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With a reputation for durability, quality, and unparalleled load support, it's obvious why the Denali Pro is a favorite for extended expeditions worldwide. Featuring the best of Gregory's cutting-edge technology, the Denali Pro comes with an Auto-Cant shoulder harness system that automatically rotates to mirror your shoulder slope and neck width.

  • Ultra-durable materials and construction stand up to the rigors of multi-week expeditions
  • Adjust-A-Cant waistbelt adjusts to three different angles to mirror your hip-to-waist angle and provide optimum weight distribution
  • Flo-Form II shoulder and back-panel system help take the bite out of heavy loads
  • Aluminum stays and Foam-X flex framesheet provide the necessary rigidity to transfer extra weight to your hips
  • Top, front, and bottom ports let you access all of your gear quickly and easily
  • The top lid converts into a lumbar pack for bluebird summit bids and spur trails
  • Full compression system lets you reduce the packs volume to fit loads of varying sizes
  • Side pockets have ski tail pass-through ports for ski-mountaineering
  • Vinyl-reinforced gear loops provide additional attachment points
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    I recently bought this pack for a trip to Denali and so far have used it for a one week trip on Rainier and during training sessions for Denali. I got the small size. The pack fits reasonably well and has not had any problems handling 60-75 pound loads. I like the way access is provided to the top compartment and I like the compartment on the back which also gives you complete access to the pack interior. However, there are a couple of things I'm not really crazy about. (1) The sleeping bag compartment opening at the bottom of the pack is too small to accommodate an expedition weight sleeping bag, so that has to be stowed from the top. (2) The cinch straps on the side take some time to get used to, and are a bit difficult to adjust, particularly when you have gloves on. Along these lines, the cinch straps for the top compartment sit right on top of the ice axe straps. (3) One of the zipper pulls came off during the first week of use, so I'm a bit worried about the durability of the other ones on the remaining zippers.

    Endless

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This pack is a indestructible machine; think terminator. Great pack for multi-week expeditions. It's extra weight is worth the security of mind knowing you don't have to perform a fix in the backcountry with two weeks left in the trip.

    best so far

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The price of this pack put me off for a really long time.... I mean, its just a pack right? After putting up with failures from other packs i finally had enough beers and enough credit to order this thing. I plan on sending a thank you note to Budweiser and PayPal. I loaded it up and I am serious, this thing is unbelievable. It truly is the best pack I have ever worn. The load is perfectly distributed. It took me 5 beers to order this pack and it is one of the only times when waking up with what I spent money on after having a few beers there were no regrets.

    The ONLY back pack I will ever buy!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I have tried SEVERAL of the well known brands of back packs as well as the "cheapos". I currently own three Gregory back packs, the Denali, Whitney, and the G Pack.

    To make a long story short, I will NEVER buy any other brand of back pack again. I have had the Denali since March 3, 2003 (This is accurate because I just now looked at the receipt to be sure.)

    I have used it and used it and used it. I have carried loads as light as 20 pounds up to as much as 75 pounds in the Denali. I no longer use the G Pack even for day hikes because the Denali carries more comfortably at 30 pounds than the G pack at 20 pounds.

    There isn't a better back brace on the market ( my back isn't that good) than a Gregory Denali Pro back pack cinched up tight.

    HINT: Don't feed a bear with it and you will NEVER need to buy another back pack.

    The ONLY back pack I will ever buy!

    Best Pack For Truly Hard Use

      As an Alaskan guide and outdoor enthusiast I have spent many months over the last 30 years with a heavy pack on my back. In my profession I'm definitely in the minority on the use of internal frame packs for extremely heavy bulky loads. I've walked thousands of mile, sometimes with up to 150+ pound load with this pack and can say with 100% certainty that no other pack I've worn can compare. I would recommend this pack to anyone who has a need for a tough pack that is used hard. I'm 6'5" and only about 215, so I had to get an extra large pack with a large waist belt. The combination works awesome. I have used this pack very hard since 2006 and will replace it with the same style when it wears out.

