Gregory Packs a hands-on first look at these backpacks

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Gregory Packs are dedicated to those who enjoy backpacking for a day, for the trail, or for travelling around the world.

At the age of 14, Wayne Gregory designed his first backpack as part of a Boy Scout Project. Four decades later Gregory Packs are still committed to designing the best packs available for walkers and travellers:

“We’re a small but focused company, driven by our love for the outdoors and our desire to help others make their own journeys. Gregory was born with a simple mission: to enrich the lives of our customers, and thanks to you we’ve come a long way since pioneering the technical backpack business. It’s hard to believe it has been four decades and we’re still improving the product in ways unimaginable in the beginning. And while we are proud of our mission and what we have accomplished along the way, ultimately we’d be nowhere without our most important asset: our customers.

 

We’re humbled by our customers, not only because of your passion for adventure, but because of your loyalty. While some of you are new to Gregory, many of you have a history with Gregory that stretches back to our beginnings. It’s this passion and loyalty that inspire us to build the best products possible.”

Here are five of their packs which we think will meet the need of any backpacker, whether you are a daywalker, thinking of doing a National Trail, or about to set out on a gap year abroad.
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Gregory Packs Zulu 30 Medium

What impresses me about the Gregory Zulu 30 is that although it is the smallest of the packs that Gregory produce, there is still as much attention to technical detail as that given to the larger packs.

All the Gregory packs have good lumber support, a feature that will greatly benefit a lot of people. The waist “strap” is not a strap but “straps”. Each strap on either side of the pack acts independently, adapting to the natural movement and shape of the wearer. They also have sizeable pockets.

The shoulder straps are shaped, giving the wearer’s arms more freedom of movement. A neat little feature on the shoulder straps is the sunglasses stash.

The Zulu 30 has a breathable back system – the CrossFlo Dynamic Transfer Suspension. This creates a physical space between the user’s back and the pack itself, giving great ventilation to help deal with that wet, hot back when walking.

Added to these features are all the thoughtful extras – walking pole and tool attachments, a rain cover, internal hydration sleeve and what I love most of all – the front stretch-woven stuff pocket with a surface-mounted quick release buckle closure – it is so useful!

Gregory Packs Zulu 40 Medium

Gregory Packs pay a lot of attention to the fabric of their packs, designing them to be robust enough for the job while still keeping them light (have a look at the chart at the end of this blog). This is true of the Zulu 40, a larger version of the 30, it is ideal for an overnight camp or for long trail walks like the Ridgeway when you are staying overnight at B&Bs (“Bed and Breakfasts” – very popular in this country).

As well as all the features of the 30, the Zulu 40 has a Front U-zip main compartment access panel. This enables easy access to any part of the main pocket and saves a lot of rummaging around trying to find something.

Both the Zulu 30 and 40 are lightweight and easy to adjust to get the fit just right.

Gregory Packs Stout 35 Medium 

The Gregory Stout 35 incorporates a different form of back ventilation from the Zulu. The TrailFlex suspension combines a lightweight, stable, and proven internal wire frame design with custom torso length adjustment for a precision fit. The Stout also has attachment points to Clip the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel to it’s lid so that you can charge your electrical items (phone, laptop, camera) as you walk along.

Another great backpack for longer excursions, that incorporates the same excellent features as the Zulu.

Gregory Baltoro 65 Medium 

The Baltoro 65 is big enough for some serious outdoor stuff, perhaps several days backpacking with a tent or a night wild camping in style! If you have something planned that is going to need serious amounts of kit, then the Baltoro is big enough with just the right features.

The Baltoro 65 has a very unique back system> The Matrix Ventilation tech used on the back panel not only provides breathability and airflow, but is also shaped to enhance the silhouette of the wearers back. This keeps the weight closer to the back and provides greater support – especially to the lumber region, through the lumber pad, where a lot of the weight is carried.

This back system combined with the New Response A3 Suspension Auto Angle Adjust (A3) hip belts and shoulder harnesses, adapt to your body shape for a great fit. The patented system allows both harnesses and hip belts to rotate independently of each other, delivering a dynamic yet stable carry that adapts to your body’s movements over different terrain. Response A3 helps to align your centre of gravity over your walking path, saving energy you’d otherwise spend trying to keep your balance.

