Gregory Contour 60 Pack

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Gregory Contour 60 Pack -

New for 2013, Gregory's Contour 60 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 Contour 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 Contour to take on loads up to 45 pounds.

The Contour 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 Contour is the new "sports car" of the Gregory backpacking lineup: streamlined, easy on the eyes, and ready to hike fast. 
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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 strich 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:

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


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


  • 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

Weather and Wind:

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


  • Each section allows easy access to your gear when you need it and distributes the weight properly for intuitive packing and comfortable carry


  • Dual waistbelt pockets are perfect for keeping snacks within reach
  • 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 waist belt pockets

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
  • Four-layer Monobond harness for support 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


  • Harness features MonoBondT Architecture with thermo-bonded, four layer construction
  • Incorporates both 420D and 100D Robic fabrics with UTS coating for the highest possible strength to weight ratio
  • The Gregory Contour 60 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 with water-resistant UTS coating for optimum balance of light weight and durability


  • 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
  • Comes in small, medium, and large for a perfect custom fit
  • Response LT suspension for proper load transfer and superb fit


  • Contoured backpanel with breathable spacer mesh and ventilated air channels fits like a glove and helps keep you cool, dry, and comfortable
  • Contoured back panel with integrated ventilation and breathable back panel to keep you cool and dry during warm-weather hikes
  • 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


  • Hydration reservoir is not included


  • -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
  • Innovative packing system features 3 sections that separate your trail gear from camp items, and keeps frequently-grabbed essentials at your fingertips
  • Full back panel access for easy loading, unloading, and organization
  • The Response LT waist belt auto-adjusts to your unique body shape for perfect load distribution
  • Ideal for carrying loads up to 45 lb. (perfect for a 2-3 night backpacking trip)
  • Two-stage compression on lower half of the bag and over the main top opening help reduce pack volume and secure your gear
  • Quick draw closure on main access provides extra protection from the elements
  • Integrated raincover helps keep contents dry when the weather takes a wet turn
  • Top, front and bottom access points
  • 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)
Gregory's Contour 60 Pack combines ultralight materials with precise Gregory fit and easy access allowing you to enjoy the trail even more. It includes the Trail Smart ™ packing system as an innovative way to organize your gear inside the pack. Three distinct packing zones let you separate your trail gear from the camp items you only need at night as well as position the essentials at your fingertips.


The Gregory Contour 60 pack represents a backpacking breakthrough with magically light weight, precise Gregory fit, innovative organization and efficient gear access.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
An intuitive, lightweight pack that combines perfect fit with innovative organization and gear access, the Gregory Contour 60 is just what you need to help make your backpacking excursions even more enjoyable.

Gregory's Contour 60 is an organizational dream for access not only when you get to camp, but all along the way. Whoever thinks "lightweight comfort" is an oxymoron needs to wear one of these for a few days hiking their favorite trail.

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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, Ultralight, Top Loader
Backpack Style:Multi-Day Pack
Capacity:Small: 3539 cu in / 58 L Medium: 3661 cu in / 60 L Large: 3783 cu in / 62 L
Dimensions:25.5 x 12 x 13 in.
Fits Torso:Small: 16"-18" Medium: 18"-20" Large: 20"-22"
Fits waist/hips:No
Frame material:58 liters
Frame type:Backpacking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Internal
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Item Weight:Small: 3 lb 14 oz Medium: 4 lb 0 oz Large: 4 lb 2 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:3,783 cubic inches
Number of pockets:7
Number of stays:60 liters
Other:Rain Cover Included
Pack Fabric (Primary):420D nylon
Pack Size:3000-3999 cu in
Pack access:3,661 cubic inches
Pack loading:3,539 cubic inches
Raincover included:4 lbs.
Recommended Use:Lightweight Backpacking
Size:S / M/ L
Sleeping bag compartment:3 lbs. 14 oz.
Sternum Strap:Yes; Adjustable Position
Suspended mesh back panel:62 liters
Torso Adjustment:Yes
Torso Length:S 16-18 in / M 18-19 in / L 20-21.5 in
Trip Length:Weekend (2-3 nights)
Type:Internal Frame Backpack
Volume:S 3539 cu. in.(58 L) M 3661 cu. in. (60 L)L 3783 cu. in. (62 L)
Volume Range:60-69 liters
Weight:Small: 3 lb 14 oz / 1.7 kg Medium: 4 lb / 1.8 kg Large: 4 lb 2 oz / 1.9 kg
Weight - metric:Lightweight backpack
Weight Capacity:30-50 lb.
Weight with Raincover:4 lbs 5 oz / 1.95 kg
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Gregory Contour 60 Pack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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Having read the review by Mistervee123, I found myself motivated to comment on how some people rate these products.

