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A short lifestyle piece about Gregory and the people who love their packs.
Get Out ThereGregory: Hiking Packs, Luggage & Travel Accessories
Often called the most comfortable and most reliable packs in the world, Gregory backpacks are truly live up to their incredible reputation. Founder Wayne Gregory began his company with a simple passion: to design backpacks he could trust on the most ambitious of life adventures. He did this by pioneering new suspension systems that work with your body instead of against it, paying relentless attention to men's and women's fit, and inventing new materials and construction techniques. Wayne's unique approach to design gave him the confidence to offer his famous lifetime guarantee, which Gregory still honors to this very day.
Gregory packs are truly built to be worn, not carried. A unique fit geometry and customized chassis technologies combine to make Gregory packs feel like an extension of your body. All the gear you need for your next adventure can fit comfortably inside the spacious interior, built with extra pouches to make organization a breeze. But what we appreciate most about Gregory packs is how long lasting they are; most will last though a lifetime of adventures. Each seam, stitch, and clasp is built to last through rough handling and extreme use. If you're wondering which pack to try first, check out the GregoryDenali 100 Alpine Backpacking Pack or the GregoryWomen's Octal 45, both are very popular and well received.
At OutlandUSA.com, we love Gregory for their amazing comfort and durability. Few other backpacks come close in terms of quality and value to a Gregory pack. If you're looking to wear the very best, be sure to check out Gregory.
A short lifestyle piece about Gregory and the people who love their packs.
All of our women's packs are designed to fit the anatomy of the female body. This means a hipbelt angled to fit the shape of a woman's hipbones and a shoulder harness that is shaped to work with a woman's bust and allow for a smooth wrap over the shoulder. We also provide smaller torso lengths in womens packs to accommodate shorter women, as proper torso length is a key element to achieving the best fit.
We have two different adjustable torso designs on our packs. The first is a hook-and-loop attachment that can be separated and repositioned according to marks on the adjustable panel. Make sure to press and massage the attachment back together after adjusted. The second adjustable design is in the Response A3 suspension found on the Baltoro/Deva and Denali. The Response A3 shoulder harness can be attached in two positions in the backpanel, allowing 2 inches (5cm)of adjustment within each size. To adjust, flatten the toggles on the harness straps and pass them through the slots to remove them, then reverse the procedure to pass them through the second set of slots, keeping the toggles flat. Once through, flip the toggles so that they lie flat against the plastic assembly.
For packs with hipbelt adjustment, the process is very similar to the hook-and-loop style of adjustable-torso packs: Simply separate the hook-and-loop panels from each other, and then reposition the belt according to the marks on the pad, ensuring that each side is positioned at the same point for a proper fit.
Loading your backpack is a balancing act in the sense that you want easy access to contents in the order you use them on the trail and in camp, and literally in the sense that you want to balance the load to maintain your center of gravity. Here's how to do it, starting from the bottom of your pack:
Bag at The Bottom
Most backpackers will shove their sleeping bag into the bottom of their packs. On some packs, there is a zippered opening at the bottom of the pack specifically for this purpose. The bottom of the pack is also a good place for items you won't need until you make camp at night: long underwear being used as sleepwear, for example; a pillow or maybe a sleeping pad if it's the kind that can pack down instead of folding or rolling up. Any other campsite-only items can go down low, except a headlamp or flashlight—its always a good idea to have your light source readily accessible.
Mass in The Middle
Your heaviest items should be placed 1) on top of your sleeping bag or other items at the bottom of the pack and 2) close to your spine. Usually, these items will be:
Your food stash, either in a couple of stuff sacks or in a bear canister
Your water supply, either in a hydration reservoir or bottles
Your cook kit and stove might also go here, though both could be wedged into the periphery of the load if small and light enough
Part or all of your tent, packed into a sack that you can remove from the top without too much trouble when you reach camp
Heavier items should be centered in your pack—not too high, not too low. The goal is to create a predictable, comfortable center of gravity. Heavy items too low cause a pack to feel saggy. Too high and the load might feel tippy.
Pad the Periphery
Wrap softer, lower-weight items around the heavier items to prevent heavier pieces from shifting. Your tent body, rainfly, an insulation layer, or a rain jacket might work well. These items help stabilize the heavier core by filling empty spaces.
Tools on Top
Stash frequently used items in easy reach: This includes your map, compass, GPS, sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp, bug spray, first-aid kit, snacks, rain gear, pack cover, toilet paper, and sanitation trowel. Place them in the pack's top pocket or another external pocket, if one exists. Many backpacking and trekking packs include small pockets on the hipbelt for trail snacks and accessories.
