That great Gregory fit and quality. This is a freighter…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $289


That great Gregory fit and quality.


  • Quality
  • Design
  • Fit
  • Functionality


  • None

This is a freighter pack that fits like a glove. I typically carry 55- to 70-lb loads and I've tried a few other brands, but none match Gregory for comfort and stability with big loads.

The padding is firm and doesn't bottom-out under big loads. The bag design and suspension combine to keep the load stable and close to my back. The waist belt anchors the load solidly to my hips without having to reef on it. The pockets and water bottle pouch are really well designed and it's easy to grab and replace my water bottle on the fly.

Sewing and materials are top notch, design is great with just enough pockets and zippers to make things convenient and easy to organize without making me feel like inspector gadget on the trail.

There's a reason this model has been around so long—it's a great pack. Despite its size and solid build, its weight isn't unreasonable (<6lbs), about 1 to 11/2 pounds heavier than the uber-light packs out there of similar volume. But I'll take the little bit of extra weight to get Gregory durability and fit.

If you're looking for a comfortable, durable freighter, this is it.


Thanks for the review, JAW! Would love to see some pictures in your review of your Baltoro in use.

1 year ago

Great pack, comfy, packs a ton and super durable.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $230


Great pack, comfy, packs a ton and super durable. Have had mine for going on two years and I've abused it without running into any issues. It's also super easy to customize, gear stows are intuitive and extremely functional.


  • Comfortable
  • Easily customizable
  • Durable


  • Base weight
  • Cubic inches can lead to overpacking
  • Size of hip pouch

I would recommend this pack for anyone who is OK with making the tradeoff of weight for utility.

Only have two real gripes. First is the waterproof hip-pouch is not large enough to stash a GPS device (e.g. DeLorme) or a smartphone; and second is that the hanging mechanism for a hydration bladder can

Comes with pack: rain fly, small hydration pack, and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $377


Comes with pack: rain fly, small hydration pack, and waterproof phone compartment.


  • Fits great
  • Well built
  • Lots of room
  • Rain fly and hydration pack come with pack


  • Lots of zippers

Fit is great. Call Gregory, the company people are nice and easy to work with. The 85 is very comfortable to carry. Lots of room, but not so much that you will be bring too much gear.

The pack can be top loaded and you can get to the main compartment from the front. Compression is very good. It has straps all over and this makes it easy for compressing the pack. Zippers work easy.

Only just purchased this pack. It's of good quality and lightweight. The pack this replaced was an EMS pack of the same size (4500 +) from the 1980s, so I have nothing to compare to this pack.


Welcome to Trailspace, Jim. I hope you enjoy your Baltoro and keep us posted on how it continues to work out for you.

3 years ago

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