      Loaded for Great Smokie Mountains Trip

      I've owned this pack for over 10 years and will never even consider buying another pack. This is my third Gregory pack. I also have a Whitney and a g pack by Gregory. The Denali Pro will stand up to anything but a hungry bear. (Hint: Don't feed the bears from it and you'll never need another pack.)

      Photo was taken on Jan. 11, 2011.

      Loaded for Great Smokie Mountains Trip

      High Sierria Trip - Backpacking Adventure Author

        The Gregory Denali Pro is a an exceptionally well designed and durable back pack. If you are new to the sport, this back pack will be your #1 choice, if you are a seasoned pro, you already know this pack is the bomb. On the trail, this pack is a solid performer. The value is very reasonable for the additional price on such a superior quality back pack.
        When you are 5 to 20 miles deep in the wilderness, this pack will be even more apprecieted as the comfort (provided you know how to pack a backpack correctly) is second to none. This is when you will know that the few extra dollars were worth every single penny.
        Buy one, pack it correctly, and you will be hooked on this exceptional backpack for life. This pack is 100% the real deal for any serious outdoor lover!

        High Sierria Trip - Backpacking Adventure Author

        North Cascades 1995

          I have owned a Gregory Denali since 1995. I purchased this pack because I needed a dependable load hauler for a 21 day expedition thru-hiking the North Cascades National Park, with just one resupply at Ross Lake. I loaded this bad boy down with 80 pounds of gear and supplies for two 11 day sections, and abused this pack through some of the toughest back county you will ever find. It performed marvelously. 16 years later, I am now section hiking the AT with my wife (much lighter loads), still using my trusty Denali. I will never own any other brand of pack. There are no visible defects of any kind after all these years... the stitching is still as good as new. Gregory totally rocks. I have an old North Face Snow Leopard that my wife is using... we are going to replace it with the new Gregory Deva 70. I'm sure it will be the last pack my wife will ever buy.

          North Cascades 1995

          Awesome Pack - Capable of way more than it claims

            I bought this pack back in the summer of 2007 after I did a leadership training course where one of my instructors had one. I got this pack for three major reasons: 1) I do mostly expedition style trips from 1 week to 6 weeks, so I needed something big 2) I have really broad shoulders and not many packs could accommodate my shoulders without pinch my neck and giving me circulation problems in my neck (lightheaded while Backpacking is not cool) and 3) I needed something that could handle extreme loads. I got a small because my torso measures just shy of the medium, but because of my build I needed a medium waste belt and medium to large shoulder straps.

            I ran all of the rock climbing trips at my college at the time so I would carry up enough gear to setup 4 top rope climbs in this bad boy and never had any problems. I took it on a 42 day mountaineering course in the Wind River Range in Wyoming in the summer of 2008 and I beat the tar our of this thing and abused it way more than I should have. It took everything I threw at it like a champ. I averaged about 100lbs loaded up in this thing the entire trip because of gear and food and the style of the course. I topped out at 125lbs (70% of my body weight at the time) - about double the recommended weight limit. I around 100-150 miles on that trip with that kind of weight and I was comfortable the entire time. The pack showed very little wear at the end of the trip and it had no signs or symptoms of any kind of structural failure. I realize this is more weight than anyone should be loading in a pack, but this thing can handle it as long as you can - you will fail before this pack does. The only breaks I've had in the last 4 years are the rivets connecting the shoulder load lifters to the plastic on the inside of the pack had the backs break off, but that will be fixed when I send it into Gregory, plus they don't really effect how it holds weight at all, so I never noticed until thoroughly inspecting it.

            This is my go to pack whenever I need to haul any kind of weight that doesn't fly in my Osprey Atmos 65.

            Bottom line: This is the best pack you're going to find to do it all. It's durable, looks awesome, can carry 70+ lbs with ease, and it is incredibly easy to compress and balance.

            The only improvements that could be made are more effective hip load lifters (although they don't make a huge difference with this pack because of how well it is designed) and the shoulder harness could use better velcro to secure the harness to the padding on the shoulders and to hold the sternum strap in place while the pack isn't on. I have trouble with the shoulder strap occasionally sliding off most of the padding around my armpit (never totally off) when the sternum strap is tight. The Pros way out weigh the cons so 5 outta 5.

