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From ultralight backpacking trips to alpine climbs.
The Granite Gear Leopard A.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 A.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.
- Vapor Current suspension system utilizes dual-density foam shoulder straps and air channels in the back panel that increase airflow and evaporation to keep you cool
- Removable die-cut HDPE frame sheet can support up to 40 pounds while keeping weight low
- Removable foam back panel cushions your back
- At just over three pounds, this pack can compete with ultralight packs while still giving you some of the extras you need for alpine climbing
- Roll-top access protects your gear from the weather even if you decide to leave the lid behind
- Removable lid, frame sheet, and back panel let you strip this pack down for a lighter load
- Cordura nylon construction is durable and tough enough seasons of use
- Hydration sleeve securely holds your reservoir
- Easy-access mesh side pockets hold water bottles, and two front zippered pockets hold maps, a rain cover, or other small necessities
- Siberian cinch gear loops on both the top and bottom of the bag make easy to attach or remove your ice axe
- Webbing straps on the front of the pack can be used to attack a crampon holster or climbing gear
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Beaverhead ski traverse
While not intended for this purpose, this thing carries skis pretty damn well.
Is this a real VC backpack or is it an AC...
Is this a real VC backpack or is it an AC ? Granite Gear only shows it in an AC.
Thanks for pointing that out. This is in fact the AC, the photo even has the AC logo. I will be sure to get that fixed right away.
Can a BearVault 500 fit horizontally inside...
Can a BearVault 500 fit horizontally inside the pack?
Can the removable lid be worn around the waist?
Tough one to find the answer to, so I called Granite Gear and asked. The width of the 58L is 18", and the BV 500 is about 12.75", so it should fit horizontally, according to them. Although, I don't know if you've ever carried your bear can sideways before, but it's a really uncomfortable carry on even bigger packs. It just feels lousy on your back because it creates a big bulge that really tends to put a lot of pressure on wherever it rides because it distorts the back sheet padding across the spine instead of along it.What's recommended by Granite Gear is that canisters be carried horizontally under the floating lid. With the lid itself, there is no built-in hip belt. What it has is a pair of loops that you can pass your regular pants belt through or use a separate piece of 2" webbing with buckles.
Hope this helps.