Gregory Mountain Products Men's Baltoro 65 Backpack
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- Pockets: 2 interior zip, 6 exterior; Includes Integrated Raincover and Daypack/Hydration Sleeve
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From the manufacturer
- Winner of Backpacker Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Gold Award.
- Winner of Outside Magazine's 2015 Gear of the Year Award.
Comfortable enough for weekend warriors, but advanced enough for the most demanding users, the Baltoro 65 brings the trail-dominating performance of Response A3 suspension in a slimmer, trimmer design that’s perfect for long winter weekends, warm-weather multi-stagers, or extended backcountry excursions with a minimized gear list.
- Response A3 suspension for a comfortable, balanced carry.
- Swappable 3-D hipbelt and shoulder harness for a custom fit.
- LumbarTune to customize lower back support.
- Integrated, color-matched raincover.
- SideKick doubles as daypack/hydration sleeve.
- WeatherShield hipbelt pocket to protect your valuables.
- Front U-zip gives access to main body contents.
- Twin side-mounted zippered gear pockets
An accurate torso measurement ensures the majority of the pack’s load is correctly transferred onto the main structure of the body to the hips.
Pre-curved, ergonomically tapered hipbelts in multiple sizes, featuring LifeSpan foam and a new easy-change design for quickly finding the perfect custom fit.
Shoulder Harness Size
Pre‑curved, ergonomically tapered shoulder harness straps are available in multiple sizes, featuring LifeSpan foam and a new easy-change design that allows fine tuning within each harness size.
A removable EVA shim offers the user two stages of contouring in the lumbar region for the perfect fit.
A TPU‑coated and sealed hipbelt compartment, sized for smartphones or other digital devices and features a highly weather‑resistant YKK AquaGuard zipper closure.
SideWinder Bottle Holster
A side-mounted, ergonomic, stow‑away bottle/accessory pocket with a mesh drawstring closure for securing loose items. A beloved Gregory feature.
Top-loading design with a front U‑zip panel that opens from top to bottom for rapid access to main body contents.
Sleeping Bag Compartment
External access with removable internal divider.
Options are the name of the game and the Baltoro 65 delivers just that. This pack is the answer for those of us who don't need to pack the kitchen sink on a weekend backpacking trip. With all of the same targeted features and functionality as its bigger brother, and updates to our award-winning Response AFS suspension, you'll be more comfortable, go farther, and be the envy of everyone else on the trail.
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Top customer reviews
Weight - the big news for Gregory, they have dropped the weight by 13oz for Deva (M) and 13oz for the Baltoro (L). With the weight loss, Gregory is now in line with the best-in-class Arc’teryx Altra 65 while coming in a $150 cheaper! (the new Baltoro is 2 oz heavier and the Deva is 1 oz heavier than the comparable Arc’teryx). It is also now about the same as the lightweight Osprey units. In short, Gregory is no longer the “comfortable but heavy” alternative.
Suspension System - the new Baltoro looks to be every bit as customizable as the old system and then some. It has an additional lumbar support which I find helpful, and the main support is a more breathable mesh. The hip belt is extremely comfortable and not over-padded, and the cantilever allows independent hip movement. Overall very good fit and very comfortable though it will have to wait for a full hike before we can tell for sure.
Access - the pack has very good access from the top and from the bottom and retains the optional divider between the main compartment and the sleeping bag/tent compartment. It has plenty of side pockets and attachment points.
New features - it comes equipped with a rain cover (saves $20) and a waterproof electronics pocket on the hip belt (my one big complaint), both very welcome. It also has a removable daypack they call the Sidekick which doubles as a reservoir sleeve. We were a bit skeptical of this design but on seeing it in person we think it might be very useful (we will certainly be using the 2L reservoir sleeve).
Complaints: Minor complaints so far (recognizing we have NOT field tested it yet!)
The lower-end Stout model is "solar ready" with daisy chain lash points for a solar panel. I cannot for the life of me understand why this was left off the Baltoro/Deva. We use the Levin Solwing and would love to have it here.
The waterproof pouch is TOO SMALL! I can just barely squeeze into the zipper my iPhone 6 with its case. If you have a 6-plus or a larger android phone, forget it. It ain’t getting in there. It is as though this pouch was made with the last generation of smart-phones in mind (which it probably was). If you use one of those larger cases (e.g. a Otterbox), fuggedaboutit. Seriously, an extra 1” would have made all the difference. But, at least for me, it is “barely big enough” There is NO WAY I will be able to use the phone for a quick photo.
We took these (Baltoro 65 & Deva 60) to the Canadian Rockies we were very pleased in almost every respect. The many pockets are very helpful for organization, the ample straps and clips were helpful for things like our solar panel and poles, the sidewinder (?) bottle holder came in very handy, and the rain cover worked great. These packs can be stuffed full with gear and the many compartments make it easy to still find things when you need them. I can confirm our earlier impression that the waterproof proof pocket, while great to have, is too small to be anything but storage for the iPhone 6 or larger phone. (We did not find the sidekick removable hydration/daypack all that useful.)
Onto the really important stuff: comfort and fit. The pack exceeded our expectations. It was consistently comfortable for carrying loads and we never experienced any hotspots on the lower back, hips, shoulders, etc. It is essential to get the pack adjusted right and the straps positioned right ahead of time. I think Gregory could and should provide a whole lot more informative video instructions on this. But after getting the details worked out we found the packs extremely good. Maybe the best testimony is this: I have 3 ruptured discs in my lower back. A week on the trail with this pack and I never once experienced any lower back pain (YMMV). So the suspension system gets top marks from us.
One additional note, pay attention to the detailed sizing and capacity charts. The baltoro/deva in the largest size (for taller torsos) has 69L/64L actual capacity whereas the smallest size has 61L/56L. In other words, if you have a shorter torso you are losing 8L of capacity vs the larger size and you may want to step up to the 75/70 pack. Look on the Gregory web site under specs. If I were a short torso, I would find this pack very capacity constrained and wish I had spent the extra twenty bucks or so for the next step up.