Gregory Cairn 48 Pack

Priced: $128.83 - $259.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 2 reviews.
Gregory Cairn 48 Pack
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Whether you're trying to shave some weight for your weekend backpacking trip or need a women-specific, lightweight pack for your overnight trip into the backcountry, rely on the Gregory Women's Cairn 48 Backpack. Thanks to its intuitive design, lightweight and durable construction, and ultra-comfortable fit, the Cairn serves as your go-to minimalist weekend pack.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Pack suspension offers legendary Gregory comfort and strong, light support with a patented hipbelt alignment system, streamlined back panel and wire wishbone frame


  • External hydration sleeve makes it easy to access and fill your reservoir; it attaches directly to internal frame (reservoir sold separately)


  • Organize gear within easy reach with a side security pocket, large front dump pocket, dual oversize side pockets and hipbelt pockets


  • Light and sturdy wire wishbone frame provides effective load transfer to your lumbar; integrated cross-stay helps maintain proper pack shape and prevents barreling

Weather and Wind:

  • Trail-Smart packing system supplies a top-access main compartment for your gear, a large front dump pocket for your rain jacket, first aid kit, and lunch, and multiple On-the-Go gear pockets for your small essentials
  • Integrated, color-coordinated rain cover for convenience
  • Highly water-resistant top pocket features a waterproof zipper and sealed seams; top-loading design features a quick-draw closure and a stash pocket under the lid


  • Each section allows easy access to your gear when you need it and distributes the weight properly for intuitive packing and comfortable carry
  • 48-liter backpack comfortably holds up to 45-pounds of your overnight or lightweight weekend backpacking gear
  • Harness offers stable comfort for the long haul and is shaped specifically for female anatomy


  • On-the-Go gear pockets consist of a side stash security pocket, a stash pocket on the underside of the top lid, a top pocket, twin oversize side pockets, and dual waist-belt pockets


  • Response LT Auto-Fit waist-belt custom aligns with your hip angles for proper load transfer and superb fit
  • Response™ LT formed auto-fit waistbelt with ventilated air channels

Lining and Layers:

  • Shoulder straps feature a layer of monofilament mesh, perforated EVA foam and 2 layers of air-mesh on the top and bottom, all bonded together for breathability and comfort


  • Harness features a MonoBond Architecture with thermo-molded, four layer construction for additional weight savings while maintaining ideal shape for comfort
  • Incorporates both 420D and 100D Robic fabrics with UTS coating for the highest possible strength to weight ratio
  • The Gregory Cairn 48 pack is made with 420-denier and 100-denier coated ripstop nylon fabric for a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • 420D and 100D Robic fabrics are durable and more resistant to abrasion than nylon 6 fabric for improved longevity
  • Women-specific Response LT suspension system offers an ideal blend of fit, comfort, and lightweight construction
  • UTS coating (silicone based coating) throughout the pack makes the pack waterproof without making it brittle and does a solid job of bonding with the fabric's fibers instead of just sticking to the top of them


  • Hipbelt auto-adjusts to fit your unique body shape the moment you put on the pack; ventilated air channels and breathable spacer mesh on the back panel permit cooling airflow
  • Aero-mesh fabric and ventilated air channels on back panel and waist-belt for added breathability, moisture management, and cool air venting


  • Two-stage compression on lower bag and over main top opening secures your pack load and helps to evenly distribute the pack's weight
  • Integrated raincover helps keep contents dry when the weather takes a wet turn
  • Slim shape stabilizer technology
  • -Trail (Yellow Section) - easy access to items that might be needed during the day
  • -Camp (Red Section) - dense items you don't touch all day
  • Top access stashes your camp gear and positions your stuff close to your back for ideal weight distribution
  • -On-the-Go (Green Section) - quick access items to get to without removing your pack
  • Quick draw closure on main access
  • Innovative packing system features 3 sections that separate your trail gear from camp items, and keeps frequently grabbed essentials at your fingertips

The lightweight Gregory Cairn 48 pack for women represents a backpacking breakthrough with precise Gregory fit, innovative organization and efficient gear access for a joyous weekend in the wild.


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The Cairn has the Gregory fit, innovative organization and efficient gear access for a joyous weekend in the wild.
The Cairn 48 bridges the gap between great fit for females and lightweight backcountry functionality. A comfortable carry and intuitive gear organization make this pack the perfect size for a minimalist weekend on the trail.

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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Access:Pack access: Top/side
Additional Info:Raincover included: Yes
Adjustable torso:Lightweight backpack
Backpack Features:Hydration Compatible, Included Rain Cover, Top Loader
Backpack Style:Multi-Day Pack
Capacity:X-Small: 2807 cu in / 46 L Small: 2929 cu in / 48 L Medium: 3052 cu in / 50 L
Fits torso:No
Fits waist/hips:No
Frame:Frame material: Aluminum perimeter hoop/single cross stay
Frame material:46 liters
Frame type:Backpacking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Internal
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:420D Robic Fabric with UTS Coating
Max Load Capacity:45 lb / 20 kg
Number of exterior pockets:3,052 cubic inches
Number of stays:48 liters
Pack Size:3000-3999 cu in
Pack access:2,929 cubic inches
Pack loading:2,807 cubic inches
Raincover included:3 lbs. 11 oz.
Sleeping bag compartment:3 lbs. 9 oz.
Style:Backpack style: Lightweight backpack
Suspended mesh back panel:50 liters
Torso Length:Torso Length: 18" - 20"
Volume:3052 cubic inches / 50 liter
Weight:X-Small: 3 lb 9 oz / 1.6 kg Small: 3 lb 11 oz / 1.7 kg : 3 lb 13 oz / 1.7 kg
Weight - metric:Lightweight backpack
Weight with Raincover:4 lbs / 1.81 kg

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Gregory Cairn 48 Pack Reviews:


Ugh, this bag is amazing. I have never purchased a backpack like this before and did an enormous amount of research before purchasing. I brought this bag on a 16 day backpacking trip through Northern Europe and this was the best bag for it. Up till the last day I was discovering new features, pockets, and attachments. My other favorite part are the two access points. you can pack from the top and also from the side. So when you accidentally pack a pair of shoes all the way at the bottom you can unzip the side instead of having to unpack everything from the top. So many great things about this pack, particularly for the size. I look forward to using it again and said on multiple occasions during our travels "I can't believe I've travelled without a pack like this for so long".

katp653376 at on 09/16/2013

Not right for me...

I really wanted to like this backpack but there was one spot on my lower back that was painful. The shoulder straps are comfortable, I love the built in rain cover and overall the pack is very nice. It even fit my small stature 5' tall 16" back height, and 100 lbs 25" waist. I had to return it before ever getting to use it however, because if it hurts my lower back standing in my living room for 10 minutes I can't risk that on the trail. But hey, maybe it's just my body type?
ElyseC at REI on 09/09/2013