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The Baltoro combines easy access with bombproof construction.

The Gregory Baltoro 70 Backpack is an ideal weekend pack for hikers who like to stay organized, thanks to its three access points into the main compartment and a large front pocket. This pack allows you to access gear through the top, the bottom or access it from the inside of the front pocket. Its pivoting Response frame moves with your body as you hike, comfortably carrying loads up to 50lbs. A waterproof bottom, stretch side pockets and hydration sleeve round out the features on this great pack.

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Baltoro 70 in Kings Canyon

Baltoro 70 in Kings Canyon

Me n my Baltoro above Sapphire Lake in Evolution Basin, Kings Canyon NP, 2011

4 5

Recommended: Awesome Pack

I have been Backpacking since 1970 in the Boy Scouts and this is hands down this most comfortable pack I have ever carried. On a recent outing I carried 50 Lbs, 6 Miles, in 2 Hrs.in total comfort. Getting a good fit is key to making this happen! Thier is always some room for improvement though, The waist belt pockets could be larger, The side pockets could use some side expansion room, A hook for car keys in the front pocket would be a nice item and d-rings on the shoulder straps. These are all minor items. Overall I plan on getting many years of service out of this Pack.

4 5

Recommended: Awesome Pack

I have been Backpacking since 1970 in the Boy Scouts and this is hands down this most comfortable pack I have ever carried. On a recent outing I carried 50 Lbs, 6 Miles, in 2 Hrs.in total comfort. Getting a good fit is key to making this happen! Thier is always some room for improvement though, The waist belt pockets could be larger, The side pockets could use some side expansion room, A hook for car keys in the front pocket would be a nice item and d-rings on the shoulder straps. These are all minor items. Overall I plan on getting many years of service out of this Pack.

5 5

The Cadillac of Packs

I've used this pack for over a year now, and what a year it's been! The Presidential Range, overnights in the 'dacks, a snowshoe trip in the Rockies, this pack excels in all conditions. I upgraded from a p.o.s. Eureeka external frame, and I will never go back. This pack may have a few more lbs to it than some people would like, but they all go towards making it as comfortable as possible over long hikes. Not only are the straps and waist belt designed to feel invisible, the weight is so well distributed on your hips, and hugs so close to your back, that you barely feel a pack at all. This has enough room for a week long trip in the summer, or a 3 day-er with winter gear, and its simplistic design ensures nothing gets lost, but everything has a place. The zip access to the main compartment comes in handy when the pack is in your canoe and you don't want to open up the whole top.

I'm 6'4", 210lb, and I bought a Large pack, but actually needed a Medium waist belt. Overall, this is the pack I have been looking for.

3 5

Great Pack Design.....However....

I got this pack about a year ago and have used it on at least a dozen outings. I really like the way the pack is designed. Gregory has made it very easy to keep organized throughout one's journey. I only have two complaints. The first, which is minor is the lack of a rain cover. This is pretty common amongst packs however I would love to see companies integrate a rain cover into packs more frequently. The second complaint a big one for a photographer or hunter. This pack makes a lot of NOISE! The internal frame system makes a lot of noise, which I cannot have when trying to photograph wildlife and remain stealthy. I'm not sure if it was just the pack that I got, or if its a problem with the overall design. Other than those two items of business, I really like this pack, and so would you if you don't mind a little noise.

4 5

Solid pack.

This is one tough, but comfortable pack. Though you do sacrifice weight and a thicker pack, Gregory makes up with it with its durability and ability to stay organize. I do agree that the side pockets become less and less effective as the main compartment is filled, but the easy access to the several point of the main compartment, in my eyes, help alleviate the issues that that could cause in other packs. I have had no issues with this pack, and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a solid extended trip pack.

I recently bought this backpack, I bought...

I recently bought this backpack, I bought a size small.. When i have the pack on with all the gear in and everything, and have the hip belt on. The excess straps from the hip belt Hang, What exactly can i do to fix the straps from hanging?

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I have been using this pack (size medium) for about a year and have experienced the same thing. Not really a solution, but I have let the excess length from the straps just hang. As you can see in the photo, there is definitely a lot of extra length, but I have never found it to bother me.

I have been using this pack (size medium) for about a year and have experienced the same thing. Not really a solution, but I have let the excess length from the straps just hang. As you can see in the photo, there is definitely a lot of extra length, but I have never found it to bother me.
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Either accordion fold or roll the excess strap and fix the bundled excess strap with a large rubber band. Alternatively, there are small straps with hook-and-loop fasteners at each end that can be used to hold the bundled excess strap.

