User Review: Gregory Denali Pro 105
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350+
When it comes to an Ultra Durable pack that can carry enormous loads over uneven terrain, look no further than the Denali Pro from Gregory. Huge volume and comfortable suspension is a very fine, yet very rare combination...
- Hip belt is super tough and feels great
- Strong construction and excellent seams
- Super ruggedized pack bag bottom
- Tons of lashing points
- Wonderful compression straps!
- Brain makes great summit pack
- An updated design would be nice
- Brain, front pocket, pack bag - few options for organization
- Vertical, hard to reach, water bottle pockets
As long as the pack that the customer purchases is appropriate to that customer's torso length, the Denali Pro fits very well. The hip belt is not pretty, but damn does it keep the weight on the wearer's hips.
The shoulder straps are enough to be comfortable without being too bulky or too fragile.
The back panel is not mesh; this is not an ultra light pack. This pack is made for loads over long distances. For this purpose the back panel is foam — wonderfully forgiving on the back, super cozy over just a t-shirt or a winter parka.
I have used this pack to haul huge 70+ pound loads in both the high desert and the north woods and it has always performed its task brilliantly. I have winter camped and brought axes, saws, and the like into spring forests, always using the Denali Pro, and my pack is no worse for the wear.
It seems that some folks with big packs tend to totally fill their pack, no matter the duration or distance of their trip. For those who cannot get past the need for filling every pack to capacity, the Denali Pro is not for you. However, if one can leave the extra down jacket in the car, I find this pack works great full, half empty, or even mostly empty (water runs, overnights, etc). Because of the compression strap setup, the Denali Pro is my most versatile pack from two nights to twenty.
I hate packs with a millions pockets. I prefer packs with at least three organization pockets (Brain, Front, and Side). The Denali Pro offers only the Brain and the front pocket other than the actual pack bag itself. Even if there were only one side pocket, or a kangaroo pocket, or anything that would allow me to separate out my gear just a little more I would be psyched. As the pack is now, it works for basic organization, but there is always room for improvement.
500d Cordura construction = Heavy... but I will likely pass this pack down to my grandkids.
I would rather buy a heavier pack that is more durable. I can fill the thing with 2 oz. stoves and still cut the handle off my toothbrush to bring down my total gear weight. I just don't want my pack to be so light it is going to pop while I'm out in the field.
I would suggest the Denali Pro to serious outdoors folks, mountaineers, backpackers, forest workers, transcontinental adventurers, and guides who will love the versatile technical features while winter campers, hunters, and expeditionary thru hikers will love the load hauling ability and durability of the Denali Pro for decades or longer.