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Gregory Z 55 Backpack - 3234-3478cu in

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    Built to stay dry and cool.

    Lightweight durability and a breathable suspension system give the Gregory Z 55 Backpack the edge over other packs that claim to perform great in warmer climates. But, with a removable top lid and multiple compression options, the Z 55 works well any time of year, for alpine climbing as well as weekend trips to the local state park.

    With a maximum load recommendation of 40 pounds, the Z 55 is perfect for everything from overnighters to extended weekend hikes. Gregory's CrossFlo suspension system is strong, simple, and lightweight. It also provides cooling airflow across your back to pull moisture and heat away. At the heart of the system is the wire X-Frame, which provides effective load transfer straight to your lumbar region and padded waist belt, where it can be carried most efficiently. The dynamic Yoke integrates the shoulder harness directly into the X-Frame, activating the suspension as the weight increases to balance the frame's flexibility. The back panel is made with a moisture-wicking, breathable mesh to transfer heat and moisture away from your body.

    Access to the Z 55's main compartment is made easy with a large, u-shaped zippered opening. A large zippered front pocket provides convenient storage for items that you'll need to get to through the course of your hike, such as lunch and rain gear. The pack also provides easy access to small items with dual waist belt pockets and a large dump pocket on the front of the pack, as well as a highly water-resistant top pocket with a waterproof zipper and sealed seams. And, speaking of waterproof, the Z 55 comes with an integrated, color-matched rain cover to keep your gear safe and dry when an unexpected storm pops up.

    • CrossFlo suspension system
    • Torso size: small 16-18in, medium 18-20in, large 20-22in
    • Wire X-Frame
    • Breathable, moisture-wicking mesh back panel
    • Recommended for loads up to 40lb
    • Top and side access
    • Durable, lightweight 420D and 210D nylon
    • Integrated, color-matched rain cover
    • Item #GRE000L

    Tech Specs

    210D double-diamond ripstop nylon, 210D nylon flat weave, nylon (420D flat weave)
    Shoulder Straps
    ventilated, moisture-wicking, breathable, padded
    Hydration Compatible
    Reservoir Included
    Detachable Daypack
    Detachable Lid
    top, side
    1 zippered front, 1 front dump, 2 side
    Ski Carry
    Snowboard Carry
    Sleeping Bag Compartment
    Rain Cover
    yes, integrated & color-matched
    Max Weight Capacity
    40 lb
    Claimed Weight
    [small] 3 lb 1 oz, [medium] 3 lb 4 oz, [large] 3 lb 7 oz
    [small] 3234 cu in, [medium] 3356 cu in, [large] 3478 cu in
    Recommended Use
    weekend hikes
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Good pack, terrible company.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So initially I loved this pack, the fit, the storage, the features, but there were some issues with premature wear. In all fairness I did around 500 miles the first year I owned it so that should be expected.
    Just recently wanted to have a warranty done on the belt-pack zippers as they have corroded. This is very odd because the other zippers on the pack did not. I had previously attempted to contact Gregory regarding a rip in the fabric, which was my fault, only from carelessness not from abuse. They could not tell me how I should fix the tear myself!!! After repeated emails and phone conversations the only answer they had was for me to mail the pack and they would then assess how much it would cost to fix. Well I'm not going to ship an item with no idea of how much it would cost...would you? So after this last warranty issue they told me it would be $45 to fix a 1.5 inch rip in the nylon. UGH! Really? I still cant believe they have no idea how to tell a consumer how they will repair it or how I should if I want to save a few bucks. Keep in mind they are owned by Samsonite now so probably only about the Benjamins.
    Well I will use this pack, after the warranty for the zippers, for friends who need it but will not be taking it with me on future adventures.
    Heres some food for thought... My buddy has an Osprey pack, his dog ate part of it, he returned it no questions asked and got a new one with a full warranty. Don't be fooled by companies like Gregory, they do not stand behind their products like a company like Osprey does. So yeah I am buying an Osprey... you should too.

    Z pack is fine

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Before you purchase this backpack make sure you know what you want to use a backpack for. If you are a specialized backpacker or hiker this might not be the best pack for you. That said this pack has worked great for me.

    Also if you are not backpacking this pack is too much pack with too few features. The lack of a bladder and the size make it a terrible pack for people who just want a large pack for dayhikes. Also, if you are only driving in to a campsite this is too much pack, just get a duffel bag to throw in the tent instead of this bag.

    I have carried this pack to the moon and back. Okay, not literally, but it has accompanied me for nearly 50 nights of camping, backpacking, hitch hiking, skiing, and any other adventure I was too cheap to buy a specialized pack for. This is a great do everything pack.

    The zipper that accesses the main compartment is great for getting into your stuff without going through the top to mess everything up. The only problem is that it is hard to access if you have other stuff strapped onto your pack.

    I have a cheap sleeping bag, which is somewhat large. I also have a large cheap sleeping pad. They are very difficult to strap onto this backpack. If you have nice stuff that packs down tiny you are probably good, but if you carry archaic but still functioning stuff like I do, you could face the same issues.

    All in all, I have enjoyed this pack, but with hindsight being 20/20 I would purchase other bags before I purchased this bag.

    Big improvement...kinda

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used this pack for 300 miles of backpacking the AT from Gorham, NH to Katahdin and was previously using the past model.

    The good: the new frame design works better and is lighter. The straps and pockets have all been streamlined and improved. They added quick release buckles to the bottom straps which makes it way easier to strap a sleeping pad there.

    The Bad: They eliminated the lower side compression straps which makes it harder or impossible to strap skis or snowshoes to the pack.

    The Ugly: There isn't enough padding on the lumbar pad where all the weight is supported! I have a bony back and this started out as slightly uncomfortable but resulted in infected sores on my back after a week. I checked a bunch of other packs and found that they had at least double the padding in that area. I luckily solved the problem by cutting a square from my sleeping pad and tying it to the pack in that area.

    In all, it's hard to recommend the pack because of this one issue which sucks since they made so many great improvements.