Gregory Wasatch 12

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The Wasatch 12 replaced the Gregory Wasatch.


Weight 1 lb 6 oz / .60 kg
Capacity 736 cu in / 12 L
Torso length 16 in - 22 in



This is a small daypack that is great for light loads…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45


This is a small daypack that is great for light loads and moving fast. This product is great for hiking, biking, and trail running. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light-duty pack that carries the basics.


  • Compact size limits bouncing around
  • Back zippers allow easy water bladder access
  • Comfortable hip belt


  • Small size limits what you can carry
  • Side mesh pockets tight for a Nalgene

This pack is a wonderful day hike companion. I bought it because my full size daypack was usually mostly empty and the contents were always jostling around. The back clings tightly to your back without feeling like it is causing your back to overheat. The back of the pack is covered in a mesh material that is very breathable.  The close fit of the pack combined with its small size allows you to move quickly with it on, and not feel as if it's moving up and down excessively.

I am a short woman (5'1") and the pack fits me just fine. I think its size allows it to work with a wide range of body types. The hip belt and shoulder straps are well padded and the chest strap moves up and down for comfort. I think the padding works well for a light load (under 8 lbs), but anything heavier and you'd be pushing the limits of the pack and therefore making it less comfortable.

Though the pack looked really small out of the box, I can fit my 10 essentials plus food for the day no problem. The pack has three compartments: a main compartment with a water bladder separation, and secondary compartment in front of that one, and a big shove-it pocket in the front.

There is ample room for most things anyone carries on a day hike, even in the winter. I have fit a puffy, a rain jacket, snacks, navigation gear, and a Subway sandwich all in the main compartments. I carry two Nalgenes in the side pockets, and these don't compromise the capacity, as side pockets can on other packs.  I have not used it with a bladder yet, so I cannot speak to its effect on capacity.  There are two hip belt pockets that easily hold a small GPS or iPhone.  

The side compression straps connect to the top of the shove-it pocket so that when tightened, they secure the bags entire load and kept things from bouncing around.  I have used it completely full, as well as near empty and both ways the pack feels quite secure.

One caveat is that the pack must be at least partially removed to access the side pockets with the water bottles. This can be avoided with the use of the bladder, and there is a built in route to attach the hose to the shoulder strap.  

There are several small interior pockets that keep your compass, multitool, knife, ID's, and whatever else from falling down into the bottom of the pack. The mesh on the side pockets and sides of the shove-it pocket is really thick and sturdy — far more so than on some of my other packs.  I don't fear if I rub against rocks in a scramble.

I have been using this bag for over a year and it shows few signs of wear.

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Manufacturer's Description

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The Gregory Wasatch 12 is a great light weight day pack for hiking or biking. BioSync suspension uses flexible "tendons" to attach the harness to the pack for dynamic movement. U-shaped zipper access to the main compartment makes it easy to find all your stuff. The perfect size for a hydration reservoir, extra clothes and some foot without weighing you down. Two waistbelt pockets keep small items easy to grab while you're on the go. A front mesh pocket quickly stashes a jacket as things heat up. Compression straps cinch the pack tight so it doesn't bounce around while you charge down the trail. Fits up to a 2 liter hydration reservoir. When all you need is the essentials for a fast and light day on the trail, grab this great day pack from Gregory Packs. Materials: 70D UTS coated nylon. Volume: 736 or 12 L. Weight: 1 LB 6 OZ or 0.6 KG. Fits Torso: 16 - 22 in.. Available Color(s): Mercury Gray, Prussian Blue, Spark Orange, Cobalt Blue, Iron Gray

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Your active lifestyle needs an athletic pack that won't cramp your style or weigh you down. Gregory's Wasatch is it!


Spring like a gazelle all the way down the mountain thanks to the hydration-compatible Gregory Wastach 12 Daypack and its fluid suspension. Zippered back panel access to the hydration sleeve enables you to fill a three-liter bladder (sold separately) with ease, and the tube management system keeps the water close as you run like an animal through the wild.


On Sale. Free Shipping. Gregory Wasatch 12 Pack FEATURES of the Gregory Wasatch 12 Pack Bio-Sync ATS Suspension Aero-Mesh backpanel Hydration port and sleeve with tube management system on the harness Adjustable sternum strap Dual waistbelt pockets Side mesh pockets Fleece-lined media pocket Interior mesh organizer and key clip Webbing loop for securing bicycle light or reflector 70d UTS coated nylon Full back zippered access to load and fill up to a 2 liter reservoir Front stretch-mesh pocket with 3-point compression system SPECIFICATIONS of the Gregory Wasatch 12 Pack Volume: 736 cubic inches / 12 liter Weight: 1 lb 6 oz / 600 g Click to download some super information on how to properly Fit a Gregory Pack .

- Moosejaw