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Granite Gear Perimeter 50

The best backpack for big and tall backpackers of 2021

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3lbs. 2oz.

We gave the Perimeter to our hardest-to-fit testers—everyone from a long-torsoed woman to a 2XL, 6’2” man—and each one had the same first impression: “It’s actually comfortable!” This pack gets its crowd-pleasing reputation from multidimensional adjustability: Each size offers four full inches of torso adjustment, as well as both wide and regular shoulder width settings. Granite Gear also offers an interchangeable hipbelt that accommodates up to a 52-inch waist (available separately, no extra charge). Each side of the bifurcated shoulder harness clips to a grid of daisy-chained webbing, allowing a fast, custom fit. “I have a big arch in my back, so most packs hang heavily from my shoulders. This was the first time they didn’t ache at the end of the day,” declared one lifelong backpacker after a 15-mile trip near Alaska’s Crow Pass. Good fit isn’t the only factor in pack comfort, though. The Perimeter follows through with a stiff PE board framesheet, which spans the center of a spring steel perimeter frame to effectively transfer weight to a generously padded hipbelt. Testers reported a snug fit and lack of sway while lugging 35 pounds.

unisex regular and long, w’s short and regular

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