Gregory Z65 Internal Frame Backpack

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Gregory Z65 Internal Frame Backpack -

Striking a balance between weight and durability, the high-performance Gregory Z65 internal frame backpack is a versatile option for weekend trips or ultra-light, multi-day backpacking trips. Despite its lightweight design, the Z65 comfortably carries up to 45 pounds!


  • 210D double diamond ripstop and 210D x 420D HD flat weave fabrics


  • Dual hydration ports and sleeve


  • Water resistant zippers
  • All access horseshoe front zip


  • Jetstream LTS Suspension


  • Dual quick access waistbelt pockets
  • Exterior side pockets with pass through compression


  • Dual axe/tool attachment points with secure carry under compression flaps
  • Sturdy 11m Eva foam harnesses
  • Removable top lid
  • Side, bottom and top compression
  • Top load access
Gregory's commitment to providing the perfect fit is evident in the technology of the Z 65 Internal Frame Pack. It offers maximum comfort and durability with true ventilation across your back without sacrificing the positive load transfer of weight to your hips. The adjustable, newly designed, beefed up waistbelt ensures custom fit and comfortable carry out on the trail. A floating lid, exterior side pockets, dual waist belt pockets, and hydration compatibility are just a few of the features that add to the Z65's long list of advantages. This highly technical pack loads from the top and all access horseshoe front zip allows you get the essential gear you need.
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Access:Top Loading w/Front Panel Access
Detachable Daypack:No
Fits Torso:Medium: 18"-20" Large: 20"-22"
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Item Weight:Medium: 4 lb 3 oz Large: 4 lb 7 oz
Material:210D Double Diamond Ripstop and 210D x 420D HD Flat Weave
Maximum Weight:45 lbs
Number of pockets:3
Recommended Use:Lightweight Extended and Multi-Day Backpacking
Sternum Strap:Yes; Adjustable Position
Torso Length:n/a
Type:Internal Frame Backpack
Volume:Medium: 3906 cu in Large: 4272 cu in
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Gregory Z65 Internal Frame Backpack Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

The best thing I've ever bought.

This is a very comfortable pack with huge capacity that nonetheless folds down easily when empty for storage and when less than fully packed for use as an airplane carryon. The weight distributes perfectly; it feels almost like I'm not wearing a pack at all.
Your trusted advocate at Campmor on 01/01/2013

Neutral Reviews:

comfortable, but somewhat awkward

I have been using this as my primary weekend pack for about six months since I replaced my father's old external frame pack. This is my first internal frame pack.

I purchased this pack because it was the most comfortable pack I tried on in the 60-65 Liter range. I truly wanted a lighter pack, but the Campmor staff warned me that I would be uncomfortable carrying my 20+ lbs of gear with an ultralight.

So far, the pack has lived up to my expectations. It is extremely comfortable to haul up and down hills on my short weekend trips, even when carrying several pounds of extra water for dry climates.

The main compartment is extremely spacious and holds all of my summer gear with room to spare. There are two clips that I found very helpful for holding onto items that could easily become lost in the bag. There is an internal sleeve for holding a water bladder, but adding the bladder takes up space. This compartment is closed with a draw string and then the excess material on top can be rolled up to keep the train out. Thee is a convenient top strap that keeps it nice and tight and can hold an extra sleeping bad in the winter.

The top cover is removable to save weight or use as a seat cushion, but doesn't hold much and is awkward to use. I opt to leave it home most of the time, unless I need the extra capacity.

The two side pockets are very small and not very stretchy. If the pack is very full, I cannot stretch these large enough for water bottles. I typically use one to hold my tent poles and the other for my trowel, knife, and small tripod.

The zipper pockets on the hipbelt are also small, but convenient for carrying frequently used items, like navigation aids, a camera, or a phone.

The front compartment is also convenient for keeping a few small items easy to access, but won't hold anything large, and zipping it up can be difficult. I don't like the vertical zipper in the middle of the compartment and would prefer a horrizontal one along the top. I would actually much prefer this compartment just be replaced with a large stretchy mesh pocket.

There is a U-shaped access zipper around the front for getting at items on the sides or bottom of the main compartment. This zipper is usually covered by compression straps, which makes it difficult to use, and I would have left it off to save weight. This zipper is also not protected well from rain, and although I have never had a problem with it, it is something I worry about.

All of the straps on the pack are excessively long and I trimmed them as needed, saving about 6 ounces and a lot of frustration.

The bottom straps hold an accordian style sleeping pad pretty well, but not much else. They are great for holding a flat item, but don't hold a round item well.

In summary, as much as a lot of this pack's features may be awkward, it is extremely comfortable to wear. The lumbar padding is ample and the hip straps are nice and snug around the waste. The load haulers position the pack nicely so that there is little or no sway as you move.
Camping Jason at Campmor on 01/01/2013