Gregory Z30 Medium

Verified Buyer Reviewed by SD Dogwalker from South Dakota on Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I bought this pack because I wanted the cross flow ventilation and a little more room than my Osprey Stratos 24 has. Like the Stratos, this pack is extremely comfortable! I love the cross flow ventilation. It keeps my back cool and the frame type suspension makes the heavy load seem light. The lower part of the mesh back panel is padded which adds to the comfort. The Stratos does not have this. I prefer the zipper to the drawstring opening, which a lot of Gregory packs have, because it is easier to get items out of your pack. The Z30 has a huge pocket on the outer, top side which does not cut down on the inside space. The top pocket on the Stratos hung down inside the pack and took up space. The outer stuff pocket is quite roomy (the Stratos did not have this) and the rain cover is in another zip pocket located behind the stuff pocket.The hip belt is nicely padded, but it ends up with a narrow belt in the front. It is just 1 inch wide. In another review, I had read about it, so I wasn't surprised. I don't find it uncomfortable, but it just seems flimsy. Overall it is a very nice pack. I just wish the hip belt was wider.
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