Closeouts. With plenty of storage space and a lightweight design, the Gregory Freia 38 backpack serves double duty as a technical daypack or minimalist overnighter, with a Kinetic FTS suspension so you don't sacrifice support.
Reviewed by Spiderzak from Utah on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I was looking for a pack to use for single day backcountry skiing. This is a light pack with no rigid back panel and a small hip belt. The back support/padding is a thin foam and the pack can literally be folded in half (and came that way in shipment) The hip belt is functional but seems small, almost like it's designed for a teenager. Even for single day hiking trips, I'm not sure I would like it, the flexible back would leave it lumpy on your back unless you packed it full and perfect everytime, almost like a sack with shoulder straps and a hip belt (OK, maybe not quite that bad). I'm sure it's got its uses, but its not what I was looking for. And if you were looking for a lightweight pack where you add your own removable back support, I think you'd be better off with an intentionally designed ultralight backpack.
Reviewed by Trulyb from Asheville, NC on Friday, April 12, 2013
I had to choose between the Friea 38 and last years model of the Gregory Jade 38, having comparable sale prices. I preferred the Jade and sent this back, but it is still a good Gregory womens pack. Where it lost the edge first of all was in comparison with the mesh back panel of the Jade, which holds the mass of the bag away from your back, allowing a lot of ventilation between you and the pack. The Freia has a more traditional support system, but I hike in hot weather a lot, in the SW and SE, and I really like the superior ventilation of the Jade. If you want a tradition back to the pack, the Freia is fine. It also lost out by having a main compartment that's more difficult to access, since you have to loosen straps for the top pocket that are behind your back when you have it on. This is the reverse of the Jade and a lot of other top loading packs, where the top pocket straps can be accessed by your partner for you while it's on your back. My husband sometimes gives me a hand getting something out, and with the Freia, he could not do that easily with the pack on my back. It seems to me to be a design quirk, though not a big deal for a lot of people. This pack might have been my choice had I not been comparing it head to head with the Jade.
Reviewed by BikeHikeLaugh from White Mountains on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Not good for a long distance winter hike. There is no support in the back and all of the straps are wimpy. It felt like it was worth a lot less than what I paid for it, there was not a lot of thought put into hoe the pack would support a sleeping bag or mat or even the weight of water bottles. The straps cut into the shoulders and everything was just thin. On the other hand if you want a light pack this is the way to go, maybe a summer pack for light hikes?