>Anyone have any experience with Gregory's Summit series packs, specifically
>the Spire or the Robson. I'm looking for a pack with decent capacity for
>multi day backcountry and alpine climbing trips. As such, need a pack with
>good capacity, but managalbe interms of comfort, stability and balance.
>Other recommendations welcome.
I've got two: a Palisade, which I've owned for about 3 yrs, and a Rock Lobster,
which I bought this year.
The Palisade is about 5000 ci. and has a *** pocket (Pal. Plus model) which
adds 500 ci. It has served me faithfully, even after I stabbed it with my axe.
It carries large (75lb.) loads well, and smaller loads comfortably. The longest
I used it was about 8 days in the Sierra, crossing several class 2-3 passes.
The Rock Lobster is about 3500 ci. and has less padding than the larger Gregory
models. I haven't used it much yet: one overnighter and one attempt at climbing
Lone Pine Peak. It worked great for a peak pack when I needed to carry a bunch
of clothes and food, but was a bit stiff in the belt when I tried to carry
overnight gear (bivy sack, pad, down bag, stove, etc...).
Both packs perform exceptionally well for their intended use, so it's a good bet
the other Gregory packs do, too.
Here is a page from Uncle Buck regarding Gregory packs:
Hope all this helps!
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