Fill up hollow items with lighter, smaller, items or things that need protection. For example, you can put utensils, a cup, bagged grains or beans, or a small item of clothing inside your cooking pots.
Fill up your bear canister all the way to make sure you maximize usable space.
If youre carrying liquid fuel, make sure your fuel bottle cap is on tightly. Pack the bottle upright and always below your food in case of a spill or leak.
Share the load: Divide the weight of communal items (e.g., a tent) with others in your group. You carry the main body, for example, while your tentmate carries the poles and rainfly. But whatever you do, dont give a critical piece of gear to someone who might split off from your group!
Stabilize: Tighten all compression straps to limit load-shifting. Ideally, a well-loaded pack will:
> Feel balanced when resting on your hips.
> Feel cohesive, a whole unit with nothing shifting or swaying inside.
> Feel stable and predictable as you walk, at one with your upper body.
Ideally, we recommend carrying your pack on the plane to avoid damage in transit; however, carry-on baggage must fit easily in the Carry-on Baggage Check (approximately 22" x 14" x 9" or 56 x 35 x 23 cm), which is usually located near the check-in counters. Typically, packs over 40 liters are too big to carry on, although this also depends on how full you pack the bag. If you are checking a large backpack (Such as a Baltoro/Deva), you can put the backpack in a duffel for protection, use a bag-wrapping service in the terminal, or sometimes airlines offer plastic bags for free or for a small fee. If you have nowhere to leave a duffel but you want to bag your pack, we suggest putting it in a heavy-duty clear plastic contractor bag and then using duct tape around the bag to minimize free space and loose ends. But dont throw it away—you can carry it with you or stash it somewhere at your destination without too much concern, then use it again for the flight home.
Yes, the 3D Hydro Reservoir is both BPA and PVC free.
Gregory builds products to last a lifetime and that's how long they stand behind them. They guarantee that their products will be free from defects in workmanship and materials for as long as you own it.
The Fine Print (From Gregory)
While we always stand 100% behind our workmanship and materials, in order to avoid inflated product prices, we have placed some reasonable limitations on the Gregory Lifetime Guarantee. We cannot cover damage due to unreasonable or abusive use, improper cleaning or storage, or normal wear and tear. Weve provided some more detail below on how these exclusions are defined which may help you out before submitting a claim.
Unreasonable or Abusive Use
Some examples of unreasonable or abusive activities: taking your ultra-light backpack canyoneering in Zion, using your active trail daypack as a haul bag on El Cap, or using your pack as a saltwater drag-bag in the Galapagos Islands for two months (these all actually happened). Please feel free to send us some pics, but understand that these types of activities fall outside the intended use of the product and would qualify as unreasonable or abusive, voiding your warranty.
Improper Cleaning Or Storage
Just like a quality piece of outerwear or footwear, packs need to be cared for and cleaned to maintain durability and performance. For more info on how to extend the life of your product, please see Product Care and please, please dont throw your pack in the washing machine.
Normal Wear & Tear
This is defined as the expected and inevitable damage that occurs as a result of normal use and/or aging of a product. Damage from normal wear and tear should not render your product unusable during a reasonable life cycle, but it should be noted that textile-based products should not be expected to perform indefinitely at the same level as when they were originally purchased.
One good example is foam padding. We use the highest quality EVA foam available, yet over time and with use it will experience some permanent compression, just like your running shoes. Another example is the textile coating on the interior of your pack. This is a tricky one all product manufacturers struggle with. We use the best coating technology available today, but the nature of the product means the coating will begin to degrade as it ages. This will happen at varying degrees depending on the coating and textile materials, the climate, and how the pack has been cared for.
STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR TORSO LENGTH
C7 VERTEBRA TO ILIAC CENTER
Grab a measuring tape. Tilt your head forward to make it easier to and find the highest protruding knob at the base of your neck. Ahoy! Its your C7 vertebrae—the starting point for your soft measuring tape. Tilt your head back up and run the tape straight down your spine until you reach your Iliac Center. This is the point in the center of your spine that aligns with the highest point on your hipbone.
STEP 2: PICK YOUR PACK!
Once you know your torso length, you can find out which size you should buy in whichever Gregory pack you like. And remember, all Gregory packs are sized the same regardless of gender, so a medium is a medium whether its unisex, a mens pack, or a womens pack.
STEP 3: TRY ON THE PACK
We always recommend throwing at least 10-20 pounds in the pack. From there, the most important thing you can do is make sure the top edge of hipbelt is sitting 1 (2.5cm) above your iliac crest shelf. Next, the shoulder straps should wrap smoothly over your shoulders and should start wrapping onto your back, about 3 inches below the top of your shoulders. If your shoulder strap starts lower than 3 inches, try a larger size.