Mariuswrote a review of Gregory Salvo 18 Backpack - 1098cu in on May 7, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My aging Deuter AC Lite 18 backpack was not feeling all that good. It was too short and narrow for my back so it would rub against my back and make it sore.
It was looking for a new pack and went for this new Gregory pack. I was tempted by the new FreeSpan back.
Even though the Deuter and the Gregory are both 18 liter packs, the Gregory feels bigger thanks to significantly flatter back as opposed to the significant curvature of the Deuter. This also makes it easier to pack and to get things in and out. I'm not sure if it would be noticeable but having the weight closer to your back should feel lighter as well.
The ventilating back works well.
There are a couple of small, but nice features: there is a hook on one of the shoulder straps that you can fit the reservoir tube in. This makes the drinking tube hug the strap rather than flapping about.
There's a little loop on the other strap where you can hang sunglasses.
A few cons:
- There is no integrated pack cover. This doesn't bother me but something you may want to take into consideration.
- There is a pocket with soft fleece lining where you can store sunglasses. It is surprisingly large, but it also has no rigidity so there's no protection against impact.
- The main compartment hides the zipper under a flap for some weather resistance, however the coil zipper for the sunglasses is exposed. I suspect water would seep in there quickly.
- The trekkingpole holder is lackluster. It's just a loop with a too flimsy elastic strap.
- The Gregory logo is too big in my opinion.