            Note - Get a good pack cover, this sucker gets really heavy when it is wet.

            Worth the Price and Weight - Professional Grade

              I was in the market for a large expedition pack for glacier mountaineering. I have a 17-17.5" torso, so I chose to go with the Small pack. However, my 32" waist and larger chest/shoulders require a medium belt/shoulder pads. I contacted Gregory and sent them my small straps, and (after a few hiccups), got some medium shoulder straps and hip belts.Unlike some other packs I tried - that claim to be adjustable for wider ranges of torsos - this one actually felt comfortable carrying loads when sized for me. For example, I tried a Lowa Alpine Cerro Torre and found it really fatigued my shoulders and sagged/swayed under loads heavier than ~60pounds.Before I bought this pack I read reviews and strongly considered the Deuter ACT 90+10 (or NOLS version) and MH BMG. The Deuters got some bad reviews for not being too durable and the MH got some bad reviews for comfort - don't know if this is true, but that's the impressions I got. However, I couldn't find any "bad" reviews for the Denali Pro - the only consistent downside was weight. However, as I soon confirmed on my own, this added weight is due to this packs ability to distribute and stabilize even very heavy loads. Think of it this way: If you're hauling 75lbs of gear, what's an extra couple of pounds of base-pack weight (negligible), especially if it makes that 75lbs feel like 25lbs?My first impressions of the pack when I received it: Wow, this thing is professional grade. The materials are all heavy duty, the stitching is ample and re-enforced where needed, the zippers, buckles, webbing, internal heavy mesh, etc are all "heavy duty". I suspect this thing will last a lifetime.Custom fitting the pack is fairly easy. Once you get the right hipbelts and shoulder straps, these attach quickly and easily. The shoulder straps can be attached in an upper or 1" lower position to further tune the pack to your torso (I chose the upper for my torso).My first trek was a day trip, only 9 miles with 45lbs with no issues. Subsequent treks, with more load (up to 75 lbs), and the pack still feels like it could carry more, and my body doesn't nearly get as fatigued or sore as with other packs. The pack feels very stable. I haven't used it on any extended mountaineering trips yet, but will come back to update after logging some more trips.

              Pack of Packs

                This pack is extreme; extreme capacity for extreme duty, period. If you aren't mountaineering or doing 10+ day treks over mixed terrain and colder conditions save your money, it's overkill. I am a pack junky and have multiple packs for every possible application; the Denali Pro can do it all but you need to be doing it all or else you'll look like a complete poser wearing this thing...go kick butt on the big hill my son.

                Grat pack for a long hike with a heavy load

                  I've used this pack for a couple of day hikes, to get used to it, and then a 2-day hike across the Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico. I carried 14 liters of water, which made up most of the weight - about 31 of the 48 pounds of payload at the start. There is no source of water in the badlands that make up the Wilderness area. This was a practice run for a future Grand Canyon trip.

                  The pack behaved very well. I found it easy to adjust the straps at loading and unloading. I am glad that the main straps hold by tension, not velcro. As my sweat moistened the webbing, I did need to make fairly frequent adjustments while walking, but not unreasonably often. Once my load shifted when my water bags slid to one side after a jump across a small gap. I was able to get the bag off and handle it - the waist belt was important to not tipping me over at that moment.

                  The design is very good. Its materials are sturdy and some weight is accepted for thick bottom material, strong zippers, etc. I found the loading system intuitive. Really appreciated the lower compartment for sleeping bag and pad. My only quibble with the design is that the side entry into the main compartment also doubles as the outside pocket to stash medium-size items. If the pack tips upside down, there is a gap at the top that allows those items to slip into the main compartment. IT would be less annoying if there was no such gap and a zipper could completely close the main compartment off.

