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    A wicked pack for streamlined weekenders.

    The Gregory Baltoro 65L Backpack is a versatile weekender pack that will have you crushing the miles in serious comfort. With 65 liters of gear-toting capacity, it has plenty of room for all your stuff, provided you don't plan on bringing a generator or 16 different fleeces with you. A hyper-adjustable Response AFS suspension provides a comfortable, personalized ride. Both the pre-curved Auto-Cant harness and EVA foam Auto-Fit hip belt pivot independently to conform to your body and keep you balanced on tough terrain, and the single aluminum stay provides lightweight structure and helps distribute weight evenly across your back, hips, and shoulders.

    The Baltoro's fit and carry are what set it apart, but it's also optimized to hold three days worth of backpacking gear and adapt to the demands of your trip. The removable lid has two pockets and doubles as a lumbar pack if you're going on short base camp explorations or summit hikes, and the pockets on the front, side, and hip belt keep layers, snacks, maps, and other essentials where you can reach them. Gregory also built in a hideaway water bottle pocket on the side of the pack and included a hydration-compatible sleeve with multiple easy-to-feed hose ports. A series of lash points, loops, and compression straps hold everything from trekking poles to ice axes to that sweet stick you just found, and the DWR-coated water-resistant zippers and reinforced bottom help stop the elements from messing up your weekend. 

    • Full-featured backpack carries all the essentials while backpacking
    • 65-liter capacity for weekend and week-long mountain forays
    • Suspension with aluminum stay supports loads up to 50lb
    • Thermo-molded backpanel ensures a comfortable carry
    • Pre-curved harness and hipbelt with EVA foam cushions load
    • Auto-Cant harness and Auto-Fit hipbelt enables a precise fit
    • Pack lid doubles as lumbar pack for quick day hikes
    • Hydration-compatible sleeve keeps water within easy reach
    • Item #GRE002A

    Tech Specs

    210D nylon, 420D HD Nylon
    65L (3967cu in)
    Response AFS, aluminum stay
    Shoulder Straps
    Auto-Cant harness, LifeSpan EVA foam
    Waist Belt
    yes, Auto-Fit
    Hydration Compatible
    2 lid, 1 front, 2 side, 2 hip belt, 1 hideaway water bottle
    Gear Loops
    Trekking Pole Carry
    Sleeping Bag Compartment
    Detachable Daypack
    yes, lid lumbar pack
    Weight Capacity
    Claimed Weight
    5lb 10oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Great pack

      I bought this to replace my Gregory Shasta purchased in the late 90’s. Great suspension and comfort of the straps continues to grow with each usage. Belt pockets are slightly useless but that’s my only complaint. I would recommend this pack - my wife carries the Deva 60 and enjoys hers as well.

      Awesome Pack!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have used Gregory packs for the past 8 years and they never disappoint. Their packs are by far the most comfortable, and haul everything you could ever need. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a multi day pack.

      Capable Cadillac

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I spent years carrying military style rucks and have scars on my back from the experience. Searching for a comfortable and capable pack that can both haul a load and sit comfortably without fatigue is DIFFICULT task. I've been carrying this pack for several hundred miles now and it's been a dream and well worth the cost over other packs in similar sizes. The 65L is perfect for an overnight to a couple weeks of backcountry travel. The durability is world class, granite seems to erode instead of the pack tearing. Dirt and water are repelled and easily cleaned due to the finish. The pockets are well placed and user friendly for on the go use. You'll arrive at any summit or campsite in comfort, class, and style.

      A Serious Gear Hauler!

        I've had my Baltoro for about 2 years now, and I smile every time I heave it onto my shoulders and strap it on. I use this pack almost daily as my primary climbing gear hauler, but I've also taken it on weeklong backpacking trips and up 14,000+ peaks. The adjustable torso length, adjustable lumbar pad, and the plush hip belt and shoulder straps allow you to carry very heavy loads with unbelievable comfort. It has every feature you could possibly want: ice axe/trekking pole carry option, a Nalgene specific pocket and a side mesh pocket, sleeping pad straps, both bottom and center J-zipper access, lots of pockets and storage options, and it includes a rain cover. The pack is a little bit heavier than other packs similar in size, but it makes up for it with its ability to haul those 50-60 lb loads (I'm not kidding!). I used to be a die-hard Osprey fan (and I still think they make great packs), but I've found that Gregory packs tend to fit my body shape more comfortably. Give one a try, you won't regret it!

        If you ever have any questions about packs, hit me up at or at 801-204-4691. I love chatting about gear, and I'm here to help! Stay rad!

        Function meets practicality

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        My wife and I took the "Balto" and the women's specific "Deva" to Thailand for 8 months to travel around South East Asia while we teaching English. These travel companions were the perfect fit for our lifestyles.
        Easy to pack, small divider between the bottom and top compartment that was removable, front zipper pocket with included rain fly, comfortable straps, with a water resistant zipper pouch on the hip belt.

        The BEST part of the backpack and the most used feature was the removable hydration sleeve that doubled as a small day pack!!! This made it easy to travel around once we got to our destination without taking everything with us.

