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Rated4out of5byRGRfromVery versatileI've only used this pack a few times, but so far I really like it. I think it's designed to carry a lot of stuff in easy to get to ways. I think it's comfortable as well. My only complaint is the front pocket with a zipper running vertical down the middle. This pocket is a poor design. Once the pack is full the items inside the pocket are pushed against the zipper. This means that a ziplock bag or something like this will try to catch in the zipper. My wife has the Gregory Deva and the front pocket is awesome. It opens at the top with elastic pulling it closed and a flap that snaps closed to cover the opening and keep water out. I wish they shared the same design. Other than that I didn't have any issues and it works well.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated4out of5bymeissner931fromVery comfortableThe Gregory baltoro 75 is my go to large volume pack for longer trips or for when I guide trips. Having the 75 L volume is handy when it comes to large volumes of food, gear, or medical supplies. I have had this pack for 3 years and have used it on many trips including two months of trekking in the Himalayas. Through it all this pack has held up extremely well and I have never fully filled it up.my 3 favorite features of this bag are the removable top pouch, a fully opening front zipper to the main compartment, and an angled Nalgene holder. The top pouch can turn into a butt pack/ day pack for day trips form base camp. The front zipper is a horse shoe design which makes it easy to access the main compartment fully. The baltoro does have a separate sleeping bag compartment that you can integrate into the main compartment if so desired.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated5out of5byvn mitfromLove it.Bought it to hike Mt. Whitney. Used it for training hike on Holy Jim Trail. My first backpack so I can't compare it to others; however, I can say this pack performed flawlessly. The design really delievers what promised. At the end of the day, after 15 miles with 25 lbs load, nothing hurts, except every muscles in my legs. Happy hiking.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated5out of5byDBackmanfromGoing on seven years...I bought this pack in January 2007 in preparation for some international back-packing. Over the years, I have taken this pack on at least five separate long international trips (Central American, South America, Japan, Europe, Caribbean), packed it on cross-country ski trips, and multiple other trips throughout the states. I have lived out of this back pack. While many people know this, it is easy to get attached to back pack due to the amount of intimate time spent with it. I love it.
From what I can tell, the pack has changed very little over the years. It is tough and dependable. Whether you are crashing on that mile-long descent on your Nordic skis or its getting thrown on top of a country bus in the pouring rain for a 10 hour ride, you will not have to worry about this pack. It is comfortable when loaded, with lots of easy access pockets. I repeat, it is tough. Gets better with age.
A few drawbacks: the main compartment is basically a large stuff sack. Despite the fact that the front of the pack opens, it is still very hard/impractical to reach anything on the bottom without a total unpack. The top of the pack (essentially a large pocket) fits awkwardly due to odd strap/tie down location. There is also wearing tearing where the internal structure rubs on the fabric.
After seven years, I would wholeheartedly recommend this pack. It is expensive, but it will last.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated5out of5byChelufromA Very good purchaseI bought this backpack in a pinch. My previous gear was completetly ruined by water and I had a backpacking trip planned in a matter of days. It came recomended by a friend who has the same exact model. It was very easy to learn to adjust, very easy to fit on my back and while on the trail it was comfortable and felt very solid overall. I took a second trip since and it has started to fit me even better and I started to appreciate the feature it has.
I will say it is capable of fitting more than the 75 liters advertised and seems like it would handle more than the 50 lbs of gear the brochure mentions.
It is a great piece of equipment . the only questionmark is : how will it handle the wear and tear?
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated4out of5byWillJofromSick PackAwesome pack, easy to load, holds a ton of gear, detachable fanny pack on top, plenty of pockets but not too many, hip belt pockets are great. All in all I love this pack. I had a Kelty Coyote for over 10 years before I updated and went with the Baltoro. It is leaps and bounds greater from a comfort and suspension standpoint. I highly recommend this pack to anyone who loves to backpack.
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated5out of5byMonthly CamperfromFantastic PackI bought my Baltoro 75 pack about a year ago and have used it many times backpacking with my son's scout troop. My typical weight in the pack is 40 to 45 pounds and our hikes usually are no more than four miles. When I put this pack on and adjust the straps, I have to tell you it's almost like not having it on at all. It somewhat becomes a part of my body. I have never experienced any swaying or shifting at all. It's a great pack. I'll be using it at Philmont next year and can hardly weight, . . uh wait!
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated4out of5byJascoltfromSo far so goodI am a father of 2 boys (8 & 2 years) and while I load the 8yo with his own REI meteor pack, I still have to carry everything that is needed to make hiking/camping a pleasure at such a young age to prevent scaring them away from the outdoors. That means a large 4man tent to ensure everyone can sleep together (we are all very tall), and warm bags, proper clothing to keep 3yo warm, and of course fishing gear. We are not usually on hikes longer than 2-3 days with all of us though the 8yo and I will be doing 5-10 day trips, but our terrain is 3.5 on 1-5 scale. (imagine Blood mountain section of AT x2).
I will have to update review later because I have only had the pack for about a month and have only been on 2 pack trips, both 3 days. Like I stated above I need to carry a lot of stuff so my load out for these trips were 84 & 71 lbs. I wont always be loading this way. Prob. next season the 3yo will be handling his own gear. The trails I hiked on with this load were very rough fishing trails approx 3 miles in and 3 out. Once adjusted the pack handled well and was comfortable. At that weight I like to alternate between heavy on hip then heavy on shoulder then even weight and the baltoro allowed me to do this. I could maneuver the trails as well as anybody could with an 84 lb loadout and on a short day hike with only 48lb, I felt like I could do my crossfit workout with the pack on.
The seams handled everything well and the Zippers worked fine. My divider between the bottom bedroll area and the contents area does not attach, it just kinda free floats. I must be missing straps or something. The only complaint I have really is on the bottom outside of the pack the straps are disfunctional they dont really allow for proper adjustment.
I would compare to MOLE 2 with more user friendly capacity. If needed you could set up a tactical outpost for extended periods with this pack. Time will tell about durability but for now I am pleased. I am 6'2", 230lbs, in mission ready shape, I bought the Medium. Measure properly when fitting, very important. Would be a 4 star but I dont want to spray all over this thing without it earning its stripes.
Date published: 2013-10-31
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