Preston C.wrote a review of Gregory Targhee 45L Backpack on May 3, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had this pack for a couple of years, and it works well for shorter day trips. I am a split boarder, and I find the pack difficult to manage on any longer trip. On an overnight or mountaineering trip the pack becomes downright frustrating.
The mechanisms to attach ice tools can be cumbersome, but do not work at all for an ice axe. The loops for the ice axe/ski poles/ice tools and pickets work ok, but you have to switch out how they operate when you put your board on and take it off. This takes a lot of time and can be a hassle when you need to switch out on a steeper slope.
The shoulder straps on this pack are narrow for the amount of weight it can carry, and so on longer approaches they become painful on the shoulders.
Finally one of the side loops tore during a trip a few weeks ago. I emailed Gregory and still have not gotten a reply.
Again this pack works of for shorter day trips that start and end on the snow. I do really like the back access capability. If you want to do longer approaches or add in more mountaineering, you should look at a larger pack.