Built for the biggest backpacking trips.
Backcountry wanderers have long trusted the packs in Gregory's flagship Baltoro series, and now Gregory has designed a new version—the Baltoro 95 Pro Backpack—for the biggest, boldest missions imaginable. With its absolutely cavernous interior, super-supportive ride, and award-winning features, the Baltoro Pro is suited for longer backpacking objectives, professional guides, and serious expeditions.
The Response Pro chassis creates a fixed link between the hipbelt and back panel for additional load support and weight management, setting a new standard for guide use and high-alpine trekking. Backpackers can manage weeks worth of gear, guides can carry extra supplies and first aid, and mountaineers will be able to use the extra space for bulky winter gear. An interchangeable EVA foam harness, customizable Response Pro hipbelt, and removable Lumbartune insert allow you to fully customize the fit of your pack, which is crucial when you're handling loads that heavy. Plenty of clever features, such as an included raincover that stows in its own pocket, a removable Sidekick daypack, and a weatherproof hipbelt pocket keep you prepared for any situation you might face on your journeys.
- Massive pack for long, gear-intensive trips
- Response Pro chassis supports extremely heavy loads
- Vented foam back panel helps you stay cool
- Removable Lumbartune back insert for custom contouring
- Pre-curved EVA harness is interchangeable
- Removable Sidekick daypack doubles as hanging hydration sleeve
- Tri-layer bottom panel for superior abrasion-resistance
- Removable raincover stows in its own zippered pocket
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- Q & A
One pack to rule them all...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Baltoro Pro has exceeded all my expectations, and taken over as my go-to big haul pack.
I currently own and have used extensively the Gregory Denali 100, the Mystery Ranch Marshall 105, and the Osprey Xenith 105. The Baltoro Pro in my opinion surpassed them all, by achieving a near perfect balance of performance (ie, ability to Comfortably fit and carry large loads) and features you want and need without adding too many bells and whistles.
I think anyone given the Baltoro Pro would be hard pressed to find complaints, even though personal preferences in pack style can make a huge difference. The market just isn't there for high-volume (above 85/88L) modern packs in general, so there aren't that many options. Personally I need it for carrying lots of camera equipment, solar panels, winter tools, long excursion supplies, etc.
I'll focus on what it does right, especially compared to the Denali 100, since they are very similar and both from Gregory.
I like(d) my Denali, but above 65 lbs my shoulders and hips took a beating after long miles. I wished it had more padding, but it has a severe 'rigid' feeling that never goes away. It also tends to be top-heavy regardless of how you pack, especially at capacity or with a tent/rope under the lid (because the shape of the bottom was purposely designed very narrow). This design helps some things, but hurts others (besides being top-heavy, people also complain it won't 'stand up' or sit upright on it's own, neither will the Baltoro Pro btw, and I'm perfectly fine with that).
The harness and belt seem similar to the Denali at a glance, but it's not. Comparing side by side, the harness strap pads are wider, thicker, and they have a breathing mesh side. The hip belt similarly is a bit thicker, wider for more of the hip-wrap circumference, and most importantly features a curved/adjustable (removable pad) lumbar area that transfers weight very effectively to the hips. It also has a much more substantial 'sticky' silicone area to help keep it in place. The back panel itself has a mesh/diamond cut-out area to aid breathability, while still supporting and hugging the full length of your back.
They took the already widely reviewed and successful A3 chassis and improved it. The thing really 'hugs' your back, with almost no effective slippage or sensation of sagging or weighing you backwards (main complaint of the Mystery Ranch Marshall).
I've used the 2015 smaller Baltoro 75 and 85, and while nice, pretty comfy, this is a step further.
I'm happy to see Gregory took all the good ideas that went into the Baltoro line and Denali and combined them, which is exactly what I've been waiting for.
There's really so many other little details I could go into, but a quick mention of the weatherproof hip pockets (which can flip up to tuck away extra straps and velcro back down), the tuck away water bottle side pocket, the integrated bladder sleeve which turns into a comfy minimalistic day/summit pack, and included rainfly, are some more spot-on welcome additions. All pockets or outside compartments are gusseted and able to be stuffed or accessed even when the main compartment is fully loaded. Many product description pages (including the one on Gregory's own site) don't even really show these features at all.
I did have sizing issues, having to return a L for a M, despite my spine measuring in at 21" (and large supposedly fitting 20-22"). I am 6'1", 170, 31" hip/waist, and M is perfect.
I couldn't find any reviews of the Baltoro Pro (or VS the Denali) at the time of this writing, so I felt compelled to write one to help anyone curious about the differences. (which also btw, I wrote Gregory an email asking for suggestions or input about the Baltoro Pro before I purchased, despite already owning a Denali, and never heard back, sadly. Gregory's Baltoro Pro product page even mistakenly lists the volume of this back at 75L, btw... someone's sleeping at the wheel.