Granite Gear Perimeter 50

$220, 50L/3,050 c.i., 3 lbs. 3 oz. (women’s regular with standard hipbelt)

Sizes: unisex regular and long, women’s short and regular

I already had close to 35 pounds loaded in the Perimeter 50 on the first day of a four-day, roughly 50-mile, late-September backpacking trip in Yosemite, when I added about 12 pounds of water and carried it over a mile uphill to a waterless campsite—and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortably it hauled weight that exceeded what Granite Gear rates the pack to handle. While we all have a different measure of max weight and comfort, much about the Perimeter 50 will appeal to backpackers who haul light to moderate loads and appreciate a backpack with an adjustable fit and highly functional features.

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Granite Gear Perimeter 50 harness.
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Long known for its attention to backpack fit and design details, Granite Gear introduced its Perimeter series packs with adjustability for both torso length and shoulder width, accomplished by easily resetting the position of a clip behind each shoulder strap between regular and wide settings along a vertical daisy-chain. The two women’s sizes fit torsos ranging from 15 to 21 inches, and the two unisex sizes torsos 18 to 24 inches.

Interestingly, while I was inadvertently shipped a women’s regular (I asked for unisex regular), it did fit me quite well—because I could adjust the shoulder straps to the wider position and the correct length for me. This tells me that the pack’s fit range would accommodate just about anyone. The unisex regular fits the same as the women’s regular for torso length but they have different width measures and hipbelt sizes (two hipbelt options for unisex and women’s).

With a spring steel rod to give the pack an ergonomic shape plus rigidity along the vertical axis and some horizontal flex, and a PE board cone to disperse
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