Reviewed by Bay Area Hiker from Bay Area, California on Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This is a great women-specific pack, thoughtfully designed, well-built, reasonably light for the features & capacity. Its maiden voyage was a three-days/nights backpack of nearly 40 miles, and though I'm neither a frequent backpacker (though I would like to do more) nor an obsessive gear-head, I did...
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Reviewed by Rocky from Ohio on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Have not not had the chance to field test this bag yet but just from overall appearance I would the following thoughts. The hip padding on the hip looked very good, but the chest snap had no up and adjustment, the back padding looked adequate. This is not a big bag, great for a minimalist, not for taking all the comforts of home with you on a backpacking trip. Water bottle holders a little short, not for tall bottles. Would describe myself as a comfort driven minimalist
Reviewed by Jamie the Long-Distance Hiker from PA on Monday, March 17, 2014
I recently purchased this pack to replace my old Gregory, which was a 70L and had tons of external pockets. This pack was an excellent replacement! It's streamline form allows for great weight distribution when packed, yet the single external pocket allows for a perfect place for easy-access to rain gear. As a long-distance hiker, the lightweight design of this pack has served me well. My only fault with this pack is that the brain doesn't have a replacement hip belt buckle, which has come in handy many times. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this pack for any weekend or multi-week adventure!
Reviewed by Happy Camper from Washington on Friday, February 28, 2014
Wow, things have really changed. I have been holding on to my early 90's pack with all of the adventures it has accompanied me on. But I thought it was time to try a pack made for women. It really feels sooooo much better! Less sweat and access to the pack from the bottom is great! Love the detachable day pack and finally easy access pockets on your hip belt! Yippie!
Reviewed by kerrpanda from Texas Hill Country on Saturday, October 27, 2012
This pack was very comfortable and lightweight. I liked the pockets in the waistbelt. My only complaints were that I could not get my own water bottle out of the pockets, and had to have a fellow hiker grab it for me. I also erred in thinking that this pack would be big enough. I wish I'd gotten the next size up. Overall, I like the product except for the h2o bottle pockets.
Best Uses: Extended Hikes
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Good Suspension, Lightweight
Over the years Gregory continues to make adjustments to their great LTS system and continue to find ways to take weight off the pack with other material. There are slight differences but nothing too noticeable. The 2010 version has secure carry under compression flaps. This is a great bag that continues to show it's worth.
Answered on 6/28/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
"3 waistbelt size adjustment options" is a new feature introduced in the 2010 model.||In the 2010 models (Jade 50 & Jade 60), the hip belt has three "settings" (XS/S/M) to allow for a wider range of adjustment. You detach the hip belt from the pack and reattach it, via very strong velcro, at the XS/S/M slots to achieve the different hip belt settings.||The 2009 model just has a standard hipbelt, which is still quite adjustable via its sets of straps. ||For me, the 2009 model hipbelt seems to actually work better, because I have an XS torso and need an XS hipbelt. In my case, there is no advantage to the wider range of adjustment in the 2010 model, and, the 2010 model did not seem to be able to adjust down as much as the 2009 model, putting me at the end of its adjustment range (which is not ideal). Ideally you want a few inches between the pads before they touch (according to Gregory's pack fit PDF - see their website). ||Of course, for others, the 2010 new hipbelt might be great.
Answered on 8/22/2010 12:00:00 AM by karis0166 from Portland OR
This pack has 3 pockets plus the main compartment. It does not have a rain cover or a specific space for one, you can always just put in in the top for easy access.
Answered on 5/11/2010 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
It has two "water bottle pockets" which I use for other things since I carry a bladder and the areas I hike usually have water. Also there are two zipper pouches on the belt where things can be had at lickity split. The detatchable lid is quite big too.
Answered on 8/26/2010 12:00:00 AM by Older hiker from Eastern Adirondacks