User Review: Gregory Deva 60
Design: top loading, and front panel access internal
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 30
Height of Owner: 5'4"
Price Paid: $220
I love my Deva (purchased in 2008) and am puzzled by the one star reviews below. I use this pack for 2-5 night trips and feels like the Deva fits the bill perfectly. I'm 5'4" and have the small pack.
The main compartment is pretty large and easily fits whatever I throw in it. I don't hike with a bear canister, but I could fit one. With the newer model, the outside compartments still can hold a good deal of gear and are great for keeping the smaller items organized. The pockets on the hip belt come in handy for snacks and sunscreen. The sleeping bag compartment fits my bag without a problem it is a 15 degree MH down bag, while it isn't something that I need it does work.
The bottle holder isn't designed well for holding a bottle, but it works great for holding bear spray, which is something I always carry. The padding on the hips and shoulders is so nice. I never get bruises or raw skin anymore, which is something I always got with my old Gregory Z. The Deva is very well designed and feels solid on my back -- great for tricky trails. Since purchasing, we go backpacking more frequently because I no longer hurt!
Sure the weight is a bit high, but the pack is so comfy I feel like I'm carrying far less weight then when I had my old Gregory Z. I would definitely recommend this pack for people who are looking for overnight to week-long trips. It's not light, but it is my favorite backpack.