                  I am 6'2" with short legs - the headrest in coach-class airline seats usually hits me between the upper shoulder blades. But the Large size is almost too big for me. On the shorter setting for the shoulder straps, the pack hits me just a hair below the right place. It works, and I did not have any problems, but maybe the Medium size would have been closer to a perfect fit.

                  Best Pack I have Owned

                    I am a winter, mountain camper. I pack -40 North Face Dark Star sleeping bag in my compression sack it fits snugly. I have two additional large side pockets I strap on. I carry fuel bottles etc. in them. In addition I carry a NF Himalayan 47 five man tent on one side and a Thermarest Base camp self inflating matt on the other. plenty of room inside for food,Pots,winter clothing, etc. I have had the pack for 18to 19 years it is still like new. When I was younger I hauled it up a lot of mountain faces. It has room to attach any mountaineering equipment you want to attach to it. The Pro has given me years of comfort packing 120-130 pounds. I hope this helps someone to enjoy their own.

                    Best Pack I have Owned

                    Gregory Denali Pro

                    Camping on The AP trail at Carvers Gap : Tenn. NC state line. Headed up to Round Bald Mountain. The pack rested comfortably on my hips.After 32 years of Back packing; 15 of those was a ground pounder in the USMC and Army Paratroopers: this is the most comfortable pack I have ever owned. I have had the PRO about 18 years and it is in as good of shape as the day I purchased it

                    Gregory Denali Pro

                    Anyone have experience with this pack as...

                    Anyone have experience with this pack as well as the Osprey Xenith 105? I'm certainly drawn to the Xenith because of the lightweight & price, but the reviews of this pack are all fantastic. I'd be using the pack for mostly backpacking, but hopefully mountaineering at some point. Any tips are fine! Thanks

                    What's the best rain cover for this...

                    What's the best rain cover for this pack?

                    What is the best backpack for expeditions...

                    What is the best backpack for expeditions (80-120 L)?

                    perfect in your opinion, comfortable, thoughtful, strong, reliable, functional, technological



                    Best Answer

                    This one's easy. Follow these simple steps to determine which is the perfect expedition pack:

                    1) Break the list into 2 columns.

                    2) Print the list on standard white copy paper.

                    3) Affix your printed list to a wall or tree with scotch tape.

                    4) Throw a dart at the sheet of paper from a distance of 15 feet.



                    Opinions such as comfort, fit, design and function vary all over the board depending on individual preference, body type and needs. I'd recommend hitting up your local outfitter to get your hands on some packs. Then come back here and thoroughly read through user reviews that reflect some of the questions you seek. Good Luck!

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                    Does this backpack carry skis well? Looking...

                    Does this backpack carry skis well? Looking for a multi-day ski capable pack and this seems like it would be perfect if it is ski carry capable

                    I want this backpack. But I want to make...

                    I want this backpack. But I want to make an informed decision. Would this be good for women as well? Appreciate any advice. Pretty much sold on this based on the reviews ... Thanks !

                    What's the country of origin? For $550 why...

                    What's the country of origin? For $550 why wouldn't a person go with a Kifaru or Mystery Ranch pack?

                    Hi Wondering if anyone knows it it is...

                    Hi

                    Wondering if anyone knows it it is also a good fit for women as well? The equivalent women's pack is 85 l compared to the Denali's 105 l and I could probably do with the extra space.

                    Women's packs are designed with differently shaped hip belts and shoulder straps. If you really can't live with 85L, you may want to call Gregory to see if the men's and women's belts and straps are interchangeable; I'm guessing they are. You may be able to get a men's pack with lady-parts.

                    Anyone have a solid comparison between the...

                    Anyone have a solid comparison between the Gregory Denali Pro and the Arc teryx Bora 95 (besides the obvious 10 L's and slight weight difference), especially on mountain expeditions like Denali, Aconcagua, etc.? I am looking for an expedition pack in the area of 95 L for Denali in May and would love to hear how these two packs compare (pack-ability, comfort, suspension, durability. . .anything pertinent). Thanks!

