Whether backpacking or climbing a mountain, I am a BIG fan of the Gregory Deva 70 Litre Pack. Why? Simple! It’s BIG and I pack like a girl!
The more time you spend in the mountains the more you develop a system for how to pack your gear. This pack is fantastic with lots of pockets, a huge compartment for clothing, tent/gear, and has a very comfortable frame.
Spending the past few months climbing Idaho’s 12ers and on a recent trip to Mt. Rainier, I have had an opportunity to spend time in several different environments with the pack and it has proven highly adaptable. With several cleverly placed straps you are able to convert the pack easily from a pack to haul big loads to camp or to a light pack for summit day.
Some of my favorite features of this pack include, the two waist strap
pockets on the left and the right. They are great for storing your chapstick, zinc sticks, hand warmers, or jolly ranchers (great on those long treks when you feel like you just want to give up and die).
I also LOVE the frame with it’s lumbar support! A recent trip to Rainier included a 6 hour climb to Camp Muir with a 50 pound pack. This was the heaviest weight I have carried to date and this pack really did a body good by keeping the weight centered and stable and not digging in to my shoulders.
The pack also allows for water bladder integration, has a lower sleeping bag access with a removable divider for the lower 1/3 of the pack, and large pockets on both sides of the pack that I use for food, or for hard shell layers. In addition there are straps on the outside that can be used for ice axes and trekking poles or strapping a helmet on.
The only major challenge I encountered with this pack was during a heavy and sustained downpour of rain and sleet. The pack did get pretty wet! Although my inner gear was not completely soaking wet, things were a little damp. I would highly recommend picking up the waterproof rain cover for your pack (also sold by Gregory) if you think you will be in inclement weather, or at the very least be sure to throw your clothing layers and sleeping bags in plastic bags, just in case.
Overall this pack performed well on numerous trips and in many different environments.
Gregory makes several styles of packs with many different uses. Tailoring your pack to your individual size and adventure needs is important. Be sure to visit gregorypacks.com to see their full lineup.
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