Gregory Jade 38
Price Paid: $119
Most comfortable pack for my injury...
I just love this pack!! The color is the first thing that got me when it arrived. I chose the Red-Grey combo and the photo does not due it justice! The Red is very vibrant and the Grey is a dark slightly charcoal color, very pleasing to the eye.
It has the DTS suspension which is a combo of a mesh trampoline back with two thin metal coat hanger looking suspension bars. Out of all my women's Gregory packs this is my favorite!! The mesh back really does keep you cooler in 85+ degrees and the pack hugs your frame for comfortable movement.
The tubular system for moving the chest strap around takes getting use to and there is not much on the shoulder straps to clip other items to. But there are two small pockets on the waist belt which work perfectly for a small camera, snacks, whistle and carmex. The top compartment is very roomy and has zippered access on top as well as inside it but it does not zip off for use as a day pack, the 2 pocket system is a great feature of this bag, I swear the more I use it the more I love it!
The main compartment held the gear I used for an over niter — Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 tent, Nemo sleeping pad, cooking kit and stove, bags of extra clothes, first aid pack, bag of selected emergency gear, food, emergency bivy, rain pants and jacket, Montbell UL Tech jacket, and a Wood's sleeping bag (testing bag), in the sleeping bag compartment-which so far has held all my different bags with no problem. Plus other odds and ends.
There is also 2 small hooks inside above the hydration sleeve for clipping your keys or whatever. I use a 2 liter hydration system to save on a little space in my pack. Right under the top of bag under the Gregory logo is another zipper to get inside the large compartment from the front of the bag like a suitcase nice feature if you have something in the bottom of the bag you want out first.
The zippered compartment in the front of the bag works great for stashing a rain jacket or insulating jacket or whatever you need quickly. Just under the front compartment is a small zippered area with rain drops, it's your free rain cover!! Which is also red and it's not attached to the pack, it's completely separate, what a GREAT item to include!
There are two mesh pocket on either side, and like other review stated the compression straps are in the way to use them without sacrificing use of water bottles or not being able to compress pack down. There are no access holes to feed strap behind item in pockets, I just leave them loose, not really a deal breaker for me. But I can sew, and I am considering making a small pass thru hole for the straps. This issue was dealt with in the larger packs like my 50 pack.
In the rear center of the waist belt is a nice and thick lumbar pad that pads along your spine making this waist belt very comfortable without making the belt itself cumbersome. The Gregory site shows a nice 360 degree view of this pack with all the correct specs as some sellers are off a little in those. There is also a small loop handle at top of bag to aid in lifting, no problems with it breaking so far. It's also a very easy pack to adjust while walking, when needed. The double diamond rip stop material is not only durable but pleasing to the eye.
Weight in just a bit over 3lbs for this kind of durability is why Gregory is a perfect choice for me and hopefully for you....
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Key Features of the Gregory Jade 38 Pack for WomenNew crossflo DTS SuspensionWomen's specific fitAuto-Fit harness systemRemovable raincoverZippered pocketSleeping bag compartmentCollapsible zippered shelfDual hydration ports and sleeveFront zippered pocketTop pocket with key clipSecond stash compartment on undersideSide compressionDual quick access waistbelt pocketsDual side mesh pocketsDual axe/tool attachment points210D double diamond ripstop330D nylon oxford flatweaveGregory Jade 38 Pack for WomenThe Gregory Jade 38 Pack for Women is Ideal for a quick overnight trip. Despite its lightweight design, the Jade 38 Women's pack carries up to 35 pounds. These packs incorporate contoured shoulder harnesses, narrower backpanels and pre-curved hipbelts into a series of women's-specific packs. These packs are designed and tested by women, ensuring that their performance meets the expectations of female adventurers. The Gregory Jade 38 Pack for Women has targeted features to make packing everything you need a snap.
Once the work week is over, you can almost hear Mother Nature beckoning. Answer the call with your overnight essentials packed into the women-specific Gregory Jade 38 Backpack. As you stroll into your own backcountry playground, the CrossFlo DTS suspension distributes the weight comfortably across your back and hips and allows cooling air to drive away the stale heat. Gregory's CrossFlo DTS suspension system is strong, simple, and lightweight. It also provides cooling airflow across your back to pull moisture and heat away, and the back panel's moisture-wicking, breathable mesh transfers heat and sweat from your back. At the heart of the system is the wire X-Frame, which provides effective load transfer straight to your lumbar region and padded waist belt, where it can be carried most efficiently. The dynamic yoke integrates the shoulder harness directly into the X-Frame, activating the suspension as the weight increases to compensate for the added weight. Access to the Jade 38's main compartment is made easy with an opening at the top and a large side-access zipper. A large stretch mesh front pocket provides convenient storage for items that you'll need to get to through the course of your hike, such as lunch and rain gear. The pack also provides easy access to small items with dual waist belt pockets and a large dump pocket on the front of the pack, as well as a water-resistant top pocket and integrated rain cover.
Free Shipping. Gregory Women's Jade 38 Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Gregory Women's Jade 38 Pack CrossFlo DTS Suspension Auto-Fit harness system Removable raincover in zippered pocket Dual quick-access waistbelt pockets Dual side mesh pockets Side compression 210D double diamond ripstop and 330D nylon oxford flatweave Women's specific fit Sleeping bag compartment with collapsible zippered shelf Dual hydration ports and sleeve Front zippered pocket Top pocket with key clip and a second stash compartment on underside Dual axe/tool attachment points The SPECS for Small Volume: 2258 cubic inches / 37 liter Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz / 1.4 kg The SPECS for Medium Volume: 2380 cubic inches / 39 liter Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.5 kg Click to download some super information on how to properly Fit a Gregory Pack .
Ideal for a quick overnight trip, the women's specific Gregory Jade 38 Pack has targeted features to make packing everything you need a snap.