Consuelo B.wrote a review of Gregory Deva 60 Backpack - Women's - 3661cu in on July 10, 2015
Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Got it for a trip that didn't materialize, but.....I did load it with all the gear I was going to take. I got the xs, I'm 5 feet exactly 126 pounds. I got measured at a store, not Backcountry. The guy told me I was a size small. After buying a size small very quickly it was painfully obvious it was too big. I got this xs from Backcountry, I loaded it with all the gear. First of all it has a nice and removable day pack inside, whick also doubles as a holder for your Camelbak or other hydration bladder. I quickly discovered that having my 100 oz. Camelback in there would 1. take too much space and 2. if it leaks I'd have a major flood. I removed the backpack and you can find a way of putting it on the outside, but since I never went on my trip I'm not sure how it would work in real life. The pack weighed 25 pounds with gear including stove, food , sleeping bag and extra clothes for an alpine trip, xtra shoes and I was going to add a 1 person bivy. There was still room for a few more items. The accessibility is great from the bottom, the front and the top. I prefer maybe a few more pockets. Where my problem really came in to play was the fit. I loaded it as I would in the field and walked 1/2 mile. I never felt like the hip belt was really supporting the majority of the weight and the shoulder straps did not feel exactly comfortable. I have not backpacked in a lot of years but I'm really fit and have relatively broad shoulders, so the straps did not sag or fall off they were just plain not as comfy as all the reviews made it out to be. My walk was going to be the Haute Route carrying about a 20 pound pack, so in the end I'm glad the trip is not going to happen, because I have more time to explore other options. It may be another Gregory pack, but I am certain it won't be this one, at least not with the shoulder straps it comes with. If you can, get it at a store where someone knowledgeable will actually work with you and tweak the fit so it's exactly right. Maybe that's what went wrong with me.