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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Gregory's Product Video:
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.
The Gregory Contour 60 pack represents a backpacking breakthrough with magically light weight, precise Gregory fit, innovative organization and efficient gear access.
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.
|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"|
|Frame material:||58 liters|
|Gear capacity (L):||Internal|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Internal|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Item Weight:||Small: 3 lb 14 oz Medium: 4 lb 0 oz Large: 4 lb 2 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:||3,783 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 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|
|Gregory Contour 70 Pack||$239.16 - $299.00|
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.
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.