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Rated 5 out of
my perfect packI bought this pack in anticipation of next year's AT thru-hike; my old pack was way too big and heavy. The Savant 58 wasn't the lightest pack I tried, but it was the one that best fit what the REI associate called my "weird body shape" (wide shoulders, shallow torso, lots of bones). It's only been on one trip with me since then, but I LOVE this pack. It gives me good organization, it rides comfortably, and once I put it on, a couple tugs on the load-lifting straps and I can barely tell it's there.
It didn't rub my shoulders, it didn't chafe my hips, and it was comfortable on my back. I wish it was a little easier to get to the water bottles I keep in the side pockets, but I found that I could still reach them if I took one arm out of the shoulder straps. I will use this pack until it self-destructs from extreme old age.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 4 out of
My first pack...not too bad!!Took this pack out for my first backpacking trip last week. Went to Pike National Forest. The Gregory Savant 58 (I have the large 62L pack) was not my first choice in backpacks but after trying a bunch on, this is what I picked and I was not let down. The sales associate at the REI Denver store was extremely helpful in fitting me this pack and making sure with my body size that this pack would work. Keep in mind I don't have anything to compare it to as far as previous experience.
For it being my first time ever backpacking, I didn't buy anything super light like I see a lot of people doing. With food and water, my total pack weight was 40lbs and I barely felt it.
The pack has durable fabric. The suspension system is great and made for comfortable hike. The hip belt pockets are kinda small but they held my camera and my iPhone without any issues.
The one thing I wish was a little better would be the straps on the bottom expand more to hold things like the sleeping pad. I had mine attached to the outside of the bag with extra straps. It wasn't an issue at all. But seemed like the included rain cover wouldn't be able to cover the entire bag that way. Didn't have a rain issue though to test it out.
Overall, I was impressed with my first one.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 4 out of
Great PackI bought this pack with birthday money. It was intended to be my first "really good" backpack, as the one I had been using was a cheapy. I tried out several, and really had it narrowed down to this one and the Osprey Atmos 65. I liked them both equally in the store, and since the Gregory was $40 less, I went for it. Unfortunately, when I got it home and tried to load up a typical "winter pack" for 2-3 days of hiking, it was too tight on space. I would have had too many things hanging off the back of the pack, and I'm not a fan of that. My typical pack for winter includes the following: SlumberJack 15 deg. synthetic sleeping bag in a compression sack; slumberjack 3/4 length self inflating 1" foam/air mattress; eureka zeus 2 EXO tent and poles; Columbia omni-heat insulating upper; Columbia omni-shield weather upper; MSR 4L dromedary; sweetwater filter; optimus crux cooking system; and then add on for food, water and miscellaneous things like flashlight, para cord, etc.
In the end, I returned the pack and opted for the Osprey, which works great for me.