Backpack - The North Face or Gregory

6:47 p.m. on July 14, 2008 (EDT)
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I'm looking to buy my first real backpack to take on one week or longer trips. After a lot of looking I have kind of narrowed it down to either The North Face Primero 70
http://www.rei.com/product/763926
or the Gregory Baltoro 70
http://www.rei.com/product/757777
I am having a hard time finding a dealer near Cleveland that carries the Primero pack to try out and can't find many reviews of it online. I really don't want to buy it blind with out trying it out first. Has anyone here owned one and if so what do you think? Also in your opinion which is the better pack, or is there another one that you recommend more? I plan to be carrying about 30-40 pounds of gear including food. I also want something durable as I plan to use it for a while and at some point in the next few years take it on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. As of right now I'm kind of leaning toward the north face just because I have owned 5 of there packs and a lot of there other gear and had great luck with it, but the fact that I can't find many reviews online is a little worrying. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

7:11 p.m. on July 14, 2008 (EDT)
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Hey yellowalien, Can't advise you on which pack is better really, I've had the same pack for many years, and don't know all the stats on newer packs.
Do you mean Cleveland TN? If so there is a store in Chattanooga named Rock Creek Outfitters, I would check with them online, or call.
Here is their link:
http://www.rockcreek.com/?avad=397_415_ml_0_1063156

Good luck

7:38 p.m. on July 14, 2008 (EDT)
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Actually Cleveland Ohio. Thanks though.

6:44 p.m. on July 15, 2008 (EDT)
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OK after all that I actually decided upon getting the Osprey Aether 70, after trying them on it was clearly the most comfortable and best engineered.

8:44 p.m. on July 15, 2008 (EDT)
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Good deal, hope you wear it out!
Maybe after a couple trips you could write a gear review on this site. I would like to know what you think.

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