Designed for the long trek and quick trip.
Whether you're packing through the Wind Rivers or doing a quick overnighter in your home mountains, the Gregory Zulu 55 Backpack will carry all the gear you need while keeping your back cool and comfortable every step of the way. A new addition to Gregory's already impressive lineup of backpacks, the Zulu is a lightweight pack with a ventilated backpanel that's been specifically designed to allow air to pass between your back and the pack, and a spring steel frame to comfortably support heavy loads without weighing you down or causing hotspots.
Packing and organizing gear in the Zulu is made easy with the front U-zip access panel and bottom sleeping bag compartment, and the front stash pocket provides an ideal spot to stash rain layers, maps, and whatever else you need quick access to. You can also throw two water bottles in the side pockets and deploy the integrated rain cover when an unanticipated afternoon shower catches you by surprise. Gregory also threw in its Sidekick summit pack, which can be detached and used on its own, so you can quickly rally from high camp to the summit without having to haul more gear than you'll actually need.
- CrossFlo DTS suspension
- Mesh back panel
- EVA foam shoulder and hip straps
- Front U-zip front access panel
- Floating top lid
- Sidekick summit pack included
- Integrated rain cover
- Front, top, side, and hip pockets
- Ice axe and trekking pole loops
- Item #GRE005B
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is absolutely my favorite pack, ever! I had a Gregory AdventPro for 11 years and it finally bit the dust after 6 different continents.
I tried and returned a few other packs until I could find something perfect. And I did. This pack.
Size: First, it's the perfect size. I like my packs to be outdoors/worthy, but also travel practical. I took a CRJ regional jet and I could cram the 55L into the small top overhead bin. Huge win.
Accessibility - I love the multiple access points. Top, bottom, and the huge U-shaped front entry make this easy to get any of your items quickly and efficiently.
Exterior pockets -- there are a number of exterior pockets, from the wast belt to the size pockets, to the stretchy front pocket.
Add-ons included - this pack includes a hyrdation sleeve that doubles as a cool small daypack. In addition, it includes a rain cover ($30 value)
Also fits laptop - the front stretch pocket conveniently also has room for a 14.1in laptop. Awesome!
Straps - The pack also has a number of compression straps to secure your goods and pack down for things like the overhead bin.
I agree with another review that the sizing runs small, i.e. order a size bigger than you normally do. I'm 5/9" and 155 lbs and I got a large. It fits perfectly!
I couldn't be happier with this pack, it's already my favorite ever. And that's a tall order :-)
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I took this pack out for the first time this weekend into the San Rafael Swell dessert canyons. I was backpacking for one night. I got this pack as mainly a desert pack to still be light but be able to carry more water and more weight than my traditional overnight ultralight pack. So far I'm impressed with the well thought out design. The large U zipper that allows access to the main compartment is very nice to have. The frame carries a load easily, I had about 30lbs, 8.8 of that being water. It was comfortable right from the start. One of the best things about this pack is the hydration sleeve is a removable day pack. So smart and simple I can't believe its taken this long for someone to come up with this. I was camped about a quarter mile from my water source and I was able to drop my pack at camp and go with the day pack and fill up all my water bottles and reservoir. Not to mention bring a little lunch along with me. I would definitely recommend this pack to anyone looking for a decently light frame pack that can support loads up to 40lbs comfortably.
Simple and effective
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I own the Zulu 65L and wanted to share my experiences thus far on the new line of packs from Gregory.
So, I just got back from 5 days and 4 nights on the trail in the Olympics, and I did 33+ miles with this pack weighing in anywhere between 37-47 pounds (we had a LOT of food). Initial impressions on day one were not good. The pack did not conform well and I could not for the life of me get the weight on my hips. I had the use the fly that night and Days, which I did like. It's well integrated and durable. On day 3 we still had a lot of weight and a lot of elevation change. The bag finally started to fit my back, and generally started to feel better. By Day 5, the pack was working better and we had a lighter load. It took a while, but eventually it was working well.
Things I like:
* Simple design
* I love the large center U zip, along with the extra large brain.
* The water bladder storage is a novel idea, and it's nice to have a day pack integrated into the larger pack.
* The materials use feel strong, but also light.
* Hip belts are nice and big. Fits most smart phones (Galaxy S7).
* Light Weight.
* Color: Green and orange look very nice together.
Things I didn't like:
* Long adjustment period. Nothing stayed in place for the first 3 days. A lot of adjustment occurred.
* Sleeping bag compartment zipper is narrow. and the divider isn't worth much.
* The suspension system is good for a UL pack, however with a heavier load (near max capacity) it does fail to distribute those extra pounds.
* Can't fit anything bigger than a very narrow 0F degree down sleeping bag in the bottom of the pack.
All in all, it's a decent pack. I was in between the Zulu and the Atmos AG (wife has the Atmos), and i'm glad I went with the Gregory. I would suggest trying the pack on first if possible because the sizes are a little wonky. I ordered a M (5'9, 160) and it felt a little small. I might try the Large and see if it feels better. Good luck and enjoy, hope this helps!