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The Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack. Options are the name of the game and the Baltoro 65 delivers just that. This pack is the answer for those of us who don't need to pack the kitchen sink on a weekend backpacking trip. With all of the same targeted features and functionality as its bigger brother and updates to our award-winning Response AFS suspension you'll be more comfortable, go farther, and be the envy of everyone else on the trail. Promise.
Gregory gave the Baltoro 65 a hefty helping of cargo capacity and a supremely comfortable suspension system so that even when the pack is fully loaded on a one-, two-, or three-day trip, it will offer stable support for mile after mile.
You don't feel the need to pack everything each time you head into the backcountry, and Gregory's Baltoro 65 caters to your style. This pack updates its predecessors with a new, exceptionally comfortable Response AFS Suspensions system and auto-cant harness while multiple pockets provide on-the-go storage to minimize time spent digging though your pack.
It's predecessor won countless awards for being the most comfortable high-performance pack. So why mess with a good thing? To make it even better of course. The Gregory Baltoro 65 has improved functionality within the feature set, increased pack volume and an updated suspension that carries better and more comfortably than ever before.
Based on an award-winning design, the improved Gregory Baltoro 65 pack boasts a wealth of access points, an array of features and an innovative suspension system that make this load-carrying workhorse a stand-out backcountry performer.
The Gregory Baltoro 65 pack delivers smartly targeted features and functionality and an updated suspension to help you go farther, faster and lighter in comfort.
The Gregory Baltoro 65 pack is so spacious and functional, you could take along everything—including the kitchen sink.
|Access:||Top Loading w/ Front Access|
|Access Type :||5003|
|Adjustable Torso Length:||No|
|Adjustable Torso Lengths:||Yes|
|Adjustable torso:||Deluxe backpack|
|Backpack style:||Deluxe backpack|
|Bottom Width:||15 in|
|Capacity:||(Small) 3844 cu in / 63 L; (Medium) 3966 cu in / 65 L; (Large) 4150 cu in / 68 L|
|Detachable Daypack:||yes, lid|
|Dimensions :||18" - 20"|
|Fabric:||210D double diamond ripstop and 210D x 420D HD flat weave fabrics|
|Features:||Lumbar Pack Lid, Sleeping Bag Compartment, Top Loader|
|Fits Torso:||Small: 16"-18" Medium: 18"-20" Large: 20"-22"|
|Fits waist/hips:||22 - 28 inches|
|Frame Type:||Internal frame|
|Frame material:||Thermomolded polypropylene/HDPE/aluminum stay|
|Frame :||Single 7075-T6 aluminum stay|
|Gear capacity (L):||63 liters|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||3,844 cubic inches|
|Handle Length:||3 in|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Ice Axe Loops:||no|
|Material:||Double-diamond ripstop nylon/flat weave nylon Frame material: Thermomolded polypropylene/HDPE/aluminum stay|
|Max Load Capacity:||50 lbs / 23 kg|
|Max Weight Capacity:||50 lb|
|Maximum Weight:||50 lb|
|Middle Width:||15 in|
|Number of Access Points:||3 - Top/front/bottom|
|Number of Pockets:||8|
|Number of exterior pockets:||8 + main compartment|
|Number of stays:||65 liters|
|Pack Fabric (Primary):||210D HT nylon ripstop|
|Pack Size:||3000-3999 cu in|
|Pack access:||3,966 cubic inches|
|Pack loading:||3,844 cubic inches|
|Padded Laptop Compartment:||No|
|Pockets:||1 lid, 1 front zippered, 2 side, 1 hideaway, (internal) 1 lid|
|Primary Access:||Top & Front Panel Access|
|Raincover included:||5 lbs. 10 oz.|
|Recommended Use:||overnight, weekend backpacking trips|
|Ski / Snowboard Carrier:||no|