                    Best Answer

                    Owned a Bora 95 since 2001 and the denail pro since 2009. Both packs are very big and durable. The denail is better for carying skis and is taller and skinnier in shape. The bora is short and stout. Both are comfortable and cavernous. arcteryx has good customer service (replaced shoulder strap and received extra fabrics). I can fit my stuff in the bora slightly better probably because i've had it longer. The front entry on the gregory is nicer than the side entry on the bora.

                    In response to dirtnerd's answer to cli3097292 I can't compare the two packs since I have never used the Arc teryx Bora95, BUT I can testify to Gregory's customer service. I own three Gregory packs and lost the sternum strap from the g pack. I called Gregory fully expecting to pay for another sternum strap because it wasn't a Gregory malfunction. It was a ME malfunction. Gregory sent me another sternum strap FREE of charge and also FREE shipping. That is tough to beat.

                    Okay ... I found the place where the water...

                    Okay ... I found the place where the water bladder goes ... now where does the hose exit the pack? I've prodded every seam in the general neighborhood.

                    I always used the mesh pocket on the bottom of the brain. If you put it in right (with the line hooked over the mesh and crossing to the opposite side), it never falls out no matter how rough you are with the thing...

                    Best Answer

                    I put my 70 oz Camel Back bladder inside the insulated sleeve that came with it and slip it into that sleeve on the inside that Jeff says is just to protect your gear from the back panel. He may be correct about that but it makes a perfect place for my Camel Bak. I simply exit the tube through the center hole left when the drift collar is cinched up, then out under the right side of the removable top pocket . I then run the tube through one of the smallest key ring type carabiners you buy at Wal Mart that I clip to the d ring on my right shoulder strap. It keeps the tube handy.

                    What's the minimum waste size for the hip...

                    What's the minimum waste size for the hip belt. My son is a size 30/32 and his existing pack falls off his hips.

                    Anyone have any suggestions about how to...

                    Anyone have any suggestions about how to pack a 6 liter MSR Dromedary Bag with drinking tube? The Palisade 80L has a nice sewn in blue water drop near the top for the tube to push through so you can stick it within the straps.

                    Where is the best place to stuff the water bag/bladder with tube?

                    Anyone have any suggestions?

                    Thanks!

                    Will this carry my books for school? I...

                    Will this carry my books for school? I have a math book, a big english book, and a chemistry book too. The other books I can keep in my locker at school. Until I have a test, then I will probably bring home more books. Also, food is important. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I pack my lunch. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is pizza day.

                    I am looking at size S (torso) but size...

                    I am looking at size S (torso) but size chart tells me that I need M belt. Is belt can be changed to size M ?

                    In researching this pack, several reviewers...

                    In researching this pack, several reviewers have made comments on the sleeping bag compartment--that getting a winter sleeping bag in there is quite difficult. Is this merely an annoyance, or would this classify as stupid enough to actually look elsewhere for a high-capacity pack? I am buying this pack for use in the Alaska range; I will be using a -40 Feathered Friends down sleeping bag.

                    Regardless of the size of your sleeping bag, I recommend compressing it in its own sack. Your bag will fit fine then. Also, look for a pack whose sleeping bag compartment membrane is either adjustable, openable, or removable. Otherwise, you risk wasting a lot of space and having an unstable bag.

                    Many moons ago, people disliked their sleepbags smacking them in the thighs, and these quick access pouches were created for that.

                    This, in my opinion, is a horrible use. I never get my bag out first. I always go for my tent. I have a Marmot Thor 3P tent that I store in the bottom, and put my stakes down the "sides" of that pouch up the walls of the bag. It is completely accessible for in this way. Once i get my bag in my vestibule, then I open it from the side zip pouch and start gutting it.

                    I also like to keep a low to mid center of gravity on my bag to avoid losing balance. (Totally recommend trekking poles when you have a high center of balance).

                    I currently have a Lowe Alpine Alpamayo...

                    I currently have a Lowe Alpine Alpamayo 90 pack. Is the Gregory Denali Pro significantly better? (Obviously it holds 15 more liters.) I've had my Lowe Alpine loaded up with 75 pounds. Carried fine--even ran a few miles with it loaded up like that. Is the Gregory going to be noticably different? I'm an infantryman so I'm used to carrying absurd weight--would I be able to tell the difference between the two packs because my definition of heavy is far above most people's.

