User Review: Gregory Baltoro 70
Design: Front/top loading internal
Number of Pockets: numerous
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 6"
Price Paid: $269
First, let me say, I am a woman and bought this pack mid-summer. When it comes to pack fit, it's all about what feels best, isn't it? I went into the outfitter's shop pretty much decided on the Gregory Women's Deva 60 because the weight, colors and bells and whistles were appealing but when I loaded it up and strapped it on, I could never get the fit between shoulders and hip belt to fit just right. After trying a few other Gregory packs I settled on this one because it hit just right. Have not second-guessed that decision since hitting the trail.
It is heavier than the Deva but I found the waterproof bottom panel a useful feature. And having both top and front access AND a separate bottom section makes it easy to pack and quickly find whatever you need on the trail. External pockets also very handy for little things.
Only drawback is that at 4100 cu (small) I will be tempted to fill it with more than I need. Compression straps will certainly keep things in place but its WILLPOWER that will be required to keep the weight below 35 lbs!