|Sleeping bag compartment:||5 lbs. 6 oz.|
|Sternum Strap:||Yes; Adjustable Position|
|Strap Drop:||4 in|
|Strap Length:||16 1⁄2 in|
|Support / Suspension:||Response Auto-Fit Suspension|
|Suspended mesh back panel:||68 liters|
|Top Width:||17 in|
|Torso:||S: 16" - 18"M: 18" - 20"L: 20" - 22"|
|Torso Fit Range:||Small - 16" - 18" Medium - 18" - 20" Large - 20" - 22"|
|Torso Fit :||Auto-cant harness technology and Auto-fit waistbelt system|
|Torso Length:||18" - 20"(Medium) 20" - 22" (Large)|
|Trekking Pole Loops:||no|
|Trip Length:||Extended Trip (>3 nights)|
|Type:||Internal Frame Backpack|
|Use :||Camping; Hiking|
|Volume:||Small: 3844 cu in Medium: 3966 cu in Large: 4150 cu in|
|Volume Range:||60-69 Liters|
|Waist-Belt:||yes, 3D pre-curved|
|Weight:||(Small) 5 lb 6 oz / 2.45 kg; (Medium) 5 lb 10 oz / 2.55 kg; (Large) 5 lb 14 oz / 2.65 kg|
|Weight - metric:||Deluxe backpack|
|Weight Capacity:||30-50 lb.|
|Weight [with packaging]:||Small: 5.75 lb, Medium: 6 lb, Large: 6.25 lb|
|Gregory Baltoro 75||$199.97 - $349.00|
I took this pack out of the box and immediately noticed that "Electric Yellow" had a very slight greenish tinge to it, and wasn't the thermonuclear yellow depicted in the pictures. I can't say whether I was disappointed or not, but the color has grown on me so I am satisfied.
I loaded it up with a 45� sleeping bag. my 20� fit, but barely. I then added two changes of clothes, full rain gear, a hammock tent, a bevy of camping supplies like a stove, water filter, headlamp, hat, gloves, etc, and it all fit. my first aid and inflatable sleeping pad fit as well, and I put another foam sleeping pad on the outside. I filled a large 48oz Nalgene (the tall one) and stuck it in the bottle holder. It didn't fit, per say, but the bungee cord easily looped across the cap and the whole operation stayed put.
Once it was loaded, I added a DSLR camera and a pair of big headphones, and a spare pair of shoes, and headed to NYC for two days. I walked about 10 miles around the city with the Baltoro on my back over a wool shirt and a fleece. it was about 40-50� and I never got too warm or sweaty.
In fact, I never exerted myself. The dynamic hipbelt and shoulders were a dream! The pack stayed balanced, and I felt like I was carrying the load directly over my center of gravity. It was extremely comfortable for 35lbs. I was sold!
I will update this when I take it into the backcountry next month.
I've used it on overnighters and on weeklong winter trips. Loaded it with at least 60 lbs and it carried well.
The waist belt is very comfortable and moves with me very well, the shoulder straps are well padded too, although the waist will support most of the weight easily. The load adjusters are well placed for use while wearing and work great.
The sleeping bag compartment fits even my 0� winter bag ( Marmot couloir) in a large sea to summit dry compression sack.
I like the front access to the main compartment, the buckles work well and didn't ice up in sticky snow.
Cons: seems small for a 65L, noticeably smaller than the Arcteryx and Osprey I've used. The vertical zipper on the rear facing pocket is pretty much impossible to get anything in or out of when the pack is full, I try not to use it for anything not soft and stuffable. It would work for a small jacket, a beanie, some socks or a long sleeve shirt. I wish it was more functional, like the pocket on the Arcteryx Bora 65.
The compression straps are well placed and were strong enough to hold my skis on with my Scarpa Mobe boots attached.
I actually like the design of the Arcteryx bag better, but the comfort of the harness makes me happier wearing the Gregory. I'm 5'11" with a 32" waist and I got the medium.
All in all, a great pack.