The Gregory Baltoro is one of the heavier backpacks available on the market at 6lbs, but makes up for its weight in extreme comfort. When I purchased this pack, I was on the search for a backpack that could handle weights over 50lbs comfortably for longer trips in the backcountry. Not only will it this back carry the weight, it will last the test of time. My wife has owned her Gregory Deva, which has a similar design and has lasted over 10 years with no signs of major wear.
Gregory calls the foam pad they use for the shoulder and waist straps EVA foam. This does what they say, by providing a firm and comfortable support on the shoulders and hip belt with heavy weights. Unlike some backpacks that provide thin strips of padding, the Gregory Baltoro back offers a 1 inch think shoulder strap with a “S” shape that fits to the body.
The Baltoro has a water bladder pocket in the main pocket with a dual hose ports (left/right). With pockets everywhere, you are able to organize all your equipment to your needs. With a removable top pocket that doubles a waist pack perfect for quick day hikes, eliminating the need to carry a large pack once you setup camp. The main part of the backpack can be accessed from three different zippers (top, front and bottom) allowing you to access everything in you pack at all times.
Out of all the large backpacks that I have used, the Gregory Baltoro is one of my favorite packs. But if you are looking for an ultralight backpack I would suggest picking another backpack.
Description: 72-78 litter internal frame backpack
- Size: S, M, L
- Capacity: 72-78 liter
- Trail Weight: 5lbs 10oz – 6lbs 2oz
- Material: Double-diamond ripstop nylon/flat weave nylon
- Frame: Internal – Aluminum
- Pockets: 8 + main