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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit around the hip and lower back. Early this year I purchased a Z packs 62 arch hall. had a hard time getting all my gear in the pack plus The bv500 would ride in my back. So i decide to look for same more traditional and I stumble into this pack, took it home and load it up with all my gear plus bv500 and all fit great total of 21lbs after a few miles around the block it was like the pack was part of me it just feels very good. lots of gadgets on it and room for modification if need it, I took the top off (the brain) and use the divider from the bottom of the pack. as a cover. good construction solid and light enough for the amount of comfort offered. no top part no day side kicker and no rain cover pack weight at 2.7lbs
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Lightweight option. I have used and love the Baltoro 65L pack for over 6 years and over 5000 miles. I will continue to use the Baltoro for my longer backpacking trips and thru-hikes. But, I tried the Paragon 58 in the summer of 2017 and love it for my smaller trips. I used it for a 4-day 50 mile hike across Isle Royal National Park, a multi-day trip at Channel Islands National Park and overnight trips in New Mexico and Colorado. A much lighter option at 3.9lbs than the Baltoro for these shorter trips. I love the new ventilation system that allows better air flow and prevents a sweet back. It fits like a glove and has easy access to your gear with ample pockets.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, just the pack I wanted I went to the REI store on Tuesday to buy a new pack wanting a Paragon but expecting to end up with a Baltoro or Osprey due to prior back issues. After wearing out a really good and patient salesperson I settled on the Paragon 58. It was actually more comfortable than the heavier Baltoro, partly because it fit me just a bit better. I couldn't deal with the horrible blue one in the store so they ordered it in black and shipped it to me. Within 10 minutes of delivery on Friday I was stuffing my gear in the pack and took in on a 10 mile overnight. The pack has a rather aggressive lumbar support that keeps it from sagging down in the back and also pulling on your hips so much. I am fairly thin and almost all prior packs rode too low in the back. The pack only touches my back in the lumbar area and then at my shoulders giving great ventilation, yet it felt like the weight was close to my back. The pack handled incredibly well with about 30 pounds in it on a fairly up and down rocky trail. The load lifters are high enough to do their job well. It is easy to get almost all of the weight off the shoulder straps if you desire. The exterior mesh pocket on the back is just right and the pack seems roomy for its rating. I drink from bottles instead of hydration packs so the slash pocket was great, it is also configured to be used as a regular vertical pocket. The included rain cover has a bulge at the bottom in case you have something strapped under the pack. Overall no major complaints. If you are looking for a pack that is lighter than most big name packs, yet more substantial than the really light 2 pound and under models this is a great option with a suspension that belongs on a 5 pound pack.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Optoutside with this lightweight hauler! Gregory's new Paragon 58 should be top on your list for a weekend or multi-day pack. At 3539 c.i. it offers plenty of room comfortably to get yourself out of Dodge. I've never pretended to be an ultra-lite hiker, but if lighter weight also brings with it incredible comfort...then I'm all ears. Weighing in at 3.9 lbs does not qualify the Paragon 58 as ultralite, however, it feels lighter than scales reveal and offered all day comfort hauling 40 lbs of gear. I already have Gregory's Baltoro 85 and Baltoro 75 GZ (Goal Zero), so when offered to test and evaluate Gregory's New Paragon 58, as a TheDyrt review ranger, I was in! I highly recommend you pouring over Gregory's website to read all the many features of this pack, but I'll key on a few that I really like. The SideKick reservoir holder is attached inside the pack and protects your hydration bladder from all other packed items. The SideKick can be removed and used as a day/summit pack with its mesh shoulder straps. It also has an exterior zippered pocket and lashing points the full length of the exterior. The Baltoro's have the SideKick, so I was glad to see it incorporated in the Paragon also. The SideWinder angled waterbottle holder. Thru-hikers appear to prefer the large SmartWater bottle for their hydration...and it fits perfectly in the SideWinder. The angle permits both easy retrieval and supports it from dropping out. I found usage to be a one-handed affair to retrieve and reinsert the waterbottle into the SideWinder. Practical option! On my Camelbak Eddy 32oz, I did have to spin the bottle so the cap loop was out of the way of my arm swing. The New larger Hipbelt pockets! Finally, I can fit my iphone 7 into a Hipbelt pocket...with room to spare...and even when its housed within a Pelican Marine 7 waterproof case. The pockets also have placement adjustability on your Hipbelt. The left zippered pocket is a