4 lb 11 oz (small)
The internal frame/rotation design on this backpack…
Design: front-loading internal
Size: 49 L / 3000 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 3?
Max. Load Carried: est. 40-45 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'5"
Price Paid: $200
The internal frame/rotation design on this backpack is outstanding, and the lower back support is now something I would look for on any new backpack.
The shoulder straps aren't the most comfortable (they're thick and narrow, and almost round), but they're fairly adjustable, and as long as I keep most of the weight on my hips, I'm fine. I almost always hike without clipping the sternum strap.
For continued trekking in a downpour you definitely would need a cover - but it's not terrible at deflecting moisture on its own.
If I were to improve the design, I'd go for a camera pocket on the hip belt, an easier access for the nalgene bottle pocket (you really have to reach to un-bungee it), and I'd either close off or remove the funny flap between the bottom compartment and the main; if I try to compress my bag in there, it squishes into the main compartment, and I'd rather not have the weight of an additional compression sack. Oh, and (of course!) I'd make it lighter!
Here's what other sites are saying:
On Sale. Free Shipping. Gregory Women's Maven Pack (Fall 2007) - Best of BB Award 2007 Smaller than the Deva 60, the Maven by Gregory is perfect for lightweight missions. Response suspension automatically adjusts to hip angle every time the pack is used and a combination front pocket/ access point localizes stashing and accessing gear. Sizes: X-Small Volume: 2800 cu. in. / 45 L Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz. / 2.1 kg Small Volume: 3000 cu. in. / 49 L Weight: 4 lbs. 11 oz. / 2.2 kg Medium Volume: 3200 cu. in. / 52 L Weight: 5 lbs. 0 oz. / 2.3 kg Features: Response Suspension System Precurved women s specific 3D harness Precurved 3D waistbelt Single 7001-T6 Stay Narrow ventilated backpanel Top, front and bottom zip-thru access points Low profile front pocket Cross-over compression Compression stiffening panels Hydration port and removable sleeve 630 D / 210 D high tenacity nylon body fabric combo Waterproof Tarpaulin bottom Top pocket converts to a fanny pack Water bottle holster
Made for lightweight missions, the Gregory Maven backpack is designed with female-specific features like a narrow back panel and a slim overall profile. 2,800 to 3,200 cubic inch capacity. Independent camming waist-belt system automatically adjusts to hip angle, while customizable pivot control system evenly distributes weight. 3D shoulder harness with precurved dual-density foam. 3D waistbelt with precurved dual-density foam. Single 7001-T6 aluminum stay maintains the pack's shape. Stiffening panels spread compression over a wide surface to stabilize partially loaded packs. Top, front, and bottom zip-through access. Top front pocket converts to fanny pack. Water-bottle holster.
CLOSEOUTS . Gregory's scientifically designed Maven backpack is female-specific and perfect for women pursuing fast, light outdoor adventures. Response suspension automatically adjusts to hip angle Pre-curved 3D harness and waist belt fit a woman's form Top pocket converts to a fanny pack Top, front and bottom zip-thru access points Single frame stay Ventilated back panel Compression stiffening panels Low-profile front pocket Waterproof tarpaulin bottom Hydration port Removable sleeve EXTRA SMALL Fits torsos: 14 to 15- ” Capacity: Approx. 2800 cu.in. SMALL Fits torsos: 16 to 17- ” Capacity: Approx. 3000 cu.in. MEDIUM Fits torsos: 18 to 19- ” Capacity: Approx. 3200 cu.in. Weight: 4 lb. 11 oz. (based on Small) Fabric: Nylon CLOSEOUTS . Vietnam.
- Sierra Trading Post
A single aluminum stay helps support heavy loads. Built for women backpackers, the new Gregory Maven pack offers loads of organization and a women-specific suspension with a narrower back panel. Cross-over compression straps and side stiffening panels distribute compression over a wide surface to stabilize partially full pack. Design offers three ways to get at your gear with both top-loading, front panel access and bottom access to the main compartment. Designed for multi-day trips and hauling loads up to 45 lbs. Features front zip pocket, twin gear/ice axe loops, quick-release sleeping pad straps and a canted side water bottle holster for easier reach. Hydration-compatible design features a removable reservoir sleeve and drink-tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Made of lightweight 630-denier and 210-denier high-tenacity nylon body fabric for performance, strength and durability. Narrow ventilated backpanel that helps move moisture away is specifically engineered to fit a women's shape. New Response Suspension System self-adjusts to your hip angle, while pivoting control system mirrors your bodies movements. Precurved 3D women's waistbelt and harness use dual-density foams laminated to the surface fabric, which eliminates wrinkling and pinching. Removable top lid pocket converts to a lumbar pack and lets you keep compass, maps, small essentials or raingear close at hand. Waistbelt has the ability to change the cant/angle settings for a custom, flexible fit for any person everytime you put pack on. Waterproof tarpaulin material covers the bottom of the pack to provide long-lasting wear and protection from the elements.