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Another great option that's a little cleaner than rubber bands and not so permanent as resorting to scissors would be lengths of elastic Velcro to hold the rolled/folded up ends closer to the body of the pack. I know Camelbak did this with their M.U.L.E. backpack and it works great. Sew or glue a length of Velcro a few inches long at the ends of the loose strands at a 90 degree angle, roll the loose ends back on themselves, and close the Velcro around them and around the waist strap (make sure you try this before attaching the Velcro permanently; you want to make sure it's facing the right direction)

A little labor-intensive, but very effective.

Happy trails!

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Hey Chris,

Just uploaded some photos of the strap ends on the Fulcrum 35, which have an even better design than the camelbak, IMHO. This is one of them.

Hey Chris, <br/>  <br/> Just uploaded some photos of the strap ends on the Fulcrum 35, which have an even better design than the camelbak, IMHO.  This is one of them.

How does this Baltoro compare with the...

How does this Baltoro compare with the Z65? The Z seems lighter/minimalist compared to the huge straps/compartments of this beast.

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First to point out the obvious, the Baltoro is 5 liters larger and nearly 1.5 lbs heavier than the Z65. The Baltoro also has a few extra bells and whistles (e.g., a dedicated sleeping bag compartment with zipper for easy access). They both use the same fabric so general durability should be fairly equal. Where these two packs really differ is in their suspension systems. The suspension for Gregory's Z series is designed to keep the pack away from your back where possible to help promote ventilation and keep your back from sweating.

Overall the Z65 is more of a minimalist design compared to the Baltoro. You may find the Z65 a tad small for week long trips, unless you are a minimalist yourself, and only take the bare essentials with you. I personally use the Baltoro and have been very pleased with it's performance. For week long backpacking I pretty much fill the pack to capacity (including tent, sleeping bag/pad, cook set, etc.), without needing to strap anything on the outside. Ultimately I really don't think you can go wrong with either pack.

4 5

Great Summer Pack

Well this is one comfortable pack. I'll give it that, but there are a couple of flaws. First the pros:
Gregory Suspension. I have never had a Gregory pack that wasn't exceedingly comfortable. This is another. Three zippered access points are also nice. Material is definitely ripstop, throwing this pack on piles of choss and hiking through talus I've never worn a hole through it. .
Cons: Mine squeaks. Not all the time, but more than I'd want a pack to squeak. I believe it has to do with the carbon in the suspension rubbing on something. The side pockets are worthless. You'd have to be a contortionist to fit anything in them with it on your back. Also, I don't know why all pack manufacturers don't make the lid removable.

Overall, I don't regret buying this pack. I'd probably recommend it, but warn the people whom I'm recommending it to. I wouldn't use it for anything besides summer backpacking. It doesn't seem like it'd hold up to carrying ice gear or anything like that, but a good summer pack should be on everyones shelf.

i just got the baltoro 65 and wanted to...

i just got the baltoro 65 and wanted to return itso i could get the 70 for its extra space. Is the 70 the same material as the 65? are they the same other than the cubic inches?

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I posed this same question to Gregory last week and here was his answer:
So previous to 2011 we have the Baltoro70. For 2011, we have introduced (with updates) the Baltoro65 and Baltoro75. The biggest difference will be volumes, but we did make a few updates to the design. You can view the new products, and see the product video here: http://www.gregorypacks.com/response-afs

So in other words the 65 and 75 have the needed improvements to the 70.

Someone else asked about the rain cover...

Someone else asked about the rain cover -- I am curious about what size to get.
According to Gregory - the medium rain cover is for 60-80L packs (if I remember right) -- but I've seen mention to people buying the large...

If you have a rain cover - what size would you suggest for the Baltoro 70?

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I have a medium rain cover for my Baltoro and it fits well, so long as you have nothing strapped on the outside of the pack.

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I've found that bumping up a size in duck backs is normally beneficial, but i use REI's brand which has a smaller lee way. I'd say the medium would work fine in this case.

5 5

Bring on the Zombie Apocalypse

This backpack is definitely deserving of the awards.

First of all, I admit that this pack is on the heavier side, but it makes up for it in comfort. The padded shoulder straps and hip belt do a great job of handling heavy loads that you'll hardly notice. But the main winner on this pack is the big, sticky lumbar pad. It puts the weight right where you want it and keeps it there. Seriously, a heavy load has never felt so luxurious on my back. This pack is a must for multi-day trips. I like it so much that I've even used it as a simple day pack because it's so comfortable. I bagged a few Colorado 14ers with this sucker (not fully loaded) and didn't even feel it there, even when carrying water for two people. The other reviews are spot on about the good adjustability and features too, so I won't repeat what's been said. Believe the hype!

For you gram counters out there, try this pack on and tell me the extra ounces aren't worth it.

You don't want the zombies to show up and not have this pack on your back. Do the right thing. Buy it.

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For you ladies who want to survive the zombies, the Gregory Deva 60 has the same suspension system. Check it out.

Was wondering, regarding the waist strap...

Was wondering, regarding the waist strap - if I were to order a backapack, how do I size it? I have a 38 to 40" waist, 6'0" in height and according to the Gregory Chart, I need a Medium, as my back measurement is a 18 1/2".

Thanks!

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Steve,
I ordered this pack online while I was in Afghanistan and had it delivered to my parent's house. I needed a small pack, but a bigger waist strap. I placed the order through chat with a Backcountry rep, and they switched the waist strap with no problem. Go the the Gregory site,and it will tell you what size to get. Good luck!

4 5

Outstanding pack

This is a very well designed, rugged pack for rucking up to 50 lbs of gear. It's a bit heavy, but the exceptional suspension completely negated this for me. I love the multiple access options, burly shoulder staps, easy on-the-fly adjustability,and strap/buckle backup options. If you're feeling sporty, you can adjust the top compression straps to allow you to load this thing about 7 inches taller than the bag appears in the pictures here. The only thing I wish they would add is a daisy chain for lashing on more external gear.

I'm a female 5"1, 130lbs and I was wondering...

I'm a female 5"1, 130lbs and I was wondering if this pack might fit me? This is my first time doing this and I'm not sure which backpack to get for a 3 day trip.....does anyone have any suggestions?

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Hey, this might fit you, but it's unlikely that it will fit well. This is a men's pack so it's not designed to fit a woman's body well, you'd be better served checking out a women's specific pack, it would most likely fit you better. For a three day trip, check out the Gregory Deva 60 http://www.backcountry.com/gregory-deva-60-backpack-womens-3500-3900cu-in, it should work very well for a three day trip at any time of the year. Sixty liters should be more than enough to go by yourself for three days, and if you're sharing gear like a tent or stove with other people it should provide you even a little more space than you need, which can be nice.

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I have the Baltoro and bought the Deva 60 for my daughter. It is pretty much the same pack, only built for a woman's body. You can't beat these packs. They are so well designed.

4 5

solid pack, no major complaints

Purchaed this to replace my 12yo+ Gregory Wind River. At 5'11" 240lb, I purchased the Medium as my torso length dictated. Another review metioned purchasing a medium belt on large bag, not sure this will work when it comes to fitting the shoulder straps properly. even with my shorter torso and selecting the medium pack, shoulder straps still have some gaps after lowering to the lowest position. this is a minor point for me. the pack works very well! a recent multi day solo trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness (day time temps, mid 20s) showed this pack to be a capable piece. holds all my winter gear except for the extra ridgerest I bring on extreme cold days, this lashed to the outside easily. the trip consisted of easy rolling mountain top travel wth several stream crossings. the crossings require some nimble rock hopping, the pack was extremely well balanced for this aspect. the winter load being hauled was hardly noticed. there isnt an over abundance of bells and whistles on this piece which I appreciate, just a good solid pack. as with most backcountry gear, make sure you size it properly.

What is the deal with the straps on the...

What is the deal with the straps on the bottom of the pack?

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The straps can be used to hold any number of different things, usually a sleeping pad. They also can be used to compress the bottom of the pack to improve balance if it is at less than full capacity. There are also loops for carrying an ice ax. The straps have multiple buckles and clips for a customized fit, and to allow easy access to the lower compartment of the pack.

hope that helps

5 5

Cadillac of Backpacks

Took this into the backcountry of Capitol Reef Nat'l Park in UT last spring. We did 36 miles in 2 days, 28 of those on our second day alone. This pack was ridiculously comfortable the entire time. I'm tall and skinny (6'1" and 155 lbs)and I never got sore shoulders or bruised hips. My buddy had another brand of pack and he was feeling the pain around 15 miles into the second day. I have only great things to say about the Baltoro 70.
Bonus: the bamboo green color is sick.