Targhee 45L Backpack
You wear the Gregory Targhee 45 Backpack to help get you deep into the solitude of the backcountry. Its VertFlex suspension system both stabilizes your load and allows the torsional flexibility you need to ski dynamically. The molded back panel sheds snow so your gear stays dry, zips open for access, and Gregory's classic lumbar pad pushes the weight to your hips for all-day comfort on those powder-capped peaks. Both your avalanche gear and your main compartment are easy to access—thanks to the front pocket and rear barn door panel—even when you have your skis, snowboard, or snowshoes strapped on.
With reinforced Hypalon where you strap your skis and highly durable HD nylon reinforcements at critical areas, the Targhee will be on your back for many years in the backcountry. Its harness has a slim profile to ease your mobility on the slopes, and the insulated hydration sleeve prevents water from freezing in frigid weather. Flaps and loops for your helmet and ice axes leave you well-prepared for skiing in the backcountry safely and efficiently.
- Gregory's largest ski and snowboard pack for backcountry touring
- Capacity suitable for overnight excursions or guiding tours
- Dedicated avalanche gear compartment for probe and shovel
- A-frame and stowable diagonal ski carry systems
- Stowable vertical snowboard or snowshoe carry straps
- Hydration sleeve with insulated hose cover
- Dual stowable ice axe retainers
- Top and back panel access points to main compartment
- Item #GRE006V
- Q & A
Hydration Hose Impeded Backpanel Access
The shoulder harness is separate from the backpanel. This differs from the Osprey Kamber 42, which has the harness integrated into the backpanel, thus keeping your hydration hose out of the way from accessing your main compartment.
Snowboard Vertical carry
Not sure why they didn't reinforce the upper carry straps...
Targhee 45 or Osprey Kamber 42?
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was considering both of these packs. At the time of purchase Backcountry was out of the appropriate sized Kamber, so I had no choice for my splitboarding trip that weekend. I used the latest version of the Gregory Targhee 45 for two days while splitboarding and doing some avalanche training. Here are some compare/contrast observations that I made.
HELMET CARRY: system works well and easily stowed; faster to use and stow helmet than Kamber 42 system as it has a zippered pouch where it stows and remains attached to the pack. The Kamber has four attachment points, but has to be completely removed to stow away completely. I can see this piece getting lost easily for this reason. However, the Kamber allows you to carry your helmet on the back or top of pack. Might not be a big deal, but I could easily stow and remove using gloves on the Targhee, but it is challenging with bare hands on the Kamber because of the little clips/hooks they used. Def try this when checking-out the packs.
POCKETS: The Targhee has them, but the Kamber has a few more; specifically mesh pockets on the interior of the avy compartment and the main storage compartment. Most importantly for me, the Kamber has a hipbelt pocket on both sides, where as the Targhee has a pocket on the right hip and a climbing harness style gear loop on the left side. I'd rather have another pocket for splitboarding. The lid on the Targhee is one compartment vs two compartments on the Kamber; one for goggles and the main lid compartment. I prefer the two pocket design on the Kamber.
COMPARTMENTS: Targhee backpanel access is separated from the shoulder harness; Kamber harness is part of the back panel. I noticed this because when I use a hydration bladder on the Targhee, the hose is routed through the main portion of the pack, so it gets in the way of accessing the main compartment as you can see in the pic. It's not a big deal, but makes is slightly more difficult to access or load gear via the backpanel. Avy compartment is slightly narrower on the Targhee. The entire profile of the Targhee is slimmer vs the wider Kamber 42. I find the top loading access slightly easier to manage on the Targhee as the Kamber has an extra flap that is used when the lid is removed; not really a feature that I would utilize, but may be worth the extra hassle for those who would use the lid as a daypack and want the extra assurance the main pack remains covered. The Targhee definitely packs down nicely when not full. From what I could tell the Kamber did as well, but again that was an in-store eval only.
SUSPENSION: Both packs felt solid here; Targhee is offered in 3 torso sizes so you may be able to get a more specific fit. Again, note the backpanel/shoulder harness is one piece on the Kamber.
SNOWBOARD CARRY: Both offer similar ski carry options, but the Targhee does vertical board carry only, where as the Kamber allows for horizontal or vertical carry. I did notice that the upper straps for snowboard carry on the Targhee are not reinforced as the lower straps are. The Kamber has the same reinforcing material on upper and lower straps.
CONCLUSION: I'm content with the Targhee for now, but I'd like to try a Kamber for a weekend to see which one is the better choice for my application. The Kamber observations were made in-store both before and after I spent the weekend with the Targhee.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
All around amazing back country backpack!
The VertFlex suspension is one of of my favorit designe features of this pack. It evenly distributes even the heaviest of loads.
and still manages to keep an even balance. The full rear entry is also a key. being able to set the pack down and having access to see all your gear is a must when the temperatures deep down.
It has enough capacity to carry gear and food for multi day back county ski tours yet can be
collapses down small enough to use on your day outings. overall the pack is extremely comfortable and has all the right features you might want.
Its my new go to back whenever I am headed out into the back country!
The Last Pack You'll Ever Buy
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
As someone who has had to buy a different pack for every different activity, the new model of the Targhee Backpack has put the rest in storage. I previously had a different 32L pack for the backcountry, but found that the extra space in this 45L model was perfect for what I needed. Gregory packs are great for the people who insist on keeping all their gear organized; there are several pockets and zippered compartments throughout. The specific compartment for avi-gear is really essential, and has plenty of extra space where I was able to tuck away all my rescue gear, as well as a bivy bag, spare parts, and plenty of ski straps. Although not specifically advertised, the shoulder straps on the left side also had extra sewn loops, which perfectly fit an Avalung Element. And for those really heavy days when you bring the whole kitchen sink, the padding and suspension does a great job of making you forget you have a pack on.
I've used it for primarily for long splitboarding tours (so I really appreciate the reinforced A-frame loops, and the stowable vertical carry straps). The pack would also be great for mountaineering endeavors; the waist belt has several ice clipper slots, and a sewn-in gear loop, as well as my favorite ice-tool attachment I have used so far. Couldn't recommend the pack more highly, Gregory really killed it with this one.
Can I, in fact, carry a snowboard (vertical) and a helmet at the same time? Are all versions (26l, 32l & 45l) of this bag capable of that?
In theory, you should be able to store your snowboard and the helmet at the same time with this pack, but then your helmet will be resting against your snowboard so it's going to be a little tricky to position with the snowboard bindings. The helmet carry strap will stretch far enough for you to be able to secure the helmet on top of the board, but you may run into issues getting the helmet to lye flat with the binding of your board.
Is this the new version of the Targhee? Also, how would I attach a snowboard to this bag?
Hey Nick, this is the newest version of Gregory's Targhee 45 bag, yes. The snowboard would be secured vertically along the middle of the front of the pack, as seen below.