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Gregory Daypacks: Low cost affordable high-quality backpacks for hiking or day to day use

By Edited Apr 6, 2016 0 0

Wayne Gregory designed and built his first backpack at the tender age of 14 as part of a project for the Boy Scouts. In the process, he made a favorable impression on Andy Drollinger of San Diego California Adventure 16. Soon Wayne Gregory became the second employee ever hired by Adventure 16. He went on to found Sunbird and began designing and manufacturing his own brand of external frame backpacks. Becoming disillusioned with the external frame model he dissolved the business and went on to design outdoor adventure equipment for various companies. In 1977, he founded Gregory Mountain Products and went on to do his part in revolutionizing the industry. Today, Gregory still stands for excellence

Below we will examine some of Gregory's various Daypacks. All Gregory Packs come in S, M, and L. For the purposes of this article we will use the medium when discussing dimensions.

Gregory Z22

The Gregory Z22 Daypack MSRP $70.00

Ultra light, durable, and comfortable, the Z22 still features the Jetstream DTS Suspension of Gregory's larger backpacks. Available colors: SAHARA BRONZE, MOROCCON BLUE, ONYX

Dimensions

  • 1342 in3 (28 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 8 oz

Features

  • JetStream™ DTS Suspension
  • Auto-Fit harness system
  • Dual hydration ports and sleeve
  • Top stash pocket
  • Expandable front pouch
  • Side and bottom compression
  • Quick access waistbelt pockets
  • Side mesh pockets with compression pass-through
  • Dual axe/tool attachment points
  • 210d double box ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics

Gregory Z25

The Gregory Z25 Daypack MSRP $90.00

A larger version on the Z22, it features a hydration reservoir and the Jetstream DTS Suspension system. A true utility pack. Available colors: SAHARA BRONZE, MOROCCON BLUE, ONYX

Dimensions

  • 1600 in3 (25 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 14 oz

Features

  • JetStream™ DTS Suspension
  • Auto-Fit harness system
  • Dual hydration ports and sleeve
  • Top stash pocket
  • Expandable front pouch
  • Side and bottom compression
  • Quick access waistbelt pockets
  • Side mesh pockets with compression pass-through
  • Dual axe/tool attachment points
  • Interior organization pocket
  • 210d double box ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics

Gregory Z30

The Gregory Z30 Daypack MSRP $100.00

Long over night trip? A quick run up the trail? It doesn't matter. This pack can suit your needs. Big enough to stow all the gear you might need, but light enough to take out for a quick jaunt. Available colors: SAHARA BRONZE, MOROCCON BLUE, ONYX

Dimensions

  • 1800 in3 (30 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 12 oz

Features

  • JetStream™ DTS Suspension
  • Auto-Fit harness system
  • Dual hydration ports and sleeve
  • Expandable front bucket pocket
  • Side and bottom compression
  • Quick access waistbelt pockets
  • Side mesh pockets with compression pass-through
  • Dual axe/tool attachment points
  • 210d double box ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics

Gregory Z35

The Gregory Z- 35 Daypack MSRP $110.00

The big brother of the Z series, the Z35 has room for everything you might need on a multi day hike or climbing trip Available colors: SAHARA BRONZE, MOROCCON BLUE, ONYX

Dimensions

  • 2196 in3 (35 L)
  • Weight 3 lb 2 oz

Features

  • JetStream™ DTS Suspension
  • Auto-Fit harness system
  • Dual hydration ports and sleeve
  • All access front zip
  • Side and bottom compression
  • Quick access waistbelt pockets
  • Side mesh pockets with compression pass-through
  • Dual axe/tool attachment points
  • 210d double box ripstop and broken twill nylon fabrics

Gregory Z35R

The Gregory Z- 35R Daypack MSRP $130.00

This is the tricked out version of the Z-35 featuring a roll top main access. Available colors: AZUL BLUE, TIN ROOF GREY, SONORA GOLD

Dimensions

  • 2227 in3 (35 L)
  • Weight 3 lb 12 oz

Features

  • JetStream™ LTS Suspension with 3 waistbelt size adjustment options
  • Ventilated and moisture wicking harness and waistbelt
  • Roll top style main access
  • Front zippered pocket and expandable front bucket pocket
  • Dual hydration ports and sleeve
  • Side, bottom and top compression
  • Dual quick access waistbelt pockets
  • Tubular webbing ski loops
  • Dual axe/tool attachment points with secure carry under compression flaps
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • 7001-T6 hollow aluminum stay
  • 210D double diamond ripstop and 210D x 420D HD flat weave fabrics

Gregory Serrac35

The Gregory Serrac 35 Daypack MSRP $130.00

Though designed with backpacking in mind the Serrac 35 is small enough to easily be used on a day hike. Available Colors: OBSIDIAN BLACK, SHALE, CINDER CONE RED.

Dimensions

  • 2135 in3 (35 L)
  • Weight 3 lb 8 oz

Features

  • Fusion LTS Suspension
  • Molded foam backpanel
  • Separating skirt with a zipper that runs the length of the pack for huge main pack body access
  • Large front gusseted pocket
  • Full side and top compression
  • Gear loop and zippered pocket on waistbelt
  • Dual side mesh water bottle pockets
  • Adjustable ice axe/trakking pole loops that can be tucked away when not in use
  • Side attachment points with option to carry your tools/poles through compression webbing or elastic cord
  • Dual hydration ports and interior reservoir sleeve
  • Top lid with key clip and interior map pocket
  • 420D HD and 245D HD plain weave fabrics
  • Wear-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel

Gregory offers many other DayPacks as well as larger packs that are considered Hiking Backpacks or Multinight Backpacks, but those are not listed here. I have listed the packs I feel are best suited for the multi use user and dayhiker.

For an overview on selecting the right Daypack for you, please see my other articles

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