After buying the wrong backpack, I’ve bought the Gregory Paragon 58 litre for my thru hike. I bought this one for several reasons:
- 58 litre should be enough, else you are carrying too much gear
- The weight when the backpack is stripped is reasonable low, 1430 grams.
- Very comfortable, the aerolon system is very good and the shoulder strips are a bit wider then normal.
In my previous post you can see detailed pictures of the pack.
When I got this pack I made a first impressions review, this is my full review. Before I started with my thru hike I went on small overnight trips and day hikes with this pack. At this moment I’m 2 weeks in my thru hike. I think I can say I have tested the pack properly now.
Let me start with the positive points for this pack and why.
- The hip belts are adjustable. I’m a big man and normally the hip belt is too short. That means you will have to carry the weight more with your shoulders. Also, the pockets on the hip belt are easier to get to.
- The top storage compartment is quite big and the zips open fully up so it’s easy to get to stuff in it.
- The main compartment is easy to access and easy loading your gear in. Also the mesh pocket at the back is quite big and easy to fill up.
- The overall comfort of this pack is very good. With water and food the weight is about 16/17 kg and this is nog problem. It feels very solid.
There are also some things I would change for this pack.
- The main irritation point for me is the shoulder belts. When you try to get it on your back and you are wearing an outdoor watch, the watch will get stuck on the shoulder belt. When you start to wiggle a bit, it can happen that you adjust by accident the length of the shoulder strap.
- On the top storage compartment is an extra zip for storing documents and so on. Why on the top? It’s probably for maps but for me it made more sense to put it at the bottom of the compartment so you can store other documents a bit more save.
- The hip belt pockets are a bit too small. When buying a chocolate bar I have to consider the size of the bar, If it will fit in the pocket.
So did I made the right choice with the Gregory Paragon 58? I think I did! There are some other options.
- Ultra light pack, something like this is like 500 grams, but all your gear has to be ultra light also, because else your pack will be too heavy.
- Other packs with the same comfort level will weigh more then this one. They will be close to 2 kg.
- There are other options like the Osprey Exos 58 but the comfort level is much lower.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
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