Gregory Deva 85 Pack

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Gregory Deva 85 Pack for Women Features.

Gregory Deva 85 Pack for Women.
With all- angle access, loads of organization and increased capacity the Gregory Deva 85 Pack for Women is ideal for women who wander. The Deva 85 is the mother of all load-haulers comes fully equipped for your convenience with a Response custom fit suspension for maximum comfort carrying up to 50 lbs of gear. It features a five point angle waist belt adjusts to five different hip belt angles with the greatest of ease, dual waist belt pockets to stash those needful things, top pocket converts to a fanny pack and a roomy bucket front pocket easily contains backpacking miscellany for easy access. It also features Water resistant zippers to help keep things dry, a Co-molded, anti-slip lumbar pad adds comfort, and aids wearability by keeping the pack in place. You can t go wrong with the Gregory Deva 85 Pack for Women.

Key Features.


  • Features dual hipbelt pockets, side stretch pocket, hide-away water bottle pocket and stash pocket
  • Quick-Adjust hipbelt adjusts to five different hipbelt angles with a simple pull of a quick release tab

Weather and Wind:

  • Rubberlike thermoplastic elastomer covers the bottom of the pack, providing long-lasting wear and waterproof protection from the elements


  • Large front zip pocket keeps bulky gear easily accessible


  • Front pocket and twin side pockets with stash pouch
  • Removable top lid pocket converts to a lumbar pack and lets you keep compass, maps, small essentials and raingear close at hand


  • Features 210-denier ripstop nylon and nylon twill for strength, durability and lightness
  • 210D HT double diamond ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics
  • Women's 3-D precurved hipbelt and harness use dual-density foams laminated to the surface fabric, resulting in cushioning without pinching or binding


  • Response Custom Fit Suspension™ system pivots to adjust hipbelt to your hip angle; system also pivots to mirror your body as it moves
  • Specifically engineered to fit a women's shape, the narrow ventilated dual-density molded foam backpanel helps move moisture off the back


  • Co-molded, anti-slip lumbar pad


  • Hydration-compatible design features a reservoir sleeve and drink-tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)


  • Side compression straps secure both large and small loads for optimal stability


  • HDPE framesheet with twin 7075-T6 aluminum stays and an anti-barreling cross-stay prevents barreling under heavy loads
  • Quick-adjust 5 point angle waistbelt adjustment
  • Crossover compression
  • Auto-cant harness technology
  • Design offers four ways to get at your gear in the main compartment via top-loading, front panel, side and bottom accesses
  • 3D pre-curved harness and waistbelt components
The Gregory Deva 85 backpack for women is the winner of the 2008 Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice award. The Deva 85 is the mother of all load-haulers comes fully equipped for your convenience with a Response custom fit suspension for maximum comfort carrying up to 50 lbs of gear. A five point angle waist belt adjusts to five different hip belt angles with the greatest of ease. Dual waist belt pockets to stash those needful things. The top pocket converts to a fanny pack. A roomy bucket front pocket easily contains backpacking miscellany for easy access. The Deva 85 has three points of entry: top, bottom, and front, how easy could that be? Water resistant zippers to help keep things dry. A Co-molded, anti-slip lumbar pad adds comfort, and aids wearability by keeping the pack in place. Gregory though of everything in this well-built, we organized pack. You can’t go wrong with this baby.


When your packing list calls for the largest possible backpack, you don't want to skimp on quality and comfort. The Gregory Deva 85 is the biggest women's-specific monster load hauler at the Outdoor Gear Exchange, and it delivers plenty of both. It is built around Gregory's top-of-the-line Response CFS suspension system, which combines a pivoting hipbelt (that can be adjusted to match the angle of your hips) with well-structured and highly adjustable shoulder straps and a non-slip lumbar pad to fit you like a glove. After all, Wayne Gregory was the originator of the idea that backpacks could be fitted and worn, instead of just strapped to your back and carried. 

The body of the Deva 85 features everything you need to keep organized on a big trip, with access through the top, front, and bottom. Additional hood, front, and side pockets keep your small items organized, and the hood converts into a fanny pack for side trips outside of camp. 