My experience with the Contour 60 has been extraordinary. As a professional guide who works in Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP, I've logged over 300 miles with this pack already.

Mistervee apparently deducted two stars from this product because he doesn't like the exterior pockets, and feels Gregory missed a step. That's fine, that's his opinion.

However, I offer that we all choose a particular product, at least in part, because that product matches the philosophy of how we personally use gear. But when a piece of gear differs from our philosophy, or has a feature that doesn't match up with how we use gear, that doesn't necessarily make it a bad design. It's usually just a difference of opinion.

The Contour hip and side pockets are not "bad." They work fine if they're used as Gregory intends, and that's how many hikers use them, myself included. I love the size of them, the location, and what I can fit into them. I don't need to take the pack off to close the zippers on those pockets.

But see, that doesn't make the pockets "good" anymore than Mistervee felt they were "bad." It just means that different people use different gear in different ways, and I offer that reviews should be careful when declaring something a poor design just because it doesn't match the reviewer's personal method of using gear.

Is the Contour made with a supremely comfortable suspension? Yes. Is it made with quality materials? Absolutely. Is it a four pound pack that can comfortably carry 40-43 pounds? You bet. Are the ergonomics well considered for how MOST people backpack? Positively. And that makes it a 5 star product, in my assessment. I don't love the over-abundance of straps and buckles all over the place, but that's a ME issue. I'm not going to deduct a star because the Contour is visually "busy."

Are all the Contour features going to match how you use gear, how you use a pack, and how you pack it? No guarantee there, but that's not the pack's fault or your fault. Whether it fits your philosophy on how to make a pack, that's for you to decide. But please, make a distinction between what's merely a difference of design opinion, and what constitutes a poor or mediocre product.
Granite Mountaineer at REI on 06/06/2013

My experience with the Contour 60 has been very good. Among many of the "4 pound" packs in the 60L range, this is as good as you'll find, likely along with the Deuter 50+10.
The Contour will appeal to people who really... REALLY like to organize their stuff. It has 13 pockets and seemingly as many straps, creating (in my opinion) a somewhat busy appearance. That's all personal preference, I just like something a bit simpler.
The Contour hip and side pockets are well thought out for how most people might use them. The suspension is VERY capable and comfortable, and likely is the best feature of the pack, in line with Gregory's reputation for competently carrying heavy loads. Gregory claims this pack can carry up to about 40-43 pounds, I would agree.
While the pack is made with quality materials, it also suffers from less durable materials, as is the case with most lighter weight gear. That means you have to treat it with more respect than backpacks of the past; blindly crashing through tree limbs, tossing the pack on the ground and dragging it around, you'll get punished for that. Good or bad, that seems to be trend with a lot of outdoor products now, and this pack follows suit.
Overall though, if your load is in that 40-45 pound range, this is as comfortable as you're likely to carry it. Not really for me, but a five star product nonetheless.

