Gregory Whitney 95 Pack
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- Capacity - 6285 in3 / 103 l
- Weight - 6 lbs 11 oz / 3.03 kg
- Top Pocket converts to Fanny Pack
- Hydration Compatible
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|Item Dimensions||14.96 x 28.35 x 4.72 inches|
|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Material Type||[body] HT Double R/S (210D)| nylon|
|Shipping Weight||7.2 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
|Style Name||L Green|
Top Customer Reviews
But the backpack failed on Day One. The plastic in the hip strap is brittle, and the way it is constructed (in an "X" pattern, presumably to save weight) makes is susceptible to fracturing. When we unloaded the pack (had not even hit the trail!), the left hip strap was cracking and the right hip strap had broken clear through into two pieces just held together by fabric. I was aghast that such an expensive and otherwise attractive new backpack could have such a poor design for an essential component like the hip strap. I've never seen this happen with another backpack (certainly not my old backpack, which lasted me 15 years), and I later found out that the reviews on REI.com are full of people with exactly this issue.
I returned the backpack under warranty and purchased the Kelty Red Cloud instead, which has almost all the same features and size and a solid hip strap.
I packed it for a 10 trip to knock out 5 14ers (and a few 13ers) in the Sawatch Range of Colorado.
When I pulled it out of the Eagle Creek XXL duffle in Denver, I noticed the plastic in the hip belt was snapped.
What that meant was for the entire time we were backpacking to basecamp, my heavy load (60+lb) was pinched into my shoulders.
I don't know if it cracked during transit, or if I missed the crack in the store (as some other reviewers have noted that these packs often come defective).
Additionally, just through normal usage on one trip, the fabric has several rips, punctures and tears. It seems delicate. I didn't notice any stitching blow-outs, but will watch (as other reviewers have noted on different back country sites) for that since it seems to be common.
I guess that they don't make them like they used to. I have contacted Gregory and am waiting for a return authorization.
In the meanwhile, for my upcoming winter trip, I am pulling out the trustworthy Lowe Alpine instead.
Sadly, I had always heard that Gregory's were the top of the line in comfort and durability, and for the price they charge, you would expect that.
Be very cautious if you are looking at an extended trip with more than 40lb loads, have a backup plan in case it fails far from civilization.
Our family owns two of these packs. We do a lot of backpacking, and these packs have our highest praise. I really like the number of pockets on this pack that make it very easy to access gear. The main compartment is accessible from the front, sides and top.
The sleeping bag compartment is really nice. Misplaced your stuff sack? Just stuff it in here.
Not enough room inside? This pack has plenty of external straps.
The most outstanding aspect is the confort. The shoulder straps are on pivots which allow them to wrap around at the perfect angle. The hip belt is adjustable. Both are well padded. The back of the hip belt is made of a rough material that allow it to grip and stay put when moving around. Once I strap this pack on and tighten it up--that's it--no more fussing, it just fits perfectly. I have been on multiday hikes with 50+ lb. loads with no problem.
The waterproof material on the bottom and the pockets on the hip belt are nice touches. The only con is that the water bottle holder on the side of the pack is difficult to reach when the pack is on. I usually just have my water in a bladder though so this isn't much of an issue for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic!!!! I like it very much! Very good. I very pleased with this !!!Published 5 months ago by Jean-Paul
Heavy but has been durable so far (4yrs). Good quality zippers and stitching. Plastic parts may become brittle over time if stored in direct sun for too long.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Insanely comfortable with all of my clothes and scuba gear that I took to Southeast Asia. Plenty of room leftover for all the gifts I had to bring back also.Published on April 11, 2014 by Lando
I absolutely love this Backpack. Do alot of hiking and carrying alot of weight. This is perfect for my usage. Alot of practical solution with smart details. Would recomend it. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Thomas
Excellent buy!!! It really lives up to the Gregory standard. I was a little worried it would be to big, but the strapping system will cinch down unpacked areasPublished on January 26, 2013 by Cypher
UPDATED MAY 2013:
The construction quality and materials of the Whitney 95 are far superior to other backpacks I've tried. You really get what you pay for. Read more