Gregory Cairn 58 Pack

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Gregory Cairn 58 Pack -

New for 2013, Gregory's Cairn 58 pack takes many of the best comfort and convenience features of the company's well-known big packs and delivers them in a package that weighs nearly two pounds less than its deluxe counterparts.

If you did any shopping for Gregory backpacks in the last couple of years, you probably remember that there were two distinct options in the 60-70 liter backpacking category: the Baltoro and Deva series offered the Response AFS suspension, with well-padded, pre-curved, interchangeable shoulder straps and a hipbelt that pivoted up and down to adapt to different hip angles; and the Z and Jade series, whose Jetstream suspension offered lighter weight and more ventilation, but with less padding/structure and customizability.

The new Response LT suspension developed for the Cairn series incorporates a lightweight version of the pivoting hipbelt found on Gregory's previous large packs. The shoulder straps are similarly slimmed-down, but not floppy, thanks to Gregory's new Monobond four-layer strap architecture, which combines with the wishbone-shaped wire frame in the Cairn 58 to take on loads up to 45 pounds.

The Cairn 58 also features the new Trail Smart packing system, which divides the pack into three distinct zones: one for camp gear, one for gear that might be needed during the day on the trail, and one for a camera/snacks/other gear you want to access without taking the pack off. You could organize any other pack in the same way, of course, but Gregory wants to make it easier for beginners. See the video below for the breakdown. 

All in all, the Cairn series is the new "sports car" of the Gregory backpacking lineup: streamlined, easy on the eyes, and ready for fast hiking. 
Feature list from Gregory:

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Since 1977, Gregory Mountain Products has been a pioneering force in the backpack industry. They were the first to build backpacks with different frame, harness, and waist sizes; the first (and still only) pack manufacturer to develop a waistbelt system that adjusts to fit different hip angles and improves load transfer; and the first to develop the center-locking bar tack, a stitch that ends and locks off on the center of a seam instead of the side for increased strength at major stress points. From the earliest days, Gregory packs were noted for innovative design, ergonomic and comfortable fit, and their obsession with quality, comfort, and durability continues today. 

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
  • ~ Perforated EVA foam offers cushioning, reduced weight, and maximum breathability


  • 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:

  • Integrated, color-matched rain cover keeps your pack protected from rain and mud, and easily stows away when not in use
  • 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
  • Highly water resistant top pocket with waterproof zipper and sealed seams is the perfect place to keep your phone, GPS, map, or guidebook
  • Integrated, coordinating rain cover for convenience
  • 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


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


  • Side stash security pocket, stash pocket on the underside of the lid, twin oversized side pockets, and a large front dump pocket provide ample storage space for smaller items
  • Dual waistbelt pockets are perfect for keeping snacks within reach


  • Response LT suspension incorporates the patented Auto-Fit waist belt alignment system, Wire Wishbone frame, and a streamlined backpanel to bring legendary comfort to a strong, lightweight structure
  • Designed specifically to fit the female form for a perfect blend of comfort, fit, and lightweight performance
  • Response LT Auto-Fit waist-belt custom aligns with your hip angles for proper load transfer and superb fit

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
  • ~ Monofilament mesh layer offers ultralight strength and stability under weight
  • ~ Aero-mesh top and bottom layers provide on-body comfort and efficient moisture management


  • 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
  • The Gregory Cairn 58 pack is made with 420-denier and 100-denier coated ripstop nylon fabric for a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • Harness features a MonoBond Architecture with thermo-molded, four-layer construction for additional weight savings while maintaining ideal shape for comfort
  • Women-specific Response LT suspension system offers an ideal blend of fit, comfort, and lightweight construction
  • Incorporates both 420D and 100D Robic fabrics with UTS coating for the highest possible strength to weight ratio
  • 420D and 100D Robic fabrics are tougher and more resistant to abrasion than nylon 6 fabric for improved longevity


  • 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
  • Contoured backpanel with breathable spacer mesh and ventilated air channels fits like a glove and helps keep you cool, dry, and comfortable


