Calling the Gregory Women's Jade 28 Backpack a daypack is an understatement; this all-season trekker handles summer ridge runs and winter ice climbs with ease. Its Crossflo DTS suspension system features a wired X-frame that stretches trampoline-like mesh tight, and there's an HDPE framesheet with an anti-barreling stay for sturdy support. Cushy, ventilated EVA covers the shoulder straps and waistbelt for extra comfort.
The Jade is a traditional top-loader, upgraded with a larger zippered opening for better access to gear. There's an internal sleeve and tube port for hydration reservoirs, as well as an external pocket with a removable rain cover inside. The backpack's bottom loops attach trekking poles or ice axes, and Gregory added dual stretch side pockets for water bottles, dual waistbelt pockets for lip balm and energy gels, and security pockets both inside and out for electronics and valuables.
- Crossflo DTS suspension
- Adjustable, padded shoulder straps and waistbelt
- Zippered top access
- Hydration sleeve and port
- Removable rain cover
- Trekking pole/ice axe attachment loops
- Dual stretch side and waistbelt pockets
- Internal and external security pockets
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This pack is a great size for holding winter gear for snowshoeing/XC skiing, can't wait to use it for bigger day hikes this summer! My only wish is that there were straps/bungees to attach things like snowshoes to the outside, but I was able to use additional straps to rig something up pretty easily.