User Review: Gregory Z55
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
Pack is amazingly rugged, well constructed and most importantly very comfortable right off the shelf. I wasn't really interested in a Gregory pack but was shopping for a new one. Had my eyes set on models that were 3 to 4 times this price. Stumbled across "last years color" that was on sale for less than $100 and picked one up.
Figured I would have nothing to lose and with the pack's ability to "cinch up" so tightly, I would always be able to use it as a day pack if it didn't work out as the weekender pack. However, it is now my primary pack for everything. Back ventilation is good and the pack is very comfortable.
Only words of wisdom I can share is be aware that there is limited sizing "customability" of these packs. If you know your torso lengths, you'll be in good shape. Don't confuse sizing with adjusting fit. Explained below
- Very affordable
- Well designed
- Nice weight distribution of load
- Great cinch straps
- Back plate extends a little into bag space
- No sizing customizations "on the trail"
No longer shopping for a backpack and this one looks like it will outlast me. If you're in the market, don't assume this is a cheap pack due to the affordability. It is well constructed, uses quality material and provides everything other than sizing customization.
Example/Explanation: If you swap packs with a fellow hiker on the trail and you bought a small frame Z55 pack as your torso length was only 18", don't expect the recipient with a medium or long torso to be able to adjust this pack for a comfortable fit. Shoulder straps, hip belt are all static and do NOT move.
This is not really a bad thing as I doubt many of you are swapping packs often. For Gregory, it helped them shave off unnecessary weight and cost, resulting in a premium spec'd pack within the reach of the common man or weekend adventurer. Brilliant if you ask me. For you, if you buy the right size pack off the shelf you'll be in for years of comfort and enjoyment.
Why not 5 stars then? All very minor stuff, but would of liked bigger hip belt pockets and maybe a pocket or two on the shoulder straps.
That and the back arch extends a little into the bag space. There is a minor price to pay for that air pocket of coolness between the pack and your back. A price I willingly pay without regret.