The Deva 85 Backpack by Gregory is with Response CFS Suspension is perfect for every woman's wanderlust. There is no better way to comfortably carry all the gear you need for your most extreme outdoor adventures. Women's specific fit, all angle access, and sleek styling make this pack a friend for life.

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Adjustable torso:Deluxe backpack
Backpack Features:Hydration Compatible, Lumbar Pack Lid, Sleeping Bag Compartment, Front Loader, Top Loader
Backpack Style:Multi-Day Pack
Capacity:X-Small: 4882 cu in / 80 L Small: 5187 cu in / 85 L Medium: 5492 cu in / 90 L
Fits torso:Deluxe backpack
Fits waist/hips:85 liters
Frame material:80 liters
Frame type:Backpacking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Internal
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:210d HT double diamond ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics
Max Load Capacity:70 lb / 32 kg
Number of Access Points:4 - Top/front/side/bottom
Number of External Pockets:8 + main compartment
Number of exterior pockets:6 lbs. 6 oz.
Number of stays:5,187 cubic inches
Pack Size:5000-5999 cu in
Pack access:6 lbs. 3 oz.
Pack loading:4,882 cubic inches
Raincover included:2.8 kilograms
Sleeping bag compartment:5 lbs. 12 oz.
Suspended mesh back panel:5,492 cubic inches
Suspension:HDPE framesheet with twin 7075-T6 aluminum stays and an anti-barreling cross-stay
Volume:5492 cubic inches / 90 liter
Weight:X-Small: 5 lb 12 oz / 2.6 kg Small: 6 lb 3 oz / 2.8 kg Medium: 6 lb 6 oz / 2.9 kg
Weight - metric:Deluxe backpack
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Gregory Deva 85 Pack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

My first backpack and I loved it

I am far from an expert reviewer as this was my first ever backpack purchased and I just completed my first backpacking trip in the backwoods of Alaska. But I was very pleased with the function of my pack. I loved all of the options for loading my pack and different access locations so I could get to just my sleeping bag or just my thermarest conversion chair or the outside pockets to my snacks. There is also a detachable fanny pack that I used for a day hike.

The things that were most difficult for me were to access my water bottle from the outside pouch. It was too far behind me and angled in a way that I would have to ask others to put it back in so I didn't have to take my heavy pack off.

Also, while there's a spot for a bladder and tube to come out of the pack there is no hook to hold the bladder up inside the pack.

I've been told by other afficinados from my backpacking trip that this pack I chose to buy was a great pack.
CulinaryGal at REI on 07/07/2008

Amazing Comfort

I had not backpacked since the mid-70's and just returned from 7 days in the backcountry of Yosemite. I ended up buying the small size even though I had expected to buy the medium. When I first got this pack, I was overwhelmed by all the compartments, adjustable straps and complexity. But then I began to do conditioning hikes in prep for my upcoming high altitude, multi-day back country adventure. I quickly learned how to balance the weight of what I was carrying, how to adjust the belt and straps and how to optimally pack to use all the various compartments.

This pack was truly a delight. I never felt overwhelmed by the weight or unbalanced. I did not have to readjust the straps once I was set to go. I carried a DSLR camera and case strapped on the waist belt which worked very well. I loved all the compartments and the ease of accessing them from either inside the pack or outside.

I'm looking forward to my next trip in Olympic NP this month where I will again be backpacking.
MJVAdventurer at REI on 08/08/2008

Takes the pain out of heavy

I needed a big pack for doing a ten day trip in the Sierras with no resupply stop. After reading some of the reviews in here, I wasn't even considering buying it. But, given the limited selection of women's expedition packs, I had to try it on. The other packs didn't even come close to it in comfort. At this point, I contacted Gregory to ask about the reports of the waist belt falling apart. They said that they had had one bad batch and had corrected the situation.
Since I've had an excellent experience with a Gregory pack in the past, I took them at their word, and bought the Deva 85.
While nothing can make 50 pounds feel good, this pack made it as good as it could get. The waist belt fits like a charm, the shoulder straps are well padded also, and the pockets are in all the right places. It's a very sturdy pack, which makes it heavy, but you can't have everything! I would definitely recommend this pack to a friend.
Merrylegs54 at REI on 09/09/2010

