This pack is a beast. If you have a lot of volume…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270
This pack is a beast. If you have a lot of volume to carry this is the pack for you. Remains comfortable with a heavy load. Pocket arrangements allow for organized packing.
- A big pack
- Good pocket arrangements
- Large size may lead you to pack more weight than needed
- Poor ventilation
The Gregory Stout fits quite well and sits comfortably on shoulders and hips. That being said I do not wear a belt when backpacking as the pack drives the belt into my hips, which is uncomfortable.
Hip belts and shoulder and sternum straps are all adjustable and easy to adjust on the fly. The foam on the back and hip belts provide comfort but lead to poor ventilation.
The advertised capacity of 75L is modest. This bag seems to keep expanding! Very impressed with its size and packability.
The main body of the pack is great for your larger items and the pockets on the front, hip belts, and the lid (two separate pockets) create for very organized packing with easy access to items you may need on the fly. There is also an internal small backpack that serves to functions: 1) to carry a 3L water reservoir, and 2) to use as a day pack.
This pack remains comfortable well over its carrying capacity. If you have a lot of gear to haul this is a good pack. It's a workhorse.
The side compression straps and top compression strap allows this pack to adjust well for smaller loads.
I've used this pack four times in the last year, including winter camping in Newfoundland, and it has held up quite well. The large volume allows for me to pack my -20°C sleeping bag inside the pack. To date, it seems quite durable.