Gregory Maven 65
The most important thing to me was comfort, and this backpack nailed it. I have a long torso so I wanted to make sure it fit properly so it wouldn’t rub when I was walking. I love the color too and the rain fly adds a pop of extra color.
- So far I love everything about it, but I’ll come back and update if I find anything I don’t like.
First, let me start by saying I am not a “hardcore backpacker”. I camp, I hike, I backpack, and many other outdoor activities. The last backpack I owned was just not a great fit, and I bought it before I had a good understanding of what made a backpack a good fit.
The first thing you’ll notice about this backpack is how easy it is to get it adjusted to your perfect fit. Start with the simple instructions on the website to make sure you get the right size, then you are a couple of sliding straps and some Velcro away from cloud-like comfort.
I fully packed the Maven 65 for a hammock camping trip, so a little less than tent camping perhaps, but still enough for a couple of days and everything fit great on the inside of the pack. The only thing I strapped on the outside was my hat so it wouldn’t get crushed. The waistband has large pockets that are perfect for snacks, chapstick, your knife, and anything else you need quick access too. There are also two large water bottle pockets on the side, and if you aren’t carrying two water bottles you can do what I did and strap a small camping chair into one of those pockets.
You can really pack this thing to the brim if you want to, but I’m more of a bring what you need type of gal so even with all of my gear tightly packed inside the Maven I still had some extra room for any last minute additions.
There are tons of pockets for all of your organization needs, but my favorites (other than those I’ve mentioned) are the pocket that goes all the way down the pack on the back and has a strap to keep things safe, and the pocket on the top that also serves as a storage spot for your packs rain fly.
This is maybe less important, but the color scheme is also delightful. If you're looking for a durable pack with plenty of storage that floats on your back this is the one for you. I have a pretty long torso so I often find that packs don’t land on my hips right, but this one lands perfectly after adjusting the frame.
From my limited experience so far I love this pack. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a pack with plenty of room and comfort for those trail miles.
I am a hiker/backpacker/camper.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer
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|Weight||3.39 lbs / 1.54 kg||3.51 lbs / 1.59 kg|
|Volume||62 L / 3783 cu in||65 L / 3966 cu in|
|Max Carry Weight||
50 lbs / 22.7 kg
|Fits Torso||14-17 in / 35.6-43.2 cm||15-19" / 38.1-48.3 cm|
|Fits Hips / Waist||24-46 in / 61-116.8 cm||25-48 in / 63.5-121.9 cm|
|Raincover Weight||0.18 lbs / 80 g||0.21 lbs / 93 g|
|Packed Dimensions||27.2 x 15.0 x 11.0 in / 69 x 38 x 28 cm||29.5 x 15.0 x 10.6 in / 75 x 38 x 28 cm|