User Review: Gregory Z65
Design: Top/front loading internal frame
Size: large men's
Number of Pockets: 3, not including 2 water-bottle pockets and 2 small, zippered pockets on the waist belt
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs so far
Height of Owner: 6-1
Price Paid: $190
I just got this pack in March, and have only used it once so far, on a one-night snow-camping trip. The trudge up was only 2.5 miles, but had a 2000' elev gain, and much of it was through deep snow, being rained on.
This pack is so comfortable, I thought I must have forgotten a bunch of gear, or something; but no. It's roomy enough so I don't have to be too clever in packing. The air-flow through the low back section seems to be a great thing (although I was plenty cool enough in the weather we had). The pack conforms to my body really nicely too, so it feels like an extension of my body, even loaded.
Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I haven't used it much.
Here's something else, though. I've been a little worried that the waist buckle system is a bit wimpy, and might snap - a horrifying thought! I emailed Gregory, and they immediately offered to send a replacement, just in case, free of charge. Having that extra buckle along will be a great weight off my mind (and shoulders, if I have to use it!). I thought that was very good customer service.