        Overall, I was super happy with how the Medium Balto fit me with my 155lbs and 6' frame and 32'' inseam and the removable backpack/hydration sleeve was perfect for our adventures.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Gregory created comfort perfection with this pack! If you are looking for the hands down most comfortable backpack look no further. The hip belt and shoulder straps are super padded allowing ultimate comfort with heavy loads. At 20-30 pounds of gear you wont even feel this pack on your back, and it is one of the few packs capable of carrying 40 plus pounds comfortably.


        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        Gave as a gift, but here's what they had to share!

        The pack is extremely comfortable. Very well made and quality materials. Lots of pockets for organization. I loaded the pack with 40 lbs of gear and it rested very well on my lower back. My only gripe is that the waterproof waist pocket is a too small. I have a standard size iphone 6s with a slim case and it was difficult to get the phone in and out of the pocket. I was able to get it to fit using some force. The bag is a bit on the heavier end, but it makes up for it based on how well it handles heavy loads. I'm planning on using the pack for a 2-3 week thru hike on the JMT.

        Great Pack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Comfort is the number one thing when i think about this bag. After having the bag on my back after 15 to 20 miles i had almost forgotten I was carring an extra 35 pounds around with me. Second the added day pack that comes with it is such a bonus. I was doing some trekking in the himalayas and after stoping in a village or two i could just drop my bag off and take a walk around with out leaving my water or my camera which was awesome and i have also done a few day hikes where the full 65 was not needed. Thirdly, there are pockets on top of pockets in this thing and im not sure ive even found all of them yet. so for a guy who loves an organized pack that helps out a ton. Gregory has done a wonderful job on this one and I am super happy with it. Now on to the Grand Tetons see you all on the trail.

        So far so good

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Having only previously had a pack that was a little big for me, I finally decided to invest in a better-fitting one. So far, I've only used it for a two-nighter in the Uintas but it worked great! Like with any new pack, it took me a minute to dial in the straps and fit but after that It was pretty comfortable and fit all my junk (I tend to overpack) nicely.

        This pack is 100% comfort

          Some folk say it's a bit on the heavy side. I'm sorry, 5lbs for sheer comfort across your shoulders and back is hardly on the heavy side. If you want something lighter, it is equipped with a tiny day pack inside, which is one of many great features inside this light 5lb beauty. Do yourself a favor, go with this pack. Sure there are packs that weigh 3-4 lbs. but they don't even compare to this "luxurious," "super comfortable," "hey, I have delicious food and treats and plenty of water and I can't even feel their weight on my shoulders because this pack kicks ass!" There is no substitute! Get this pack!

          Can't wait to use it!

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          When I was looking to get a pack, I spent hours researching and finally landed on the Baltoro. I love the overall design and all the little things like the lumbar pad and the daypack reservoir. The construction seems rock solid is plenty adjustable to dial in fit. I haven't gotten on the trail with it yet, hence only four stars, but I can't wait to see how it works in the wild!

          Great Pack!!!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          On the heavy side, but a solid pack. I'll take this over a frameless ultralight pack any day. Very comfortable carrying 40+ lbs. Feels and carries like my old external frame Jansport.

          A comfortable work horse

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Tried a few different packs for section hiking the AT,the lightweight ones gave up comfort and toughness,this one is the sweet spot.Love it.It will be the pack I use when attempting my thru hike.

          Hey Paul, how has the Baltoro been treating you so far? When are you planning your thru hike? I was a guide for years and will be happy to help you out with any gear questions you might have. Feel free to reach out to me any time --

          Expert Gearhead

          IG: jimmyelam

          Love it!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I really like this backpack. The 65 liter makes a weekend trip luxurious and is the perfect size for 5 day trips. It is extremely comfortable to wear, even when weighed down with a lot of crap. I prefer to strap the tent and pad to the outside freeing up inside room for clothes, food, etc. You can really load this thing down! My entire life's in that bag, no joke. If you cant fit it in this pack, you probably dont need it for your trip.

          Tested in Japan's Northern Alps

            Just did a 3-day hike in Japan's Northern Alps...Mt Sugoroku and Mt Kasagatake, roughly around 2,700m up. Bought this pack for the trip and was very satisfied. I carried about 25lbs (incl food & water) and for the most part, didn't feel much stress at all. Shoulder straps were super comfy, no soreness from the hipbelts, and everything packed in very easily. The hydration bladder / daypack were nice, but didn't need to use the daypack function. Really liked the angled bottle holder that can fold away. Just reach back and grab, easy to put back too...well designed. Comes with a raincover too, and while I didn't have to use it, it's great to have just in case and saves $$ by not having to buy one. Really only 2 things which I think could improve the design (but could also increase weight slightly). 1) the waterproof hipbelt pocket is a bit small. Can't fit my iPhone 6-plus in it. 2) the side stretch pocket is only on one side. Having it on both sides would be nice. Other than that, very glad I purchased this pack. Not to mention (although aesthetics don't really matter when backpacking) this pack is prob one of the best looking designs out there right now!

