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A pack stuffed for a full-day in the backcountry that won't hinder your lines.
Gregory's Targhee 32 Backpack is like a three-part harmony, where volume, features and carry convenience meld into one pleasing whole. This stable, secure pack has enough room for a full day of backcountry exploring, and it gives you a bevy of carrying options for whatever mode of transport you choose, from skis to snowboards to snowshoes―you can even carry ice axes and a helmet. Avy gear is accessed through a dedicated organization pocket, and other necessities can be retrieved via the convenient barn door rear panel. Even if you're an over-packer--and you might be inclined to be with 32 liters of space―the slim-profile harness won't get in your way while hitting clean, smooth lines.
- Vertflex Suspension's framesheet and perimeter wire wishbone frame helps to vertically stabilize pack while maintaining balance, securing load, and allowing for torsional flexibility
- Main compartment accessed by barn door rear panel entry so you don't have to remove skis to access gear
- Dedicated avalanche safety gear organization pocket fits shovel, probe and accessories and is positioned to cut down on critical access time
- A-frame ski carry system will hold skis with up to 130mm tails and features hypalon reinforcement and offset design that keeps skis away from your calves and head
- Diagonal ski carry, hypalon-reinforced snowboard/snowshoe carry, and dual ice axe loops also available
- Pull-out helmet harness securely stows your brain bucket on the ascent
- Hydration system includes sleeve in back panel and insulated feed through shoulder harness that prevents water from freezing in tube
- Slide-lock on side compression and diagonal ski carry, in addition to snow plow buckles, won't jam, freeze-up or clog with ice and snow
- Slim profile harness for ease of movement
- Top internal zip pocket secures keys and valuables
- Gear loop and pocket on full waist-belt
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The best (non-airbag) ski pack by far.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This new version of the Targhee was a gift I received from Gregory after doing some freelance work; I have an older version of this same pack, but they insisted I try the "updated" one, and because I am not stupid I said "OK". To clarify, they did not ask or imply that I should review it, at all. All I can say is that the difference is night and day. The old pack, while burly as hell and well-featured, is a beast in comparison; I actually ended up removing the framesheet, because it just added more weight and felt too stiff when touring and skiing. Now, even without the sheet, the old pack is heavier than the new one, and the new one has a trick internal wire frame that gives great support, but somehow flexes freely as you ski. It skis with excellent balance and minimal pendulum effect, even fully loaded. In fact, if you're traveling light, you'll probably forget you're wearing it (I have). Feature-wise, it's a Gregory, so it's been thought out, tested, and re-worked a billion times over. There are lash points and hidden straps on this pack that I don't even know how to use (in fact, an instruction booklet might be a nice feature), but they all tuck away if you don't need them, making the pack look and feel streamlined. Comfort is second to none; the shoulder harness and waist belt are sized to wear over layers, so a medium fits me perfectly at 5ft 10in and 175lbs. My favorite feature is probably the cavernous top pocket. Spare goggles, gloves, sunscreen, energy bars, a Leatherman, and a bunch of ski straps all fit in there with room left over. If you need a "basic" backcountry pack (i.e., no Avalung or airbag system), this is unquestionably the one. I wear an old sling-style Avalung on top of all my gear, and I still prefer the fit and ride of the Targhee over any integrated 'lung or airbag pack I have tried.