User Review: Gregory Baltoro 70
Size: 4638ci (large) 76L
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 60lbs
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: $260
I absolutely love this pack. I hike around Washington state often, and am usually up near some sort of high alpine lake. The straps on this pack are much more padded than others, and its never chaffed, pinched, or given me any other types of problems. The Carbon Fiber in the frame in 2008's model is a definite bonus. Gregory definitely did a good thing reducing the weight with different materials and construction design.
A few differences between the older and newer ones was the carbon fiber parts of the frame, and the plastic used in the hip straps has a different design that uses less material. I think they shaved at least a pound off the previous model's weight, and that was comparing my large to a medium.
During most of my long hikes, my pack will weigh between 50 and 60lbs (carrying a Mountain Hardwear Trango 2). It definitely makes the weight feel a lot lighter than it actually is. After a good 11 mile hike, I'm ready for more. I can definitely see why this backpack won Backpacker's Choice of the year.