see-thru mesh and the right pocket offers zippered concealment. Downside...it is not the WeatherShield version of the Baltoro's. The Aerolon Suspension and Matrix Ventilation System bring breathable mesh, LifeSpan EVA foam cutouts for even greater breathability and fit. Even though its doesnt prevent sweating in 90 degree weather, I could feel the air circulation and that provided greater overall comfort. The perfectly padded Hipbelt and the Gription silicone in the lumbar area, sat correctly on my Iliac crest and needed no further adjustment from initial cinching. It simply stayed put. Other adjustments such as shoulder straps are always a work in progress throughout your hike. Another tidy item was the Rain cover. It has its own "labeled" zippered pocket. The only question I have concerns the thinner web compression straps and shoulder adjustment straps. They are thin. I have not experienced failure or problems...so it is only my perception of potential failure point. Thinner webbing offers less sewing surface, which puts more stress in a smaller area, weakening it. Conjecture only. Parting thoughts...Super comfortable, fit snug and contoured perfectly to my structure, no imbalances or shifting. Love it!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, but not stupid Light Love the actual AL frame in this for my middle-age body, yet the smaller size and reduced weight compared to an Osprey Atmos 65AG is welcome. The Osprey Exos 58 is too sloppy compared to this IMHO. And no Sweaty Back Syndrome!!! (which all the other ultra light packs seem to give you). Great trade off for only 1/2 to 1 lb for my hiking. Took it for a 24 mile hike one way, 30 lbs with food + water and it worked fantastic. The high friction silicone pad at the lumbar contact point is golden. No strange squeaks or noises (read tons that the Atmos is prone to that quickly which would drive me nuts). The tiny day pack/water bladder sleeve is brilliant. Once I got camp setup, I tossed shower+bathroom gear into the tiny day pack and walked up to the registration and shower area 1 mile away at the state park. Its super handy for just about any trip! I actually really like the blue color, must be very personal taste on that.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update to previous review. Have now had this pack out on a 100 mile AT section hike. Cant ask for more. Road like a dream. Carried full heading out/resupplied weight just as well as last day on the trail emptying out weight.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable and light weight I Used this pack on an overnight 15 mile trip the weekend after I bought it and held up very well. Light weight, and Very comfortable around the shoulders even after several hours continuous hiking
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Using it for daypacking and overnighters. Went from the older heavy packs to the newer ultralights, but came back in between with this pack. This (Large) pack fits me perfectly along my back, the hip belt doesn't slide down but stays, the large hip pockets hold my phone and GPS trackers, and the top lid is so large that I have my stove and food in it for quick access. My solar panels sit nicely over the front attached to the two lower yellow loops on the lid, and my ultralight camping chair is placed on top of the lid with elastic webbings (that I added) through the four yellow loops. I keep the sleeping bag divider in place as I want to keep my stuff up high when I take out the sleeping bag and air pads for day hikes. I only regret not buying the larger 68 version, as this pack carries my weight so comfortably, that I could easily carry more weight than I expected.
Date published: 2017-08-01
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Questions & Answers

Does this pack hold the BV500 horizontally?

Asked by: Niall
​Yes, the BearVault BV500 will fit in this pack horizontally.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-08

What is the weight of this pack (S/M) with the hydration sleeve and top lid removed?

Asked by: Jeff
​The top lid is not removable on this pack, its weight is approximately 3 lbs. 8 oz. without a reservoir.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-07

Where would I pack my sleeping bag?

Asked by: Cody Theall
​There is a sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-28

Does the listed weight include the supplied rain cover?

Asked by: MBryan
The weight listed does not include the rain cover. The rain cover weighs approximately 4 oz.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-31

What is the size difference between the S/M and the M/L?

Asked by: mn16529
The S/M fits torso sizes 15" – 19", M/L fits 18" – 22". The S/M volume is 3356 cu. in.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-31

Interested in this pack, does it have ice tool/axe attachment points?

Asked by: cdwahl
​This pack does have an attachment point for an ice axe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-19

I got a s/m and my torso is like 18 1/2 it fits ok a little tight on the shoulder I think I was thinking if I should go to m/l better fit 

Asked by: Renato
​Going with a M/L in this pack would be a better fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27
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