Nice, if you use a hydration bladder

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jill from NH on Saturday, July 10, 2010
I got this pack as a high school graduation present for my little brother who wants to get into backpacking. Probably not the best starter pack, as it is on the smaller side and won't be able to carry as much of the older/heavier hand-me-down gear he will have to use for a while, but I wanted him to have something versatile in case he doesn't use it for backpacking all the time. This is small enough that you could compress it down and get away with using it for long dayhikes, especially if you're the only one carrying a pack, or backcountry skiing (another thing he wants to get into).

Overall, it seems well made despite it's lightness. I've always been partial to Gregory packs--I have several (including the first generation of this pack--the G50) and they've all held up wonderfully. The fabric is durable and slightly water repellent, and the grey color is nice. I love the large external pocket for stuffing jackets, etc. in, and the waistband pockets are indispensable. I prefer 'one-compartment' packs like this that you can pack like a big stuff sack, although the curved back for the ventilation system does provide a slight obstacle for packing. My main gripe with this pack, though, is that there are no external sleeves/pockets for water bottles. I know most people, especially ultralight packers, use hydration bladders now, but you usually want a bottle of some sort along, or somewhere to put your fuel bottle, etc. But, if that's not a concern to you, this is a great pack.
  • Best Uses: Day Hikes, Extended Hikes, Light Loads, Travel
  • Cons: No water bottle pockets
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Highly Adjustable, Lightweight
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
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