                    Hi Jesse

                    Although I haven't used the Lowe you mention I have used the Gregory Denali Pro. While it is a solid pack which can carry a lot, I am not sure it is necessarily the best big load pack around. For example, I have used the Arcteryx Bora 95 (which in Tall is as big as the Denali) and think that is a more comfortable carry. Another little point, the sleeping bag access is small, particularly if you're trying to get a winter bag in (not a deal breaker since you can load this from the top if necessary, but mildly annoying).
                    Another small thing is they have a reputation for being a bit noisy (mine developed a squeek after a couple of trips). Well built however with some good attributes and should last well.

                    Do you know what the weight/load capacity...

                    Do you know what the weight/load capacity in pounds is for the Gregory Denali Pro 105?

                    can you fit a long pony keg in it and close...

                    can you fit a long pony keg in it and close the bag? how long is the big compartment?

                    Best Answer

                    I can think of no finer pack to carry 5 gallons of Homebrew. I do not have the exact measurements of the main compartment, but the weight of the keg pushing into the sleeping bag compartment and the adjustable top pocket, it should fit fine. With Gregory's awesome suspension system, you should comfortably get your Brew to your favorite Backcountry destination.

                    Write your question here... I'm taking the...

                    Write your question here... I'm taking the scouts on a 50 mile backpack in Ashley National Forest (High Uintas) In Utah Middle of Aug 10 to 11,000 Ft. I want to buy a great pack around $30080 to 90 Liter I want it to last a life time. I've looked at alot but can't make up my mind. Please Help if your constanty in a pack for a week or more. Thanks alot

                    Best Answer

                    There's a lot to consider when buying a pack. The most important is FIT, period. This involves torso length (from the C7 vertebrate to the illiac crest (top of hip bone)) being measured along with your shoulder width. For an optimum fit it's also good to understand the curvature of your back, especially with packs that have aluminum stays (which can be bent). The next consideration is SIZE. How big do you want your pack to be. A couple of things to consider; too small a pack will limit you on the length of your trip. However, too big a pack with allow you to carry too much stuff and the pack itself is much heavier. It's important to note that bigger packs (4000-6000 cu in) can be used to carry smaller loads, but small packs (2000-4000 cu in) cannot be made bigger. Personally I think a 5000ish cu.in. pack is just right for someone who wants a pack that will go a week, but can also be used for weekend trips. The next consideration is WEIGHT of the pack. There are many options available today, but if you want one that's super durable, the pack will be heavier. If you're tough on gear, I would recommend one that doesn't contain much sil-nylon material, especially on the outside. The Denali Pro is a great pack for expedition use, but it's probably an overkill for most recreational backpackers. A better option would be the Gregory Whitney or Palisade. Osprey makes some great packs (the Argon is highly recommended) as does Granite Gear. If durability is what you want, Granite Gear's Stratus 5500 won the "World's Toughest Pack" competition put on by Backpacker Magazine a few years ago (they dragged it behind a jeep going 65mph on a dirt road with 25lbs of weight in the pack). Granite Gear packs also don't include stays, but have composite frame sheets that work very well in comforming to your back. I've owned a few over the years and have had great experiences. Arc Teryx also makes great packs and was recognized as the "World's Toughest Pack" along with Granite Gear (the standout being Bora 80). The last thing to consider is that your backpack is the most important piece of gear you will buy. Make sure you take the time and make the effort to find exactly what your looking for.

                    What's the difference between the Denali...

                    What's the difference between the Denali Pro and the standard Denali packs?

                    There is no standard Denali. The Denali Pro is just Gregory's top-of-the-line catagory pack along with the Makalu Pro and the Robson Pro(discontinued). I have a Robson Pro and a Teton, both of which are'nt made anymore. Biggest difference is the suspension system. Both are very comfy though. I have 3 Gregory's all together. They are my favorite pack maker.