Access to the main body of the Baltoro is by a full body U zip. This works a bit like a suitcase making all the contents of the bag readily available. There are also two front zippered organisation pockets on front-sides, and a zip-bottomed sleeping bag compartment underneath.

Other useful features of the Baltoro are the weatherproof pockets on the hip belt, a top pocket solar attachment and my favourite, the sidewinder bottle holster. The holster makes it so much easier to grab your water bottle when you need it.

Gregory have used strong and light materials to give a robust but not weighty pack for days out in the wild.

Gregory Packs Baltoro 75 Medium 

In case the Baltoro 65 is not quite big enough for all you need for your expedition there is the Baltoro 75, giving you that extra bit of space with all the benefits of the baltoro 65. The Baltoro 75 weighs more than the baltoro 65 and has a greater weight carrying capacity. It still has all the useful features of the Baltoro 65 including the lower profile back shape.

 


Tech details

FeaturesZulu 30Zulu 40Stout 40Baltoro 65Baltoro 75
Main AccessHybrid Top-Loader PanelFront U-Zip Access PanelTop -Loader Panel, Front U-Zip PanelFull Body U-Zip Full Body U-Zip
Internal Security PocketYesYesYesYesYes
Top Zippered Accessory PocketYesYesYesYesYes
Front Stuff Mesh PocketYesYesYesYesYes
Mesh Side PocketYesYesYesYesYes
Hip Belt PocketYesYesYesYes, Water ResistantYes, Water Resistant
Internal Hydration SleeveYesYesYesYesYes
Front Zippered PocketsNoNoNoYesYes
Bottle HolsterNoNoNoYesYes
Bottom Sleeping Bag CompartmentNoNoNoYesYes
Breathable Back SystemCrossFlo Dynamic Transfer SuspensionCrossFlo Dynamic Transfer SuspensionTrailFlexMatrix Ventilation TechMatrix Ventilation Tech
Solar AttachmentYesYesYesYesYes
Tool, Walking Pole AttachmentYesYesYesYesYes
Compression StrapsYesYesYesYesYes
Sunglass StashYesYesYesYesYes
Weight kg1.111.331.132.22.25
Dimensions cm14x56x3114x56x3123x69x4323x69x43
Rain Cover Weight kg0.0740.0850.0740.10.1
Max Carry Weight kg1616162325
Vol Litres3040356575
Day PackNoNoNoyesyes
Price e-outdoor £90103.50103.50202.50216
MaterialZulu 30Zulu 40Stout 35Baltoro 65Baltoro 75
Body210D Nylon, 100D Nylon210D Nylon, 100D Nylon200D, 900D Dobby Polyester, 210D Ripstop Polyester210D Honeycombe Cryptorip HD Nylon & 210D High Tenacity Nylon210D Honeycombe Cryptorip HD Nylon & 210D High Tenacity Nylon
Base210D Nylon210D Nylon630D Ballistic Polyester, 135D Polyester Reinforcements630D HD Nylon - EVA foam630D HD Nylon - EVA foam
Harness/Hipbelt/LumberLifespan EVA foam, EVA foam, open cell foamLifespan EVA foam, EVA foam, open cell foamMulti Density Lifespan EVAMulti Density Lifespan EVA
Lining200D Embossed Polyester200D Embossed Polyester135D HD embossed Polyester135D HD embossed Polyester
Chasis4mm Spring Steel, HDPE4mm Spring Steel, HDPE7001 Hollow Aluminium
Frame HDPE
7001 Hollow Aluminium
Frame HDPE

We think Gregory make great packs for those who love being outdoors. They are considered by many to be one of the best pack manufacturers available on the outdoor market. Gregory meets the needs of all walking and climbing activities and are there to help make the most of your favourite outdoor adventures.

 

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I have loved walking in the in the great outdoors as long as I can remember, weather is not an issue and any landscape is a new adventure. Personal details:- Height 5'10"(1.78m), Wt 12st10oz(81kg) Chest 41"(104cm) Trouser size 32"W,32"L, Baselayer/midlayer size medium. Hardshell layer size large.