User Review: Gregory Makalu Pro 70
Design: Top loading
Size: 4000 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: large top, 2 side, inner waterproof bladder pocket
Max. Load Carried: about 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $249
Took this pack on a 4-day hike and summit to Mt. Adams, Wash. While others in my group with REI and Kelty equipment moaned about their poor fit, I was smiling all the way. With the exception of an annoying squeak, this back is pure heaven. Also, I didn't like the fact I couldn't reach the side stuff pockets for my camera, but on what pack can you do this?
The lumbar rubberized mesh pad clung to my low back like a baby monkey would. And the auto-cant system for adjusting the weight of the pack from your hips to your shoulders and back, all while on the move, worked wonderfully.
Hats off to Mr. Gregory. Finally, when it came to summit time, no need for a detachable, I simply packed my heavy stuff in my bivy at base and cinched the Makalu down to its smallest size (including goat's cheese, crackers and Bailey's) and off I went.