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:
Gregory's Product Video:
Contour & Cairn - Lightweight Backpacking from Gregory Packs on Vimeo.
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.
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.
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.
|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"|
|Frame material:||56 liters|
|Gear capacity (L):||Internal|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Internal|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Item Weight:||XSmall: 3 lb 11 oz Small: 3 lb 13 oz Medium: 3 lb 15 oz|
|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 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|
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.
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).