User Review: Gregory Reality
Design: top/panel loading internal
Size: 4300 cubic inches / 70 liters
Number of Pockets: two - one back and one top (lid)
Max. Load Carried: 40 pounds, but it is rated to 50.
Height of Owner: 5' 8"
Price Paid: can't remember
Best pack ever! Great for week-long backpacking treks in the wilderness or train tours through Europe. The load rides very comfortably and the harness is easy to adjust. It feels like a daypack when 40 lbs is stuffed in it. You can really move freely with the Reality.
I love the panel-load feature because I no longer need to unpack everything to reach something lower down in the compartment. Or I can keep the pack on while my trekking partner finds what is needed. And the zipper will not break...it is beefy! I can move my head and look straight up without bumping my head against the top pack, which was a big selling point for me.
The only complaint I have is that the compression straps run on the outside of the mesh side pockets. Whoever thought of that design really blew it. I plan to cut some holes in the side pockets and route the compression straps through these so that the straps won't have to be loosened every time I want to take out and put back in a water bottle.
This thing is bombproof, too. A bit on the heavy side, but I have no worries about it falling apart on the trail. A lighter pack might not carry a load as well and therefore make it feel more cumbersome to carry overall.
Buy a ten-year-old one used on Ebay...I saw one today for under $20!! I bought mine in 1999.