  • Slim shape stabilizer technology
  • Quick draw closure on main access provides extra protection from the elements
  • TrailSmart packing system keeps your gear separated and organized for camp (larger, denser items packed closest to your body), trail (items you may need a few times throughout the day), and on-the-go (quick-access items like a camera, snack, or water that you can get without taking off your pack)
  • Integrated raincover helps keep contents dry when the weather takes a wet turn
  • Top access stashes your camp gear and positions your stuff close to your back for ideal weight distribution
  • Ideal for carrying loads up to 45 lb. (perfect for a 2-3 night backpacking trip)
  • Innovative packing system features 3 sections that separate your trail gear from camp items, and keeps frequently grabbed essentials at your fingertips
  • -Trail (Yellow Section) - easy access to items that might be needed during the day
  • Two-stage compression on lower half of the bag and over the main top opening help reduce pack volume and secure your gear
  • -Camp (Red Section) - dense items you don't touch all day

You won't need to empty out your entire pack for one item midway through your hike when you're carrying the Gregory Women's Cairn 58 Backpack. Thanks to its intuitive TrailSmart Packing System, you have multiple pocket options, so you're not constantly digging through your pack for that rain jacket, water bottle, camera, extra layer, tool, or snack.


The Gregory Cairn 58 pack for women represents a backpacking breakthrough with magically light weight, precise Gregory fit, innovative organization and efficient gear access.


Featuring narrower back panels and a female cut in the harness system, carrying all the gear you need for your extreme outdoor adventures just got more enjoyable. The Response™ LT suspension uses MonoBond™ Architecture that couples lightweight, durable thermo-molded construction with a Wire Wishbone frame. Together they provide optimal load transfer onto your hips and maintain the ideal shape for comfort and stabilization. The auto-adjust waistbelt aligns with your hip angle for superior load transfer, while the aero-mesh back panel and waistbelt deliver moisture management with ventilated air channels to keep you cool and dry. The Trail Smart™ Packing System separates your gear into three packing zones: camp, trail and on-the-go. Camp items are packed closest to your back, as access is usually not required while on the trail. Trail items such as lunch and rain gear are more easily accessible, and on-the-go items like your camera or water bottle can be accessed quickly without removing the pack. Features include a highly water-resistant top jacket with waterproof zipper and sealed seams, an integrated color-matched rain cover, a side stash security pocket, a stash pocket in the underside of the lid, a large front dump pocket, twin oversized side pockets and dual waistbelt pockets. The external hydration sleeve attaches directly to the internal frame. Quick-draw closure on the main access. Two-stage compression on the lower bag and over the main top opening. Made of 420-denier and 100-denier Robic fabric with a UTS coating for the highest possible strength-to-weight ratio. Imported.
Color: Magnetic.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
An intuitive, lightweight pack that combines a women-specific fit with innovative organization and gear access, the Gregory Cairn 58 is just what you need to help make your backpacking excursions even more enjoyable.
Al's Sports
When Gregory claims it is a women's pack it's not just the color that determines the title. The pack is specifically fit and designed to give women the best experience while hiking in the back country.

With a design specific for females, the Cairn 58, from Gregory is the perfect blend of fit, comfort and lightweight construction. Prepare to fall in love with the innovative packing system that creates the ideal space and separation for all of your gear.

