Gregory Packs

Gregory Packs

Post by Steven Broyle » Thu, 26 Mar 1998 04:00:00


anyone out there have any experiences that they would like to share
about Gregory packs?

I'm looking at the Chaos and the Runout to use as climbing/day hiking
packs (with the outside chance of a light overnighter once in a while).

Any comments about the quality of construction, comfort, durability
would be appreciated.

OR

If you have any other recommendations for a pack that is near 2500 ci
and costs under $200, that climbs well and stands up well to abuse, let
me know!

Thanks

Steve

 
 
 

Gregory Packs

Post by Steve Tyle » Thu, 26 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> anyone out there have any experiences that they would like to share
> about Gregory packs?

> I'm looking at the Chaos and the Runout to use as climbing/day hiking
> packs (with the outside chance of a light overnighter once in a while).

> Any comments about the quality of construction, comfort, durability
> would be appreciated.

> OR

> If you have any other recommendations for a pack that is near 2500 ci
> and costs under $200, that climbs well and stands up well to abuse, let
> me know!

> Thanks

> Steve

Steve,

I bought a Gregory Thru Hiker for overnights this past Winter.  5100
cubic inch (is it inch or centimeter?) I used the pack for short, fast
hikes from trailheads to lean-tos and back with a full 50 Lb load.  The
pack worked well.  I was concerned about hip-belts.  My friend, Harry,
had a pack (brand x if you will) that had a weak hip belt.  This belt
ripped where the webbing met the pads.  I made sure the Gregory had a
webbing belt that went all the way around to the suspension, not just
from the buckle to the pads.  I found the Gregory easy to adjust and
easy to get the weight off of my shoulders.  Unfortunately, this pack
had no separate sleeping bag entry panel.

For day packs I went with the Dana Design Bomb Pack.  Pricey but
indestructible with a shove it pocket and lots of lashing loops on the
back for the gear that inevitably won't fit in the pack.  3200 cubic
inch (?)  

Check out Dana's small pack line before buying the Gregory. They have a
range of sizes.  Otherwise, the Gregory appears to close in quality
to the Dana (which I can't destroy) and I am happy with it.

Cheers,
Steve

 
 
 

Gregory Packs

Post by Dale Klot » Thu, 26 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I have a Chaos and Wind River. The Chaos is fairly new and I probably have only 3 outings worth of
experience with it. So far it has been very comfortable and the quality is very good (zippers,
buckles and materials). The waist belt is good, medium density foam and the single stay with frame
sheet  makes for the lightest frame combo around. I especially like the "auto-cant" shoulder straps
for fit and comfort.

The Wind River is about 1.5 seasons old now and does not show any signs of wear. I use it for both
summer and winter backpacking. It's very comfortable as well as stable. It has many miles of use in
rain, shine and snow.

--

Dale

Quote:


>> anyone out there have any experiences that they would like to share
>> about Gregory packs?

>> I'm looking at the Chaos and the Runout to use as climbing/day hiking
>> packs (with the outside chance of a light overnighter once in a while).

>> Any comments about the quality of construction, comfort, durability
>> would be appreciated.

>> OR

>> If you have any other recommendations for a pack that is near 2500 ci
>> and costs under $200, that climbs well and stands up well to abuse, let
>> me know!

>> Thanks

>> Steve

>Steve,

>I bought a Gregory Thru Hiker for overnights this past Winter.  5100
>cubic inch (is it inch or centimeter?) I used the pack for short, fast
>hikes from trailheads to lean-tos and back with a full 50 Lb load.  The
>pack worked well.  I was concerned about hip-belts.  My friend, Harry,
>had a pack (brand x if you will) that had a weak hip belt.  This belt
>ripped where the webbing met the pads.  I made sure the Gregory had a
>webbing belt that went all the way around to the suspension, not just
>from the buckle to the pads.  I found the Gregory easy to adjust and
>easy to get the weight off of my shoulders.  Unfortunately, this pack
>had no separate sleeping bag entry panel.

>For day packs I went with the Dana Design Bomb Pack.  Pricey but
>indestructible with a shove it pocket and lots of lashing loops on the
>back for the gear that inevitably won't fit in the pack.  3200 cubic
>inch (?)

>Check out Dana's small pack line before buying the Gregory. They have a
>range of sizes.  Otherwise, the Gregory appears to close in quality
>to the Dana (which I can't destroy) and I am happy with it.

>Cheers,
>Steve


 
 
 

Gregory Packs

Post by ORBS - Outdoor Classified A » Fri, 27 Mar 1998 04:00:00



...

Quote:
> If you have any other recommendations for a pack that is near 2500 ci
> and costs under $200, that climbs well and stands up well to abuse, let
> me know!

I like the Arc'Teryx Bora 40. 2,500 in3. $200 at Campmor. A pack which
is comfortable on one person just doesn't make it on the next person,
so try on several brands to find what's right for you.

-- Jeff
ORBS - Outdoor Recreation Buyers & Sellers
http://home.pacbell.net/orbs
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Gregory Packs

Post by J's Da » Fri, 27 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I have been using a Chaos for 2 winters now. It has been
confortable,durable and climbs nicely. I tend to jam my axes and ice screws
directly into the pack and have not had any problems with the durablity of
the pack cloth. I have found it plenty big for cragging and short alpine
routes.

 
 
 

Gregory Packs

Post by Andrew Crabtre » Fri, 27 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>I'm looking at the Chaos and the Runout to use as climbing/day hiking
>packs (with the outside chance of a light overnighter once in a while).

I have a runout and it is a great pack for day trips, multi-pitch climbs, or
for a summit pack.  It
is a little heavy to carry along inside of your main pack for just summit
days but thats what I do.
Its very well constructed and rugged.  The only problem I have with it is
that there are soooo many straps*** off it it.  You'd have to travel
pretty light if you wanted to make an overnight trip with it.  Also note
that it has no frame.

Quote:
>If you have any other recommendations for a pack that is near 2500 ci
>and costs under $200, that climbs well and stands up well to abuse, let
>me know!

Runouts good because it can be had for under $1000.

I'm probably going to pick up gregory denali and alpinisto packs this year
based on my experiences with the runout.

Andy

 
 
 

Gregory Packs

Post by Leon Braginsk » Sat, 28 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I have Gregory Shasta. I used it for mountaineering and  few times as a
haul bag for rock climbing. Good packs, but there one problem (at least for
me):
hip/waist belts are very stiff and give me blisters when pack is used with
the climbing harness. Other climber has experienced similar problem with
Gregory

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