User Review: Gregory Baltoro 70
Design: Top-Loading internal with front and bottom access
Number of Pockets: 8
Max. Load Carried: 46lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $239
My intent with my backpack purchase was something I could take on 2-3 day trips. Eventually, I want to go on week long trips. Something strong, something REALLY comfortable, something that allowed for a lot of organization. The Baltoro delivers on all fronts!
Other things one can sacrifice a little on comfort, however, the backpack is one of the most important items so no sacrifice should be made. My brother recommended this be one of my splurge expenses, particularly since I suffer from a weak lower back.
The suspension "floating" system of the frame is unbelievable. The extra pad that rests on your lower back made this bag stand out from all the rest. the adjustability is unmatched. I am 5'10" but have a smaller upper body. I actually bought the small pack and had it adjusted to the largest thorso length and it fit like a glove.
On my first trip out (zero trail experience, only moderately in shape) I was able to hike 8 miles day 1 and 12 miles day 2. My pack was comfortable the whole time.
In the future I might even get into packing lighter. I really believe this is the pack that is minimalist enough to get all your ultralight gear in for even week long trips.
Other loves I have for this bag: The material of this bag looks, feels, and has performed bomb-proof. The top, front and bottom access is fantastic. Secondary pockets on top, sides, and in the front for all your anxillary needs. The zippers are heavy duty and water resistant. I fit my 3L water bladder in here no problem with all my stuff. Love keeping hydrated at all times.
As still a novice hiker, I think I carry a lot of stuff maybe I don't need, but I do like to have, so my space is tight in the pack. My pack is weighing in at 37lbs. full, just to give an idea of how much stuff can fit in this thing even though it's just a 70.
Love this pack. The minus .5 is because I believe it is on the heavier side of bags this size. But my comfort and adjustability made it worth it as I don't feel it.