User Review: Gregory Makalu Pro 70
Price Paid: $260
Used this pack about a dozen times so far, and each time I find myself, halfway through a hike, saying aloud, "I love this pack."
At first it seemed as if it would be too light to be strong (I'm coming from the Gregory Whitney, which is rock solid and heavy), but the pack has it where it counts. The suspension is very comfortable, the design is pretty stylish (I confess, this is indeed a secondary consideration) and simple.
It took a little while getting used to the only outside "pockets" being two (large) side mesh pockets, and the lid pocket, but that has been easily solved by being more selective when choosing important gear to pack topically (1st aid, poncho, gorp, map, etc).
The pack is designed for alpinists, but it works well for valley hikes to lakes and ponds. This is a simple, comfortable, smoothly-designed pack that is well worth the money.