.

    Overall, this is a great pack. I've considered getting the 46L Leopard VC for my son, who has a ~5lb external frame right now. We'll see. It appears Granite Gear isn't making this line anymore, however, as it does not appear on their website at this time. That's a shame, as it's a great pack system for "comfort-light" backpacking.
  • Reviewed by Em from KS on Monday, April 18, 2016
    Finally got around to using my pack on an overnight backpack trip. I have the short torso version and fits me well (5'3), fairly easy to adjust the straps on the air current suspension system. I did not alter the waist belt as the one supplied fit adequately. This pack is super light weight and I packed it to just over 25 pounds and had no issues. Aside from the bladder compartment, inside is one big pocket. The lid and front pockets are great for easy access items. I didn't find a strap to attach a sleeping pad to the bottom but am sure I could come up with something. Great pack!
  • Reviewed by Jaimee from Tahoe on Saturday, December 19, 2015
    This is my 2nd GG pack. Haven't taken it out yet, but i like the design a lot. In case you need the info: GG makes unisex packs: the pack itself is either a short or long torso, thats it. From there the components are customized: men's shoulder straps in 4 sizes, womens in 3; ditto waistbelts. The pack that STP is selling here is semi-customized in that it's got components for men, presumably size M. The good news is that GG will take your new straps and waistbelt and exchange them for free for the ones you need. Call them and ask for the exchange form. You pay shipping of like $10.

    If you're wondering how popular these packs are, I saw quite a few (besides mine) on the JMT last summer. Theyre light, study, and comfortable. The fact that they dont have a lot of extra space is actually good, as it forces you to trim your load.

    I took one star off for the fact that the framesheet fits really tightly, so getting it out to replace my shoulder straps required a lot of wrangling.
  • Reviewed by Jaimee from Tahoe on Saturday, December 19, 2015
    This is my 2nd GG pack. Haven't taken it out yet, but i like the design a lot. In case you need the info: GG makes unisex packs: the pack itself is either a short or long torso, thats it. From there the components are customized: men's shoulder straps in 4 sizes, womens in 3; ditto waistbelts. The pack that STP is selling here is semi-customized in that it's got components for men, presumably size M. The good news is that GG will take your new straps and waistbelt and exchange them for free for the ones you need. Call them and ask for the exchange form. You pay shipping of like $10.

    If you're wondering how popular these packs are, I saw quite a few (besides mine) on the JMT last summer. Theyre light, study, and comfortable. The fact that they dont have a lot of extra space is actually good, as it forces you to trim your load.
  • Reviewed by JT from CT on Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Stumbled upon this pack while browsing STP; the price was right and I had some return credit, so I went for it. Before I pulled the trigger, I did a little bit of background research on Granite Gear and this particular pack and found that it received mostly positive reviews. Reviewers commented that the pack was lightweight and well-made, and I have to agree. There were a lot of mixed opinions about the colors, but I actually think it's kind of cool-looking. I was interested in this pack because I don't currently own a good multi-day pack and figured it wouldn't hurt to have one when the time comes for a longer trip. Part of what sold me on this beyond the light weight was the fact that this pack has some PALS webbing, because I already have a number of pouches that can interface with this system. When the pack arrived I was pleased with the quality, color, and the comfort of the belt/straps, but after fiddling with it for a while came to the conclusion I wasn't going to keep it. The deal-breaker for me is that the pack is just loaded with too much of what I call "gadgetry". What I'm referring to here are extra flaps of material, random hidden pouches, loops of webbing, and way too many mini straps/buckles. Seriously, after undoing a few of them, you start to get confused how it all reconnects; it just seems excessive. For a pack that's designed to be lightweight, they could have just left some of these buckles and straps off, rather than miniaturize them. I don't get the sense that these tiny buckles and their thin straps are going to hold up over time. With regard to the PALS grid on the front of the pack, I was disappointed with how flimsy this panel is, since it's a flap held on by a number of the aforementioned mini compression straps. The intention here is that one could put a helmet or an article of clothing behind it, and a crampon holster on the front webbing. Well if you do that, I can't imagine the crampons being very stable on that thin flap of material, even if you crank down the compression straps. The number of straps ensures the stability of just about any sized load, but you can forget about getting into the pack easily at that point. Perhaps I'm being unfair to the pack due to a disconnect between its intended use and my own needs, because I recognize that it does have some redeeming qualities (lightweight and comfortable). That being said, it just didn't work for me.
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