User Review: Gregory Z35
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.