A no-nonsense overnight pack.
Sometimes a name is misleading—remember when you ordered sweetbreads for dessert?—but the Gregory Stout 45 Backpack means what it says. A tough, straightforward, no-nonsense pack for lightweight overnights or weekend hostel trips, the Stout has a TrailFlex wishbone suspension that uses a flexible backpanel and spring steel internal frame to carry loads of up to 35 pounds without discomfort. The TrailFit hip belt is fully adjustable, too, so your hips, shoulders, and back can share the load.
The Stout carries like a champ, but it also has a series of smartly designed features that make trail life a little smoother, like a stow-away rain cover and removable lid that keep your gear dry and lighten your load, respectively. Top and bottom access makes it easy to get at gear in different parts of your pack, and front, side, and hip belt pockets keep snacks, layers, maps, and phones accessible. Gregory also built in loops to carry trekking poles and ice axes, compression straps for extra gear or sleeping pads, and a series of daisy chain loops that are designed to carry portable solar panels but work as lash points for whatever other gear you decide to bring.
- TrailFlex wishbone suspension
- TrailFit adjustable hip belt
- Top and bottom access
- Removable lid
- Front, side, and hip belt pockets
- Trekking pole/ice axe loops and side/bottom compression straps
- Solar panel compatible daisy chain gear loops
- Stowable raincover
- Item #GRE002G
- Q & A
Just big enough
My first backpacking pack purchase and I was looking for something that was JUST big enough for a 2-3 day trip. Keep in mind, I'll always be going with at least one other person, so I didn't intend to get a bag that could carry ALL my items, things like food.
Went to Emigrant for a 18 mile loop, and had about 31-32 pounds of stuff - almost every necessity you can think of except meal food (I did carry snacks, water and a fifth of whiskey). Other things I was able to fit comfortably (with compression sacks): 2 person tent w/ poles and stakes, 35 degree down bag, REI flexlite chair, jeboil mini mo, titanium bowl and cup, Patagonia ultralight down jacket, rain shell, sweats, extra tee, underwear, socks, snow peak French press, hario coffee bean grinder, pack towel, Fujifilm x100s camera, mini tripod, and a bunch of other small items I won't name that fit into the top pouch. Compared to some of the older packs on my trip, this one seems wider, which was nice because I was able to lay some of the big items flat (tent, bag, chair), giving me a lot of room in the main compartment to work with. With all that stuff, I'll admit, my shoulders were hurting the first day, but on my trek back, I realized either a) I'm soft and needed hardening and/or b) I loaded the bag unevenly the first day, which put way more weight on one side, and it seemed to affect me the rest of the day. On the loop home however, no problems whatsoever.
I was concerned about the side pouches - read in the past that they'd be unusuable once the pack is stuff, but this is definitely not the case. On one side, after the pack was stuffed full, I could fairly easily fit a Nalgene AND a 1L plastic water bottle. On the other side, I stored my fifth of whiskey (in a plastic tube).
As a final note, and this is purely subjective of course, I really dig the looks and color. The orange is a standout and the only design drawback is the fact that they went from a stiched logo to a print logo.