A very good backpack

I traveled for 5 months around South America with this backpack, and had to pack for both cold mountain weather as well as tropical beach weather - and was impressed at how much I could stuff into the backpack (I started off with 16kgs and at one point carried up to 21kgs in this). I liked the various compartments, and that I can pack from both the top and the front. I was a little disappointed with the wear and tear - with only 5 months use, I had lost one of the chest fasteners through baggage handling, and some of the waterproof material from the lower compartment had scratched off. Minor faults which are more than outweighed by the pluses.

I would also have liked to secure the contents of my backpack with a few locks. However as the top of the bag was secured by drawstring only, I was unable to lock my bag. I had considered buying extra cable netting locks - but that would have added an extra 1.5 lbs to my load.
Travelling queen at REI on 02/02/2009

Love my Deva 85

I absolutely love this bag. I've taken it on three backpacking trips so far totaling about 80 miles and I don't have a single complaint. It's very comfortable...easy on the shoulders and hips. There are SO many useful pockets and the four access points to the main compartment are very handy. The removable top "daybag" is comfortable to wear around the waist. Also, I love pockets on the waist band, perfect size for a Clif bar and my camera, so I don't have to stop. The bottle holster is very useful for people who don't like to use bladders like me. I would highly recommend this bag....a friend has already traded in her old bag for this one and also loves it.
teej at REI on 07/07/2008

Peace Corps

I bought this pack for the sole purpose of taking it with me into the peace corps. Now that I'm here and at site all I can say is that I'm glad I decided on this pack. I've lugged it from airport to out houses to site and it's been great. It fit most of my stuff for the next two years and I was able to carry it myself for long periods of time...even though I know it weighs over 50 pounds. It's sturdy and has great support. Couldn't have asked for a better pack.

If you're looking for a pack to take on long trips this is the pack for you.

Thanks from Peace Corps Ukraine
jywang at REI on 12/12/2009

Great pack

Bought this for an extended trip in the Brooks Range of Alaska and wasn't disappointed. I found it easy to load, with good padding on both the back, shoulder straps, and hip belt. The canted water bottle holder is a great feature, making it easy to get to the bottle while wearing the pack, but with a shock cord to hold it in place while hiking. FYI, an 80 liter REI Ducksback pack cover fits this perfectly even when fully loaded.
Norma DePlume at REI on 09/09/2012


I've recently upgraded my Dueter ACT 90+10 for something more comfortable and user friendly. Everything about this pack is amazing, it's unbelievably comfortable, easy to pack, great access zippers and pockets and despite being a beautiful Deva, totally burly.

*Note: A few buyers complained about hip belts breaking. There was one model with a faulty plastic and all of those models were recalled and the plastic was changed and that is no longer a problem
Emkash at REI on 07/07/2010

Negative Reviews:

Broken Hip Belt **TWICE**

The hip belt broke after only 40 or 50 miles of hiking. Took it back to REI and they gave me a brand new Deva 85. It also broke after the same trail time and at the exact same place on the belt. The plastic belt starts cracking at a rivet hole. Then the crack works it's way to the top and bottom edges of the belt cutting the belt completely in half. Disaster on the trail! Judging by all the similar reviews, this pack obviously has a major design flaw with the hip belt. Gregory must know about this but they keep selling it. Shame on them. I would expect higher quality from Gregory. If you own this pack, check the hip belt. It's probably already cracking at the rivets. Having the hip belt completely break through with 10 miles to go and a heavy pack is no fun!

