User Review: Gregory Whitney 95
Max. Load Carried: 65lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $330
I recently purchased the Gregory Whitney '04 pack comparing it with the Osprey Crescent 85 and Arc'Teryx Bora 80. I was always leaning toward the Whitney due to the water bottle holder and 3-point access to the main pack. All three packs had side access to the main compartment, but you have to unbuckle the straps to access them. The Whitney has a front access which you simply unzip to access your entire storage.
A major difference between the packs is that the Whitney is the only one without a thermo-formed waist belt. After trying all packs loaded with 40lbs, I realizes the thermo-forming is not as good as it sounds. The Whitney offered the most comfort by far. I have even taken it out for a few 6km afternoon treks loaded with 65lbs and let me say .... what a great pack! Tension straps hold great and shoulder strap adjustments are a breeze to modify on the move. Definitely a justified purchase!