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    Go big or go home.

    If you're setting on the AT, PCT, CDT, or any other months-long acronym of a trail, you'll need a monster gear hauler like the Gregory Baltoro 85 Backpack. With well over 5,000 cubic inches of gear-toting capacity to fit all the layers, food, and camping gear you'll need for a week at a time, the Baltoro will help you be seriously prepared on long trips when resupply is days away. Carrying a large load is tough regardless, but the Baltoro makes it a little easier by incorporating a vented LifeSpan foam back panel and LumbarTune removable insert that provide a comfortable, personalized ride that won't rub you the wrong way or force you to stop and readjust every five minutes. Even better, it features a QuickSwap 3D interchangeable LifeSpan foam shoulder harness and hip belt, so you can find the perfect fit before you hit the trail and realize that things aren't riding quite right.

    The Baltoro's fit and carry are what set it apart, but it's also optimized to hold a weeks' worth of backpacking gear and adapt to the demands of your trip. The lid has three secure pockets for maps, snacks, and small gear, and additional pockets on the side and hip belt keep layers, gloves, hats, 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 SideKick removable daypack that doubles as a hanging reservoir sleeve for easy access to water or quick summit hikes. 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 stashable rain cover, DWR-coated water-resistant zippers, and reinforced bottom help stop rocks and rain from putting some serious cramps in your backcountry style.

    • Vented LifeSpan foam back panel with LumbarTune removable insert
    • QuickSwap 3D interchangeable LifeSpan foam harness and hip belt
    • SideKick removable daypack doubles as hanging reservoir sleeve
    • Sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
    • Lid, front, side, hip belt, and hideaway water bottle pockets
    • Hydration compatible
    • Trekking pole/ice axe loops, compression straps, and lash points
    • Stowable rain cover
    • Item #GRE001Y

    Tech Specs

    210D nylon, 420D HD nylon
    85L (5187cu in)
    vented back panel, LifeSpan EVA foam, LumbarTune removable insert
    Shoulder Straps
    QuickSwap 3D, LifeSpan EVA foam
    Waist Belt
    yes, QuickSwap 3D, LifeSpan EVA foam
    Hydration Compatible
    top, front, bottom
    3 lid, 1 hideaway water bottle, 1 hip belt, 2 side, 1 stretch mesh
    Gear Loops
    Ice Axe Carry
    Trekking Pole Carry
    Sleeping Bag Compartment
    yes, removable divider
    Rain Cover
    yes, stowable
    Detachable Daypack
    yes, doubles as hanging reservoir sleeve
    Weight Capacity
    60 lbs
    Claimed Weight
    5 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Gregory Baltoro 85L

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Picked up this pack to add volume to my load now that the girls are old enough to join in on extended trail adventures but too small to carry all their own gear. This pack performs very well, has plenty of accessible storage, adjusts for load and fit and does not feel like a monster on your back even with 70lb week long loads. It also does a nice job of cinching down with lesser loads keeping the weight against your back and comfortable. The internal hydration/removable day pack has worked great for one of the littles to carry or on a side trip from base camp to carry the snacks and drinks required for the crew. I would not hesitate to buy this pack if your in the market.

    Gregory Baltoro 85L

    You won't regret a dollar spent.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used several very good packs in the past from Kelty, Osprey, Arcteryx, Northface, and others. To be fair some of those packs were used only once or twice in test runs. However, from what I have experienced this bag simply beats them all. It could very well be my pack for the next 15 years with the quality of Gregory's products. The design is intelligent and the layout is great. Beyond that the thing it does better than any other pack that I have encountered is balance the load between your shoulders and your hips. It is such a comfortable pack for being so monster load capable. The more weight that you put in it, the better the performance gets.

    At first I thought the built in daypack was a bit gimmicky, but I have ended up using it several times as a quick hydration pack carrier when I want to leave my pack at camp. Also the rain fly that is integrated in to it's own pouch and comes with the pack is awesome. It's easy access and works great. The zippers are well made and compression straps are all positioned to help steady the load. Also being able to access the main pack area from two points can be so nice in certain situations. The only negative I have on this pack is the cell phone holder. I do think at the time it was in development (I'm guessing 2013-14ish) virtually all cell phones would have fit. The iPhone 6 or 6plus or equal android equivalent doesn't stand a chance in that pocket. Now it just holds some emergency fire tinder or my smaller GPS unit. I wish it could have been removable/upgradeable. But alas that is literally my only gripe.

    Generally when I'm out in a multi day backpacking scenario by myself or with my wife (who also has a Gregory Diva 60 that is AWESOME for ladies) my load is generally about 40-50 lbs. depending on the duration. It handles the load with ease and I have room to spare. For an idea on the gear that I usually include:

    A Therma-rest luxury map (clipped outside the pack hanging at the bottom), Therma-rest compressible pillow XL, Koppen Reise T15 sleeping bag, Marmot Limelight 3P tent, MSR whisperlight universal stove, MSR fuel canisters, MSR quick 2 pot set, Camelback Stowaway 100L reservoir, MSR guardian water purifier, a 13" handled hatchet, First aid kit, Leatherman tool, Small Gerber foldable knife, additional protection measures, Swedish fire steel, Mountain House pouches and various other food depending on the nature of the trip, a garbage sack (don't litter in the backcountry!), Clothes and lots of socks.

    Being a professional photographer there are times where I do landscape work and bring and additional 10-15 lbs. more of camera equipment. It truly handles it like a dream.

    If you want a no fuss, well designed, quality built pack, you can't go wrong here. Spend the extra $75-100 over some of the other brands and let your back and shoulders thank you later.

    You won't regret a dollar spent.

    Just like Outdoor Gear Lab said

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Baltoro was rated Top Pick in the Feb, 2014 Outdoor Gear Lab Backpack ratings, particularly when it comes to comfort. That's why I chose the Baltoro, as opposed to the top backpacks from Osprey, REI, Deuter, and Northface. I spent hours in the store with all the packs loaded with 40 lbs, and the Baltoro just felt best. (I ordered it from Backcountry bec, unfortunately for the store, they couldn't get my size.) And after I received the Baltoro, I ordered larger waistbelt and shoulder straps from Gregory by telephone -- very easy to do, no charge for the exchange, except for shipping the originals back to Gregory. The more I wear the pack, the more I love it. No strain on my shoulders at all, all the weight is on my waist, where I hardly feel it. In preparation for an AMC hike, I've been hiking 3x/week with the pack loaded with 40 lbs. I do 3 1/2 miles in 45 minutes. No problems so far. Love this pack! And by the way, the pack comes with a removable interior day pack which I won't need. That substracts about 5oz from the pack, bringing the weight of a size small to below 5 lbs! And it also comes with a rain cover, so you don't need to spend another $25-30 on that.

    great pocks

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    this bag has great pockets and I really like that the bottom has a separate sleeping bag area. what I don't like about this bag is its a little heavy and I think the belt is a little bulky for a woman, my husband uses this bag and he likes a lot. I myself like the diva or the jade. (made for woman)

    Has anyone weighed the Baltoro 85 medium (shadow black)? I have gotten different information about this pack on every website I have gone to. If someone has actually weighed this pack I would like to know the weight.

    Does anyone have an idea when we will see a black, size medium come back in stock?