This is really a shame because, other than the completely disastrous hip belt design, this was a really great pack. For the first few hikes it was working great! All the pockets, compartments, comfort, and convenience made living on the trail for weeks at a time a real joy.
indadirt at REI on 11/11/2009

Let me down

This backpack was my favorite thing I owned....until the hip belt broke and left me carrying 50 lbs on my shoulders on the middle of the John Muir Trail last summer. I had only used the bag on 4 or 5 weekend trips prior to the JMT. The plastic hip belt snapped on both sides near the bolts after just over 100 miles on the trail. Luckily I was carrying an extra strap with me which was used to weave through the broken pieces as reinforcement and I was able to continue on to the end of the trip. As comfortable as the bag originally was and as happy as I had been up to that point, it was a huge disappointment. If this design flaw was ever remedied, this would be the perfect extended trip backpack. Unfortunately I was left with bad feelings toward the bag and will likely not purchase another Gregory product again. I would not recommend this bag to anyone who feels that reliability is an important quality in their gear.
teej at REI on 07/07/2009

Great for a while....

LOVED this pack initially. Like many, the hipbelt cracked within 3 months of ownership, but Gregory took it back without any issues and replaced it, no questions asked, saying that they had a defective batch of waistbelts and that I must have ended up with one. No big deal. Proceeded to use it very heavily for an intense season of guiding clients through the backcountry without fuss. Now, after owning it for a year and a half, the plastic along the back has snapped though one of the rivets, threatening to detach the waistbelt. I'm upset that such a well renowned company would ignore this design flaw and will be returning my pack, hopefully for one with out the defective plastic.
LTB87 at REI on 10/10/2010

Struggling to find the right pack

I have gone through many packs looking for one that does not rub sores on my hips I researched packs for women and found Gregory to be the best pack for women,so I went with the Deva 85,perfect for weekends and working my way up to more. After 3 outings the rubbing problem has not been completely solved yet and if I hadn't quickly looked up the reviews today I wouldn't have checked my hip belt. Sure enough it is cracked in several places and ready to let go at any moment. Really disappointing considering the rest of the pack is a gem. Thank you all for giving me the heads up before I hit the trail!!!
Heidi Strange Feather at REI on 07/07/2009

I'll never buy Gregory again

This pack sucks. The hip belt broke in the middle of my 2nd season of use. Three other people on my crew with this pack had broken hip belts and/or zippers by mid-season (this was their first season of use). The most astounding thing was that Gregory Customer service was hard to get a hold of, has an arcane refund/repair/exchange protocol and was totally apathetic. I ended up going through REI and exchanging for a new pack, thank God for REI. The trouble is, after my experience and reading the reviews, I don't even trust the new exchange. A [$] [*] show.
LisaKC at REI on 02/02/2011

Deva Disaster

Just returned from a 42 backpacking trip and am sorry to say that the Gregory Deva only held up for the first ten days. Twelve people in our group had either this year's model of the Gregory Deva 85 or Whitney 95 and eleven of those came back with broken hip belts and destroyed zippers. I understand Gregory is recognized for their comfortable and reliable packs but 32 days of carrying all the weight on my shoulders convinced me otherwise.
mh117 at REI on 08/08/2008

Oh the pain!

I bought this pack with the intention of mountaineering and have used it for many multiple day backpack trips. At first I loved it because it handles a very heavy load well. The problem is it bruised my hips. The hip belt feels like a vice grip and is extremely uncomfortable. I also liked all the pockets at first but the side pockets become useless if the main compartment is packed tight. It is bulky and cumbersome.
jullee at REI on 10/10/2009


Such a disappointing bag. I bought this for a trip to Mt. Rainier and expected to use it for years to come. After 25 miles max, the hip belt completely broke off.

I was not thrilled with the bag for the short-time that I used it as well. It was awkward to pack and dug into my hips.
lucy s at REI on 02/02/2011

Broken Hipbelt

During a 30 day trip, the pack's hipbelt broke around day 15. I have read multiple reviews where the same thing happened--this is a disappointing design flaw.
LaraS126 at REI on 06/06/2009

Neutral Reviews:

comfy but broken

I just finished a 32-day backpacking trip in the backcountry of NZ and loved this pack for 31 days of it. On the last day the hip belt snapped right at the rivets (as many other people have described) but luckily this happened on the last day of tramping so I managed just fine. I had to return it and by the sounds of the other reviews I will not be purchasing a new one. What a shame. This pack was very comfortable and had all the compartments and features I could ask for.
sczech at REI on 05/05/2010