An expedition pack built for rugged alpine ascents.
With a cavernous 6102 cubic inches of space, the Gregory Denali 100 Backpack is designed for long alpine climbs, week-long Alaskan glacier trips, and gear-intensive expeditions. It's nearly identical to the Denali 75, but it'll be the better choice if you're leaving civilization behind for a week to ski big lines and climb big walls from a remote basecamp. In order to keep Denali light, Gregory designed the Denali with a lighter 210D nylon fabric and hooked it up with 420D high-density reinforcements where they are needed most. A puncture-resistant, internally laminated front panel protects against ice axes, crampons, and ski edges, while the 630D high-density nylon base saves the bottom of the pack from rock and ice. There's also a dual-entry pocket on the front panel that can hold crampons or a shell for easy access.
Gregory fitted the pack with its top-of-the-line Fusion Flex Pro suspension to keep it comfortable when weighed down with expedition-grade loads. The system is composed of two 7075 aluminum frame stays that can be removed to lighten your load, as well as a sewn-in framesheet for additional support and to prevent gear from jabbing your back. A tubular cross-stay prevents the bag from collapsing and bunching when weighed down with a heavy load, and the high-density EVA foam padding at the shoulders, back, and hip pads ensure a comfortable fit. There's a removable bivy pad concealed in the back panel, and the hip belt can be also removed when you're really trying to go fast and light in the high alpine.
The classic top-loading design lets you stuff all your gear securely down inside, but Gregory also integrated a full-length side slash zip access point for easy access to layers that have been stashed closer to the bottom. A zippered pocket underneath the removable lid is perfect for small items, the stowaway side pocket securely stows water bottles, and waist belt gear loops are perfect for all your rock- and ice-climbing gear. There's an internal hydration reservoir with a tube port to keep you hydrated, and a quick-access zippered pocket at the side that's designed to keep your topo map close at hand. Since the Denali is designed for alpine expeditions, you'll want to keep your ice axes handy, which you can easily do with the dual carry system.
- Fusion Flex Pro suspension
- Integrated framesheet and removable aluminum stays
- Top and side access
- Removable hip belt with gear loops
- Removable top lid and bivy pad
- Front daisy chain
- Hydration sleeve
- Zippered side pocket and dual-entry front panel pocket
- Dual ice axe carry and crossover compression straps
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- Q & A
Great Mountain and Hauling Pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Gregory Denali 100L is great for a variety of applications in all seasons. It excels as a winter pack with a clean design that prevents snow from packing into gaps, strong side straps that carry skis easily, sled haul loops that are located behind the waist belt to properly align the poles, and durable fabric that resists ski edges, crampons, ice tools, etc. In summer, it has plenty of room to put my packraft and paddles inside. After two years of heavy use, my pack has no tears, rips, breaks, etc.
All of the features of this pack are well designed. Weight rides comfortably; the waist belt is adequately padded without being over-padded. The pack does not absorb moisture like many standard backpacking packs do. I've carried 80 lbs using this pack and it was as comfortable as 80 lbs can be. For a pack that can handle heavy loads, it is also relatively light. When not full, the pack can be reduced to 60L or so by tightening all straps, increasing its versatility. It works for summer overnight backpacking trips and excels for week+ winter ski tours. The pack is comfortable to wear while downhill skiing and can be worn with a helmet.
One of the best features is that there are no extraneous elements. All of the straps and attachment points are useful and purposeful. There is nothing that I have felt the need to remove or cut off. The pack comes with a bivy pad that might be unnecessary for some, but I use it as a sleeping pad for my dawg. The spacious snow safety pocket on the outside of the pack is crucial because it allows rapid access to shovel, probe, inclinometer, etc.