Gregory Mountain Products Z 65 Backpack, Sonora Gold, Medium
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- JetStream LTS Suspension with thicker, more supportive foams and waistbelt
- Auto-fit harness
- Ventilated, moisture-wicking harness and waistbelt
- Aero-tech mesh backpanel
- Single 7001-T6 hollow aluminum stay
|Package Height||5.7 x 13.6 x 25.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.15 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
Top Customer Reviews
I recently loaded her up with 25 pounds of equipment and did a 10 mile hike close to home. I made quite a few adjustments to the waist belt and shoulder straps, but once everything was adjusted the pack was very comfortable.
The compression straps really help to keep your gear from moving around and the shape of the pack really works when going through small areas like caves. The padding on the straps is sturdy while also being comfortable.
I did a month worth of research before purchasing this one. I looked at Deuters, Acer'ytyx (or something like that) and North Face and found this to be the best blend of what I am seeking. I don't expect to be using this pack every weekend, so for a two or three times a year this is perfect for me.
For someone who does more outside, I would recommend the Gregory Baltoro in a similar size. I really liked the Baltoro, but couldn't justify the additional $100-$150 for that upgrade. However, most of my research indicates that it is money well spent.
The reasons I chose the Z65 versus the Baltoro were cost (about 2/3 of the cost of the Baltoro with similar options) and weight and capacity. I could have bought a larger pack, but then you have the associated increase in weight.Read more ›
The material, seams, and connections are very solid. The is an extremely well made pack I expect to eventually pass down to my son.
The lack of a rain cover was not surprising, but still a little disappointing to have to make an additional purchase for such a simple item.
The lack of zippered pockets for small items was a problem. No safe place to put keys, wallet, phone, etc. Though there is a hanging clip for a key, it did not work for my type of key, so had to have a friend stow my valuables.
The side pouch, where I kept my Nalgene was too far back for me. I could barely get the anything out of the pocket and had to have a friend put it back in place.
The zippered pouches in the front waist strap were just right for a small camera and sunglasses.
Even with the minor issues, it is clear that this pack is a cut above the store brand packs, so was well worth the small extra cost.
One other note on this pack: It was cheaper in blue than in the other colors, which I assume is because the blue does not look as good in the pictures. I felt the same way about the color, though bought it anyway. In reality, the blue looks fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have taken this pack on many hikes. Just got back from Big Bend and it passed the test again. My brother in law is jealous and he has an Osprey!Published on November 21, 2013 by Neil Stith
This backpack was great. My husband headed out with it the next weekend and it held all he needed including the bear canister.Published on November 8, 2012 by LEW
Well-designed. Good access to main storage. Integration of hydration system is good. The pack is extremely comfortable, even when fully-loaded. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by amorris1pa