Quite some time ago I wrote a post that I got my backpack for my travel plans. First I was thinking about the Fjallraven Kajka which weights about 3,5 Kg. Finally I bought the Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre 75:100, it’s a beast! The weight of the pack is about 3 Kg and it’s 100 litres. There is nothing wrong with it but after some thinking I’ve sold this pack. The thing is, it’s not made for long distance hiking. It’s far too heavy and also too big with the 100 litres.
So which pack did I get now? I got myself the all new Gregory Paragon 58 litres. The base weight is 1620 grams which a about 1,3 Kg lighter then the Cerro Torre. I’ve removed the daypack/hydration sack and the rain cover and the weight of the pack is now 1456 grams. I’ve saved more then 1,5 Kg with this pack! I’ve already packed it with my gear and there is enough room for food. The 100 litres is simply not necessary.
The Paragon is not the lightest pack you can get. There are the ultra light packs, they can weigh between 600 and 800 grams. In these packs you don’t have any back support like in a normal pack. You only need to use these if all your other gear is also ultra light. Also, I live in The Netherlands and there are no shops here where you can buy ultra light packs. Something like this I want to try it on first.
Another pack that you can buy here in The Netherlands, is the Osprey Exos 58. In the large version it’s 61 litres. I have tried it on with 12 Kg in the pack. The shoulder straps are not very sturdy so you can really feel the weight on your shoulders. Allthough the Paragon is without stripping 500 grams heavier, I didn’t felt the weight as much as with the Exos. The fabric is quite thin soit will be easier to ruin the pack.
I already went on a short hike , 13 km (8,5 miles) with it and it felt great! I will be writing a review with my first impressions on the pack.
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