Teton Dweller at on 12/08/2013

Love this pack

I researched packs forever before deciding on this one. I am a smaller female and chose the small size 60 Gregory Contour and it fits me fine. The zippered side pocket is my favorite feature and so much more handy than I thought it would be. The top waterproof lid with the 'dry bag roll' is my second favorite - also really convenient and I feel safe knowing my stuff won't get wet.
I have loaded this up with an average of 45 lbs and it feels solid on my hips and I can hike all day. The most comfortable pack I have owned. Super happy with this purchase and I know I will be using it for years to come.
JB in AK at REI on 08/08/2013

Looking for comfort

Bought pack as replacement for Arc Teryx Khamsin 64 which I've had for about 12 years. Great pack and one of the first lightweights but looking for a little more padding and comfort. Always wanted a Gregory as they are known for good fit and comfort. Only taken about 20 miles so far and don't have adjustment and loading down just yet but it is definitely more comfortable than Khamsin.
A nice surprise are the compartments on the back that are easy to access and allow you to keep items close at hand without having to open top of pack. Don't know what I would use small pockets in belt for yet- maybe a camera or binoculars
jsisalinas at REI on 09/09/2013

Originally picked up the blue version from a local store (MEC) to test the fit and feel of the bag then I saw it on sale at backcountry so returned it and placed an order for the yellow. The Yellow is not as neon or "electric" as you might think but a much more tame regular yellow. The hip belt pockets are a tad small and odd shaped. The water bottle pockets probably won't work for you if you use a big nalgene as a full pack takes away a lot of the room. You have to be pretty flexible to reach all the easy access compartments but overall the bag is quite comfortable.

laserwill at on 06/08/2013

Fits like a glove

I tried on several packs in store, and this fit the best. I wanted a pack smaller than my old REI Traverse (85L), and the 60L was perfect. Recently went on a two-night trip in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and the pack was comfortable throughout. The hip belt is great. Side pockets are a little snug, making it tough to jam in a water bottle if the main compartment is full.
DaveB at REI on 08/08/2013

Love it

This pack is my go to all-around pack now. Does it all. Hauls more than what you might image on the liter rating alone and keeps it all organized in zones.
Great quality too.
TAB at REI on 04/04/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Comfortable, but bad hip & side pockets

The suspension on the pack is one of the more comfortable I've ever worn in 20+ years of backpacking and long distance hiking. The idea of the 3 packing areas/zones is very logical and follows long established backpacking principles. The two large compartments and the "brain" making packing the majority of your equipment quick, easy, and secure.

The problems lie in the design of the pockets on the hipbelt and the side pockets.

I don't use water bladders. I use repurposed 1 liter water and gatorade bottles, and I carry them in the side pockets of my packs. They don't leak inside the pack that way, and if they get nasty, you just buy another bottle of water at the next resupply point. Unfortunately, the side pockets of the Contour have no stretch at all-- though there is a stretchy shockcord at the top. The fabric is so tight, that it was very difficult to get 1 liter bottles in and out. Part of the problem is that the pockets have the same rubbery, water resistant coating as the main pack body. On the AT in July and August, I was drinking 8+ liters of water a day. I would hate to have to wrestle with my water bottles all the time like that. The tightness of the side pockets also makes the little zipper compartment (next to the hip belt) useless, unless the side pocket is almost empty. If you have something in the side pocket (i.e. the aforementioned water bottles), once you unzip the little extra pocket, it pops open, and you have to remove the pack to pull the sides of the zipper together enough to get it to zip back up.

The other problem is that the hipbelt pockets are a really too small and they are sewn in a trapezoid shape--even though most everything I'd want to put in my hippockets is rectangular: cameras, snack bars, maps, etc. My little Fuji P&S camera could barely fit in the pocket by itself. On my other packs (from a company that will not be named), I'm able to carry my map, head net, chapstick, hand sanitizer, camera, etc., in the hipbelt pockets with ease...and with easy access.

When you're using a pack day in and day out on long distance hikes, convenience and easy access to the little stuff you need frequently becomes a big deal. If Gregory redesigns their pockets on the Contour, I would keep this pack in a heartbeat. Even though it weighs about 4 lbs., it carries like a dream. As things stand however, I will be returning the pack. I don't want to have to store so many of the little things I use frequently in the main pack, and be forced take the pack on and off to get at things I need. I thought that was the main idea behind Gregory's three zone idea....
Mistervee123 at REI on 05/05/2013