Lightweight and roomy, the Gregory Mountain Products Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack is the seriously upgraded version of the brand’s past options. Back ventilation isn’t the greatest, but that’s not exactly surprisingly considering most hiking backpacks, especially those of the internal frame variety, get you sweaty as all heck.

Design

A nylon bag with a single 7075-T6 aluminum stay, the Gregory Mountain Products Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack features a 3D pre-curved harness and waistbelt with Lifespan EVA foam. Other design features include a thermo-molded back panel with elastomeric gription technology on the bag’s lumbar pad, auto-cant harnas technology, and an auto-fit waistbelt system.

The drawstring is in the quick-draw style for easy access to the main compartment. The pack weighs 3.1 pounds.

The Perfect Weekend Pack

Ideal if you enjoy weekend or a longer excursions and like to pack light to begin with, the Gregory Mountain Products Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack is five pounds lighter than its previous incarnation. And while not “ultralight,” slightly-thinner fabrics were utilized to create a lighter pack. The hipbelt and shoulder strap padding are a bit thinner as well, but this doesn’t mean the pack is less comfy. Perhaps this is due to the same suspension system previous backpacks have featured, which is off-the-charts great and allows you to move easily and seamlessly. The hipbelt moves with you for comfortable climbing and hiking, and the lumbar support sits nicely on the small of your back.

Great Organization

The Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack wins again in terms of organization. It features eight exterior pockets, including a sizable zippered pocket along the front. There’s zippered u-shaped access to the main compartment, which is convenient when you need something from the pack’s middle or bottom. The hipbelt pocket is coated for water resistance, as is its zipper, though it is a wee bit small (more on that later).

Slight Zipper Issue

As fantastic as this pack’s organization is, the zippers along the top lid tend to smack you in the head as you walk. You might want to use a piece of string to hold them together to avoid getting hit in the eye.

Included Rain Cover

Like many of the Gregory backpacks, the included rain cover is a very nice thing to have, and it has its own pocket for easy storage when not in use.  I this summer my packs rain cover kept my gear and cloths dry while I hike in six hours of crazy down pour.

Waterproof Pouch a Little Small

There’s not much to take issue with about this pack, however the biggest flaw might be the aforementioned waterproof pouch. It’s just a little too small. There’s no way in heck you’re going to fit your cell phone in there, especially if you have one of those bigger smartphones. Was the pouch made with flip phones in mind? Possibly. However, you can still stick keys and other small items you’d like to keep dry in this little pouch. I tend to keep, lip balm, jolly ranchers or something that is small that I may want during the hike.

Wrap-Up

A wonderful upgrade, the Gregory Mountain Products Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack is supremely lightweight and offers plenty of room for easily organizing your things. The suspension system is improved without sacrificing comfort, and the breathable mesh is a big plus. With a form-fitting, durable hipbelt and curved, contoured shoulder straps, this pack almost feels like an extension of your back instead of a bulky object influencing the way you hike. You’ll easily transverse 50 miles or more without feeling like the backpack is hindering you, which is pretty darn awesome.

To sum up, if you’re searching for a comfortable, easy-to-organize, durable pack that’s ready to go the distance (just like you’re ready to go the distance), the Gregory Mountain Products Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack is the perfect backcountry pack for you.

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Review of the Gregory Mountain Products Men’s Baltoro 65 Backpack
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Pros

• Response A3 suspension for a comfortable, balanced carry.
• Swappable 3-D hipbelt and shoulder harness for a custom fit.
• LumbarTune to customize lower back support.
• Integrated, color-matched raincover.
• SideKick doubles as daypack/hydration sleeve.
• WeatherShield hipbelt pocket to protect your valuables.
• Front U-zip gives access to main body contents.
• Twin side-mounted zippered gear pockets

Summary

If you are familiar with the Gregory brand, I imagine you are like me. I bought my first Gregory pack about 8 years ago and have since become a die-hard fan. The pack has it all, its light weight, affordable, highly adjustable to my body, easily accessible and so much more.

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