User Review: Gregory Baltoro 70
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $280-ish
This pack is extremely comfortable, but get the correct fit when you buy it to ensure comfort. It is also very manageable becuase of the several access locations that allow you to get stuff out of different areas of the pack.
- The only problem that I had was an ice axe/ hiking pole loop ripped off.
The first time I used this pack I was able to stuff all of the gear that an inexperienced backpacker thinks he needs to bring along.
However, I purchased a hipbelt that was a size too large so the pack always slid down my hips whenever I tried to support the weight with my hips (which is what you're suppose to do). This mistake was very uncomfortable. I just downsized the hipbelt the next chance I got and haven't had a comfort issue since then.
Back to my comment about excess gear and pack size; now that i know what I am going to need I don't bring along quite as much. The backpack cinches down very well to accomodate the smaller amount of gear. A feature that really stands out about this pack that I had never seen before was the water bottle pocket on the right hand side (when wearing the pack). It fits a nalgene perfectly and keeps the bottle secure. I've never had a problem getting the bottle out one handed (once I figured out how the bungie works).
Oh and the hipbelt cinch is great, it doesn't require alot of akward pulling.
p.s. I only gave it 4.5 stars because nothing is absolutely flawless (or perfect).