Gregory Torre 33
Price Paid: $100
This pack does it all...almost. To say this pack is bad or anything negative points out one's inability to see the benefits.
The easy-accessing main compartment is, well, easy. The zipper flows nicely but has a way of getting stuck when going beyond the top area. The only main flaw would be the compression strap-to-zipper placement. The strap is in the path of the zipper so when you try to take advantage of the huge, easily accessible main compartment you have to undo the strap (takes maybe 1 sec).
On the plus side the large number of straps has allowed me to keep the sharp pointed tools outside the pack, securely fastened. The compression straps keep the pack from becoming a weighted at the bottom when I might not be filling up the entire pack.
All in all this pack covers a wide range of activities (mine include ice and rock climbing, multi-day hikes and the occasional overhead companion bag).
Gregory makes some of the best packs on the market and I have never seen anything less then great from them!
Design: Roll Top and Panel
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 22 pounds
Height of Owner: 6' 0"
Price Paid: $128
The more I have thought about the design of the Torre 33 the more ridiculous I consider it. There is an believable amount of compression straps for a pack this size.
The diagonal straps with the lone friction buckle will not keep the straps locked in place. The roll over top which is an advantageous concept, first used by Arc'Teryx is made inconvenient with the tread through buckles, strapping must be fully extended for access. Side Release Buckles should have been used.
I wouldn't refer to the Torre 33 as a piece of junk, however the design person obviously has not developed sufficient knowledge about pack construction to develop and produce a satisfactory product.
The waste of money in materials is incredible with this Torre 33. There is almost enough excess strapping that could be used to build another complete pack. Strapping will be flapping all over as you hike, unless it is tied in knots. A problem easily solved with Tri-Glide Buckles and proper length straps.
Gregory Customer Service won't do any modifications or even make an effort to supply or sell me the matching buckles so I can make the modifications myself.
Disappointed in Gregory! The company holds a reputation that it does not deserve.
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The Gregory Torre 33 Backpack is a lightweight roll-top pack with a zipper running down the length of the pack. The Torre 33 lets you get to your lunch or that rainshell without having to have all your gear out! Fusion LTS Suspension Molded foam backpanel Roll-top style with a separating skirt and zipper that runs the length of the pack for huge main pack body access Full side and top compression Gear loop and zippered pocket on waistbelt Dual side mesh water bottle pockets Adjustable ice axe/trakking pole loops that can be tucked away when not in use Side attachment points with option to carry your tools/poles through compression webbing or elastic cord Hydration port and interior reservoir sleeve Top stash pocket with key clip
A true climber's pack, the Torre 33 Backpack from Gregory is designed for long hikes in to the crag with a full load of gear. Slide your stuff into the roll-top design - a full-length front zipper opens up the front of the bag for easier access when stowing ropes and you can carry extra gear and tools on the adjustable gear loops and attachment points. The weight of your load is distributed by the Fusion LTS suspension system.
- Mountain Gear
Complete with a cavernous roll-top style opening, the tough Gregory Torre 33 Backpack swallows up your rope, helmet, and rack, and then carries everything without making your lower back sore. Open this bag to reveal the entire contents quickly, then zip it back up, stash your hiking poles on the back, and tackle a tough project. An array of pockets and attachments holds all your essentials for a day in the mountains, and Fusion LTS suspension makes heavy loads melt away.
The Torre 33 is a roll-top style pack with a separating skirt and long zipper that runs down the length of the pack. Open it all up in one fell swoop and load in larger items like your rope, rack and helmet with ease.