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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Access:Top Loading w/ Side Access and Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment
Adjustable torso:Lightweight backpack
Backpack Features:Hydration Compatible, Included Rain Cover, Top Loader
Backpack Style:Multi-Day Pack
Capacity:X-Small: 3417 cu in / 56 L Small: 3539 cu in / 58 L Medium: 3661 cu in / 60 L
Dimensions:25.5 x 12 x 13 in.
Fits Torso:XSmall: 14"-16" Small: 16"-18" Medium: 18"-20"
Fits waist/hips:No
Frame material:56 liters
Frame type:Backpacking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Internal
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Item Weight:XSmall: 3 lb 11 oz Small: 3 lb 13 oz Medium: 3 lb 15 oz
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:420D and 100D Robic fabrics with UTS coating
Max Load Capacity:45 lb / 20 kg
Maximum Weight:45 lbs
Number of exterior pockets:3,661 cubic inches
Number of stays:58 liters
Other:Rain Cover Included
Pack Fabric (Primary):420D nylon
Pack Size:3000-3999 cu in
Pack access:3,539 cubic inches
Pack loading:3,417 cubic inches
Raincover included:3 lbs. 13 oz.
Recommended Use:Lightweight Backpacking
Sleeping bag compartment:3 lbs. 11 oz.
Sternum Strap:Yes; Adjustable Position
Suspended mesh back panel:60 liters
Torso Adjustment:Yes
Torso Length:S 16-18 in.M 18-20 in.L 20-22 in.
Trip Length:Weekend (2-3 nights)
Type:Internal Frame Backpack
Volume:S 3417 cu. in. (56 L)M 3539 cu. in. (58 L)L 3661 cu in. (60 L)
Volume Range:46-59 liters
Weight:X-Small: 3 lb 11 oz / 1.6 kg Small: 3 lb 13 oz / 1.7 kg Medium: 3 lb 15 oz / 1.8 kg
Weight - metric:Lightweight backpack
Weight Capacity:30-50 lb.
Weight with Raincover:4 lbs 2 oz / 1.87 kg
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Gregory Cairn 58 Pack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Pack

I used this pack while doing 230 miles of the Colorado trail. It worked out well. The only problem I saw was that you have to pack your nalegene bottles in first of you will have a hard time putting them in. I loved the rain cover at the bottom of the pack. Very easy to access and not lose it. It is very comfortable and had a lot of nice pockets to use for gear that you would grab daily. I know that this pack weighs more then others however I liked the comfort and also use much lighter gear for everything else. I balanced it out that way to accept the weight of the pack. Great pack!
swofford at REI on 08/08/2013

Great pack!

I used this pack for a weekend backpacking trip carrying about 22 pounds and hiking 5-8 miles per day. I am very petite and found this pack to be really comfortable and super easy to adjust. I love the organization of the pack in that I can easily access trail items while walking without having to remove the pack. My water, camera, maps, and snacks were all easily accessible while walking. I carried a lot of gear very easily. I really like the entire design of this pack and am really impressed with the level of comfort it provided over hours of hiking.
PalmettoHiker at REI on 04/04/2013

I have used the Carin for several 4-5 day backpacking trips and have been very impressed with its performance. The Carin is easy to pack and my gear is easily organized. I love how I can readily access essential items while hiking without having to remove the pack. My camera, water bottle, snacks and trail map are easily accessible. I am very petite and and the XS fits me prefect. I have carried loads maxing out at 28 pounds and found the Carin to be very comfortable. The more I use this pack, the more I love it. It is very durable.

Natalie Britt at on 11/27/2013

Love my pack!

My backpack has been lovely thus far. Really comfortable considering it's light weight.
kortiny at REI on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:

I really hoped that this pack would work out. It's lightweight and roomy with some great design features. At 5'1" and 95lbs, the XS was the right size for me. However, when packed out to 35lbs, it wasn't comfortable. The shoulder straps are thin and stiff, so they dug into my armpits, and overall the suspension/support just wasn't comfortable. Both the 65L and 55L in the Osprey Ariel series worked much better. Those packs are heavier, but carrying 35 lbs is so much more comfortable in those packs. I ended up going with the 55 because the 65 towers over me too much (Gregorys are wider...Ospreys are taller), and I really didn't need all that space in a true backpack. I would say that if you are looking at the Cairn for travel, the XS would probably fit as a carry-on if you utilize the compression straps. However, if you're looking for a "backpack" type bag for travel, I'd recommend the Gregory Stash. It is super lightweight, easy opening, comfortable straps, and fits as a carry on (I used the 65L and bought two compression straps).

jenp700641 at on 11/02/2013