Fast and light weekender.
If weight is your biggest concern after capacity, consider the Gregory Women's Jade 53 Backpack for your long-weekend ridge epic. What this pack gives up in space, it returns in speed, thanks to lightweight construction and ventilated, fatigue-fighting CrossFlo Suspension. Gram-counters can easily cram enough gear in this pack for multi-day treks, while casual hikers will find it ideal for overnights and supported trips.
The CrossFlo suspension system features strategically-placed vents that keep a steady flow of refreshing air moving through the straps and back panel, and it also stabilizes and supports the pack when loaded up with a few days worth of gear. You can access the main compartment through the full-body U-zipper when you're packing, or you can reach into the quick-draw top closure when you need to grab something quickly on the trail. The top pocket is also removable when every ounce matters. Other thoughful features including hideaway trekking pole loops, side and bottom compression straps, multiple pockets, and an internal hydration sleeve keep you prepared for the journey ahead.
- CrossFlo suspension system
- Ventilated EVA foam at hip belt and shoulder straps
- Top-loading main compartment with quick-draw top closure and full U-zip access
- Floating, removable top pocket with zipper and key clip
- Hideaway ice axe/trekking pole loops
- Internal hydration sleeve with hose port (reservoir not included)
- Side and bottom compression straps
- Quick-attach, integrated rain cover
- Item #GRE005G
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Um, where do I begin? I have done my fair share of hauling stuff up and down mountains/canyons/etc - and this pack is AMAZING. I will never again use a pack without the Cross-Flo ventilation system. Sweaty back is the worst, no? The Jade won me over in the seriously thought-out details - removable rain cover, suspended mesh backpanel, (yes - amazing enough to mention TWICE) the ultra-cusioned shoulder harness and hip belts, some fun little pockets and accessibility along the bottom compartment, too. I love it. I have already used it on multiple hikes. No bruises on my hip bones, no back pain! And I am all about practicality over color - but the Mountain Purple looks lovely against most any landscape. HIGHLY recommend.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This backpack has it all. I am raveling to Europe this fall and it has all the features I want. Rain cover included, detachable backpack from the inside, and looks really cute.