            Tested in Japan's Northern Alps

            Excellent Pack

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

            I picked up the Baltoro in May, and I have used it twice since then. Both trips were 4 days 3 nights in Northern New Mexico (Santa Fe National Forrest). The pack has straps and clips in all of the places you would need them. The lower straps held my tent perfectly, and I didn't need to use an additional strap for security as I had with my previous pack. The main compartment is cavernous and holds just about everything you could possibly need. There is a nice clip to hang your hydration bladder (I have a 2.5L camel bak), and even with the bladder there is still ample room inside to carry all your essentials (I put my sleeping bag at the top of the compartment). There is also a detachable "daypack" inside, but I haven't had the need to use it yet. The outside vertical compartment is also roomy, and even with a full main compartment, the external compartment holds a lot of gear. The rain cover comes standard, which is awesome and saves you 20-30 bucks from having to buy aftermarket. The compartments all adjust with external straps, so you can tighten everything down once its packed up. There is literally plenty of usable storage in any compartment at any capacity(that can't always be said of many packs). Here is the BEST part... it is the most comfortable pack I have worn. The shoulder harness and belt fit like a glove, and are heavily padded for comfort. After 18 miles on my previous trip I finally started feeling the straps (it was about 5 with my old pack).It is incredibly stout and sturdy, and doesn't give even when bounding down mountain trails. I'll let the technical experts at Gregory explain their frame system, but just know that it works and works WELL! I found that it vented extremely well too. I am very satisfied with this pack, and Gregory hit a home run (must be why it was the backpack of the year). I would highly recommend this for anyone doing 3-4 day trips. Also, it had enough room to carry my fly rod and fly fishing essentials on top of all my camping gear!

            Excellent Pack

            I was fishing a small mountain lake and I didn't need my waders or boots. I just had my rod, reel, and a fly box. I would say that if you are only doing a two day trip you could easily pack boots and waders. I was alone on this particular trip so I had to carry a lot of gear I would usually split with my wife. I think the 65 is a perfect size.

            Rules my universe with an iron fist

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I've had a bunch of packs and just didn't like the aesthetic of the big towering jobs. However, as I got more gear I needed more space and finally caved. This pack devours my 70m rope, drawers, gear, helmet (lunch fits nicely under it in its own specific pouch), platypus, guidebooks, first aid kit, webbing, knife, the lot. It's totally comfy, adjusts easily and I've not one complaint about it (and the net side pockets are great for that odwalla or whatever you're drinking on the way to a crag). The Velcro hoops snag a clipstick perfectly on one side, and your hiking poles on the other if you're facing a scramble or sketchy part of the hike so as to free up your hands.

            Rules my universe with an iron fist

            The Worlds Most Comfortable Backpack

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            This pack is the most comfortable with heavy loads. The shoulder straps are well padded and do not dig in with loads greater than 40lbs. The shoulder straps and hip belts move with your body movement. The load carries at the hips better than any other pack in this class. This pack is more comfortable than the Osprey Atmos AG and is not that much heavier. It has better pockets and organization than the Atmos AG. The waterproof hip pocket is perfect to carry a cellphone. I bought this pack, with the Osprey Atmos 65 AG ,with the plans to return the lesser of the two packs. I will be keeping the Gregory Baltoro. I agree with Backpacker magazine awarding the pack Editors Choice Gold. This pack is amazing.

            Unanswered Question

            What kind of waterproofing is included on the bag? I ask because most of my gear is in a roof basket to and from my destinations to leave room for the dogs inside; obviously I don't want it getting wet. I saw mention of a rain tarp but it also says it is DWR coated to keep out the wet. I use my other Gregory backpack the Thargee 32 for alpine treks and finding new places to board; it's the closest thing I've seen on a backpack to waterproof but I am not sure if that is specific to that bag or all of Gregory. Help?

            Is this the new version with the day pack / hydration sleeve combo, larger hip belt pockets and other improvements? The description and specs seems to be for the previous model (no daypack, etc.). Would like to snag this at the sale price but only if it's the latest model.

            Hey Anthony! These are the new models for 2016 with the detachable lid that you can use as a fanny pack but it is not hydration compatible. The detachable day pack, that is. The larger pack has a sleeve for your reservoir. If you're looking for a larger backpack that has a detachable daypack with shoulder straps I'd love to make some recommendations. Call or email me anytime its convenient. Thanks!

            Just bought this pack, the M fits great on the torso, is it possible to swap the hip belt for a bigger size?

            Hey Anel - You can switch the hipbelt but you would need to contact Gregory directly to do so. Gregory Mountain Products: 877-477-4292. There is a fair amount of adjustability in the hipbelt so give them a call and they can help you figure out if you need a bigger one. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

            - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

            Is there a pocket for a water bottle on the outside of this pack?

            Hey Stuart - The Baltoro 65 features one traditional mesh water bottle holder on one side of the pack, while the other side is a stowable forward-facing bottle pocket. Check out the photo below. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

            - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

            Hey Stuart - The Baltoro 65 features one traditional mesh water bottle holder on one side of the pack, while the other side is a stowable forward-facing bottle pocket. Check out the photo below. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions. 
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead