The Gregory Baltoro 65 rucksack could be the answer you have been looking for. This large pack lets you pack as much or as little as you want. This is the ideal hiking partner, and you will be the envy of everyone else on the trail.The first thing to mention is that this pack comes in three sizes: small, medium and large, all with differing prices.
- AFS Suspension
- Single 7075-T6 aluminum stay
- 3D pre-curved harness and waistbelt components with new LifeSpan EVA foam
- Auto-cant harness technology and Auto-fit waistbelt system
- Thermo-molded back panel with elastomeric gription technology on the lumbar pad
- Quick draw, easy-to-open drawstring system on main access
- Stash pocket on underside of the top lid
- Top lid can be removed and configured into a waist pack
- Front pocket, twin side pockets and dual waistbelt pockets
- Hideaway water bottle pocket with bungee to secure bottles
- Hydration sleeve and side easy-to-feed ports for your hose
- DWR coated, water-resistant zippers and dual layer, wear-resistant bottom panel
- 210D DDR and 210D x 420D HD flat weave fabrics
Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack Review:
The Gregory Baltoro 65 backpack is built for comfort and for carrying a heavy load. This one is for your more adventurous backpacker who needs to take everything but the kitchen sink along with them!
Gregory have long been the ‘go to‘ manufacturer for serious hikers and have a reputation for quality and comfort.
When out on a decent hike, it’s always the way that you need to get to an item quickly but have to haul the backpack to the ground and then spend 5 minutes digging through the contents to get to that item you should have made more accessible! With the Gregory Baltoro 65 backpack, you can simply enter through the front access point and immediately get to that item.
It’s like an opening a suitcase where everything is open to view…well, almost everything, if you’re like me, the thing I want is still under everything else!
There are also many pockets all over the Gregory Baltoro 65 backpack including hidden, side and top pockets to house all your essentials. There’s even a decent water bottle holder in the rear section that has a toggle to secure the water in place.
As with all long distance backpacking adventures, getting the right fit from the off is essential and you will want to fit the backpack to you best comfort level.
The compression straps are well situated and allows you to balance the backpack to your liking. Maybe you want room in the top half more than the sides, either way, the compression straps will give you the benefit of choosing.
The hip strap, when adjusted to your size, wraps around you like a giants hand that shapes his fingers to your contour. Movement is easy and the weight is distributed evenly as well as giving you a more comfortable fit to the shoulders.
The material used is very strong 210 DDR and has the benefit of water resistant zippers and dual layer, water resistant bottom panel.
The Gregory Baltoro 65 backpack is also hydration pack compatible with its hydration sleeve and easy-to-fit ports for your hose.
The top of the Baltoro, the lid, can be turned into a useful waist pack on its own which would be perfect for a short day hike away from camp.
All in all the Gregory Baltoro 65 backpack is a very good, robust piece of hiking equipment. The lumbar support is very comfortable, but there have been reports that it’s a tad too big and with a heavy load can feel a little too close.
The rucksack is a good an honest backpack for lugging around a heavy load on a 2 day to 5 day hike/camp. It is a heavy piece of kit on its own weighing in at just over 5lbs, not the heaviest of backpacks around, but something to consider.
We give the Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack a 4 out of 5. It’s a quality built rucksack with a lot going on!