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Gregory Baltoro 75

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Gregory Baltoro 75 expedition pack (70l+)

A good beginner pack that is durable and well made.


  • Durable and handles everything you pack well
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Comfortable when properly fitted.


  • Heavier then I would like
  • Not clearly stated that the 75 Liter is only for the Large Frame pack. Medium is 73 and small 71 Liters
  • Does not have a lifetime guarantee like the Osprey

A good beginner pack that is durable and well made...

Fit: The pack when fitted well is very comfortable to wear. I wore it backpacking into the Grand Canyon and it served me well.

Comfort: Very comfortable to wear. Once on, I almost forget it is there.

Capacity: When going into a reseller they advised me that the capacity of all sizes were the same and that is not true. The large is 75 liters, the medium 73 liters, and the small 71 liters. This is not the fault of the pack but rather the sales staff at the store.

Organization and Accessibility: The pack is fairly well organized with the main compartment that opens from the top, the bottom and the side. Extra pockets also make this easier to use. What is really nice is inside of the main pack, is a smaller pack that holds the bladder. After backpacking, you can remove the smaller inside pack and use it to carry your bladder on a day hike.

Compression: This is my first pack, so I cannot compare it to others. It holds a good load. Put less in and you can compress the pack with the straps. Add more and fill the pack up and it holds a lot. I recently went on a 4-day backpack to the Grand Canyon and it served me well.

Ease of Use: Very easy to use, very easy to pack, and I did not feel it much when I was hiking with it on. The pockets are easy to get to so most items were very accessible.

Features: I really like and used the inside pack that help the bladder. I used it on a few day hikes and enjoyed a lighter pack.

Construction and Durability: I have only used the pack 5 or 6 times, but so far the construction seems good and it seems durable. Will know better a year from now..

Conditions: Again. I have only used this pack a few months but have taken it on water backpacking, regular overnight backpacking, and into the Grand Canyon for 4 days/3 night.

Other Thoughts:

  1. With the pack closed and tightened, after I slipped and submerged the pack underwater, the contents remained dry.
  2. For the price I would have liked a lighter pack.
  3. The pack seems durable. 
  4. On a 4-day backpacking trip, this pack served me well carrying everything I needed and was comfortable to wear.
  5. This is not a ULTRA LIGHT pack, but at about 5 lbs not the heaviest either.

I am happy so far with this pack.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $220

Supports heavy loads like no other, with the best accessibility of any pack I've seen to date.


  • Padding, comfort and suspension
  • Top, mid and bottom bag access
  • Removable brain for day hikes
  • Durable


  • Waist belt pockets are tiny
  • Heavy

The pack is my favorite for a few reasons. It distributes weight like no other, thanks to the suspension and excessive padding. I can easily carry 60lbs with zero shoulder pain, not that I need that much gear, but I had failures of a few Osprey packs at only 45lbs. The pack weighs more than most, but it's basically all in padding which actually ends up feeling lighter from start to finish.

I am a gear junkie who did my research online, and in the field. Tried every Osprey pack out there and have sold all of them while holding onto this Baltoro 75. The storage is perfect for my style, organization without overdoing it, and three access points allow you to get to anything without unpacking unnecessary items.

There is a rubberized lumbar pad that some said they had problems with rubbing etc. I find it to help put that weight down where you want it, and it also keeps your shirt from riding up. It is super strong in every area, but I have seen a few broken waist belts at the REI garage sales.

The only flaw is the tiny pockets on the waist belt. Barely fit a cliff bar. 

Source: bought it new (REI)

This is a workhorse for multiple day backpacking trips. Lots of storage, very rugged.


  • Easy access to all compartments
  • Rugged/sturdy
  • Very comfortable
  • Shoulder and hip straps don't cause hot spots


  • The pack is heavy at around 6 lbs
  • Needed to install extra cinch straps to hold trek poles
  • 1 L water bottle can fall out of right side holder when bending forward

The Gregory Baltoro 75 is a workhorse. I load it with around 35-40 lbs of gear, food, and water. It does very well in supporting the load across varying terrain. The loads can be tightened down very snuggly to prevent shifting.

The main storage compartment easily accommodates all my gear and food. The top lid has great storage areas for items that need to be readily retrieved. The zipper compartment on the front stores all my rain gear and pack rain cover—easy in, easy out.

The hip belt and shoulder straps are very well padded and comfortable. This pack carries like a dream.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $319

Everything but the kitchen sink.


  • Spacious
  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable


  • A lil heavy.
  • Hip pockets could be bigger.

I had the Baltoro 70 for a couple years in the wrong size before I got this one. Despite the fit of my old, everything else about it made me have to have the same pack, just in the right size. The 65/75 update had just come out and I went with the larger one since I do a lot of winter camping. 

This pack is tough as nails, fits like a glove, and allows me to easily organize everything for easy access. The suspension system is exceptionally supportive and fluid, which you certainly notice. I have a lightweight 58L pack, but I happily carry a little extra weight for the fit and comfort of this pack.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275

It doesn't get any better then this bombproof bag!


  • Comfortable
  • Easy to load
  • Good padding
  • Good suspension
  • Highly adjustable
  • Large capacity

I bought this bag a year and a half ago and I've taken it on numerous trips, in total eight since having it. So I figured it was time to write a review on it. I have to say that this is hands down the best backpack on the market.

I have taken it on over night trips but also on multi day trips from in the woods, mountains, and coastline. My last epic trip was to the Olympic Coast range and it endured every type of environment I walked through and it performed well. I was loaded out with forty pounds but it didn't feel heavy, shoulders felt good, hips felt good, back felt great....By the time it was all said and done, I walked away like I carried twenty pounds the whole weekend.

I recommend this bag to any and everyone.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 228.99 USD

This is a very efficient pack with lots of room in the pack and pockets. Also there are a lot of straps and clips to help carry things on the outside of the bag. Especially like the water bottle holder on the side. Difficulty fitting the pack and measuring like they want. Tough decision to get S, M or L pack.


  • Durability
  • Size
  • Weight


  • Fittling difficult

Great pack for longer hikes. Will hold all the gear and food that's needed for 3- or 4-day hike. Longer if I pack it right. Lots of storage and hooks on the outside of the pak.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 182 US

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