Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140 US
- Excellent hipbelt
- Mesh back panel
- Carries weight well
- Tough material
- Zipper on the exterior so you don't have to open the top lid to access pack contents
- Using a water bladder will lower interior pack volume
- Mesh exterior pockets can snag on vegatation
- Pockets on hipbelt are smallish
I recently purchased the Z35 to replace an Osprey Stratos 36. The Gregory fit me so much better than the Stratos and the Stratos lacked the lumbar pad that the Gregory pack has.
The shove it pocket on this pack is a great convenience. The Z35 has a stowable raincover as did the Stratos. The Osprey had a stow-and-go feature for trekking poles which worked good if you were walking over fairly level, non-technical terrain. However, it was a hindrance if any scrambling was involved and when downclimbing, the bottom of the poles would tend to drag on obstacles. I like the ability to stow the poles on the back of the pack and the Z35 is designed that way.
The capacities of both packs are similar. It is also hydration compatible. I have a 4000cu Gregory pack and I should have originally stayed with the Gregory brand instead of buying the Osprey. Thumbs up to Gregory.
Design: Top loading internal frame
Size: 3.5 liter
Number of Pockets: 3 plus two belt pouches
Max. Load Carried: about 13 pounds
Height of Owner: 73"
Price Paid: $155
I am a big guy, 73" tall 270 lbs. I wear a size 56 jacket and have a 21" neck. I am in pretty decent shape for a 55-year-old guy and I have been enjoying hiking and backpacking for many years.
It has always been a problem for me to find a backpack that fit my long torso and big shoulders. Before getting the Gregory Z35, I had been using a Gregory Baltoro for everything including as a daypack. The Baltoro fits me and carries very well, but it weighs 6.5 empty.
I had tried a North Face Scarab and a Granite Gear Latitude Vapor. Both were very nice packs, but left me hurting after an arduous day of hiking the steep rocky trails of the Sandia Mountains which are near where I live in Albuquerque, NM, and are my favorite haunts. These trails are beautiful but are dry, for the most part. I typically carry a 100oz hydration bag and a liter or two extra in Nalgenes. Since these are wilderness areas, I also carry a little extra stuff in case the dayhike accidentally turns into an overnighter.
The Z35 has been the solution to my problem. It has a full size "Jetstream" harness of the Z "fast and light" series and is a lightweight 3500cc top loading, roll top pack.
The top opening has two flexible hoop type things that snap it open or closed, covered by a top flap. It has a "bucket type opening in front that is ventilated and the sides and easily holds a rolled up jacket and sweater. Its main compartment is generously roomy for 3.5 liters and has a nice hydration bladder pouch with tube openings on either side.
The pack has a nice zippered mesh pouch on either side of its waistband that you can actually reach while hiking. The shoulder straps are light but substantially made and very comfortable. It weighs a little under 3.5 pounds. The Z35 is very well designed and built, as is typical of Gregory packs.
Overall, I rate it as an outstanding extended trip day pack.
If I am taking a sleeping bag, tent and cookware I will still take the Baltoro.
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 30kg
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: GBP 110
On the whole this pack has been excellent. I last used it for a 50-odd mile 3 day hike through the English Lakes that included some strenuous climbs. Fully loaded the pack remained very comfortable and stable. The shoulder and waist pads are very thick indeed which allow you to carry the bulk of the pack’s weight on your waist/hips. I had no discomfort whatsoever.
I carried tent and cooking gear, plus food and spare clothing, including civvies. The tent I strapped to the bottom and carried everything else inside. There was just enough room and I would say the pack is perfectly sized and featured for this.
Stuff I liked:
The pack looks good, and let’s face it we all like our gear to look cool. Gregory’s designs are slick and make you feel you’ve got a very smart and with-it piece of kit on your back.
The Jet Stream system works fairly well, although as with any of these systems their claims to keep you dry are quite spurious as you always work up quite a sweat on some of the climbs. However, it does keep a constant gap between back and pack.
The roll top hood is an excellent feature; very compact and easy to use, and helps fold the top down very snugly.
The bucket pocket is excellent with the elastic panels allowing you to stuff additional gear in there that you may need to have to hand if the weather is changeable. Also good for holding water bottles.
Pockets on waist band are very handy for mobile/money/sun cream etc.
Stuff I didn’t like:
One of the zip pulls came off in my hand, but I was able to fix it myself.
Apart from that, not much, the pack is very light and adaptable.
The pack isn’t as featured as some other brands, but you can add karabiners and bungee cords etc should you want. The weight savings offset this.
4.5 rather than 5 due to dud zipper.
Number of Pockets: 13
Max. Load Carried: 15kg
Height of Owner: 183cm
Price Paid: 1040 rmb
Best 35l pack I've ever used. Light and firm enough. It looks beautiful, especially when it's packed well. Only its top opening is not as good as RT 25.