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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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.
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.
The women's Gregory Jade 38 pack offers great comfort and performance while keeping your back cool and your load light on quick overnight trips or long day hikes. CrossFlo DTS suspension provides cooling airflow across your back and effectively transfers load weight to your hips. Auto-Fit harness increases the stiffness of the frame as the load in the pack increases, helping ensure that the pack maintains its shape. 3 points of access make it easy to load and unload your gear, food and sleeping bag. Lid pocket features a key clip; second stash compartment on the underside of the lid secures small personal items. Zippered front bucket pocket holds a rain jacket or other items you may need to access quickly. Hipbelt pockets are ideal for stashing gels, lip balm, sunscreen, mini-tool or small electronics. Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying and double as lash points for bulky gear. Internal sleeve accommodates a hydration reservoir (sold separately); dual exit ports allow drinking tube to be routed on either side of pack. Side mesh pockets and dual ice axe/tool attachments provide additional options to attach your gear. Gregory Jade 38 pack is made of 210-denier double diamond ripstop and 330-denier nylon oxford flatweave fabric that resists tears and abrasion.
There's secluded campsite a few miles past the end of a gravel road that's calling your name. Answer the call with your overnight essentials packed into the women's-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.