Classic Gregory Fit, Tough As Nails

Reviewed by Julia from WA on Friday, September 9, 2016
I'm madly in love with this pack. I've had Gregory packs for years & was so disappointed when they started changing over to the more trendy Osprey-style "hang off away from your back" fit. That style just doesn't work for me at all--so uncomfortable & feels off balanced. Luckily, Gregory's Amber fit is old school--super stable & close to your core.
The Amber 44 expands to carry a lot of gear or shrinks down for quick jaunts. I've used mine for 100 mile long sections on the PCT, or cinched down tight for short day hikes. It rides stable and close to your back, keeping the weight easy to manage. The waist pockets are big enough to fit your cell phone, camera, snacks, etc. and are easy to access.
The pack feels like good quality--tough fabric, sturdy zippers, tight stitching.
If you're looking for a fit similar to the classic Gregory packs, this is it. If, however, you prefer the newer mesh "airy" fit, the J series will probably make you happier.
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