The Gregory Z 30 Pack. A ventilated pack that can comfortably carry up to 30 pounds worth of gear seemed too good to be true, but then we made the Z30 and the world was better off for it. Designed for days when you might need more gear than on a quick hike, the large access to the main compartment allows you to pack and get to everything inside with ease, while the CrossFlo DTS suspension keeps heavier loads comfortable.
DECENT FEATURES of the Gregory Z30 Pack
Crossflo DTS Suspension
Auto-Fit harness system
Removable raincover in zippered pocket
Dual quick-access waistbelt pockets
Dual side mesh pockets
210D double diamond ripstop and 330D nylon oxford flatweave
I use this primarily for day hikes, carrying about 15lbs worth of gear. I appreciate the back airflow system but at the same time this means there's a convex bow to the internal dimensions. At first I thought it'd be an issue to pack things to fit around that bow but after a couple of uses, realized it didn't matter. The waist belt pockets are on the small side as I can barely fit my pro bars in there. I've tried other packs and this simply fit the best.
It took me about a week to decide between the Deuter Futura 32 and the Gregory Z30, and eventhough I chose the Deuter I think the Gregory deserves equal praise. I chose the Futura's ease of access and simple storage options over the Gregory's compartmentalized design but I based that purely on personal preference and the expectation I'll be using the pack as a travel bag in addition to a hiking daypack. The Gregory is probably better suited purely for hiking, with its capacity divided up and its cool outside pocket. Its suspension system is great plus it's lighter than the Deuter. The gray color (with red accents) looks great to boot - it's not every day you get to choose a pack color that you really love..
I love this pack! I use it primary for a day/overnight pack. It has numorious pockets for organization and the hip belt pockets are great for snacks, etc.. I usually don't exceed more than 25 lbs. with it, but up to that weight the pack is extremely comfortable and very well ventilated. The pack is on, what I would consider the small side of the overnight category but it can be done with the right equipment. I can carry everything I need in it for a overnight trip (including food and water) but I'm using space conscious items like: hammock system, jetboil, neo air mattress, compressed sleeping, etc. I would recommand this pack to anyone if it's within their volume range. Simply a great pack.
"Great pack for weekend trips and climbing excursions!"
This pack was forged in the mountainous region of the Rockies by fifth degree super ninja climbers. It will haul your entire trad rack, climbing gear, rain shield, two silo nalgenes, and a flask of Crown while you scale mountain ranges, slide down glaciers, and pick up a bevy of beautiful women. Even though we are real, hairy men, it has super comfortable lumbar support and shoulder straps that won't irritate your bulging shoulder or lower back muscles that the ladies love to lick chocolate pudding off of. The external pocket is big enough to fit your blood stained helmet from being a bad ass all the time.